Coven­try man jailed for rape of four-year-old girl

Coventry Telegraph - - NEWS - By PAUL BEARD & LAURA HART­LEY News Re­porter

A MUM has said she feels sick all the time af­ter a man from Coven­try was jailed for rap­ing her fouryear-old daugh­ter.

The mother spoke in court as 19-year-old Con­nor Marshall was jailed for rape - com­mit­ted while he was on bail af­ter be­ing ar­rested over the al­leged rape of an­other young girl.

Marshall, of Bin­ton Road, Wood End, pleaded guilty at War­wick Crown Court to two charges of rap­ing the lit­tle girl, hav­ing al­ready ad­mit­ted sex­u­ally as­sault­ing her and pos­sess­ing in­de­cent im­ages of chil­dren.

He was given an ex­tended prison sen­tence of ten years and eight months in jail, fol­lowed by an ad­di­tional pe­riod of eight years on li­cence.

As a re­sult, he will have to serve at least twothirds of the jail term be­fore the Pa­role Board will con­sider his re­lease but could end up serv­ing the full sen­tence.

When­ever he is freed, Marshall, who also has to reg­is­ter as a sex of­fender for life, will be on li­cence for the rest of the cus­to­dial pe­riod and a fur­ther eight years, dur­ing which he can be re­called to prison if his be­hav­iour gives any cause for con­cern.

Pros­e­cu­tor Matthew Barnes said that early this year Marshall was ar­rested on sus­pi­cion of rap­ing an­other young girl, which led to his phone and com­puter be­ing seized.

They were sent away to be ex­am­ined by po­lice ex­perts, and in the mean­time he was granted po­lice bail with a con­di­tion that he have no un­su­per­vised con­tact with any child un­der 16.

Six movies and 14 still im­ages classed as be­ing in cat­e­gory A were found on his phone, show­ing the worst kind of ex­tremely ex­plicit ma­te­rial in­volv­ing chil­dren, some of them ba­bies.

There were also two cat­e­gory B stills of chil­dren in sex­ual ac­tiv­ity and 20 cat­e­gory C stills of chil­dren in naked or in­de­cent poses.

While that in­ves­ti­ga­tion was pend­ing, in breach of his bail, he vis­ited the home of a young woman who had a fouryear-old daugh­ter, said Mr Barnes.

The girl’s mother told the court: “I feel sick all the time. I want to ask him ‘Why did you do this? Why my child?”

Marshall de­nied the rape al­le­ga­tion which had led to his ini­tial ar­rest, and Mr Barnes said it had been agreed that the charge should lie on the file.

Si­mon Hunka, de­fend­ing, said: “It is ev­ery par­ent’s night­mare. It must be dif­fi­cult to imag­ine how she feels.”

But he said he had to raise what was in a psy­chi­atric re­port on Marshall.

He told court that if he had got pro­fes­sional help for feel­ings he said he had, he might have re­ceived the help he needed be­fore com­mit­ting the of­fences.

Hunka added: “He has tried to ex­plain to him­self why he be­haved in this way. He set out in the in­ter­view with the psy­chol­o­gist that he was very ashamed of him­self.

“How­ever, he didn’t stop him­self do­ing it again.”

Jail­ing Marshall, Judge Sylvia de Ber­to­dano told him: “It hap­pened in her bed­room in her own home and, as a four-yearold child, she had very lit­tle idea what was hap­pen­ing other than that she knew it was some­thing she didn’t like at all. She was quite un­able to com­plain about what you were do­ing.

“I could not pos­si­bly be­gin to as­sess what the long-term ef­fects on her will be. As she gets older she will be­gin to un­der­stand more what has hap­pened.

“It is near im­pos­si­ble to imag­ine what it must do to the mother of a small child they have done ev­ery­thing in their power to pro­tect when they find out that child has been bru­tally abused.

“You were al­ready on the radar of the po­lice, be­cause your phone and com­puter had been ex­am­ined and were found to have in­de­cent im­ages of very young chil­dren.

“I have no doubt that, given the op­por­tu­nity, there is a se­ri­ous risk you would com­mit sim­i­lar of­fences in the fu­ture.”

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