November 2007

Child rapist jailed for 15 years

A ‘DISGUSTED’ mother from Rugby has expressed ‘relief’ after a man was jailed for 15 years for a string of serious sex offences against her two children.

Darren Tompkins, 32, of Ryton, was sentenced at Birmingham Crown Court on Friday after being earlier convicted of eight counts of rape and two counts of causing or inciting children under 13 to engage in sexual activity.

He carried out the offences – described as a ‘gross and deliberate abuse of trust’ by Judge Philip Gregory – over a two-year period when his two victims were aged just nine and five.

And when accused, he denied the charges and claimed the children were lying – forcing them to testify.

Speaking after the verdict, the children’s mother, who cannot be named for legal reasons, said: “However long he got was not enough. I feel angry and disgusted for what he has done. He deserves everything he gets.”

As previously reported, Tomkins met the mother-of-four, who lives in Rugby, several years ago and acted as a ‘father figure’ to her children.

However, it was only last year when the children, who were told by Tompkins it was ‘punishment’, revealed what happened. During cross-examination, one of the children said Tomkins told her he had not abused her two younger siblings – aged two and four – but would do so when they reached five.

The court heard he made the children have sex with each other and filmed them on his mobile phone.

Summing up, Judge Philip Gregory said Tompkins’ ‘predatory’ sexual nature and ‘perverted interests’ made him a ‘serious threat’ to youngsters.

Defending, Simon Worlock said that Tompkins ‘wishes he could do undo what he cannot’ and would seek help while in prison for his behaviour.

Tompkins will be eligible for parole in six years and he has been placed on the Sex Offenders’ Register for life.

The woman said both she and her children were receiving counselling.

She said: “I blame myself and I will never get over it. It’s a matter of picking up the pieces and getting on with our lives – if we can. But we are all relieved it’s over.”