Monday, March 30, 2009

Engineer jailed for 10 years for incest and paedophile offences

ICE Fellow and leading geotechnical engineer Dr Peter Rankilor was jailed for 10 years last week after being found guilty of 24 serious sexual offences against children.

Rankilor, 66, is an expert on the design and application of geotextiles, geomembranes and geosynthetics.

He was sentenced on Friday last week following a trial at Minshull Crown Court in Manchester in January where he was found guilty of a series of charges of indecent assault and incest between 1980 and 1986.

He was arrested after a woman went to police to report that he had molested her in the 1980s. Police discovered within the course of his investigation that he had also abused another young girl.

Judge Mushtaq Khokhar told Rankilor that he had “robbed these girls of their innocence at a very early age”, and that despite claims of ill health, the severity and quantity of offences meant “the only possible sentence I can impose is a custodial one”.

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