Nephew of Runcorn paedophile waives his anonymity to speak of his 'hatred' for his uncle (From Runcorn and Widnes World)
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Nephew of Runcorn paedophile waives his anonymity to speak of his 'hatred' for his uncle
Updated 2:46pm Wednesday 9th July 2014 in News
THE nephew of a Runcorn paedophile who was jailed on Friday has spoken of his ‘hatred’ for the man who allegedly abused him more than 10 years earlier.
George Hughes, aged 63, of Langdale Road, was sentenced to two years in prison at Chester Crown Court after admitting a string of sex offences.
Hughes had pleaded guilty to causing or inciting a male child under the age of 13 to engage in sexual activity, five charges of making indecent photographs and one offence of possessing an indecent photograph.
The offences occurred in Runcorn between December 3 and 22, 2012.
He was placed on the sex offenders’ register for 10 years and is subject to a sexual offences prevention order.
He is prohibited from having any unsupervised contact with anyone under the age of 16.
Following the case, Marc Faulkner, aged 25, from Warrington, waived his legal right to anonymity to speak to the World over claims he had been a victim of Hughes a decade earlier. He alleges that in separate abuse allegations Hughes, his uncle, abused him from the age of 11 for 10 years, using his position as ‘respected head of the family’ to conceal his perversion.
“I absolutely hate him,” said Mr Faulkner.
“What he did to me will always be with me, I don’t think I’ll ever totally get over it. Before this we were a very close family.”
Mr Faulkner claims Hughes would invite him to his home, pretending he needed help using a computer.
He would allegedly then abuse his young victim, touching him sexually, playing pornographic films and walking around naked.
Mr Faulkner said he kept quiet as he was frightened of his uncle, who would become angry and ignore his pleas to stop.
“I was scared if I said anything he would do worse things to me, and no one would believe me.”
The abuse has had a serious impact on the victim.
He added: “I didn’t feel able to have an intimate relationship until I was 23 or 24.
“I wasn’t able to have the usual relationships you would normally have as a teenager. I don’t think the punishment is enough, for this type of crime.
“You see people getting four years in prison for stealing from a house.
“This man got two years for stealing my childhood.”
Investigating officer DC Ben McKay-Smith said: “Hughes has received a two-year prison sentence which reflects the serious nature of these offences.
“I hope this will offer encouragement and reassurance to the public that the police and courts take this sort of crime seriously. All information received from the public relating to this type of crime is thoroughly investigated.
“We have specially trained officers who can support victims of sexual abuse throughout the criminal justice process, from reporting the crime to conviction and beyond. You don’t need to suffer in silence.”