Stranger who raped girl, 3, who was separated from her family for a few minutes on a day out is caged for nine years
A MONSTER who raped a three-year-old girl while she was on a Bank Holiday family day out has today been caged for just nine years.
Graham Medway, 62, pounced on the toddler after she became separated from her parents at Fort Victoria Country Park on the Isle of Wight.
She was away from her family for just eight minutes when the stranger attacked her.
Her parents said the horror changed their beloved daughter and added: "This is something we are going to have to live with forever."
Medway was today sentenced to nine years in jail with a further five years to be spent on licence after pleading guilty to rape of a child.
He will serve at least two thirds of the jail term before he can be considered for parole.
Sentencing Medway at Isle of Wight Crown Court, Judge Roger Hetherington told him: "I have little doubt that you were loitering in the park area waiting for this sort of opportunity.
"You present a significant risk to members of the public of serious harm by the commission of further specified offences."
The court was told the little girl was on a family day out on August 31 when she ran from her parents and into surrounding woodland.
A huge search was launched by the toddler's frantic mum and dad and she was seen emerging from the woods with Medway by concerned passers-by.
She immediately told her mum what had happened and bravely told police her attacker was wearing a hat and described his clothes.
Police arrested him shortly after when they discovered the items of clothing on his boat.
DNA was also found on his underwear that had a 92 million to one chance it did not belong to the girl.
The NSPCC said: “This is a deeply disturbing case, in which a very young girl was subjected to a brutal and terrifying ordeal.
"Medway’s abuse will have had a profound effect on this child and her family, and it is vital they are provided with the full support they need to recover and move on from this.
“If you suspect a child has been assaulted, you can speak in confidence to NSPCC professionals on our helpline seven days a week on 0808 800 5000, or email [email protected] If someone is in immediate danger always call 999.”
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