February 2021

Melksham man, 33, admits raping girl

A West Wiltshire pervert that admitted raping a 11-year-old girl during a nine month campaign of sexual abuse has had his sentencing adjourned

Luke Simpson, 33, of Atworth, near Melksham, had previously pleaded guilty to:

  • One count of rape of a child aged under 13,

  • One count of the oral rape of a child aged under 13,

  • One count of sexual assault of a child aged under 13 by penetration,

  • One count of sexual assault of a child aged under 13 by touching.

The crimes were committed between January and October 2020.

Simpson was due to be sentenced at Swindon Crown Court but it has now been adjourned until a later date.

Simpson was refused bail. He remains in Bristol prison. 

Judge Peter Crabtree ordered psychological and pre-sentence reports, remanding Simpson in custody. The judge told the probation service look at whether the defendant was “dangerous” and should receive an extended prison sentence.

Addressing members of the victim’s family sat in the public gallery, Simpson’s barrister Tabitha Macfarlane said: “Those reports are going in no way to reduce what is going to be a very lengthy prison sentence. I hope they realise none of this is for any ‘defence trickery’, if I can put it this way.”

Simpson had previously appeared over the video link wearing an orange fluorescent jacket, spoke only to confirm his name and guilty pleas.

The Crown was represented at the hearing by Chris Smyth.