A man repeatedly raped a 13 year old girl in the back of his van – he said to her: “Well you liked that”
A man who raped a 13-year-old girl more than five times in the back of his van has been jailed.
Gary Healey, 61, treated the girl when she was just 11, first kissing her on the mouth.
The abuse escalated as he assaulted her in the back of his van, telling her to take off her underwear and if she didn’t “he would do it for her”.
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The grandfather raped the girl five or six times over the course of a year, Manchester Crown Court has learned.
When the girl turned 14 and refused his advances, he said to her, “Well, you like it” and continued to harass her by saying, “You won’t even let me kiss you on the cheek” and “I love you in pieces, I will never hurt you.”
Healey, of Tyldesley, was found guilty in a trial of sexual assault and rape offenses after allegedly claiming the girls were lying in their jury testimony.
He has now been imprisoned for 14 years.
Continuing, Charlotte Johnson said the offense started when he tried to kiss the girl, who cannot be named, when she was just 11 years old.
“The first time he asked her to get in the back of the van, she said no and he moved to her side and then kissed her, she walked away,” he said. she declared.
âShe got scared, he took her to her house and even went to talk to his aunt and uncle like nothing had happened.
âOver time it progressed and went from kissing her to holding her on the head while he kissed her on the mouth until she was about 12 and at that point he was her. said to get in the back of the van – she was scared and had to. “
Healey ordered the girl to sit on a box in the back of the van before removing her pants and underpants, it was said.
He then told her to get up and take off her pants and said that if she didn’t, “he would do it for her”.
He pulled down his own clothes, then told her to lie down on the box – the girl was described as “silent, scared and feeling sick” when he touched her chest.
The prosecutor continued, âHe told her to lie down and touched her body with his penis.
âThe driving continued.
âHe then moved on to penetration.
âHe told her she liked it and wanted him to do it and told her not to be shy. She couldn’t speak and she was terrified. She was 13 at this point.
âThis conduct has taken place five or six times. “
Healey’s bodily fluids were said to have been discovered by police in the back of his van during his arrest.
At 14, the rape stopped although he continued to try to sexually assault her, but she became resistant.
Healey asked the girl if she was seeing anyone or if anyone was talking to her and asked why she was uncomfortable with him and if she had told anyone.
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When he asked her to continue, she said no and he said to her: “Well, you like that”.
He continued to harass her, saying, “You won’t even let me kiss you on the cheek, I love you to pieces, I will never hurt you.”
The allegations came to light after the girl discussed the offenses with her friends.
As part of the investigation, his younger sister spoke to police and told officers that she remembered Healey “rubbing his penis” when she was sitting between him and her sister.
“He told the younger sister not to watch and they would be home soon,” the prosecutor added.
In a statement read to the court, the younger sister said she felt she “couldn’t say anything” about what was going on.
She explained that she didn’t really understand what had happened but felt “weird”, now she realizes how serious it was.
Her older sister said she felt “trapped” once she started to realize how bad what had happened to her was.
“She says she finds it hard to relate these events and the anger she described at herself for ‘letting it go on so long’.” Mrs Johnson said.
“She speaks of being embarrassed as having” a kind of complicity in the offense of the accused. ”
âShe was afraid and now feels anger towards the accused because of these confusing feelings.
“She trusted him completely and felt safe with him.”
The prosecutor added that there were “feelings of paralysis and fear” because of what he told her.
She also stated that there had been grooming behavior over a period of time that Healey had offended against her, that it was “coercive and possessive” and told her not to tell anyone.
Healey would have no previous convictions.
Mitigating, Martin Callery said his client was a man of “good character,” a “hard-working man and a family man.”
“He now faces a significant sentence,” he said.
âHe couldn’t see any of his family.
“I ask to show some degree of mercy.”
Sentencing him, Judge Rachel Smith said: âDuring the trial, the court played a recording of you and the real nature you spoke to her. You were domineering and coercive.
âYou are dyslexic, but in my opinion, I have no doubts that you know exactly what you were doing at all times and that you know the consequences of your actions.
âThese were painful and abusive offenses against girls.
âYou were convicted after a trial for alleging that each of the girls deliberately lied in their evidence. “
Healey, of Fountain Close, was jailed for 14 years, of which he will serve nine years and four months before being released on license.
He has also been subject to a Sexual Injury Prevention Order for 15 years and must be entered into the Sex Offender Register indefinitely.
Detective Lyndsey Galbraith, of GMP’s Major Incidents Team, said: âI would like to congratulate the two girls for coming forward and reporting these heinous crimes.
âTheir bravery and cooperation through what must have been a very difficult and traumatic investigation for them has been vital.
“I hope his grief will give them some form of closure and comfort.”
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