Child rapist John Paul Lee jailed for 'unimaginable abuse'

John Paul Lee
Image caption Police said Lee was "an evil, depraved man"

A man who raped two young girls and subjected them to "unimaginable abuse" has been jailed for 17 years.

John Paul Lee, 36, from Blackpool, was found guilty of eight counts of raping a child and six counts of indecently assaulting a child at Manchester Minshull Street Crown Court.

He began abusing his victims when the youngest was four and the eldest eight, Greater Manchester Police said.

He said Lee had plied the girls with drink and drugs before abusing them.

The victims were abused by Lee, of Lytham Road, repeatedly between 2002 and 2008, he said, adding that Lee had raped one of them again in 2011.

'No childhood'

In a victim impact statement, one of the victim's said she had frequent nightmares "about what he did to me but mainly [about] him making me watch him do things to the other victim".

"I hear her screaming. I see her crying and I feel helpless that I cannot stop it."

"When I look back to when the abuse was happening to me, I realise that I was not a normal child - he made me experiment with drugs and started me smoking at the age of seven.

"I had no childhood."

PC Natalie Eastwood said the girls "had their childhoods snatched away from them in the most appalling of circumstances".

"Lee is an evil, depraved man who subjected them both to unimaginable abuse."

"It was heart-wrenching for me to hear what lasting and significant impact the abuse has had on them both physically and psychologically and, try as I might, I cannot adequately reflect this in words."

Lee was also placed on the sex offenders register indefinitely.

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