Man got teen girls par­a­lyt­i­cally drunk be­fore rap­ing them

Warwickshire Telegraph - - NEWS - Paul Beard Court Re­porter news@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

A MAN who raped two un­der-age girls af­ter invit­ing them back to his flat and ply­ing them with so much vodka that they were ‘par­a­lyt­i­cally drunk’ has been jailed for 16 years.

Mark Jack­son, who also sex­u­ally as­saulted a third girl on a later oc­ca­sion when she was also drunk, was or­dered to reg­is­ter as a sex of­fender for life fol­low­ing his con­vic­tion.

Jack­son, aged 34, of Sandy Lane, Rad­ford, had de­nied rap­ing a 14-yearold girl, as­sault­ing her and rap­ing her and a 15-yearold friend in April 2014.

But af­ter de­lib­er­at­ing for a to­tal of just over 18 hours over four days, a jury at War­wick Crown Court found him guilty of all four of those charges by a ma­jor­ity of 10-2.

He was also con­victed of as­sault­ing an­other 15-year-old the fol­low­ing month and of sex­ual ac­tiv­ity with her as an al­ter­na­tive to a fur­ther charge of as­sault.

Pros­e­cu­tor Peter Arnold said that two girls, aged 14 and 15, first met Jack­son in April 2014 when they ap­proached him near a shop in Sandy Lane to ask him to buy some vodka for them.

In her ev­i­dence the older girl said she had told him she was 16 at that time be­cause she thought he would be more likely to get them al­co­hol if he thought they were older than they were.

Af­ter buy­ing the drink for them, Jack­son gave her a piece of card with his num­ber on it and told them that if they needed any more al­co­hol, to get in touch with him.

They con­tacted ea­chother a num­ber of times be­fore Good Fri­day when she and her friend, who told Jack­son she was 15, made three vis­its to his flat, drink­ing vodka while he drank whisky.

On the last visit late that night she had crept out of her own home to go back there with her friend, and they had so much to drink that she was sick.

Jack­son forced them to take off the one­sies they were wear­ing and forced each of them to per­form oral sex on him.

He also raped her friend and, at one stage dur­ing their visit, locked their phones in his car so they could not use them.

The one girl re­turned to his flat on an­other oc­ca­sion with two other friends, also aged 15, and af­ter her friends had been drink­ing in the lounge Jack­son put his hand down one girl’s trousers and as­saulted her.

Jack­son, who Mr Arnold said was aware the girls were all un­der 16, did the same again later against her will.

Mat­ters came to light in May af­ter an am­bu­lance had been called to one of the girls be­cause she was found drunk in a park – and af­ter be­ing taken to hospi­tal she re­vealed what had hap­pened.

When asked if he was at­tracted to the girls Jack­son said: “Well, I’m a sin­gle man. Why not? They looked young, but whether they were 16 or un­der, it’s hard to tell.

“At first they said they were 16, but it came out that [one of them] was 15, then that [the other girl] had been ly­ing as well. I now know they’re 15.”

But he de­nied kiss­ing or touch­ing them, and de­nied there had been any sex­ual ac­tiv­ity with them at all.

Jonathon Veasey-Pugh, de­fend­ing, said Jack­son, a fa­ther-of-three who had split up with his part­ner, had had a heroin ad­dic­tion, and his of­fences since the rapes in­di­cated a need to fund that.

Jail­ing Jack­son, Judge de Ber­to­dano told him: “These girls you took to your flat and gave them al­co­hol. These were girls who should not have been drink­ing, and when they did drink they were clearly in­ca­pable of deal­ing with it.

“On two oc­ca­sions when you had more than one girl in your flat they be­came so drunk they were clearly not in a state to con­sent to any­thing at all.

“On the first oc­ca­sion you took ad­van­tage of that to rape two girls, and on the sec­ond you in­de­cently as­saulted an­other girl. One was only 14 at the time, and the other two were 15. On top of that these girls, as you well knew, had their vul­ner­a­bil­i­ties.

“De­spite know­ing all this, you jumped at the op­por­tu­nity to pro­vide al­co­hol to girls who were half your age and en­cour­aged them to lie to their par­ents about their where­abouts. I have ab­so­lutely no doubt you did this with one mo­tive in mind. You have a daugh­ter of the same age these girls were at the time. You didn’t care about their well­be­ing, you just wanted to have sex with them.” Grad­u­ates are fac­ing fewer job va­can­cies and lower pay amid a slow­down on the em­ploy­ment front, ac­cord­ing to a new report.

Jobs site Adzuna said there was an 8 per cent fall in grad­u­ate jobs in April com­pared with the same month a year ago, down to 12,850.

Av­er­age en­try-level ad­ver­tised salaries reached a 30-month low of £23,309, a study found.

Doug Monro, co-founder of Adzuna, said: “In univer­sity li­braries across the UK, stu­dents are fill­ing in the job forms and cross­ing their fin­gers, but they might need more than luck this sum­mer. Grad­u­ate va­can­cies are fall­ing and new join­ers are fac­ing one of the tough­est job mar­kets in re­cent times.Fewer roles does in­evitably mean more com­pe­ti­tion but grad­u­ates may have the up­per hand in the long-term.”

Mark Jack­son

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