Jailed: The sex beast branded a 'monster' by victim who faced him in court

Michael McMahon was jailed for eight years at Newcastle Crown Court.
Michael McMahon was jailed for eight years at Newcastle Crown Court.

A mum who suffered sickening sexual abuse as a child branded her attacker "a monster" after confronting him in court.

The woman, who cannot be named, endured a series of shocking assaults by Michael McMahon over several years from the age of 12, more than two decades ago.

McMahon denied indecent assault, despite bragging about being an abuser during online chats with strangers, but was convicted by a jury after a trial at Newcastle Crown Court last month.

The 58-year-old was also convicted of owning a collection of vile images of children suffering sexual abuse, which he claimed must have belonged to his elderly father, who has Alzheimer's, or his carers.

The court heard McMahon, who already has a conviction for abusing another child in the 1990s, may have been looking for other victims in recent years.

Judge Robert Adams branded McMahon, of Raby Road, Oxclose, Washington, a "danger" and sentenced him to eight years behind bars, with a two-year extended licence period.

He said McMahon's online conversations, as recently as 2014, suggested he was "proud" of the abuse he perpetrated years ago, and told him: "You certainly were not ashamed of it and disclosed it to other people.

"Such were the detail of the conversations, it was obvious, in my view, your intention was to carry out similar activities to other people, given the opportunity.

"I have no hesitation at all in concluding you are a dangerous offender. Your victim describes you as a monster. In short, you destroyed her childhood."

McMahon's victim bravely stood and faced him from the witness box as she read out her victim impact statement to the courtroom.

She said: "The abuse I suffered at the hands of this monster has destroyed me and haunted me continuously and will do forever. My childhood innocence and self-esteem was taken from me."

Addressing McMahon directly, the woman told him: "You have destroyed my childhood. Your actions were unlawful, immoral, disgusting and sick. My only regret is not coming forward sooner."

McMahon was convicted of seven charges of making and possessing more than 200 images of child abuse on his computer and memory sticks, and 10 charges of indecent assault in relation to the female victim.

The court heard McMahon continues to deny the offences.

Lee Fish, defending, said the online conversations regarding abuse may have been "fantasy".

He added: "Clearly the defendant will have a considerable period of time to reflect upon this case and his attitude to it.

"Limited work can be conducted while he maintains his innocence. He is entitled to do that."