Daniel Hanson

Photo: Daniel Hanson (from his Facebook page) | By Jessica Lynch, The Brag | TRIGGER WARNING: This article and pages it links to contains information about rape, sexual assault and/or violence that may be triggering to survivors. || Former band frontman Daniel Hanson has been sentenced to 28 years in jail after he was found guilty of raping 14 women and girls, some as young as 12.

Newcastle, UK, local Hanson – who also went by the name Jimmy Beloved – pleaded guilty to abusing the girls and young women between 2005 and 2014.

Hanson is best known as the former singer for bands Falling for Beloved and We Built Atlantis, and allegedly used his status to lure victims.

Hanson appeared in court on Wednesday in front of NSW District Court as Judge Penelope Hock described how he used “a degree of force” and “caused pain” and “trauma” to the girls’ intimate parts over nine years of “unrepentant continual predatory sexual offending”.

The court also heard statements from six of his victims, in which they detailed the ongoing trauma as a result of his unspeakable actions.

Judge Hock added that Hanson wrote a letter apologizing to his victims and their families, but due to the nature of his crimes a hefty jail term was unavoidable.

“He is genuinely remorseful,” Judge Hock noted.

“But the sheer number of victims and the seriousness of the assaults has meant that a lengthy jail term was the only option.”
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“I was brainwashed into thinking this was something special,” she said, NewsLocal reported.
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Hanson’s lawyer Peter Krisenthal argued that Hanson had suffered through a difficult childhood and was himself a victim of sexual assault when aged 11 and 12.

“It’s apparent at the time it was all about him, but he can see the malice of his behavior, he’s accepted full responsibility. That is a powerful way of thinking,” Krisenthal said.
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Former band frontman jailed for 28 years for raping 14 women and girls


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