Child rapist on the loose because he has dementia, although he still poses a risk to women

John Fisher was found to have subjected two girls to a sickening campaign of rape and sexual abuse that lasted for years, but he was allowed to walk free despite a judge saying he still posed a threat to women and girls

John Fisher, 75, formerly Webster Avenue, arrives free from Liverpool Crown Court on Tuesday June 14
John Fisher, 75, previously of Webster Avenue, hides his face as he walks free from Liverpool Crown Court on Tuesday June 14

A child rapist was released from court today after his dementia diagnosis meant he could not stand up in court.

John Fisher, 75, was found by a jury in a fact-finding hearing that he had subjected two girls to a year-long campaign of rape and sexual abuse.

Despite his horrific crimes, the pedophile could not be imprisoned as he was never formally convicted due to his medical condition.

And this despite the fact that the judge at Liverpool Crown Court had warned that Fisher still posed a risk to women and girls, The Liverpool Echo reported.

The judge said he had continued to behave “sexually inappropriate” towards people in recent years.

The rapist was hit with a custody order allowing him to remain conditionally free.

Fisher raped and abused two girls for years in the 1990s and 2000s


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Michael Scholes, prosecutor, said Fisher committed the horrific rapes and sexual assaults on two girls in the 1990s and early 2000s.

The court was told how his victims reported the heinous crimes years later, and the 75-year-old was subsequently charged.

Fisher said in a Crown Court hearing last year that he intends to challenge the charges. However, a series of medical checks revealed he was unfit to stand trial after being diagnosed with vascular dementia.

In a rare move, Fisher’s case was then presented to a jury in a so-called fact-finding hearing.

Liverpool Crown Court, where a finding of fact jury ruled that Fisher had raped and abused the girls


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Mr Scholes said: “The jury found that the defendant did in fact commit the acts and that the victims were telling the truth.”

In these hearings, a jury renders verdicts similar to those found in a court of law, but cannot convict.

Instead, the defendants in these cases are convicted by a judge based on the jury’s findings – but the lack of a conviction means the court’s criminal powers are severely limited.

The only options in Fisher’s case were to hold him in the hospital, issue him a surveillance order, or release him.

Doctors said he was unfit for a hospital order, and at a previous hearing, Judge Anil Murray said a discharge with no further action would be unfit because Fisher required the supervision of paramedics.

A judge found that Fisher, who hid his face, still posed a threat to women and girls but was allowed to roam free


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John Weate, defending himself, said he believed a supervisory order was the only viable option.

Mr Weate said: “I have come to a conclusion and my contention is that I cannot in good conscience ask the court to consider an outright dismissal.”

Both victims said they continued to come to terms with the aftermath of the abuse and said it shaped their entire lives.

In a statement to the court, one said: “I always wonder who I would have been if this hadn’t happened to me.”

Judge Anil Murray expressed concerns about Fisher’s behavior over the past few years, saying he still poses a risk to the public.

Fisher, formerly of Webster Avenue in Wallasey, received a two-year supervisory warrant. He also received a restraining order barring him from contacting his victims for ten years and a sexual harm prevention order restricting him for the same period. He is subject to the duty to report sex offenders for five years. Child rapist on the loose because he has dementia, although he still poses a risk to women

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