Man arrested for fight with wife thrown in jail with victim he’d raped 30 years previously

A father of four arrested after a fight with his wife was also revealed to be a child rapist when he met his victim again after 30 years when they were put in a cell together.

Gary Mottershead had spent over three decades believing he had got away with his crimes committed in the 1980s.

But in 2015 after the 50-year old was detained on suspicion of assaulting his wife, Mottershead was remanded in custody and by chance was sent to the same cell where his victim, now 43, was being held for burglary.

The victim – who cannot be named – at first didn’t recognise his cellmate but began to realise he was the paedophile who abused him between 1981 and 1983 and told a prison guard.

In a subsequent statement he made addressing Mottershead directly, the man said: “I have lived with this all my life and kept it a secret. Prison was the last place I expected you to be and I felt I couldn’t get away from it.”

At Minshull Street Crown Court, Manchester, Mottershead, of Sale, Greater Manchester, was jailed for six years after he was convicted by a jury of one count of rape and six counts of sexual assault on a male under the age of 13. He denied wrongdoing.

The assaults occurred when Mottershead was just 15 and had been asked to babysit the victim then aged six whilst his parents went out for the evening. He would ply the boy with cider before coercing him into sexual encounters saying it was their “little secret” and would usher his older sister to her bedroom so that he and the boy could be alone.

Tormented by his childhood experience, the boy, who came from a “respectable family” turned to a life of alcohol, drugs and organised crime, the court heard.

Prosecuting, Mark Kellet told the court: “The defendant was acting as a babysitter and he would give the victim cider before sexually assaulting him. This continued for a period of time and the defendant threatened the boy that if he told anyone he would sexually assault his sister.


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