Victim's bravery praised as child abuser jailed

Giorgos Lagji
Police said a jury "saw through" the lies of Giorgos Lagji [Northumbria Police]

A man convicted of a string of child sex offences including rape has been jailed.

Giorgos Lagji, 38, was found guilty of 28 offences including making indecent images of a child in a case which police described as one of the "worst" officers had encountered.

He was sentenced to 21 years in prison at Newcastle Crown Court on Wednesday and will spend the rest of his life on the sex offenders' register.

After the sentencing Northumbria Police praised the victim for her bravery.

After being attacked numerous times by Lagji, the victim reported the abuse to police in 2022.

Lagji, of no fixed abode, was also convicted of attempted rape and sexual activity with a child.

Police said jurors "saw through his lies" and convicted him of all counts.

Describing the impact on her life, his victim said: "He made me feel helpless. I was only a child when the abuse began.

"I didn’t understand what was happening to me. I knew that the behaviour wasn’t normal but this was all I knew.

“My childhood and innocence have been ripped from my heart. I feel like I can never behave normally again.

"I have become good at masking how I am feeling as I have had to hide my emotions for so long and put on a front for other people.

“I put a smile on my face and tell people I’m fine, but inside I am broken."

'Predatory monster'

Det Con Lisa Herron, of Northumbria Police said the case was one of the "worst and longest spanning cases of abuse" she had encountered.

"Now the whole world knows what Lagji is – a predatory monster," she added.

"This sentence goes no way in erasing what the survivor has been through, but it means that Lagji is now in prison and will be closely monitored for the rest of his life, which is what he deserves.

"I’m sure our communities will rest easier knowing he is behind bars – all thanks to this girl’s heroism."

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