British soldier jailed for raping girl, aged 6, during Army adventure camp in Austria
A British soldier has been jailed for nine years for drunkenly raping a six-year-old girl in her bedroom while stationed on an adventure course with his unit.
Craig Stormey, 30, was on an alpine skiing course with the 7th Parachute Regiment Royal Horse Artillery in the Stubai Valley, Austria, when the horrific assault took place.
Today Judge Norbert Hofer said it was ‘impossible’ to find an appropriate punishment given the severity of the attack and ranked it among the ‘worst kind of abuse of a child’s physical well-being’.
The court at Innsbruck, in the province of Tyrol, heard that the attack took place in November 2014 when the Afghanistan veteran drunkenly entered an unlocked house, stripped off and started to perform sexual acts on the sleeping child.
The girl’s father told the court: ‘I was lying in my bed and saw a figure holding a child in his arms.
‘I was half asleep and first thought it was my wife but then I realised she was lying next to me.
‘Then I saw the naked stranger in another room with my daughter. I completely flipped and hit him several times in the face.’
During the fight, his wife and their daughter fled the house as he called the police.
He added: ‘Our daughter has managed to cope with the incident relatively well. But she has a very good memory.’
Police arrested the accused in the house and since then he had been in detention in Innsbruck prison while awaiting trial.
Medical investigators examined the little girl and backed her claims of the events.
Stormey apologised to the girl and her parents in court