October 2015

Man who raped 15-year-old girl and gave her drugs and alcohol is jailed for eight-and-a-half years


A man who raped a 15-year-old girl and also gave her alcohol and drugs was jailed for eight-and-a-half years.

Dalton Beardmore, 25, was convicted by a jury of rape and three counts of sexual activity with a child.

He was also found guilty of witness intimidation, by trying to persuade her to drop the case against him after he was arrested.

Beardmore, of Ashfield Drive, Anstey, was acquitted of one count of sexual activity with a child and an allegation of causing the girl actual bodily harm.

Leicester Crown Court was told that since the offences were committed in 2013, the victim is still devastated by the abuse and has been receiving counselling and psychiatric help.

James Varley, prosecuting, said: “She is on anti-depressants and has nightmares.

“She says she can’t sleep because she’s in fear of being raped again.

“She dreams about him threatening her and feels unable to move on.

“Her time is taken up thinking about what happened.”

In her victim impact statement she said: “My whole purity has been taken from me.

“I’m unable to let anyone get close to me and I feel extremely lonely.”

Sentencing, Judge Robert Brown said: “Having seduced this girl who was eight years younger than you, she was 15 and you were 23, you began to use her for sexual gratification.”

He said Beardmore had repeatedly pestered the girl for sex and physically abused her by “spitting in her face and physically manhandling her.”

Judge Brown said: “You gave her alcohol and also drugs – cocaine, MCat and cannabis.

“She hadn’t been a drug user and you introduced her to those drugs and she was just 15.

Of the rape attack, the judge said: “You forced her back onto a bed and pressed her head against a pillow so she could not move to resist you.”

He added: “You have a bad record of previous convictions, although I accept none of those are of a sexual nature.

“I’m told that in the two years you’ve been awaiting trial you’ve been suffering from anxiety.”

Beardmore was told he will be on a sex offenders’ register for life and was placed on a 10 year sexual harm prevention order.

Thomas Schofield, mitigating, said that the use of alcohol or drugs was not in order to stupefy the victim.

He said the defendant was acquitted of using violence towards her and she had also consented to some sexual activity.

Mr Schofield added: “He was only 23 at the time of the offences.

“There’s another side to Dalton Beardmore.

“He has three children (including a step-child), a supportive partner and is loving and caring towards young children.

“He plans to get his head down in prison, serve his sentence and move on.”