August 2008

Child rapist is jailed for nine years


A LIVERPOOL man who regularly raped a 12-year-old girl has been locked up for nine years.

Raymond Wall abused the schoolgirl on a weekly basis for more than four years.

Liverpool crown court heard he started to indecently assault the girl when she was just 10, and within two years had begun to rape her.

Anya Horwood, prosecuting, said Wall even told his victim he was “preparing her” for future relationships.

His crimes only came to light when his victim, now 20, confided in a boyfriend, who urged her to go to police.

Meanwhile, Wall, 43, had begun an abusive relationship with a vulnerable woman, who the court heard had the mental age of an eight-year-old.

In one attack, he punched and kicked her after an argument broke out while they were shopping for wedding dresses.

In a police interview, she admitted he regularly bit, kicked and punched her. Dozens of injuries were found on her body.

Wall, of  Southdene, Kirkby, was yesterday jailed for a total of nine years after admitting 11 charges of rape and two counts of indecent assault on the girl and three charges of assault on his girlfriend.

Wearing an Everton shirt, he swore, twitched and made abusive gestures to people gathered in the public gallery while he was sentenced.

Jailing him, Judge Brian Lewis said Wall’s rape victim had spoken graphically of the physical, emotional and psychological harm she suffered at his hands.

Judge Lewis added: “One wonders when, if ever, she will shake off the effects of what you did to her.”

Jeremy Rawson, defending, said Wall had admitted his crimes and had been depressed after the death of his father and breaking his back in an accident.

He added that Wall’s girlfriend had chosen to stay with him.

Mr Rawson said: “She has indicated she intends to marry the defendant.”

But as Wall was taken down, he shouted “I’ll spit on you” to his partner.