A man has been jailed after he raped an 11-year-old boy.
John Richard Ferrier (02/12/1944) of Ormskirk road in Wigan was found guilty of rape at Manchester Crown Court on Friday 21st November 2014. He also pleaded guilty to possession of a bladed article at an earlier hearing and was sentenced to life in prison with a minimum term of eight years.
On Thursday 18 October 2013, Ferrier approached an 11-year-old boy in the toilets at Manchester Arndale.
Ferrier asked him to go into a cubicle to which the boy refused. He then dragged him into the cubicle and raped him.
The boy fled the toilets and told someone outside what had happened before telling a security guard. The boy ran away when he saw Ferrier come out of the toilets.
A member of the public saw Ferrier leave and told a security guard who held him until police arrived.
The boy was traced three days later when he admitted what had happened to him to police officers visiting his school.
Detective Constable Simon France from the Serious Sexual Offences Unit said: “I would like to commend the victim who with the support of his family and specially trained officers had the courage to come forward and tell police what happened to him.
“He is a young boy who has had a terrifying ordeal and it was not easy for him to admit what had happened. With his support we have been able to bring Ferrier before the courts and he will now spend a substantial period of time in prison.
“I would also like to thank members of the public and the staff at Manchester Arndale as it was due to their quick actions that meant a dangerous man was stopped and arrested at the scene.”