November 2007

Baby-faced child rapist jailed for life


A BUTCHER from Chorley has been sentenced to life in prison after waging a campaign of serious sexual, firearms and kidnap offences.

Baby-faced John Paul Jackson, 23, formerly of Tootell Street, Chorley, will not be released until a parole board no longer deems him “a profound danger to young girls” after carrying out a number of attacks against teenagers in Chorley and Leyland. 

Between April 2006 and April this year, Jackson committed a series of offences which escalated in seriousness until he kidnapped and raped a 14-year-old girl from Leyland at gunpoint.

Richard Howarth, on behalf of the Crown, outlined Jackson’s method of operation which was to drive up to his victims in his car, playing loud music and approaching young girls

He would ask directions to Leyland or Chorley Morrison’s, where he worked, or Chorley and South Ribble District General Hospital.

There were eight victims in total, aged from 14 to 16, and the first offence was sexual activity with a child between April and June 2006.

There were further offences of attempted kidnap, one in which he threatened a 14-year-old girl saying ‘Get in the car or I’ll stab you’.

On Saturday April 28, he approached a group of young girls outside Spar on Leyland Lane, Leyland.

One girl got into his car to give him directions to a supermarket but he drove her to Worden Park and subjected her to a terryfying ordeal at gunpoint

He was arrested the following day.

Jenny Ashworth, of the defence, told the court that Jackson had endured a “most horrific childhood” and that his biological mother had re-entered his life at the time of the offences, causing him to “revisit memories of what occurred in his early life”.

Judge Andrew Gilbart QC spoke of the “terrible truth” that those who suffer abuse can go on to cause abuse themselves.

He said: “The reports (Parole and Pre-Sentence) show you are a profound danger to young girls.

“You have the capacity to carry out serious sexual violence.”

Eight girls gave evidence to the police about Jackson’s actions between March last year and April this year.

In sentencing Jackson for life, the judge said: “You are so grave a danger that you will only be considered for release when the Parole Board is satisfied that you no longer pose a very substantial risk to the public.”

Jackson was also banned from holding a driving licence and working with children and was ordered to sign the Sex Offenders Register.