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Monday, 28 February 2011 (3012530)
Sex offender jailed for life
by Natasha Young

A CONVICTED sex offender who raped a boy more than two decades ago in Freshfield sand dunes was jailed for life last Friday (February 25).

A judge described 53-year-old Arthur Catterall as “very dangerous to young boys,” and said he believed Catterall would pose a risk to boys for many years to come.

Liverpool Crown Court heard that Catterall, of Great Howard Street, Vauxhall, had a long record of serious sex convictions before the attack in 1990.

Lee Bonner, prosecuting, told how he lured an 11-year-old boy to the sand dunes near Freshfield, Formby, with the promise the lad could ride his motorbike.

Catterall plied him with cider before attacking him and following the assault Catterall, who is also known by the name Leach, just left the youngster at the scene.

The offence did not come to light for many years and meanwhile he continued to commit offences against young boys.

In 1994 he was jailed for five years for abducting a boy, a crime which Judge Clifton described as “serious and sinister”.

Then in 1998 he was put behind bars for 39 months for detaining another youngster against his will. Since then he has repeatedly breached a Sexual Offenders order.

At least twice he was caught in the company of schoolboys, with toys and photographs.

Judge Gerald Clifton ordered that Catterall serve a minimum of six years in jail before he can apply for parole.

“In my view, all through the last decade you were still quite capable of committing serious sexual offences against young boys.

”Those breaches not only show that, but they also show your disdain for any kind of restraint imposed by the orders.

“So many times you have shown utter disdain for the order, making it almost meaningless.”

Catterall had been convicted of the attack on the 11-year-old boy after a trial.

Jeremy Rawson, defending, said court orders had prevented Catterall from committing further sexual offences over the last 10 years.


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