Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Abduction Accused Is Convicted Paedophile

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Abduction Accused Is Convicted Paedophile

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Byline: By Hilary Clixby

The man accused of raping a six-year-old girl after snatching her from her bath is a convicted child molester, a jury heard yesterday.

Peter Voisey indecently assaulted a 12-year-old girl in the changing rooms of a leisure centre in Macclesfield, Cheshire, five years ago, Newcastle Crown Court was told.

He also told a friend "he would take children off the street if he had the chance and that he would do something to them", it was alleged yesterday, on the ninth day of the trial.

Voisey is accused of abducting the six-year-old from her North Tyneside home on December 27 last year, driving away with her in a car and sexually assaulting her twice before abandoning her naked in a back lane.

The 35-year-old, from 23rd Avenue,

Blyth, Northumberland denies charges of kidnap, rape and indecent assault.

Details of his past conviction were outlined yesterday to help jurors decide whether he had a "propensity" to commit offences of that nature and not tell the truth when questioned about such matters.

"There is a dispute as to whether the defendant has a propensity to commit offences of this nature," Judge David Hodson told the jury.

"It will be ultimately for you to decide whether he has such a propensity and whether, if he has a propensity, it affects your judgment of the evidence you have heard so far."

The Macclesfield offence happened in July 2001 after Voisey went into the female changing area of the leisure centre and watched the 12-year-old and another girl washing their hair.

He grabbed the 12-year-old, putting his arm around her and telling her to be quiet before sexually assaulting her, said Robert Woodcock, prosecuting.

He was also seen at various times on the leisure centre CCTV camera with his hand down his tracksuit bottoms, Mr Woodcock said.

Voisey had initially denied the offence, but in September 2001 admitted a charge of indecent assault in the way the prosecution had outlined, the court was told. …

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