Paedophile created secret ‘hidey-hole’ behind fridge to conceal girl he sexually abused
Michael Dunn, 57, abused four people in a catalogue of sex crimes which spanned five decades
25 JAN 2017
A paedophile who made a “hidey-hole” in his home to conceal a girl he sexually abused and imprisoned awaits a long prison sentence today.
Michael Dunn, 57, abused four people in a catalogue of sex crimes which spanned five decades.
He used some of the female survivors of his abuse as “possessions” to do with as he wanted, Teesside Crown Court heard.
He had them “in his thrall” and they felt “almost powerless” against him, jurors were told.
He knocked through a wall at his home to create a cavity behind his fridge, camouflaged with a false wall and guarded by Alsatian dogs.
He got one girl to hide there in case police came looking for her.
Prosecutor Richard Bennett said: “Michael Dunn is a violent, controlling and sexually abusive man.”
He said the paranoid and short-tempered tormentor used violence when his sexual demands were not met.
One of the girls had already been the victim of sexual abuse, having been raped and beaten by another man.
“The Crown say he took advantage of that situation for his own sexual gratification,” Mr Bennett told jurors.
He said Dunn groomed, molested and raped her when she was a vulnerable underage child.
He told how Dunn appeared protective and caring at first, but started making sexual advances.
She told him to stop but he persisted and sexually assaulted her.
She did not want sex with him, but he ignored her and repeatedly forced himself on her.
He imprisoned her at his Redcar home and attacked her, punching her in the face, chest and stomach and grabbing her throat.
At one point he beat her up, breaking down a door when she tried to escape him, leaving her in a “bloodied mess”.
She was driven to try to kill herself with an overdose, the jury was told.
His crimes came to light when she went to police as an adult and made a complaint in 2014.
He imprisoned a second victim, a woman, and subjected her to repeated violence as he beat her causing black eyes, said the Crown.
She submitted to sex in fear after he threatened to hit her if she did not.
He groomed another vulnerable underage girl, giving her alcohol and cigarettes, before sexually assaulting her decades ago.
She made a complaint against him, which he denied, and he was not prosecuted as the allegation went no further at the time.
And he raped another pre-teenage girl, telling her afterwards: “It’s what boyfriends and girlfriends do.”
She tried to put her experiences to the back of her mind, but challenged Dunn when she encountered him years later.
He replied: “I’ll have you done for slander.”
Dunn, of Alfred Street, Redcar, denied 19 charges and claimed the allegations were lies and the sexual attacks did not happen.
After two days of deliberations, jurors convicted him on 16 charges – 10 of rape, three of indecent assault, three of false imprisonment.
He was cleared of one charge of rape, one of making a threat to kill and one of inflicting grievous bodily harm.
He has also lived in the County Durham, Gateshead, Cambridgeshire and Manchester areas.
The prosecution said he grew obsessed with ramshackle wiring of his home with CCTV cameras, alarms and sensors.
Judge Tony Briggs remanded Dunn in custody for reports until sentencing on a date to be fixed.