February 2021

Yeovil man who molested young girl said ‘snitches would get stitches’

A man who raped a woman and had sexual activity with a child has been jailed.

Alan Barney, 29, of Roseberry Avenue in Yeovil, abused the girl, aged 13, in a home near Bristol

Bristol Crown Court heard it was a month after he forced himself on a woman at her home.

Barney pleaded guilty to rape and sexual activity with a child.

The recorder Mr Malcolm Gibney jailed him for eight years and nine months.

He said: “These two episodes were appalling and devastating both for the woman and, obviously, to the younger girl.”

Barney was handed a Sexual Harm Prevention Order, designed to stop him reoffending, and was ordered to register as a sex offender for life.

Richard Posner, prosecuting, said the child froze when Barney was sexually intimate with her.

The distressed child told her mum: “I wanted to say no but no words came.”

Barney told police “snitches would get stitches”, the court heard.

He made a prepared statement denying wrongdoing before answering no comment to other questions.

Mr Posner said it transpired that, a month before the sexual activity with a child, Barney raped a woman in her home.

She made an impact statement in which she said the rape changed her life and, as well as physical pain, had left her suffering nightmares and flashbacks and receiving counselling.