One of his two victims was four when he first assaulted her – and lashed her with a dog lead when she struggled
A sadistic paedophile has been jailed for 16 years for what a veteran judge called “the worst case” he’d heard.
One of Robert Sullivan’s two victims was four when he first assaulted her – and lashed her with a dog lead when she struggled.
Chester crown court heard Sullivan, now 68, tied one girl to a radiator in a disused factory before raping her and beating her over the head with a piece of wood.
He raped one victim on Christmas Eve, smashing down a toilet door at a house in Winsford, Cheshire.
The court heard the defendant used the girls as “playthings” to fulfil his own sexual gratification in a “cycle of violent and sadistic behaviour.”
The abuse went on between 1977 and 1984.
Sullivan was arrested in 2009 but went on the run for 22 months before being caught last July.
He admitted 25 sex charges, including nine rapes.
“Childhood memories are mostly supposed to be happy, sadly for both these victims their memories were nothing short of a nightmare,” said prosecutor John Wyn Williams, who said the girls had told people about the abuse back in the 80s but were never taken seriously.
Judge Elgan Edwards called Sullivan “foul”, adding: “Anyone who has heard this case shudders for what you did.
“I have been sitting in this court for some considerable period of time, I have not heard a worse case than this.
“You will spend most of the rest of your life in custody but I’m sure you deserve it.”