September 2015

Child rapist freed after just six years ‘back behind bars’


A child rapist who got one of his victims pregnant has today been branded “a risk to young children” after being sent back to jail.

Daniel Bowen, 39, was released from prison just six years into his sentence for sexually assaulting two girls.

But he was yesterday hauled before Blackpool magistrates after being caught breaching the terms of his
 licence by sending messages on Facebook to a 10-year-old boy .

Bowen, of Warrenhurst Road, Fleetwood, was sent back behind bars to complete the rest of the 12-year jail sentence he was given in 2009.

On that occasion he pleaded guilty to four counts of rape. Three of those charges related to the same girl, who he abused on separate occasions between the ages of 11 and 13.

Speaking after yesterday’s hearing, a Lancashire Police spokesman said: “Bowen clearly remains a risk to young people and he will now have to serve out the remainder of his sentence for what was an horrendous offence.”

Following his release from prison, Bowen, formerly of Warbreck Drive, Blackpool, moved from a hostel in Blackburn to Fleetwood.

It was there he breached the Sexual Offences Prevention Order (SOPO) imposed to prevent him re-offending.

Blackpool magistrates heard the message was found by his probation officer who examined the contents of Bowen’s phone during a routine appointment.

Bowen admitted the breach and Pam Smith,prosecuting, said the defendant was to be recalled to prison and faced completing the rest of his original sentence.

Patrick Nelligan, defending,said that the offence was committed when Bowen was feeling very lonely.

“Had he known he was breaching his SOPO in a sinister manner he would have deleted the message from his phone,” he added.

Bowen, a former security guard, had a further 21 days added to his custody term.

When he was released initially, Bowen has served half of his original jail term, which was to be followed by eight years on extended licence –bringing his total sentence to 20 years.

The judge as the time called his a “dangerous” offender, added: “There aren’t many cases worse than this.”

The court was told back in 2009 that one of his victims had fallen pregnant following the attacks and had to have the baby terminated.

He admitted the offences but despite showing remorse, the judge said at the time he was “still dangerous”.

His comments were echoed by Det Insp Tony Baxter, now a chief inspector with Lancashire Police’s public
protection unit, who said: “This is one of the worst cases I’ve seen in all the years 
I’ve been doing this kind of work.”