October 2010

Man jailed for grooming and raping young victim

A GODALMING paedophile who groomed and raped a young girl has been jailed for nine years.

Sean Robinson, of Franklyn Road, carried out the attacks in early 1996 on a girl when she was aged 12 and 13.

At a sentencing hearing at Guildford Crown Court last Thursday (October 7), Robinson was also told he will remain on the sex offenders’ register for the rest of his life.

Family members including Robinson’s mother, father and sister were reduced to tears as his jail term was handed down by the judge.

At a retrial in September he was convicted of one count of rape of a female under 13, one count of rape of a female under 16 and one count of indecent assault, after jurors had failed to return verdicts on the charges during his first trial.

The court heard that he had set about ingratiating himself with his victim, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, by telling her how beautiful and clever she was.

It was also claimed that Robinson sat the girl on his lap and stroked her hair, touched her on the leg and lured her to his flat to watch pornography.

Rupert Hallowes, defending, argued that at the time of the attacks the mental and emotional age gap was significantly less than the physical one.

“She [the victim] was comparatively very mature, physically and emotionally, while Sean Robinson, although 25 at the time, was perhaps somewhat juvenile emotionally,” he said.

“She became quite besotted with him but it was his responsibility not to take advantage of her.”

The court was told that attacks only came to light in March 2009 after the girl told her family what had happened.

She had previously told her first boyfriend when she was 15, but was not prepared to go to police.

“She did not complain to anyone at the time about your contact but she was no doubt scared and embarrassed,” said Judge Michael Addison in his final address to Robinson.

“You gained her trust and then on one occasion when she was only 12, you raped her.

“It is clear that she suffered severe emotional damage as a result of your actions.”

Detective Constable Gary Stannard, the investigating officer in the case, admitted he was satisfied with the length of the sentence handed down.

He said: “The finding of guilty this time around is particularly reassuring because it came at a retrial.

“It was a very good sentence of nine years which we think is a sensible reflection, given the gravity of the offences.

“I am not pleased that someone has gone to prison and I am not pleased to meet these people under these circumstances but I am pleased that we got the right result.”