Former west Cumbrian footballer jailed for historic sex offences

Credit: Lancashire Constabulary

A former Workington Reds footballer has been jailed for 21 years over historic sex abuse.

68-year-old Graham Gill carried out the abuse on his young victim during the 70s and 80s in the Leyland area.

Gill joined Reds in 1978 and played more than 300 games for the club. He had denied the offences but was found guilty by a jury following a week-long trial at Preston Crown Court.

The jury unanimously found him guilty of 16 counts – ten of indecent assault, four of rape and two other sexual offences. The victim was aged between six and 16 at the time.

Gill, of Sandringham Avenue, Leyland, was sentenced on January 14th to 21 years and will serve two thirds of that sentence before he is eligible to apply for parole.

Det Con Michelle Thompson, of Lancashire Constabulary’s Child Protection Unit, said: “Gill is an abhorrent offender who subjected his young victim to systematic and violent sexual abuse over a lengthy period.

“I would like to commend her for her courage in both coming forward to report this horrific abuse and in facing her abuser through the court process.

“I hope that this conviction and sentence gives others who may have suffered similar abuse to come forward.

“Lancashire Constabulary remains committed to investigating allegations of this nature, no matter how historic, and no matter what the role, position and status of the alleged offender, and we would encourage anyone who has been a victim of a sexual offence to come forward safe in the knowledge that they will be treated sensitively and professionally.”