Youth court to sentence teenage rapist

A JUDGE has decided a teenager who raped one girl and sexually assaulted two others should be sentenced by magistrates in the youth court.

The 15-year-old boy, from Royal Wootton Bassett, had been accused of raping two girls in spring.

But he pleaded guilty to one of the allegations of rape and admitted a lesser charge of sexual assault against the other victim.

The teenager, who cannot be named for legal reasons, asked for a further matter of sexual activity with a child to be taken into consideration when he is sentenced.

After hearing representation from his solicitor and prosecutors Judge Douglas Field decided the case would be better dealt with at the magistrates’ court.

Chris Oswald, defending, urged him to remit the case to the youth court, saying its maximum sentence of two years’ custody was adequate.

He said the matter was committed to the crown court by the district judge when there were two counts of rape against different girls.

Now his client had pleaded guilty at the first opportunity he was entitled to a one third discount on his sentence.

Mr Oswald pointed out that a case should be in the lower court unless the sentence would be “considerably more than two years”.

Hannah Squire, prosecuting, asked the judge to keep the case in the crown court for sentence.

Judge Field Field released the teenager, who will be 16 by the time he is sentenced on Tuesday, January 14, on conditional bail until then.

The boy was told he must not contact the victims, live and sleep at his home, and observe a nighttime curfew.

He admitted sexually assaulting one 15-year-old girl in March and raping another between Thursday, April 4 and Sunday April 7.

The defendant was also told he must register as a sex offender. The total period he would be required to be registered would be determined by the sentence imposed.

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11:29am Tue 17 Dec 13

Hmmmf says...

Judge Douglas Field.

What more needs to be said?
Judge Douglas Field. What more needs to be said? Hmmmf

11:56am Tue 17 Dec 13

house on the hill says...

Does this guy not live in the real world? What sort of message is to the youngsters out there. I bet it would be very different if it was his daughter, hypocritical idiot!
Does this guy not live in the real world? What sort of message is to the youngsters out there. I bet it would be very different if it was his daughter, hypocritical idiot! house on the hill

12:01pm Tue 17 Dec 13

Hearditallbefore says...

Unbelievable.
Unbelievable. Hearditallbefore

12:10pm Tue 17 Dec 13

Ringer says...

Sadly, and disturbingly, this is all too believable.

The person in question has long and terrible form for treating sex crime cases even more unduly leniently than they treat everything else.

That a criminal can rape one girl, sexually assault a child and also engage in unlawful sexual activity with another child shows a determined pattern of sexual offending.

To know that our main local judge actually believes less than two years to be an appropriate sentence is chilling. Anyone with children must surely feel sickened by this decision, and rightly so.

Whatever the outcome now, this repeat child sex rapist will spend a maximum of just 12 months in a young offenders institution.

Utterly disgraceful. This town has been turned into a cess pit that rewards the most depraved criminality.
Sadly, and disturbingly, this is all too believable. The person in question has long and terrible form for treating sex crime cases even more unduly leniently than they treat everything else. That a criminal can rape one girl, sexually assault a child and also engage in unlawful sexual activity with another child shows a determined pattern of sexual offending. To know that our main local judge actually believes less than two years to be an appropriate sentence is chilling. Anyone with children must surely feel sickened by this decision, and rightly so. Whatever the outcome now, this repeat child sex rapist will spend a maximum of just 12 months in a young offenders institution. Utterly disgraceful. This town has been turned into a cess pit that rewards the most depraved criminality. Ringer

1:03pm Tue 17 Dec 13

Localboy86 says...

He should be left alone with the girls parents as punishment, I can almost guarantee this would prevent him committing further offences like this!
He should be left alone with the girls parents as punishment, I can almost guarantee this would prevent him committing further offences like this! Localboy86

1:51pm Tue 17 Dec 13

AndySN3 says...

Yet again, proof that our judge's do not live in the real world. What message does this really send out as a deterrent to any "would be rapist's"??

A joke, an absolute joke, and the idiot earns a fortune from coming to decisions like this.
Yet again, proof that our judge's do not live in the real world. What message does this really send out as a deterrent to any "would be rapist's"?? A joke, an absolute joke, and the idiot earns a fortune from coming to decisions like this. AndySN3

2:29pm Tue 17 Dec 13

dukeofM4 says...

Without reading the transcripts of the case, it is difficult to know what really went on in this case. Did he forcibly assault these girls or was there buyer's remorse involved from the girl's point of view?

