April 2013

Child rapist found guilty of sex attacks on girls

A child rapist has been found guilty of attacking two young girls in his home on two separate occasions – his youngest victim was 6 or 7-years-old at the time of the assault.

David Carter, of St Mary’s Walk, Steeple Bumpstead, Haverhill, was found guilty of four counts of rape and a further count of sexual assault and attempted rape, which involved two girls between January 2006 and January 2007.

A jury at Cambridge Crown Court took a total of 14 hours and eight minutes to return all verdicts after a trial heard how on one occasion the 23-year-old raped a six or seven-year-old girl in the toilet of his home, where he pinned the girl to the floor and said he was going to have sex with her, then kill her or throw her out of the window.

Jurors also heard how one of the girls notified her school of the alleged offences in 2011 which led to the police finding the second complainant, then nine.

However Carter had strenuously denied the charges insisting that the girls were lying and said “I have done nothing wrong, nothing at all”. His mum and sister also took to the stand during the trial in his defence.

The jury also returned a verdict of not guilty to raping a girl under 13 between January 30, 2005 and January 26, 2006. Carter has been remanded in custody while a psychiatric report is carried out.