Emotional verdict for officer who fought for justice after victim of rape died
A man has today (Wednesday) been found guilty of subjecting two girls to a string of sex offences over a seven year period.
Gary Neil Paul Peel was found guilty of six counts of rape and two counts of indecent assault following a five-day trial at Newcastle Crown Court.
The 51-year-old paedophile subjected one of his victims to years of abuse, starting when she was just 11 years old. On another occasion, he also raped a second victim in his bathroom after plying her with alcohol.
Detective Constable Sarah Judson, who led the case, described the afternoon as 'emotional' as the eight guilty verdicts were read out.
Det Cons Judson said: "I am really pleased with the verdict today, it really has been emotional. Although it was with a heavy heart justice is being served posthumously for one of the victims who is tragically no longer with us but I am thankful the jury reached the right decision.
"At no point has Peel shown any remorse for either of his victims but their strength in coming forward to report these crimes has been paramount in getting justice.
"I hope this gives anyone out there who is suffering in silence the courage to come forward. "
Peel of Alnwick Street, Sunderland, has been remanded in custody and is due to be sentenced in October.
If you have been a victim of rape, sexual assault or domestic violence, whether this is recent or historic, please come forward and contact police on 101, or 999 in an emergency.
To contact the 24/7 Crisis Helpline contact 03333448283 or find out more about our Sexual Assault Referral Centre by searching REACH SARC online.
Victims can also contact Victims First Northumbria on 0800 011 3116 who will give independent advice and support.