October 2017

Breadstone equestrian business owner who twice sexually assaulted a 15-year-old boy is jailed for 14 months

A MUCH respected farmer and equestrian business owner who twice sexually assaulted a 15-year-old boy was jailed for 14 months on Friday.

Married dad Simon Pain, 47, plied the teenager with gifts before forcing himself on him while giving him a lift home, Gloucester Crown Court heard.

A few days later, Pain took the boy to London, booked them into the Hyde Park Hilton saying the boy was his son, and then assaulted him in their room, said prosecutor Janine Wood.

On both occasions he performed oral sex on the boy, she said.

Pain, of Billow Farm, Breadstone, near Berkeley, who has been deputy county chairman of the Gloucestershire branch of the NFU, admitted sexually assaulting the boy on November 13 last year and again between November 18 and 21.

After hearing how badly affected the boy and his family have been by the offences, Judge Jamie Tabor QC jailed Pain for fourteen months and ordered him to sign the sex offender register for 10 years. He also ordered him to pay £500 costs.

Mrs Wood said Pain runs a livery yard at his farm and got to know the boy because of his interest in horses.

The boy had been open with his mother and told her when he was 13 that he was homosexual, she said.

“The defendant confided in the boy that he thought he himself was gay and he preferred younger people,” she told the court.

“He began buying the boy gifts – clothing, a mobile phone, riding equipment.

“The boy wondered why the defendant was spending so much on him.

“On November 13 he gave the boy a lift home.

“He pulled over in a layby, they got into the rear of the vehicle and Pain pulled down the boy’s trousers and gave him oral sex.

“It happened for about 25 minutes.

“The boy told him he just wanted to go home.

“A few days later the defendant took the boy to London under a pretext. “He had booked a room at the Hilton hotel in Hyde Park and was pretending to the staff there that the boy was his son.

“He took the boy around London sightseeing – the London Dungeon, the London Eye, and bought him some clothes. “Back in the hotel room he pushed the boy onto the bed, pinned him down and got on top of him.

“He kissed his neck and pulled down his trousers and gave him oral sex again.”

Mrs Wood said when they got back to Gloucestershire, Pain spoke to the boy’s mother and told her he loved her son.

He said when the boy was 16 in a few months time they would have a relationship.

But police were called and on December 4, Pain denied any sexual activity with the boy.

Interviewed again on February 23 this year he admitted the offences but said the boy consented.

In a victim impact statement the boy said: “This has been truly the hardest time of my life.

“There have been times when I could not see the light at the end of the tunnel.

“I felt like my life had been taken out of my hands.

“I didn’t know who to turn to or to trust. “

He said he was fearful Pain would hurt his horse to get back at him.

“I have trouble sleeping. I have nightmares that he is outside my house. Some days I can’t get out of bed because I feel so down.

“I feel Simon has stolen my life that was but I won’t let it defeat me. “

The boy’s mother told the court: “Our world has been turned upside down. I feel I’ve let my son down – I blame myself.

“I had a feeling something was wrong but I couldn’t do anything without any proof.

“My son has changed – he is no longer the happy, funny, boy he was. He now wants to get as far away from this man as possible.

“I now constantly question the motives of anyone who gets close to my children. I am so relieved he has pleaded guilty – he has caused devastation.”

Pain had an equestrian business running indoor arenas, a cross country course and other facilities

Jailing Pain, the judge said he accepted he had been in a ‘loveless marriage’ at the time of the offences but he knew it had been ‘entirely wrong’ to have a sexual relationship with an under-age boy.