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Review into bath rape man's case
Peter Voisey
Voisey has a previous conviction for sexually assaulting a child
An inquiry is be held into how a man came to abduct a girl from her bath and then rape her while he was being monitored after a previous offence.

Peter Voisey, 35, of Blyth, Northumberland, was convicted of taking the six-year-old from her home in North Tyneside, then abusing her.

During the trial, it emerged he had a conviction for molesting a girl at a leisure centre in Cheshire in 2001.

The review will examine how he was monitored after his release from jail.

Newcastle Crown Court heard how Voisey sneaked into the six-year-old's house and took her from her ground-floor bathroom in December last year.

He then drove round the area and repeatedly sexually abused her.

She was later dumped naked and screaming in an alleyway.

We express our sympathy to the victim and her family - this is clearly an appalling offence
Home Office spokeswoman

On Friday, Voisey was convicted of abduction, rape and sexual assault.

Judge David Hodson warned he faced a very lengthy jail term when he is sentenced on 1 December.

As a sex offender, Voisey - also known as Smith - was subject to multi-agency public protection arrangements (Mappa) following his release from prison for the Macclesfield offence.

Mappa involve police, probation and other agencies such as housing, health and social services sharing information on offenders, in an effort to stop them committing more crimes.

A Home Office spokeswoman said: "We express our sympathy to the victim and her family. This is clearly an appalling offence.

"A multi-agency internal review of the case is being commissioned by the strategic management board of Mappa."

Bath at the girl's home

Det Ch Insp Jim Napier, who led the case, said: "I'm satisfied that Voisey was managed at an appropriate level and without wishing to pre-empt the review findings, our initial inquiries suggest that there was nothing in the way he was being managed which could have prevented him committing this offence.

"Registered sex offenders are not subject to round-the-clock supervision and Voisey was free to move around the areas where he lived and where he had associates, including North Tyneside.

"The fact that he was a registered sex offender meant that we were able to quickly identify him as a person of interest to this investigation and therefore make inquiries about him, despite his very early and firm denials.

"However, it may be that there are lessons to be learnt for all the Mappa partners and those will be addressed through the serious case review."

A look at how Voisey managed to snatch the girl

Man convicted of bath girl rape
20 Oct 06 |  England

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