Rapist jailed for 23 years over schoolgirl attacks

MULTIPLE RAPIST: Kenneth Fairley.

MULTIPLE RAPIST: Kenneth Fairley.

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A RAPIST has been jailed for 23 years for sex attacks on two young victims.

Kenneth Fairley, who continues to deny his guilt, ensured the schoolgirls kept silent by using threats and force.

The attacker told the girls nobody would believe them if they broke their silence about their ordeals.

At Newcastle Crown Court yesterday, Judge Penny Moreland told the 47-year-old: “You robbed them of their childhood.

“You have caused them dreadful pain.

“You continue to deny the offences, you have shown no remorse whatsoever for what you did.”

Fairley, of Toft Crescent, Murton, was found guilty by a jury of 14 rape charges as well as five of indecent assault, one of indecency with a child and one of attempted rape. He was also convicted of an intimidation charge after warning one of his victims “you’re dead” after she reported what he had done to her to the police.

Fairley told the court “I’m killing myself, I’ve done nothing wrong,” after he was found guilty of the 22 charges after a trial by a jury last month.

The court heard during the trial how one victim was repeatedly raped and abused by Fairley.

Judge Moreland said: “You raped her.

“Unmoved by her pain and tears, you kept her silence by threats, by bullying and by force.

“You broke her spirit so she submitted to you.”

The second victim was also repeatedly abused and Fairley attempted to rape her.

The judge said: “Once again, you were unmoved by the upset you were causing her.”

Fairley must abide by the terms of a sexual offences prevention order and sign the sex offenders register for life.

Julie Clemitson, defending, said Fairley is not in good health.

Speaking after the case, Diane Hanlon, 43, Fairley’s sister-in-law, said he planned to appeal the sentence.

She added: “We maintain he is innocent and will be starting a petition.”