Hindley Child Molester Jailed For Kidnap & Sexual Assault Of 16-Year-Old Girl

A man from Hindley, Wigan, has been jailed at Manchester Crown Court after taking a drunk 16-year-old girl back to his property against her will and sexually assaulting her.

Michael Owen of Bridgewater Street in Hindley, Wigan has been jailed for 7 and a half years
Michael Owen of Bridgewater Street in Hindley, Wigan has been jailed for 7 and a half years

34-year-old Michael Owen of Bridgewater Street in Hindley has been handed a seven-and-a-half-year jail sentence at Manchester Crown Court for kidnapping and sexually assaulting a 16-year-old girl.


The opportunist sexual predator had noticed the intoxicated girl outside a nightclub in Leigh at 5am on 13 March this year. Owen approached his victim and helped her to her feet, giving the impression he was looking out for her.


Owen then put the girl into a taxi, instructing the driver to take them to his home on Bridgewater Street.


The teenager, recalled how she remembered waking up half naked in Owen's bed, screaming to go home, was told by him that he was just looking after her.


The victim gave evidence to Manchester Crown Court via video link, she told the court that her memory of the night was very patchy, however, she remembered someone banging loudly on Owen's front door.


The man banging on the door was the victim's father, who had been given the address by the taxi driver, who had answered the phone of the child after she had dropped it in his taxi.



At the same time the concerned father was phoning the police to report his daughter being held against her will, Owen was calling 999 to report a man banging on his front door.


Police arrived at the scene and the circumstances were quickly established and Owen was arrested and taken into custody while the victim was taken to the hospital for examination.


Michael Owen pleaded guilty to all charges.


After jailing Owens for 7 and a half years, the judge gave him an extended licence period of 4 years, with a lifetime restraining order against the victim after deeming him a threat to the public and a "dangerous offender".


Detective Sergeant Chris Preston from Wigan CID said: "We are very pleased with today's result. Owen is a dangerous individual who preyed on this young girl for his own use, under the guide of being helpful and looking out for her.


"We are extremely grateful to the victim and her family, for the support they have given GMP throughout this investigation, which has led to this successful conviction.


"If you commit these crimes, we will find you and we will ensure that you are prosecuted to the full extent of the law."


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