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Rapist who lived in Sunderland has extra eight years on life sentence after admitting sex assaults on children

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A RAPIST who is serving a life sentence for attacking a woman has been given eight years for sexual offences against children.

Stuart Greener, who lived in Ryhope and Murton in the 1960s and 70s, was jailed for life in 2011, Durham Crown Court heard.

The offence happened in Suffolk, where Greener was working as a builder.

Allegations then came to light of offences in the 1970s against two children in the North East.

“Greener would have been between 14 and about 19 years,” said Sarah Mallett, prosecuting. He forced the boys to perform sex acts on him on numerous occasions.

“They both say he ruined their childhood, causing them difficulties at home and at school.

“One of the victims turned to criminality as an adult, for which he in part blames Greener.”

Greener, 56, of no fixed abode, admitted seven charges of indecently assaulting a child. The court heard he has another rape conviction in 1996, for which he was jailed for five years.

“In that offence, he took the woman to a wood in his car and raped her,” said Ms Mallett.

Richard Wood, defending, said: “Mr Greener himself suffered abuse as a child, so he does have some insight into the impact of his offending.

“At the time of these offences, he had difficulty telling the difference between right and wrong. He is now seeking help for his problems from the prison authorities.”

Judge Brian Forster QC jailed Greener for eight years.

The judge said: “You took advantage of these two boys on repeated occasions for your sexual pleasure.

“They were frightened of you, and they believed the threats you made about what would happen to them if they told anybody.

“I have taken into account your current circumstances, but this sentence would have been much longer were it under the guidelines which apply today.”

The eight years starts immediately because a life prisoner cannot receive a consecutive sentence.

Greener is not eligible to apply for parole until 2021.

Judge Forster ordered a transcript of this case to be sent to the Parole Board.

 
 
 

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