October 2021

Weymouth paedophile Mark Slater jailed for 23 years

A 65-year-old man was jailed for 23 years yesterday for raping and indecently assaulting four children between 1988 and 1994.

Mark Slater, who was in his thirties at the time, was convicted of multiple instances of rape, multiple instances of indecent assault, and one instance of indecency with a child following a trial at Bournemouth Crown Court.

Slater groomed and manipulated the vulnerable children, aged between 11 and 16, and then kept them quiet to his abuse by telling them it was ‘our secret’ or threatening to tell their parents should they say anything.

He demonstrated controlling, aggressive and jealous behaviour, telling one victim that he had someone watching her at a school club when he became jealous.

When questioned by police, Slater denied that anything had happened, claiming that the victims were lying and that they must have colluded with each other.