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Manchester child sex offender jailed

|News, Sexual offences

A man has been jailed for sex offences against two children between 1992 and 2011.

Dean Andrew Kennedy, 55, of Shiredale Drive, Manchester, sexually abused one child over a 12-month period between January 1992 and January 1993. 14 years later, he sexually abused another child over a four-year period between March 2007 and March 2011. 

The youngest child was just five years old when she was abused. The second child was abused when she was aged between 13-16 years. The victims were unconnected, but both suffered similar abuse from Kennedy.

Working closely with Greater Manchester Police, the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) were able build a strong case against him.

He denied all the offences from the outset and took the case to trial which took place at the Hilton Nightingale court, but later moved to Manchester Crown Court at Crown Square at the start of the defence case.

Kennedy was convicted of 11 sexual offences by the jury on 13 October 2021, following an eight day trial.

He was sentenced on 21 November 2021 to nine years' imprisonment.

The CPS also applied for a sexual harm prevention order which was granted by the court.

Brett Gerrity, Senior Crown Prosecutor at CPS North West said: "Kennedy subjected the victims to sexual abuse for his own sexual gratification. He exploited their vulnerability without any thought to the impact such abuse may have on them. Both victims described the devastating affect the abuse has had on their lives and how their childhoods had been stolen by him.

"Thanks to the incredible bravery of these women in giving evidence against their abuser, Dean Kennedy will not be able to subject any more children to the abuse they suffered. I hope the sentences passed today provide them with some sense of justice for what happened to them as children."

Notes to editors

  • Brett Gerrity is a Specialist Rape and Serious Sexual Assault Senior Prosecutor for CPS North West's RASSO Unit
  • The Crown Prosecution Service is committed to closing the gap between the number of cases being reported and those going to court, to make sure more victims get justice
  • In June, the CPS and the NPCC launched the National ISVA framework which commits to new minimum standards of support for victims of rape and sexual violence.

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