Febuary 2007

Actor guilty in sex case

An actor from Surbiton avoided jail on Monday despite pleading guilty to buggering a 15-year-old girl with whom he once had a long-term relationship.

The offence took place some years ago when John Jaynes, now 30, and the victim had consensual anal sex on three occasions.

According to defence counsel Ian Lawrie, Jaynes was only charged with the offence after the victim visited a psychiatrist last year and was encouraged to speak to the police.

Jaynes, from Oakwood Road, is on the books of a central London casting agency under the name “Matt Jaynes” and appeared in the hit British movie Shaun of the Dead alongside top actor Simon Pegg.

On his MySpace webpage, he describes himself as a keen skateboarder who has appeared in a video for the Lostprophets song “Burn Burn”.

Jaynes has also had parts as an extra in EastEnders and Silent Witness.

He was first called in by the police for a voluntary interview about the charge on May 10 last year. No further action was taken by Kingston police until the case was resurrected on November 3, when he was charged with three counts of buggery.

Mr Lawrie said: “It’s clear that there was an initial attraction between the two. They went out for two or three months before they had intimate sexual relations. She wanted to lose her virginity to him.”

According to 232 diary entries, written at the time of the offence by the victim, the couple were both sexually inquisitive.

Mr Lawrie added: “There was no evidence the complainant was being coerced by emotion or aggression. In fact, it was the defendant who, when they decided they wanted to have sex, persuaded her to talk to her parents.

“Both sets of parents were informed that the couple wanted to have sex.”

Jaynes was sentenced to a community rehabilitation order for three years and ordered to sign the sex offenders register for five years. He was also prohibited from working with anyone under the age of 16.

His Honour Judge Tilling told Jaynes: “I find this a most difficult case. But for the fact that she was 15 and not 16, no offence would have been committed but you were aware of her age. I can see no purpose for the protection of the public to sentencing you to imprisonment. The only reason would be to give closure to the complainant.”

The judge closed the hearing by saying: “You must learn that young women have to be nurtured and not abused.”