Sex attacker’s appeal fails

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A DEPRAVED sex beast from Wigan, handed a potentially lifelong jail term for molesting schoolgirls and raping one, has failed in an Appeal Court bid to clear his name.

Ronald Bain, of Smithwood Avenue, Hindley, was caged indefinitely for public protection, which is almost identical to a life sentence, at Liverpool Crown Court in April after being found guilty of 28 sexual assaults and one rape.

The 63-year-old challenged his convictions at London’s Criminal Appeal Court, with his lawyers arguing they were ‘unsafe’ and should be overturned.

But, rejecting his appeal bid and also dismissing his challenge to his open-ended sentence, top judges said there was nothing unfair about his trial and he had rightly been viewed as a danger to society.

The court heard Bain’s sickening crimes started in the mid-1980s and carried on until as recently as 2010.

In that time, he raped one young girl and sexually assaulted 10 other children, aged between five and 12.

Mr Justice Openshaw, sitting with Lord Justice Toulson and Judge Anthony Morris QC, said there were no grounds for challenging the jury’s guilty verdicts and the indefinite sentence was justified.

Bain must serve at least nine years behind bars for his crimes and, after that, will only be freed if he can convince the Parole Board he is safe to live in the community once more.

When he was sentenced earlier this year, Judge David Harris warned Bain that unless he accepted his behaviour and engaged in rehabilitation work he may never be released.

He added: “You used the girls for your own sexual gratification without the slightest consideration of the damage that the girl would necessarily suffer as a result of that sexual exploitation.”

After the hearing DC Susan Molyneux from the Public Protection Unit said: “Bain abused the trust the children and their parents placed in him and subjected them to a number of sexual assaults over a prolonged period of time.

“The victims have all been left mentally scarred by the abuse and I hope the sentence Bain has received may go some way to helping mend these scars.”