April 2009

Man jailed for raping girl, 14, in Bovington park

A MAN who raped a 14-year-old in a play park has been jailed for seven years.

A jury at Dorchester Crown Court decided David Adams followed her into a play park in Bovington and pushed her against a climbing frame before raping her in February last year.

They had heard how Adams, 24, of Magnolia Close, Weymouth, ignored 20 to 30 pleas to stop.

The jury watched a recorded interview in which the girl told police that Adams, also known as Ernie, had kissed her cheek and tried to hug her on a walk with friends in the afternoon.

She said it was dark in the park when she went to meet a friend between 8pm and 8.30pm. When she got there her friend was not there and she looked around to find Adams had followed her and confronted her with an “angry face”, the jury heard.

“I said ‘What are you doing?’ but he didn’t reply and that’s when he pinned me up,” she said. “I just kept saying ‘Stop, stop, stop.” Afterwards, she continued, she ran to an alleyway to wipe away her tears and had been afraid to tell anyone.

Police were told after she had an argument with a friend and her sister found out.

Prosecuting, David Bartlett said Adams had been living at what he described as an “open house” in Bovington that had become a meeting place in the area.

Adams, formerly of Duncan Crescent, Bovington, denied rape or even knowing the girl or being in Bovington that day.

Mark Ruffell, defending, conceded that claiming he didn’t know her or being in Bovington that day had been “pretty stupid lies”.

Adams did not give any evidence in his defence.

But he had told the jury the case came down to one person’s word against another’s as there was no eyewitness or CCTV.

Judge Nigel Seed told Adams he must sign on to the sex offenders register for the rest of his life.