Vinh Van Vu: Manchester paedophile who began sexually abusing girl when she was just seven years old jailed

Vinh Van Vu was found guilty of subjecting a schoolgirl to years of abuse

Vinh Van Vu was found guilty of subjecting a schoolgirl to years of abuse

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

A Manchester man who began sexually abusing a girl when she was just seven years old has been jailed for 20 years.

Vinh Van Vu, 32 and of Blackley, was jailed following a two-day trial at Woolwich Crown Court.

Vu was found guilty of multiple counts of sexual assault and rape on the same victim - a girl under 13.

The victim is a schoolgirl who was known to Vu. The abuse started when she was seven years old and is estimated to have taken place between 2011 and 2016 at different addresses in Greenwich, London.

The offending was first reported to police on 15 February 2016, when officers received a phone call from the girl after she had made contact with Childline using their internet chat room service.

She had explained to Childline staff that Vu had been abusing her since she was seven years old. She communicated with Childline on the internet a number of times before deciding to tell police.

Detectives spoke to the victim on the phone and then sent specialist officers to her address where she was able to give them more details about the history of abuse she had suffered.

Vu was arrested later that day - February 15, 2016 - and subsequently charged.

DS Colin Cooper, of the Met's Child Abuse and Sexual Offences Command, said: "Vinh Van Vu is a dangerous individual who poses a serious risk to children and I am content that he has been put behind bars for a significant amount of time.

"The courage of one young girl speaking up against what is wrong has helped justice to be served today.

"I want this case to demonstrate how any child or vulnerable person who is currently suffering abuse needs to speak to just one person - any person they trust.

"Once the abuse has been reported, we will take it from there. We have specially trained officers who handle cases sensitively and will support victims through the process of giving evidence to police and bringing offenders to justice.

"I would also like to highlight the work of Childline, who spoke to the victim a number of times via a chat room, supported her and made her feel confident enough to report the horrific abuse she had suffered to police. This service proved to be invaluable in this case."