John Wyn Williams successfully prosecutes man for historic sex offence

February 17, 2020

John Wyn Williams from Exchange Chambers has successfully prosecuted a man who raped a six-year-old girl when he was a teenager in historic sex offence case.

Thomas Nulty, 64, raped the child in the early 1970s in Prescot, Merseyside, Liverpool Crown Court heard.

The victim revealed her ordeal to police in April 2018.

Nulty denied rape but was convicted following a trial, and admitted five offences involving the sexual abuse of two other children. He has been jailed for seven years and six months.

Judge Gary Woodhall said he had taken into account that Nulty had been 16 years old at the time and “did not have family nurturing to understand boundaries and behaviour”.

Nulty had been brought up in two care homes where he was abused as a young boy, the court heard.

The court heard he raped the girl in her own bed while babysitting her. He threatened her not to tell anyone or her mother would die.

Judge Woodhall, who ordered him to sign on the sex offenders register for life, said Nulty “had shown little empathy or remorse”, adding: “You admitted having been sexually aroused by the power it gave you.”

He said the rape victim spoke of how his behaviour had “ruined her life” and she had needed help for mental health issues.

John Wyn Williams is a member of the criminal department at Exchange Chambers.

The case received national press coverage.