A VILE pervert who raped a nine-year-old girl after plying her with alcohol more than a quarter of a century ago was today beginning a nine-year jail sentence.
George Sherrington was told by a judge: “This is a particularly bad case of its kind.
“Although it was a single incident, the age of the victim, the element of alcohol and the breach of trust put it in the highest bracket.”
Judge Brian Lewis also pointed out that 49-year-old Sherrington, of Beacon Road, Bickershaw, has shown no remorse and he ordered him to sign on the Sex Offenders’ Register for life.
“This was a very gross breach of trust involving a very young child and a child you had given alcohol to to disinhibit her,” he added.
During his trial Nicola Daley, prosecuting, told a Liverpool Crown Court jury that the attack came to light in January last year when the victim walked into Leigh police station and revealed details of her ordeal.
She explained that on Christmas Eve 1989 Sherrington had been babysitting her and other youngsters at her home in Wigan while her parents were out.
While the others were asleep he allowed her to come down and gave her a can of lager and encouraged her to drink it and afterwards while she was lying on the couch he raped her causing her pain.
She did not tell anyone at the time though two or three years later she told some relatives, who were also children, and later her parents and her father accompanied her to the police station.
When arrested, Sherrington denied the offence and he maintained his innocence at his trial earlier this year.
Paul Becker, defending, said that Sherrington still denies the offence which occurred a long time ago.