May 2016

Man who repeatedly raped 11-year-old girl jailed for 18-years


A scaffolder who used an 11-year-old girl as his “sexual plaything” has been jailed for 18 years.

Darren Pitcher, 49, of Farthingale Court, Waltham Abbey, raped the girl, now 22, five times in three years and threatened to kill her while she slept if she did not comply with his demands.

Judge Peter Griffiths QC convicted pervert Pitcher of rape and sexual assault at Chelmsford Crown Court and slapped him with the lengthy jail term.

He said: “She sets out the devastating effect of the abuse you perpetrated on her and the effect on her young life. She has been through overdoses, hospitalisation, depression.

 “What you did, which was unforgiveable, is that you treated her as your sexual plaything, to do as you wanted with her.”

The court heard that his victim consistently told individuals – a friend, a nurse and former boyfriend in 2005, 2009 and 2011 – that she had been abused and identified her attacker as Pitcher.

She had made two suicide attempts.

Pitcher pleaded not guilty four charges of rape, one of inciting a child into sexual activity, two of assault by penetration and two of sexual assault.

But on the second day of his trial changed his plea to guilty to a tenth offence of sexual activity with a child telling police she gyrated on his lap and touched his private parts.

The offences happened at a different address in Waltham Abbey between 2004 and 2008.

The jury of seven women and five men heard that he told officers at his door: “I ain’t got nothing to do with this. She come on to me and I have not done anything. I am sick of people coming to my house and accusing me of rape.”

He was unanimously convicted, apart from on two charges. The jury returned 11-1 guilty verdicts on rape over the age of 13 and on assault by penetration over 13.

Pitcher, who was arrested in December 2014, had earlier pleaded guilty to possessing an extreme pornographic image involving a person having intercourse with a dog.

He was also ordered to sign the sexual offenders’ register for life and will not be able to spend time with underage girls unsupervised.