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Doctor jailed for 12 years for abusing young girls

A former police surgeon was today jailed for 12 years after admitting serious sexual offences against young girls..

61-year-old Hugh O'Neill, from Tasburgh in Norfolk abused two girls in their early teens. He pleaded guilty to two charges of rape and three of gross indecency.

Today he was sentenced at Norwich Crown Court.

Hugh O'Neill has been jailed for 12 years. Credit: Norfolk Police

The offences took place between 1995 and 2002. They came to light when one of the girls - having seen high profile cases reported in the press - felt strong enough to contact the police.

O'Neill was arrested on July 18th last year. Initially he denied the allegations but later admitted them.

O'Neill worked as a GP at Horsford medical centre near Norwich.. None of the offences relate to his professional role.

Statements were read out from the victims. One said O'Neill had completely shattered her trust in people. Not a day goes by without her reliving her nightmare. It had ruined her life, she said.

The other girl said her childhood had been taken away from her. She was so traumatised that she slept with a knife under her pillow.

Judge Anthony Bate told him: "Behind that respectable facade you were living a complete lie. Your disgrace is complete.".

It emerged today that O'Neill is accused of a further 15 offences of sexual abuse. His barrister said he would be pleading not guilty.

Man jailed for 18 years for child sexual assault

A man has been jailed for 18 years after being found guilty of a series of offences in which children were plied with cocaine then sexually assaulted.

William McNaughton, 56, of Chapel End, Broxted, was sentenced at Chelmsford Crown Court on Friday after being found guilty of 13 charges at an earlier hearing.

He was found guilty of one count of rape, eight other sexual offences and five counts of supplying a Class A drug to a child.

The court heard that the offences occurred in the 1990s and all involved three children under the age of 13.

The Senior Investigating Officer, DI Dawn Enstone of the Essex Police Child Abuse Investigation Unit, said:

"The offences dated back to the 1990s and the victims, who were then aged between 8 and 13, were subjected to cruel and sustained sexual abuse.

Before the children reached their teenage years he plied them with illegal drugs, claiming this way he could monitor the quality of the drug supply. Of course, this made the already vulnerable children less able to protect themselves.

It takes tremendous courage to be able to come forward and reveal the details of such horrendous child abuse and by doing so, these three brave children are survivors rather than victims.”


Man arrested over child abuse allegations

Two men. including one from Norfolk, have been arrested by detectives investigating allegations of historic child abuse centring around a guesthouse and a care home.

A man aged 66 from Norfolk and another aged 70 from East Sussex were held this morning on suspicion of sexual offences. The allegations are linked to Elm Guest House and the Grafton Close care home in Barnes, south west London.