November 2008

Man jailed for raping 11-year-old girl

A YOUNG man from Salisbury could remain in prison for life after admitting raping an 11-year-old girl and sexually assaulting two others.

Brendan Oxendale, 24, of Avon Terrace, appeared at Salisbury Crown Court on Friday charged with raping a child under 13, sexual assault of a child under 13 and sexual activity with a child over 13.

Richard Onslow, prosecuting, told the court Oxendale groomed his two 11-year-old victims, befriending them before moving on to invite them into his home while his partner was out.

He went on to sexually assault one of them and to rape the other.

The crimes were discovered when one of the young victims started behaving out of character and eventually told her mother what had happened.

A statement from her mother read out in court said: “This man has torn our family apart. He has taken my little girl and thrown her into an adult world, leaving me with a confused, bewildered, detached little girl.”

The police discovered a third victim, who was 14 at the time, after seizing Oxendale’s mobile telephone and computer and checking his Internet history.

He had been using an online networking site to groom potential victims.

Mr Onslow said: “The defendant was interviewed and while it was safe to say he agreed he knew the girls, when it came to any questioning close to the actual incidents he did not answer any questions and made no admissions.”

Christopher Amis, defending, said Oxendale pleaded guilty at the first available opportunity, so his victims were spared the ordeal of giving evidence in court.

“This defendant does accept responsibility for that he has done,” he said. “He knows he is an adult and he knows these are very young girls.”

Judge Keith Cutler passed an indeterminate sentence, which will only be reviewed if it is considered Oxendale no longer poses a risk to the public.

He must also remain on the sex offenders’ register for life.

Speaking after sentencing DC Mike Standing of Wiltshire Police said: “This investigation has obviously been traumatic and distressing for the victims and their families and the police are happy with sentence passed and hope it’s a deterrent to others.”