February 2021

Predator abused schoolgirl and threatened to show her family indecent photos

A pervert sexually abused a schoolgirl and then threatened to show her family indecent photographs of her if she did not continue with the activity.

The victim claimed that her abuser, Gary William Jelly effectively “blackmailed” her into providing sex on a regular basis for a decade, from the age of 15.

Jelly – currently on licence from an unrelated manslaughter sentence – befriended the child more than 15 years ago and would give her cigarettes and cash in return for sexual activity.

When she later refused to cooperate he put her in fear of violence, including once threatening to put her head though a window.

A jury of seven men and five women deliberated for several days last week, before announcing the verdicts today, Monday February 15.

Jelly, 52, was convicted, on majority 11 – 1 verdicts, of four counts of sexual activity with a child under 16 and two offences of paying for the sexual services of the same girl, during a 12 month period. He denied the charges.

Jelly, formerly known by the surname of Bollen, had earlier admitted one offence of putting the same victim in fear of violence, by “making numerous threats,” including saying he would attend her home with another person to “beat her up” and on a different occasion threatened to put her head “through a window.”

He entered the guilty plea on the basis it was when the victim was an adult woman, between 2013 and 2014.

The jury was not told during the trial that Jelly received a seven year jail sentence, in 2017, for a completely unrelated offence of manslaughter which involved the death of a “vulnerable” 34-year-old woman.

The prosecutor in the child sex offence trial, Richard Thatcher, told the jury that the defendant befriended the 15-year-old schoolgirl and would create situations to be alone with her, using cigarettes and money as a reward for repeated under-aged sexual activity, including intercourse.

The offences were committed in various places including inside the defendant’s van, in a caravan and also a garden shed, the court was told.

Giving evidence in his defence, Jelly, formerly of Woodland Road, off Uppingham Road, Leicester, claimed nothing sexual happened until the complainant was a 19-year-old adult – and it was all fully consensual.

Jelly said he had gave her payment for sex when she was an adult – which was not illegal – and claimed he also gave her cigarettes and cash to “help her out” when she was short of money.

Mr Thatcher said the victim “in her own words” described the defendant as “blackmailing” her into continuing the sexual activity in adulthood by threatening to show her family sexual photographs he had previously taken of her, to ensure their encounters continued – although Jelly was not prosecuted for blackmail.

After years of feeling ashamed and staying silent, she told her family and finally reported the matter.

Following the verdicts, Judge Keith Raynor ordered the preparation of a pre-sentence report – to address the question of dangerousness.

He remanded Jelly into custody to await sentencing next month.