Dad of Brianna Ghey murderer jailed after admitting sex offences

The father of a teenager who murdered Brianna Ghey has been jailed after admitting sex offences against teenage girls.

Kyle Ratcliffe, 36, was handed 15 months in prison after pleading guilty to two offences of exposure and one count of taking an indecent photo of a child at Manchester Crown Court.

The dad of Eddie Ratcliffe, who is serving life along with his accomplice Scarlett Jenkinson, both 16, for the murder of transgender teenager Brianna, was described as a risk to girls.

Ratcliffe, from Leigh, admitted exposing himself on two occasions to two 16-year-olds, on 22 and 23 November 2023 - at a bus stop.

The offences were committed just days before his son's murder trial began at Manchester Crown Court on 27 November.

The dad, who appeared from custody at HMP Forest Bank, Salford, also pleaded guilty to taking an indecent photo of a pre-pubescent girl by covertly recording video of her in a changing room in August 2023.

The court heard he has previous past convictions for similar offences.

How could two seemingly ‘innocent’ teenagers became killers, concocting a kill list, luring Brianna into a park and stabbing her, in a "frenzied and ferocious" attack, 28 times? Rob Smith takes a look on the latest episode of From the North.

Jailing him for 15 months and ordering that he must be on the sex offenders register for 10 years, Judge John Potter said the prosecution and conviction of Ratcliffe’s son for murder was not “in any way” mitigation for the offending.

Judge Potter said: “This is not the first time in your life you have harmed others in this way.

“The offences on this indictment coupled with your previous convictions make it quite clear that you have a sexual attraction towards female children and teenagers whom you objectivise for the purpose of you own sexual gratification.

“This, Mr Ratcliffe, has potential to cause very serious harm and portrays you, in my judgment, as currently presenting a significant risk to such individuals.”

A reporting restriction preventing publication of Ratcliffe’s prosecution was lifted by Judge Potter.

Scarlett Jenkinson and Eddie Ratcliffe were both 15 when they lured Brianna to Culcheth’s Linear Park before stabbing her 28 times. Credit: Cheshire police

Earlier, the court heard Kyle Ratcliffe committed the two “identical” offences of exposure on successive days, the mornings of November 22 and 23 last year.

Father-of-three Ratcliffe, who had run a kick-boxing gym in Leigh, Greater Manchester, had been driving his Maserati car along a busy road at around 7.45am.

As he passed two 16-year-old girls at a bus stop waiting to go to college, he turned his head towards them and as they looked back at him they could see his hand moving up and down and his trousers pulled down to his knees.

Michelle Brown, prosecuting, said one girl was “shocked and in disbelief” at what she had seen.

The next day, Ratcliffe again passed them on the road at the same bus stop and was seen masturbating again in his car.

On this occasion, one of the girls, who cannot be identified, took a photo of his car with her mobile phone.

Both girls expressed “shock, confusion and concern” and told their parents, and police were able to trace Ratcliffe from the photo of his car.

Detectives then analysed his phone and found a video taken three months before on the afternoon of August 22, 2023 at a waterpark in Cheshire.

The court heard Ratcliffe secretly recorded a “pre-pubescent” girl, aged 12 to 15, getting changed out of a swimming costume and exposing her breasts and vaginal area.

Internet use on his phone also showed he had searched for pornography online using terms including “students”, “innocent teens” and “public dick flash”.

Ratcliffe initially told a “pack of lies” to police, claiming the video had been sent to him and the exposure offences were caused by a medical problem he had.

But he later admitted the offences, and the court heard Ratcliffe had previous convictions for similar behaviour.

In 2008 he was given a suspended prison sentence for exposure for masturbating in his car towards a girl aged 16.

In 2012 he was given a three-year community order for exposure after being seen masturbating behind the wheel of his vehicle while stopped at a red light.

Mark Friend, mitigating, said, “One knows not the motivation to behave in the way he did.

“The reality is, it is perhaps either difficult or unrealistic to divide this defendant from that which has befallen his family.

“So far as their life as it is now, it is but a shadow that they enjoyed prior to February 2023.

“The defendant accepts that he has played his own part in this misery and left his wife and other two children dealing with that burden alone.”

Scarlett Jenkinson and Eddie Ratcliffe were convicted of murdering Brianna Ghey in a park in Warrington. Credit: Cheshire Police

Eddie Ratcliffe - who was known as Boy Y during Brianna Ghey's murder trial - was jailed for a minimum of 20 years for his part in the teen's killing, alongside Scarlett Jenkinson.

The pair carried out a "frenzied and ferocious" attack on the 16-year-old in Culcheth’s Linear Park in February 2023.

Before the pair were handed life sentences on 2 February, police charged Kyle Ratcliffe, a manager of a truck company who also ran a kickboxing gym, with the three offences on 17 January. He was then remanded in custody.

At Ratcliffe and Jenkinson’s sentencing hearing, trial judge Mrs Justice Yip imposed reporting restrictions which prohibited the media from disclosing the accusations against Kyle Ratcliffe's, in order to avoid prejudicing his case.

The restrictions have now been lifted following Kyle Ratcliffe's guilty pleas.

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