May 2016

Father-of-three, 34, who raped two underage girls after plying them with vodka until they were ‘paralytically drunk’ is jailed for 16 years 

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A man who raped two under-age girls after inviting them back to his flat and plying them with so much vodka that they were ‘paralytically drunk’ has been jailed for 16 years.

Mark Jackson, who also sexually assaulted a third girl on a later occasion when she was also drunk, was ordered to register as a sex offender for life following his conviction.

Jackson, aged 34, of Sandy Lane, Radford, had denied raping a 14-year-old girl, assaulting her by penetration, and orally raping her and a 15-year-old friend in April 2014.

But after deliberating for a total of just over 18 hours over four days, a jury at Warwick Crown Court found him guilty of all four of those charges by a majority of 10-2.

He was also convicted of assaulting another 15-year-old the following month and of sexual activity with her as an alternative to a further charge of assault by penetration.

Prosecutor Peter Arnold said that two girls, aged 14 and 15, first met Jackson in April 2014 when they approached him near a shop in Sandy Lane to ask him to buy some vodka for them.

In her evidence the older girl said she had told him she was 16 at that time because she thought he would be more likely to get them alcohol if he thought they were older than they were.

After buying the drink for them, Jackson gave her a piece of card with his number on it and told them that if they needed any more alcohol, to get in touch with him.

They contacted each-other a number of times before Good Friday when she and her friend, who told Jackson she was 15, made three visits to his flat, drinking vodka while he drank whisky.

On the last visit late that night she had crept out of her own home to go back there with her friend, and they had so much to drink that she was sick.

Jackson forced them to take off the onesies they were wearing and forced each of them to perform oral sex on him.

The case was heard at Warwick Crown Court

He also raped her friend and, at one stage during their visit, locked their phones in his car so they could not use them.

The one girl returned to his flat on another occasion with two other friends, also aged 15, and after her friends had been drinking in the lounge Jackson put his hand down one girl’s trousers and assaulted her.

Jackson, who Mr Arnold said was aware the girls were all under 16, did the same again later against her will.

Matters came to light in May after an ambulance had been called to one of the girls because she was found drunk in a park – and after being taken to hospital she revealed what had happened.

When asked if he was attracted to the girls Jackson said: “Well, I’m a single man. Why not? They looked young, but whether they were 16 or under, it’s hard to tell.

“At first they said they were 16, but it came out that [one of them] was 15, then that [the other girl] had been lying as well. I now know they’re 15.”

He denied kissing or touching them, and denied there had been any sexual activity with them at all.

Jailing Jackson, Judge de Bertodano told him: “These girls you took to your flat and gave them alcohol. These were girls who should not have been drinking, and when they did drink they were clearly incapable of dealing with it.

“On two occasions when you had more than one girl in your flat they became so drunk they were clearly not in a state to consent to anything at all.

“On the first occasion you took advantage of that to rape two girls, and on the second you indecently assaulted another girl. One was only 14 at the time, and the other two were 15.

“On top of that these girls, as you well knew, had their vulnerabilities.

“Despite knowing all this, you jumped at the opportunity to provide alcohol to girls who were half your age and encouraged them to lie to their parents about their whereabouts.

“I have absolutely no doubt you did this with one motive in mind. You have a daughter of the same age these girls were at the time. You didn’t care about their wellbeing, you just wanted to have sex with them.”