February 2012

Coventry man jailed after sex with schoolgirl

A COVENTRY man has been jailed after he admitted having sexual relations with an under-age schoolgirl.

Joseph Pitman, aged 22, of Capmartin Road, Radford, was jailed for two years after pleading guilty to three charges of sexual activity with a child. 

He will be put on the sex offenders’ register for 10 years.

Coventry Crown Court heard the offences took place over a year ago.

Mary Loram, prosecuting, said Pitman bought vodka from a shop in Radford after the victim suggested they get drunk together.

“He bought a bottle and they went back to his friend’s house. The victim and defendant were drinking together and taking shots.

“It was obvious she was drunk about an hour after arriving and the defendant knew she was drunk because he had to help her off the floor.”

Ms Loram said the defendant performed a sexual act on the victim while she was on the floor.

She added: “On their way back home, the defendant followed the victim into the Coventry Canal Basin toilets as he was still trying to hold her up.

“He then tried to have sex with her and kissed her breasts.

“She said she went along with this because she was so drunk and feeling sick.

“She went to the bus stop where she was taken away by police because she was straggling around. Her parents were called and what had happened soon emerged.

“She said she was the drunkest she has ever been.”

Antonie Muller, defending, said: “This is an unusual case because the victim had been so disarmingly frank about that day. This is not a case of Mr Pitman intending to get a young girl drunk to have sex with her.

“The victim was going to get drunk whether she met Mr Pitman or not.

“There was no pre-planning with this man to get her in this state.”

Sentencing, Judge Peter Carr told the defendant: “Having met the complainant, you felt no attraction to her and certainly there was no emotion or affection between you. You knew how old she was and that she was drunk.

“It is plain both of you were drunk and it made her, in my view, vulnerable. It’s my view that you did take advantage of her.”