Pensioner jailed for sex abuse at his Sale home

William Dowry
Image caption Dowry began abusing the girl when she was just six years old

A pensioner who repeatedly sexually abused a young girl at his Greater Manchester home has been jailed.

William Dowry, 71, of Aston Lane, Sale, began abusing the girl when she was just six years old.

Police said he lured her to his home by saying he had toys in his attic for her to play with.

Dowry admitted 12 counts of sexual assault and was jailed for five years and four months at Manchester Minshull Street Crown Court.

He was also ordered to sign the sex offenders' register for life, banned from working with children for life and made the subject of an indefinite sexual offences prevention order.

The abuse took place between 2001 and 2004 at his previous address in Sale.

Police said the girl would visit Dowry to play with the toys in his attic but on numerous occasions he sexually assaulted her.

The victim confided in a child protection officer at her school who alerted police.

Det Con Nicola Graham, of the Greater Manchester Police child protection unit, said: "Dowry had a variety of toys in his attic and he used these to lure a completely innocent young girl into his house.

"Once alone with her he abused her on a number of occasions over three years.

"He is a vile man and while nothing can erase the emotional scars the victim has suffered I hope the fact he has been jailed can be of some small comfort."

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