A bus driver has been found guilty of raping a teenage girl more than 15 years after the attack. Paul Edward Keatch, 53, was a bus driver who transported schoolchildren in the wider Manawatū when he sexually abused two sisters between 2004 and 2006. At a trial in October, he was found guilty of violating the girls on several occasions at secluded locations and his home. But a jury couldn’t decide whether he raped the older sister. At a retrial in the Palmerston North District Court this week he again denied raping her. This time, the jury took less than two hours to decide his fate. READ MORE:Woman haunted after alleged rape by school bus driver Sexual abuser denies rape charge Now in her late 20s, the woman sobbed from the public gallery as the guilty verdict was delivered on Wednesday. Keatch’s family, who also attended the trial, fought back tears. Earlier in the trial, the woman said she was still haunted by nightmares of the event. The attack happened when she was about 15, but she feared speaking out to her mother or police would prompt a similar attack on her four siblings. “In my head I thought I was doing something to protect my siblings,” she told the court…. Read full this story
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