September 2016

Nursery worker who sexually abused babies attacked in prison


A nursery nurse who sexually abused children as young as nine months old was battered in prison by fellow inmates in a vigilante attack, a court has heard.

Marie Raison, 28, who is serving a six-year sentence for molesting a five-year-old girl and a nine-month-old baby while she was pregnant, was completing a puzzle at HMP Holloway in January when two fellow prisoners launched the attack. 

The court was told how Neah Tuohy, 25, and 23-year-old Emily Bray repeatedly punched Raison in the face, leaving her with two black eyes and severe swelling.

Highbury Magistrates’ Court heard Raison then suffered a panic attack and fainted while she was being treated for her injuries.

Prosecutor Harika Yuksel told the court: ‘When she was sitting down the defendants went and approached her.

‘They then started to assault her without provocation, punching her repeatedly in the face.

‘Miss Raison put her hands up to defend herself but didn’t have a chance to do so or respond.

‘Other inmates and staff came in to see what had happened and a nurse was called.’ 

Raison told the court in a victim impact statement that she had been ‘extremely stressed’ since the incident.

‘I find myself thinking about it and it’s affecting my sleep,’ she said. 

The court was told Tuohy – who has six convictions for assault – was on remand awaiting sentence for glassing an unconscious reveller in Gant’s Hill, Essex, on St Patrick’s Day in 2015.

She was later given 12 years for that attack at Snaresbrook Crown Court.

Tuohy, who had a troubled upbringing, admitted common assault and said her ‘uncontrollable rage’ was triggered by Raison’s ‘horrific’ offences. 

Raison took pictures of the abuse between May and July 2013 and sent them to twisted paedophile Paul Dent, 32, who was jailed for seven years after the pair stood trial in 2014.  


Charlotte Mitchell-Dunn, defending, said: ‘The complainant was serving a sentence for sexual abuse against children, but she says this is absolutely no justification for her actions.’

District Judge Susan Williams interrupted: ‘It may explain why there was this uncontrollable rage, but why did she involve another girl in the assault?’

Miss Mitchell-Dunn replied: ‘It was an attack by both of them at the same time, there was no leading role in this case.’

Miss Mitchell-Dunn said Tuohy has now undergone therapy and works as a hairdresser in HMP Peterborough.

‘It would be appropriate to have a concurrent sentence in this case to reflect her progress,’ she said.

Judge Williams handed Tuohy a 26-week sentence for assault to run concurrently with her 12-year sentence for wounding with intent, saying: ‘That’s the credit you get for accepting your guilt.’

‘It isn’t for you to take the law into your own hands,’ she said.

‘This was you giving in to blind rage, with your troubled background I can understand why you lost your control but it doesn’t make it right and if someone is charged with a sexual offence then the appropriate way of dealing with it is in accordance with the law in a court of law.

‘That’s the way we do things in a civilised society.’

She continued: ‘I regard this assault as one of the worst common assaults that I have ever dealt with.

‘There were shocking injuries to that other prisoner and you may perhaps be regarded as fortunate that you have only been charged with common assault.

‘It must have been very painful, it wasn’t justified.’

Tuohy, whose address is recorded as HMP Peterborough, is currently due for release on 6 October 2021.

Bray, of Edgware, Middlesex, is now serving a four-month suspended sentence for the same offence and was ordered to pay £250 compensation to Raison.

She was sat in the public gallery as Tuohy, formerly of Gravel Close, Chigwell, was sentenced and blew kisses at her in the dock.

February 2014

Jailed: Pregnant woman abused nine-month old baby and five-year-old girl


A pregnant woman who sexually abused a nine-month-old baby and a five-year-old girl to please a man she had never met has been jailed for six years.

Marie Raison, 25, sent disturbing images of her touching the two young children sexually to Paul Dent, 29, a paedophile she met online.

The pair met on an internet dating site and their conversations quickly turned to sex.

