March 2006

Pervert attacked young boys at castle

A TEENAGER who sexually abused two young boys at Warwick Castle has been made subject to an indefinite hospital order under the Mental Health Act.

The judge also ordered that 19-year-old Daniel Lowe, who had two earlier indecency convictions, should be banned for life from doing any paid or unpaid work with children.

Lowe, of Frobisher Close, Hinckley, who had pleaded guilty at Warwick Crown Court to two charges of sexual activity with the seven-year-olds, was also ordered to register as a sex offender for life.

Jane Sarginson, prosecuting, said that last August Lowe, who has Aspergers Syndrome and hyperactivity attention deficit disorder, was taken by his parents to a family day at Warwick Castle.

Among the crowds attending the event, which included the demonstration of a giant catapult, were two seven-year-old boys and their families.

The boys got separated from their families when they went down to the river, where they saw Lowe – who had gone off after an argument with his father – throwing stones.

Lowe talked to them and got them to play a ‘truth or dare’ game which led to him sexually assaulting one of the boys.

The boy managed to get away after a struggle, at which Lowe turned his attention to the other seven-year-old and did the same to him until he also managed to escape.

The father of the first boy had been looking for them and saw his son running towards him, hysterical, with his cousin shortly behind.

Lowe, who had previous convictions for indecent exposure and inciting a child to take part in indecency, was detained by the second boy’s father, and he was interviewed in the presence of his own father.

He told the police he could “not really tell you” what had happened in front of his father, but confirmed that what the two boys had said was true, added Miss Sarginson.

James House, representing him, said Lowe had been with his parents, but his father had not been able to go after him because of a relative who was in a wheelchair.