The article only says he assaulted them and doesn't offer any more detail. It's fairly easy for 15 year olds to get together and 'experiment' and later one of them says they were assaulted. Remember 'assault' is possible if he touched without violence and with her consent (because at 15 she's not legally able to give consent) and she later regrets what happened.

It's unfair to criticise the judge without knowing all the facts in this case.
Without reading the transcripts of the case, it is difficult to know what really went on in this case. Did he forcibly assault these girls or was there buyer's remorse involved from the girl's point of view? The article only says he assaulted them and doesn't offer any more detail. It's fairly easy for 15 year olds to get together and 'experiment' and later one of them says they were assaulted. Remember 'assault' is possible if he touched without violence and with her consent (because at 15 she's not legally able to give consent) and she later regrets what happened. It's unfair to criticise the judge without knowing all the facts in this case. dukeofM4

2:55pm Tue 17 Dec 13

Ringer says...

dukeofM4 wrote:
Without reading the transcripts of the case, it is difficult to know what really went on in this case. Did he forcibly assault these girls or was there buyer's remorse involved from the girl's point of view?

The article only says he assaulted them and doesn't offer any more detail. It's fairly easy for 15 year olds to get together and 'experiment' and later one of them says they were assaulted. Remember 'assault' is possible if he touched without violence and with her consent (because at 15 she's not legally able to give consent) and she later regrets what happened.

It's unfair to criticise the judge without knowing all the facts in this case.
You have to be ***ing kidding?

The criminal concerned pleaded guilty to rape and sexual assault - what more 'evidence' do you actually 'need'?

Your rampant misogyny seems to completely blind you in these debates. Would you EVER accept that a woman who has been raped or beaten senseless by her partner was a victim of a criminal, rather than always cynically pseudo-implying that it was 'her fault'?
[quote][p][bold]dukeofM4[/bold] wrote: Without reading the transcripts of the case, it is difficult to know what really went on in this case. Did he forcibly assault these girls or was there buyer's remorse involved from the girl's point of view? The article only says he assaulted them and doesn't offer any more detail. It's fairly easy for 15 year olds to get together and 'experiment' and later one of them says they were assaulted. Remember 'assault' is possible if he touched without violence and with her consent (because at 15 she's not legally able to give consent) and she later regrets what happened. It's unfair to criticise the judge without knowing all the facts in this case.[/p][/quote]You have to be ***ing kidding? The criminal concerned pleaded guilty to rape and sexual assault - what more 'evidence' do you actually 'need'? Your rampant misogyny seems to completely blind you in these debates. Would you EVER accept that a woman who has been raped or beaten senseless by her partner was a victim of a criminal, rather than always cynically pseudo-implying that it was 'her fault'? Ringer

2:58pm Tue 17 Dec 13

Ringer says...

And while the jucidiary insist on attempting to hide behind secrecy and getting paid £150,000pa of our money to come up with this alarmingly dangerous decisions, NO amount of criticism is unfair.

This criminal has raped at least once, which he admitted, has admitted sexually assaulting another girl and also was sexually involved with another underage girl.

The courts have told him it's not serious and certainly nothing that should in any way impact on his own life (but who cares about the victims, they are irrelevant, obviously).

I bet the women of Swindon can't wait til this charmer turns 18 and embarks on his 'career' around the local bar and club circuit.
And while the jucidiary insist on attempting to hide behind secrecy and getting paid £150,000pa of our money to come up with this alarmingly dangerous decisions, NO amount of criticism is unfair. This criminal has raped at least once, which he admitted, has admitted sexually assaulting another girl and also was sexually involved with another underage girl. The courts have told him it's not serious and certainly nothing that should in any way impact on his own life (but who cares about the victims, they are irrelevant, obviously). I bet the women of Swindon can't wait til this charmer turns 18 and embarks on his 'career' around the local bar and club circuit. Ringer

5:35pm Tue 17 Dec 13

LordAshOfTheBrake says...

Is there no way to rid Swindon of this "best" friend to the criminals of Swindon........
Is there no way to rid Swindon of this "best" friend to the criminals of Swindon........ LordAshOfTheBrake

9:30pm Tue 17 Dec 13

house on the hill says...

only a silver bullet or a stake through the heart apparently!
only a silver bullet or a stake through the heart apparently! house on the hill

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