August 2018

Dewsbury man jailed for rape of sleeping victim

A Dewsbury man has been jailed for seven years for raping a woman while she was asleep.

Lee Howden, 49, raped and sexually assaulted the victim with a sex toy at a property in Selby, North Yorkshire.

He denied the allegation and took the case to trial, where a jury found him guilty of both counts on Tuesday following a two-day trial.

Prosecutor Anne Richardson told York Crown Court that Howden had videoed the sex attacks and stored them on a laptop.

The victim, who cannot be named for legal reasons, said she was unsure whether she was asleep or unconscious through drink at the time of the attacks.

In 2015, Howden – formerly of Hensall, North Yorkshire, but lately of Albion Street, Dewsbury – was jailed for sexual offences against two girls whom he also covertly videoed in a state of undress.

On that occasion, he was convicted of three counts of sexual assaulting an under-age girl and three counts of voyeurism.

Again, he had denied all the charges and took the case to trial, forcing the girls to give evidence.

He had given one of the girls money and lifts in his car and sexually assaulted her on several occasions.

He also used his mobile phone to covertly take videos and photos of her and another girl, separately and without their knowledge.

For his latest offences, Howden was placed on the sex-offenders’ register for life and slapped with a restraining order banning him from contacting the victim. 

Howden will have to serve half of the seven-year sentence behind bars before he becomes eligible for parole.

2015

Pervert sexually abused under-age girl

A sex offender is facing a long jail sentence after a jury convicted him of a series of sex offences committed over a five-year period.

Lee Sean Malcolm Howden, 48, gave an under-age girl money and lifts in his car, Rupert Dodswell, prosecuting, told York Crown Court.

He sexually assaulted her on several occasions and also used his phone to covertly take videos and photos of her, and another girl, separately without their knowledge.

A member of his family found the images on his phone and the police were called.

Howden denied behaving improperly towards the first girl and of having any sexual interest in her or the second girl.

He claimed the videos and photos had been taken by mistake and that he gave the first girl money because he liked her.

A jury convicted Howden, of Dene Close, Hensall, near Eggborough, of three charges of sexual assault against the first teenager and three of voyeurism. He had denied all the charges.

Judge Deborah Sherwin adjourned his case while probation officers prepared a report on him including the danger he poses to girls in the future.

His barrister Allan Armbrister said: “The defendant appreciates he is facing a lengthy custodial sentence for these matters” and asked for bail until he is sentenced.

The judge remanded him in custody, saying: “I heard evidence during the trial that the defendant had taken an overdose. I appreciate that was denied by him. I do have concerns bearing in mind what the inevitable sentence is likely to be.”

Howden will be sentenced at Newcastle Crown Court on May 28. The offences were committed between January 2008 and August 2013.

During a five-day trial, the jury heard evidence from both girls and the female visitor.

They also heard that Howden had been admitted to hospital with a paracetamol overdose after he had sent text messages indicating he had done wrong.