A teenager was left ‘mentally scarred’ after she was raped on a trip to the Lake District which she hoped would boost her confidence.
Almost three decades later, Peter Neild, 52, has been brought to justice for the attack on the teenager – who was on a Prince’s Trust break. Neild, a serial sex offender, is already serving an indefinite prison sentence after being convicted of abusing a toddler and other sexual offences in 2022.
He was caught when police discovered a phone on which he had recorded the abuse. The same year, the woman, who can not be named for legal reasons, told police she had also been attacked by the predator.
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She said following the attack in 1994 she had felt unable to report what had happened in the Lake District but had now found the courage to come forwards. Neild, of Chester Road, Little Sutton, denied rape but was convicted following a three day trial at Chester Crown Court on December 20, 2023. He will be sentenced on January 29, 2024.
During the trial, the court was told how in 1994 the victim and Neild were both part of a group who travelled to the Lake District as part of a Prince’s Trust course being delivered by Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service.
The victim told the jury how she and Neild initially got along well and there seemed to be no issues. On the second night of the trip, she and Neild had been eating and chatting in the main communal area with the rest of the participants.
Gradually, all the other people left the room, leaving her alone with Neild. Without warning, he jumped on the victim and removed her trousers, before going on to rape her, despite multiple requests for him to stop.
At the time of the incident, the victim felt unable to report the offence however in May 2022 she contacted the police and an investigation was launched.
Detective Sergeant Helen Harrison, of Northwich CID, said: “Neild is a prolific sex offender who clearly has no regard for his victims, and shows no remorse for his actions, his only concern being fulfilling his own sexual gratification.
“In this case, the victim did not know Neild and had only gone on the Prince’s Trust course as she wanted to help boost her confidence. Instead, she was left mentally scarred by what he did to her that night.
“However, thanks to the evidence that she provided Neild has now been held accountable for his actions that day. I would like to thank the victim for her bravery throughout the investigation and I hope that the verdict reached will allow her to move forward.
“As this case demonstrates, we treat all reports of historic sexual offences seriously, with the wishes and needs of the victim as our main priority, and any allegations will be thoroughly investigated.”
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