‘Predatory’ Mile End paedophile raped young girl while she tried to protest

By Staff

A paedophile has been jailed after raping a girl in her own bed. Garry Gibbons, 36, of Mile End, East London, was sentenced to six years and four months imprisonment for the rape of a girl aged under 18 at Snaresbroke Crown Court on Wednesday, March 13.

Gibbons had been sleeping in the living room of a home where his young victim was sleeping in a bedroom on 18 April 2023. He got up in the early hours of the morning, entered the room where she was sleeping and then got into the bed and raped her “despite her protests,” police said.

His victim then fled the property to a friend’s house where the police were called. Forensic samples were taken from the victim’s clothing that were later identified as being a match for Garry Gibbons.

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Gibbons was arrested on August 31, 2023, on suspicion of rape which he denied, despite having left DNA on the victim. He was convicted on March 6, 2024.

Detective Inspector Chris Heathcote of the Mets Public Protection Unit in Tower Hamlets said: “Gibbons is a predatory offender who targeted a young girl, while she slept and despite her protests, raped her.

“He strongly denied the allegation, claiming that he hadn’t gone into the room and that he had slept through the night. However, DNA testing of samples taken from the victim’s clothing proved otherwise.”

He added: “I am pleased that Garry Gibbons has been removed from the community to a place where he no longer poses a threat to women and girls.

“We understand the anxiety of reporting rape, particularly when the attacker is someone that you know. I urge anyone in that situation to get in touch, at the very least so that we can check you are okay. My thoughts are with the survivor/victim in this case. I hope she may now find a measure of closure.”

More information from police on how to report rape and sexual assault is available here.

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