Hartlepool darts star Tony Eccles jailed for 16 years for repeatedly raping schoolgirl

Tony Eccles outside Teesside Crown Court

Tony Eccles outside Teesside Crown Court

HARTLEPOOL darts player Tony Eccles has been jailed for 16 year for a string of rapes and indecent assaults.

The 44-year-old, nicknamed The Viper, was found guilty of five counts of rape and a further five indecent assaults after a 12-day trial at Teesside Crown Court on Tuesday.

Tony Eccles pictured during a competition at the Hartlepool Catholic Club.
Tony Eccles pictured during a competition at the Hartlepool Catholic Club.

As he was sentenced on Thursday afternoon, Judge George Moorhouse told Eccles: “This was systematic serious abuse.

 

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