April 2021

Man jailed for nine years after being found guilty of rape

A man has been jailed for nine years after being found guilty of raping a 15-year-old girl in Hinckley in 2019.

Kristian Jackson, 28, of Ashby Road, Hinckley was sentenced at Leicester Crown Court on Monday 12 April.

He was also issued with a sexual harm prevention order, a restraining order and will be placed on the sex offenders register.

On the evening of 26 October 2019, Jackson was looking after the victim at his home address. He gave her alcohol and she became so intoxicated that she was sick.

Jackson then drove her home where he attacked her several times

It was an incident of repeated rape for between 20 and 40 minutes

He finally fled the scene when the girl screamed out for help.

The incident was reported to police and an investigation commenced.

Following enquiries, officers attended Jackson’s home address and he was arrested and subsequently charged.

The girl, in a video-recorded victim impact statement, made nine months after the event, described how the ordeal had shattered her confidence and trust in others.

She suffered sleepless nights for weeks afterwards and reverted to childlike behaviour, constantly needing her mother nearby and avoided social situations, preferring to “stay at home.”

She added: “I get nervous and paranoid and find it difficult to cope.

“My emotions are up and down like a roller coaster and I get flash things [flashbacks] about what happened.”

The teenager, who has received counselling, talked of friendships with boys failing, of lost self-confidence and an inability to concentrate on school work.

“It took me on a dark and sad road,” she said.

A jury at Leicester Crown Court convicted Jackson of raping the girl on an evening in October 2019.

The jurors heard that Jackson told a police officer the girl had drunk about a half a bottle of gin in two hours.

Despite the complainant vomiting and going into “a drunken stupor,” the defendant removed her clothing and had sex with her, without her consent, at a house in the Hinckley area.

Sentencing, Recorder Martin Butterworth said: “You’ve been convicted of raping a 15-year-old child and the evidence was powerful.

“I’m satisfied you formed an unhealthy intention towards her.

“In the early evening you gave her a large amount of alcohol.”

He said the defendant initially showed concern when the girl was repeatedly sick but then “had designs” on her.

Then “under the guise of helping her” he took advantage of the situation.

Recorder Butterworth said: “I’m sure you watched her and gauged the degree of her alcohol-induced stupor.”

The girl had “resisted” him and repeatedly tried to push him away, but he was undeterred, the court heard.

When she began calling out for help, he quickly dressed them both.

The Recorder said: “When [later] confronted by her father you lied, just as you did to this jury.

“The harm you’ve done to her is far reaching and permanent.”

Jackson claimed to the jury the girl initiated sexual activity and it was consensual – despite the fact she was below the age of consent.

Jackson was jailed for nine years.

He was placed on an indefinite sexual harm prevention order along with a restraining order, banning any contact with the victim or her family.