Dent, who has a previous conviction for sexually assaulting a child, actively encouraged Raison to molest the young children so he could satisfy his own desires, Snaresbrook Crown Court heard yesterday. 

Raison, a former school cleaner and nursery nurse, was pregnant with another man’s child at the time of the offences between May and July last year.

When she was arrested Raison tried to blame her sister for taking the photos while Dent told officers he was angry that not enough women were being jailed for child sex offences.

Jailing Dent for seven years and Raison for six years Judge Martin Zeidman QC, said: ‘Ms Raison, this was the most horrific of offences.

‘It is important to note that this was not just a plan, it was a conspiracy that was implemented and undertaken on a number of occasions.

‘You, Dent, did not of course physically carry out the assaults but you pressed vigorously for more and more images and showed great irritation when they did not come as quickly as you wanted.

‘And to make it worse you have a previous conviction for sexually assaulting a child.

‘Of course it was you Raison who actually did the physical acts but it was you Dent who enthusiastically pressed her to do so.

‘That said, there was nothing to prevent you Raison from discontinuing the internet conversation – he was not with you or in your home – you could have just stopped all communication but you wanted it to continue.

‘I have reached the conclusion that you are both as bad as each other.

‘I make it absolutely clear that I totally reject the suggestion your sister played a part in creating or sending these images.’

Raison and Dent showed no emotion as they were jailed.

Prosecutor Charlotte Newell said: ‘They met on the internet and it quickly progressed into Dent asking Raison to sexually abuse the children.

‘Suffice to say he indicated he would like to visit her which she encouraged – he had made it plain that his own sexual fantasies with the children included sexual intercourse.

‘It was only discovered when a friend found the messages on her phone being exchanged.

‘They were arrested in their respective parts of the country and their computers, laptops and phones were searched.’

A series of messages and pictures were found on Raison’s phone both sent to and received from Dent.

In interview Raison said she had only had Dent’s number because her sister had told her to contact him.

She also said she had met her sister every day that week but prosecutor Ms Newell described Raison’s excuses as ‘a pack of lies.’

Dent told police he had received a random text from Raison and the last time he had spoken to her he had asked her to stop sending the pictures.

He also told police he was angry about the ratio of men to women that had been convicted of child sex offences and so he had amassed the messages to see how far she would go.

Both children are in foster care and have suffered no apparent physical or psychological harm.

Ms Newell added: ‘It can only be speculation at this stage but both children haven’t shown any signs of physical or psychological harm.’ 

Dent has since expressed a desire to under-go sexual offences prevention treatment.

Raison, of Chadwell Heath, Dagenham, and Dent of Washington, Tyne and Wear, admitted two counts of conspiracy to commit sexual activity with a child and one of conspiracy to take indecent photos of a child.

Three counts of encouraging and assisting in the commission of an offence, two of sexual activity with a child and eight of possession of indecent photographs of a child were all left to lie on the court file.

December 2013

Dagenham woman took photos of herself sexually abusing two children to please internet paedophile

A pregnant woman sexually abused a nine-month-old baby and a five-year-old girl in order to please a paedophile she had met on the internet, a court heard today.

Marie Raison, formerly known as Marie Harris 25, sent explicit photos of her touching the young children sexually to a Paul Dent, 29, of Washington, Tyne on Wear even though they had never met, Snaresbrook Crown Court heard.

The pair met on an internet dating site and their conversations quickly became sexually orientated. Dent would actively encourage Raison to molest the young children so he could satisfy his own sick desires.

Raison was pregnant with another man’s child during the period between May and July this year that the offences took place.

Raison, of Whalebone Lane South, Dagenham admitted two counts of conspiracy to commit sexual activity with a child and one of conspiracy to take indecent photos of a child.

Two counts of sexual activity with a child and eight of possession of indecent photographs of a child were left to lie on the court file.

Raison will be sentenced at a later date