A PAEDOPHILE has been put behind bars for sex attacks carried out 30 years ago.
Alan McDermott denied sex offences dating back as far as the 1980s but was found guilty by a jury at Newcastle Crown Court.
Because he denied wrongdoing, his two female victims had to relive their ordeals by giving evidence against him during the trial, which was heard last week.
The 51-year-old, of Malvern Avenue, Chester-le-Street, was convicted of a total of nine offences including attempted rape and indecency with a child.
The offences happened in Sunderland.
Judge Esmond Faulks jailed him for eight years and said that a “substantial sentence” was needed in the case.
The judge told him: “The offences of which you have been found guilty of are serious.
“Despite the lapse of time since the offences only a substantial prison sentence is warranted.”
McDermott was told he must register as a sex offender for the rest of his life.