Update: Louis Prince has now been released to a bail hostel in Central Gloucester. He is likely to move back to Cheltenham in the near future.

September 2010

Pervert, 42, jailed for child abuse

A 42-year-old man has been jailed for 13 years for repeatedly raping a young girl who had already been the victim of sexual abuse from another man in the past.

Louis Prince of Bridge Street, Cheltenham, admitted the systemic abuse of the girl over a period of two years.

Judge William Hart told Prince: “You perverted, corrupted and ruined this child by a course of systematic and sustained depravity of the grossest kind.

“You had full sexual intercourse with that little girl, probably dozens of times.

“Your own irrepressible desire for sexual gratification was your only consideration.”

Sitting at Gloucester Crown Court, the judge said Prince’s behaviour was aggravated because he knew the girl had previously been subjected to abuse.

Heavily-built Prince, shaven headed and wearing a black suit, shirt, tie and white trainers, pleaded guilty to raping the girl on five occasions over two years.

He also admitted one charge of attempted rape and one of sexual activity with a child.

Prosecutor Michael Mather-Lees said: “She states that intercourse sometimes took place twice a day.

“There would be a gap of months or more and sometimes it would be once or twice during a week.

“The defendant does not accept the frequency of intercourse she alleges but he certainly admits it happened seven times.”

The offences came to light in July this year when the girl made a 999 call and reported what Prince had been doing, said Mr Mather-Lees.

Prince had tried to prevent the girl reporting him by telling her that he would not be able to handle prison and that he would kill himself if he was found out.

Prince had previous convictions for dishonesty, criminal damage and public disorder in the 1980s and early 90s but none for sexual offences, he said.

Judge Hart told Prince his offences were about as bad of their kind as could be imagined and there had to be a sentence above the figures recommended by the Sentencing Guidelines Council.

Had Prince contested the charges at trial and been convicted he would have had a 20-year sentence, said the judge. But he gave him full credit for his early guilty pleas and reduced the term to 13 years.

Prince was also disqualified from working with children, ordered to sign the sex offenders register for life, and made the subject of an indefinite sexual offences prevention order.