Police, Fire & Court

Six years jail for Sale man guilty of assaulting a six-year-old boy 30 years ago

By Barbara Metcalfe at

A man has been jailed for the historic assault of a six-year-old boy in the 1980s in Trafford.

Gary Mottershead, 50,  of Norris Road,  Sale, appeared  at Manchester Minshull Street Crown Court yesterday and was sentenced to six years for the rape of a child and five counts of indecency with a child.

The court heard how the first incident happened in 1981, when Mottershead indecently assaulted a six-year-old boy.
Similar assaults were also carried out a number of times between 1981 and 1983.

The attacks were reported to police in August 2015 and Mottershead was subsequently arrested.

Detective Constable Paul Walls of GMP’s Trafford Borough, said: “Mottershead’s behaviour was a complete abuse of trust and shows his depravity as a sex offender.

“The way he acted with a six-year-old boy is absolutely disgraceful and I am so grateful to the victim that he bravely reported Mottershead’s actions so that we could bring him to justice.

“Today’s sentence shows that no matter how long it has been since a sexual offence occurred, we take every report seriously and work tirelessly to ensure those responsible face the consequences of their actions.

“Mottershead will now be spending the next six years in prison, giving him nothing but time to reflect on his unacceptable behaviour and keep him safely behind bars.”