Two men sentenced for trafficking and raping girls

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Two men who took girls to hotel rooms and raped them have been sentenced at Mold Crown Court.

John Delaney, 33, and John James Purcell, 31, were convicted of rape and trafficking the two girls who were in care at the time in order to sexually exploit them.

Delaney and Purcell mug shots
Delaney (left) and Purcell. Photo courtesy of North Wales Police/Heddlu Gogledd

The 15-year-old victims would be provided with alcohol by the men and were encouraged to drink.  Once the girls were drunk, the men raped them.

On some occasions the girls would be taken to a hotel room where other men would attend and also sexually abuse them.

Sandra Subacchi of the CPS said: “These men preyed on the vulnerability of these teenage girls, sometimes seeking them out and encouraging them to leave their care home to go with them.

“They deliberately manipulated the girls and used alcohol as a way of breaking their will, sometimes getting them so drunk that they were not able to stop the men from doing as they wished.

“The defendants treated these girls as property rather than people and used them as objects to fulfil their sexual desires.

“We hope the conclusion of the case will help the women to move forward with their lives.”

Each man was sentenced to 14 years’ imprisonment on 13 December 2018.

Notes to editors

  • Sandra Subacchi is a Senior Crown Prosecutor in the CPS Cymru-Wales RASSO unit.
  • John DELANEY (D.O.B. 17/08/85) was convicted of Trafficking within the UK for sexual exploitation x 3; Rape x 2; sexual assault.
  • John James PURCELL (D.O.B. 16/08/87) was convicted of Trafficking within the UK for sexual exploitation x 3; Rape x 2.

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