A man obsessed with violent child porn and “snuff” videos today admitted the torture, rape and murder of his 12-year-old niece.
Unemployed John Maden lured Tia Rigg to his home on the pretext of babysitting, but he drugged her and acted out his fantasies on the unsuspecting youngster, inflicting a catalogue of sexual injuries before stabbing her and strangling her with a guitar wire.
Maden, the brother of Tia’s mother, Lynne Rigg, was due to go on trial at Manchester Crown Court for murder today but pleaded guilty instead.
He carried out the attack on the afternoon of April 3 this year at his home in Dalmain Close, Cheetham Hill, Manchester.
He then called police, appearing “chillingly calm” when he answered the door to officers who raced to the scene.
Maden had become obsessed with violent porn he downloaded from the internet, the court heard.
Members of Tia’s family sat in the public gallery, yards from Maden in the dock as Gordon Cole QC, prosecuting, opened the case.
“In general terms this murder was premeditated,” he said.
“It was murder purely for his sexual gratification – it had a sexual motive.
“The facts reveal clearly features of torture, rape, physical abuse and the ultimate murder of a child.
“In the year or so prior to April this year, the defendant had developed what can properly be described as an obsessive interest in images and literature relating to paedophilia, rape and torture.
“He had an extensive library of such materials which included literature dealing with methods of killing.”
On a laptop used by Maden, police found hundreds of extreme images of child porn featuring bondage, rape, sado-masochism and violent sex acts.
A CD-rom belonging to Maden also contained images depicting abduction, rape and “snuff” movies.
From his mobile phone, police recovered folders of rape and torture entitled “snuff” and “snuff stories” and “brutal rape”.
Text files showed stories taken from something called the “Snuffing Handbook”.
Mr Cole continued: “This material and the subsequent discovery of Tia reveals that this defendant was acting out a long-held fascination with rape, torture and abuse of children.
“In short, the findings show the defendant had bound Tia, he had drugged her, he tortured her, he raped her with a wooden pole, he stabbed her and strangled her with a ligature made from a guitar string.
“He re-enacted scenes from his collection of pornographic material.”