November 2008

Fifteen years for rapist

Vile rapist Jason Wood has been jailed for 15 years for a devious series of sex offences against a girl.

Judge Mark Horton told the 34-year-old from Brockworth that he had shown “not one scintilla” of emotion or concern about his victim during his week-long trial at Gloucester Crown Court.

After three days of deliberation, the jury found him guilty of all 17 charges of rape and sexual assault he had denied – three by majority verdicts.

Sentencing him Judge Horton said: “You set about a dark and devious and perverted and very deliberate course of conduct.”

Judge Horton added that he had no doubt that for a large proportion of his time, Wood lived in “a dark, perverted world” obsessed with pornographic material that defied sane description.

At the same time, he had shown his victim material, intended to persuade her that such behaviour was normal.

The trial heard how Wood had subjected the girl to an appalling catalogue of sexual offences.

One time, Wood, forced her to perform a sex act on him and encouraged her to get her clothes off while he stripped too, the court had heard.

Wood, in defence, denied all the allegations against him and said the offences had not happened.

After all the verdicts were returned, Nadeem Aulleybocus, representing Wood, said he had no previous convictions for anything similar and had co-operated fully throughout with the police.

He said he had only recently married in October this year and the proceedings been “atrocious” for him.

The barrister said his client had hoped to have a career in computing but that wasn’t going to happen now.

As well as being jailed for 15 years, Wood was made the subject of a Sexual Offences Prevention Order (SOPO) with conditions.

He is also banned from owning a computer or device with internet access.

Wood was also ordered to sign the sex offenders’ register for life.