Jailed: paedophile who threatened young witnesses with 'the devil'
A PAEDOPHILE will spend 14 years behind bars after being convicted of a catalogue of abuse against a child.
Nigel Martin Atkinson, aged 52, was jailed after a seven-day trial for abusing a girl under the age of 12 — allegations he denied.
But a jury found Atkinson guilty of raping a child, two counts of sexual assault and one count of assault.
The crimes were committed in Blackpool and Alicante, Spain, where Atkinson lived after moving from Bolton.
He grew up in Bolton and lived in Grasmere Avenue, Little Lever, before emigrating to Spain for a “new life”. Atkinson was first arrested four years ago.
The jury heard he warned off other children who witnessed the abuse, threatening one with “the devil”.
Atkinson, who is believed to be a father to five children, was jailed for 14 years by Recorder Dennis Desmond at Stafford Crown Court.
He was also ordered to sign the sex offenders’ register for life and must comply with a Sexual Offences Prevention Order.