August 2013

Former reggae star with Manchester band X-O-Dus locked up for child sex abuse

David-Reid

A reggae musician once signed to Manchester’s legendary Factory Records has been jailed for abusing and raping a young girl in the early 1980s.

David Reid, 55, was locked up for 16 years for a series of historic sex offences, including rape and indecent assault, against one victim.

Reid was formerly a guitarist with Manchester band X-O-Dus. They were the only reggae artists on Tony Wilson’s Factory Records label and released a well-known single, English Black Boys, in 1980.

But after the record’s release Reid’s mental health deteriorated and he has suffered with paranoid schizophrenia for thirty years.

The court heard how Reid had nightmares where he was ‘visited and taken by the devil’ who dragged him down by his ankles.

But his sex crimes in the 1980s were not caused or provoked by his illness, the judge said.

During his sentencing hearing at Manchester Crown Court , Reid interrupted prosecutor Michael Morley and said “He’s telling lies”.

Later in the hearing, the defendant added “I’ve had enough.

“I have had enough of these lies”.

Reid, of Easthope Close, Withington , earlier admitted four charges of indecent assault against a young girl, but denied four counts of rape against the same victim.

He was found guilty of all rape charges after a trial.

Mr Morley, prosecuting, told how Reid repeatedly abused and raped a young girl in theMoss Side area over a three-year period in the early 1980s. His victim is still undergoing counselling to help her deal with the attacks against her, it was heard.

Chudi Grant, defending, said: “He’s someone who has struggled with his own demons daily, and requires medication to cope with these demons.”

Judge Iain Hamilton said  that after reading two differing psychiatric reports on Reid, it was not suitable to section him under the Mental Health Act, and that the defendant should be jailed for 16 years.