Stranger who raped girl, 3, as she vanished from family ‘for minutes’ in park jailed

Police cordon off public toilets after a 3-year-old girl was abducted and sexually assaulted (Image: Island Echo)

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A stranger who raped a three-year-old girl while she was on a family day out on the Isle of Wight has been jailed.

Graham Medway pleaded guilty to attacking the girl, who had become separated from her family for a matter of minutes, in Yarmouth.

The 62-year-old from the Freshwater area, appeared at Isle of Wight Crown Court on Friday for sentencing.

Judge Roger Hetherington told him: "I have little doubt that you were loitering in the park area waiting for this sort of opportunity…

"You present a significant risk to members of the public of serious harm by the commission of further specified offences."

Medway was handed a nine-year prison sentence, with a further five years of extended licence upon his release.

He will serve at least two thirds of the jail term before he can be considered for parole.

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