June 2011

Jailed over underage sex act with underage girl

Lee Defferary

This is the face of a former drug addict who performed a sex act with an underage girl in the ladies’ toilet during his sister’s wedding.

Lee Defferary, 26, was caught when his 14-year-old victim’s father burst into a cubicle and found him drunk and with his trousers open with the girl on August 21, last year.

Staff at the Holiday Inn in Basingstoke Road, Whitley, were called and Defferary began punching and shouting racial abuse at security officer Suleyman Inal.

Defferary then went outside, got in a car and began driving it towards the hotel reception, despite being over the limit, Reading Crown Court heard. He was later found in possession of a quantity of cannabis.

He told police he had no recollection of what happened but later admitted one count of sexual activity with a child, one count of racially aggravated assault and possession of a Class B drug on May 5.

He denied one count of rape and another of sexual activity with a child, which was accepted by the Crown, and the case proceeded on the three other charges and a summary offence of drink-driving.

The court heard Defferary had previously had an addiction to cocaine and heroin and while he was not of good character he had never been convicted of a sexual offence.

Sentencing, Judge Richard Parkes said the girl had held a fascination for Defferary but had “suffered to a considerable degree” after what happened at the hotel, despite her consent.

Judge Parkes described the offences as “appalling” but credited Defferary for his early guilty plea, adding he did not consider him to be a “predatory paedophile”.

He added while Deferrary’s behaviour was abusive to Mr Inal, it was “out of character”, which was backed up by the defendant’s Asian employer who described him as “an honourable person”.

Judge Parkes sentenced Defferary, of Drewett Close, Whitley Wood, to two years and six months for sexual activity with a child and a further four months for racially aggravated assault, to be served consecutively.

He gave no separate penalty for cannabis possession but placed him on the sexual offenders’ register for 10 years, banned him from driving for 18 months and ordered him to resit the driving test.