May 2019

Brave rape victim tells attacker in dock ‘you know what you did’

A brave rape victim told her attacker in the dock “you know what you did”, as she gave an emotional testimony before he was jailed for five years.

The way Simeon Turner treated the girl has “changed my life”, she revealed to a packed courtroom at Nottingham Crown Court.

“You made me feel anxious, sad, lonely… like it will never get better,” she said.

And she said the best thing he can do is “get help”.

Turner, 19, of Abercarn Close, Bulwell, was found guilty of rape at a trial, and was sentenced on May 2 by Recorder Kainth.

The girl said in due course she realised “his behaviour was completely wrong and that she’d been taken advantage of from an early age, because she was 14 at the time,” said the judge.

“You heard what she said very bravely from the witness box with regards to her victim impact statement. She effectively said you had taken two years of her childhood away,” he said.

Turner was given concurrent sentences he admitted of sexual activity with a female under 16 years old, making indecent images and a sexual communications offence.

He must sign the sex offenders’ register indefinitely and be subject to a Sexual Harm Prevention Order for ten years.

The investigation began with the sexual communication offence involving a video of Turner performing a sexual act on himself.

Before he was sentenced, the rape victim – who cannot be identified – came forward and indicated some sexual contact of some irregularity over a period of time.

The only matter contested was a single count of rape. There was no abuse of trust, the court heard. At the time his boundaries were very blurred, the hearing was told.