Sentencing of John Kenny for Historic Sexual Abuse (11 3 2015)

25/03/2015

Claire Lindley, Chief Crown Prosecutor with Mersey-Cheshire Crown Prosecution Service, said: “John Kenny used and abused these two women from when they were as young as 8 years old.

"He did this for his own gratification with no thought of the impact it was having on them. They tried to tell other adults what was happening but Kenny always denied their allegations and convinced others that the girls were lying.

"He has been convicted and sentenced at Chester Crown Court to 20 years in prison for  eighteen counts of child sexual abuse, including four counts of rape.

"His actions, back in the 1970s and 1980s have devastated the lives of these women.

"This investigation began in 2012 and took a long time to reach this point of conviction and sentencing. Building the case involved considerable work and two earlier trials have faltered for a variety of reasons.

"The Witness Care Officer in this case and the CPS caseworker worked hard to support both victims through the delays and both women continued to support the prosecution.

"The eventual conviction and sentence of Kenny has made that long journey worthwhile for all involved and is a testament to the strength of the case built by the Crown Prosecution Service and Cheshire Police.

"I would like to thank the two victims in this case for their courage and determination to see this case through. For their part, they have expressed their thanks for simply being believed after all these years.

"The Crown Prosecution Service treats allegations of sexual abuse very seriously, no matter how long ago the offences took place, and we hope that this conviction and others like it give victims the courage to come forward and seek justice."

  •  Mersey-Cheshire Crown Prosecution runs two dedicated Rape and Serious Sexual Offences Units, where specialist prosecutors work alongside the police. The area currently has the best conviction rate in England and Wales for offences of Violence Against Women and Girls.