John Wyn Williams successfully prosecutes paedophile sentenced to 16 years with extended year on licence

June 20, 2019

John Wyn Williams from Exchange Chambers has successfully prosecuted a paedophile who groomed and raped a starving 11-year-old girl, forcing her to eat ants to survive after she was abandoned by her parents.

William Bresnahan, 75, was jailed for 16 years with an extended year on licence after a jury at Liverpool Crown Court found him guilty of three counts of rape and three counts of indecent assault.

Bresnahan befriended the girl, giving her food, money, clothing and treats after they met in the early 2000s.  The court heard how he groomed her before raping her at least five times at his home in Melling.

John Wyn Williams, prosecuting, said Bresnahan specifically targeted an “extremely vulnerable” child.

He said: “Your honour will recall the evidence of how she had to eat ants to feed herself and find menial work just to survive.”

The woman, who first reported his crimes in April 2017, said in a victim statement: “The worst thing has been everything, every day. It has destroyed me.”

She added she was “so glad” to have finally achieved justice.

Detective Inspector Catherine Walsh praised the courage of the victim in speaking out and paid tribute to her “dignity and bravery”.

Speaking after the sentencing, she said: “Bresnahan is now behind bars, where he belongs.

“He took advantage of a young, vulnerable girl for his own sexual gratification with no regard whatsoever for her feelings at the time, or the long-standing impact such experiences can have on victims.”

The case has already received coverage from the national press including Liverpool Echo.

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