November 2020

Man jailed for seven year for raping 11-year-old girl on Portland

A man who raped an 11-year-old girl on Portland has today been jailed for seven years.

James Connell Loveman, 23, was sentenced at Bournemouth Crown Court.

He attacked the girl in the Old Windmill near Easton on a night in August last year.

Loveman, of Portland, was convicted of charges of rape and assault by penetration today following a trial in September.

He had previously admitted an offence of sexual assault of a female aged under 13.

The victim, who was 11 at the time of the incident, was with her 14-year-old friend and they had spent the evening walking around Portland.

At around 1.30am on Saturday 31 August they were in the area of Easton Square when they met a man who was sitting on a bicycle.

They walked with him to an old windmill to the south of Park Road, where they chatted for a time before the victim’s friend went outside.

Once he was alone with the victim, Loveman sexually assaulted her and then raped her before riding off on his bike in the direction of Weston.

Following an investigation led by detectives from the Force’s Major Crime Investigation Team (MCIT), Loveman’s DNA was found to be a match of a profile obtained from the victim’s clothing and he was arrested on Saturday 7 September 2019.

The victim said that the incident had terrified her and she came forward because she did not want Loveman to do the same thing to someone else and that she would not wish what happened to her on anybody.

She added that she had been hurt by comments made, including online, which implied that she or her family were in some way at fault for what happened or that she had lied.

September 2020

Pervert convicted of child rape

A man has been found guilty of raping an 11-year-old girl in Portland.

James Connell Loveman, aged 23 and of Portland, was convicted of charges of rape and assault by penetration on Friday 18 September 2020 following a trial at Bournemouth Crown Court.

He had previously admitted an offence of sexual assault of a female aged under 13.

Loveman will return to be sentenced on a date to be fixed.

The victim, who was 11 at the time of the incident, was with her friend – who was 14 – on the night of Friday 30 August 2019.

The girls spent the evening walking around Portland and at around 1.30am on Saturday 31 August 2019 they were in the area of Easton Square when they met a man who was sitting on a bicycle.

They told the defendant their ages and he asked if they wanted to go with them to an old derelict windmill to the south of Park Road. Loveman claimed he was 15 but nearly 16, although the girls both believed he looked older.

The three of them chatted at the windmill and the victim typed her Snapchat and Instagram user names into the defendant’s phone.

Loveman challenged them to play dares and while the older girl was outside of the windmill he sexually assaulted the 11-year-old victim.

Loveman later asked the 14-year-old girl to go outside again and then raped the victim before riding off on his bike in the direction of Weston.

The girls contacted police and an investigation was launched, led by detectives from the Major Crime Investigation Team (MCIT).

A DNA profile of the offender was obtained from the victim’s clothing and was found to be a match for the defendant.

He was arrested on Saturday 7 September 2019.

A subsequent examination of Loveman’s mobile phone also showed the Instagram account details of the victim had been stored on it.