April 2021

Controlling sex ‘bully’ who preyed on teenage girl is sentenced

Gary William Jelly (also known as Bollen)

 

A molester who bullied a teenager into having sex on a regular basis for years has been jailed.

The victim told a jury that Gary William Jelly had effectively “blackmailed” her into suffering the abuse.

Jelly, 52, who formerly used the surname Bollen – and has a previous conviction for manslaughter – befriended the girl more than 15-years-ago and groomed her with cigarettes and money.

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 convicted Jelly of a catalogue of sex offences following a two week trial in February and he appeared at Leicester Crown Court today (April 7), via a live video link from prison for sentencing.

Judge Keith Raynor said the offences included sexual activity in a garden shed, a garage and a caravan.

Jelly took “explicit” photographs of the complainant, some without her knowledge. The images were later used as leverage, in threatening text messages and calls, to enforce her compliance.

When she gave evidence, she said: “It was like I bowed down, pretty much he clicked his fingers.

“He had that much control over me.”

Judge Raynor told Jelly: “The text messages show you as a pathetic middle-aged bully.

“You used your money to get what you wanted and threatened to expose her and show sexual pictures of her to others, including her family.

“You maintained your threats to have a hold over her and wanted her at your beck and call.

“She told you on multiple occasions ‘I’m sick of this blackmail.’

“She needed money on occasions and you preyed on that financial vulnerability.

“On one occasion you threatened to go round and beat her up and on another said you would put her head through a window.

“When she didn’t want to see you, you began stalking her.”

“She suffered significant psychological trauma.”

“Your conduct was to maximize fear and distress, with a high degree of planning and it was persistent action over a prolonged period.”

The judge said he took into account the four year delay in the trial taking place, Jelly’s chronic ill health, including a heart condition and the restrictions in prison regarding Covid-19.

Jelly, formerly of Woodland Road, off Uppingham Road, Leicester, was convicted on majority 11 – 1 verdicts on 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.

Jelly denied the offences, claiming nothing sexual happened until the complainant was aged 19 and she consented. He gave her cigarettes and money just “to help her out.”

He pleaded guilty to one count of putting the same victim in fear of violence, by “making numerous threats” when she was an adult, between 2013 and 2014.

Prosecutor Richard Thatcher said it was only after many years of feeling ashamed and staying silent, she found the courage to tell her family and finally report the matter.

Judge Raynor today jailed Jelly for a total of eight years and four months.

He was also placed on a 12 year sexual harm prevention order, banning any contact with the victim.

The judge publicly commended officer in the case, Detective Constable Alec Lester, for his “excellent” work including investigating an issue that arose during the trial.

The court heard that in 2017, the defendant received a seven year jail sentence, for an unrelated offence of manslaughter which involved the death of a “vulnerable” 34-year-old woman.

He was on early release licence from that sentence when he stood trial for the sex offences.

Judge Raynor said Jelly’s conviction for the manslaughter – involving him pushing over the victim who died from rib injuries – was “relevant” because he had behaved in a similarly bullying manner towards the sex abuse victim.

He said Jelly told the manslaughter victim during a confrontation: “Don’t mess with me.”

Jelly, then aged 47, and his daughter, Natalie Bollen, then aged 29, were said to have both assaulted a woman, Kelly Machin, following a neighbours’ row over a burst child’s football in August 2016.

The father and daughter, who were both jailed for seven years, confronted Ms Machin at her home in Waldwick Close, Leicester Forest East.

Ms Machin died alone on her living room sofa, from internal bleeding caused by fractured ribs, several days later.

The incident occurred after Ms Machin became so “fed up” with footballs coming over the fence into her garden, from Bollen’s nearby home, that she burst it with a knife before throwing it back.

Bollen became outraged and went round with her father.

The sentencing judge on that occasion observed that three punches from Bollen and a forceful push onto a coffee table by Jelly had unintentionally led to the woman’s death.

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.