May 2018

Child rapist was found working on children’s ride three months after early prison release

A child rapist released early from prison was found working on a children’s amusement ride

Stephen Wilson, 60, had served six years of a nine-year sentence for a string of sexual offences against children as young as 8 years old when he was released from prison on December 6, 2017.

Wilson was made the subject of an indefinite sexual offences prevention order, which prohibited him from working with anyone under 16, either in a paid or voluntary capacity, without the explicit permission of police.

However, on March 29 this year a detective from Humberside Police spotted Wilson operating Wacky Races, a popular amusement ride on Bridlington’s promenade.

Phillip Evans, prosecuting at Hull Crown Court, said: “The defendant was the operator of that amusement. In that capacity, he was helping children off the ride. He was physically lifting them out.”

Wilson later claimed the ride was aimed at older children, but Mr Evans said the officer was quite clear about what he saw.

“DC Marsh said they were between three and five years of age,” said the prosecutor.

Officers waited for a “discreet moment” before moving in to arrest Wilson so as not to cause undue alarm to parents.

Wilson, of Winston Court, Bridlington, pleaded guilty, at the first opportunity, to breaching the sexual offences prevention order.

Mr Evans gave the court details of the most relevant of Wilson’s 22 previous convictions for 67 offences.

On December 7, 2010, at Grimsby Crown Court, Wilson was convicted of one count of rape of a child under 16, two counts of gross indecency with a child, and one count of indecent assault on a child under 16.

Dale Brook, for Wilson, said his family had disowned him following those convictions, resulting in an “isolated existence”.

Record Woolfall said Wilson must have known working on a children’s ride would put him in breach of the order.

“It appears to me you did not tell your employer of your history,” he told Wilson, referring to the earlier convictions.

“It is right that parents would think anyone operating such a ride would be trustworthy. You are anything but trustworthy.

“There is compelling evidence that your risk of sexual harm is unmanageable in the community.”

Wilson was jailed for two years, of which he must serve around half before he is eligible for release on licence. The sexual harm prevention order continues indefinitely.

December 2010

Rapist who preyed on eight-year-old a ‘repugnant’ man

SEX offender Stephen Wilson has been jailed for nine years after raping and abusing a girl.

Speaking via video link, the victim told Grimsby Crown Court that her sickening ordeal had been “horrible” and says it has ruined her life.

Wilson, 52, of Saltergate, Grimsby, denied rape, indecent assault and two offences of gross indecency with a child but was convicted by a jury on majority verdicts after a trial.

During the trial, the court heard that Wilson took advantage of the girl on several occasions, starting when she was only eight years old.

Geraldine Kelly, prosecuting, said the information came to light after she confided in a health professional, by writing a letter outlining what she had been subjected to some years before, and stating how the experience had ruined her life.

Defence barrister Richard Butters told the girl: “He doesn’t accept touching you physically in any way and doesn’t accept any sexual activity took place between you.”

The victim replied: “Well, it did happen. Why would I make something like this up?

“I wouldn’t make something like that up. It’s ruined my life.”

She branded what happened to her as “horrible” and said that she was “really, really scared”.

Mr Butters said Wilson claimed that the girl was “lying” but she denied this.

Wilson was ordered to register as a sex offender for life and was given an indefinite sexual offences prevention order. He was banned from working with children.

Recorder Paul Watson QC told Wilson: “You have been convicted of one of the most serious offences to come before this court, the offence of a rape of a child.

“This is a repugnant and heinous crime and only a long custodial sentence will satisfy the conscience of the public.”

Because of the nature of the trial, members of the jury were told that they could, if they wished, be excused from serving again as jurors for the next ten years.