Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Guilty: Child Rapist in 'Sleeping Judge' Trial

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Guilty: Child Rapist in 'Sleeping Judge' Trial

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aCHILD rapist whose trial collapsed after the judge was accused of falling asleep has finally been brought to justice.

John Quigley, who managed the Benchill pub in Wythenshawe before it was demolished, has been found guilty of molesting two young girls at a Manchester Crown Court retrial.

His first trial had to be abandoned after Recorder Philip Cattan, a respected Manchester barrister who sits as a judge part-time, was suspected of nodding off as one of the young victims answered questions from the defence.

The incident meant the young girl had to give evidence a second time in the retrial, before a different judge, before her abuser was convicted.

Quigley, 49, formerly of Avon Road, Burnage, has now been warned he faces a lengthy jail sentence after he was found guilty of nine child sex charges, including rape.

The sexual abuse of the two girls remained secret until one of the girls con-fided in her mother, telling her she had planned to reveal it only when 'John was dead'. …

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