"I am not the man I could have been"
The harrowing words of a brave rape victim who has spoken out against his attacker.
Philip Shield had already served a nine-year prison sentence for sex offences against three boys in 2010 and now a fourth victim has bravely spoken out and reported what Shield did to him as a youngster.
An investigation was launched by Northumbria Police's safeguarding unit and Shield was questioned by detectives.
The 68-year-old denied the allegations but was convicted of offences of rape, indecent assault and indecency with a child after a trial at Newcastle Crown Court. And he was this week sentenced to 21 years with an extended licence of one year at the same court.
A statement read out in court from the victim said: "I never feel safe. I don't know if I will ever feel safe again.
"You have not only destroyed a boy back then but you have also damaged a man forever. I am not the man I could have been."
Detective Constable John Harland led the investigation and hopes this gives others the confidence to come forward and report non-recent abuse.
Det Con Harland said: "This poor man has suffered physically and emotionally at the hands of Shield for years but I hope today gives him the sense of justice he deserves.
"Shield is a predator who subjected his victim to a horrific campaign of abuse. Thankfully he is now behind bars where he belongs thanks to the bravery of the victim coming forward.
"I hope this also urges others to come forward who may be suffering in silence and to know, no matter how long ago you may have been abused, we will do all we can to get it to the courts."
Shield, of Crocus Close, Blaydon, Gateshead, must also sign the sex offenders register and abide by a sexual harm prevention order for life.