October 2015

West Kirby man who targeted young girls ‘for his own sexual gratification’


A West Kirby man who admitted sex offences after grooming three teenage school girls has been jailed for 27 months.

Liverpool Crown Court heard 28-year-old Mark Taylor targeted the youngsters “for his own sexual gratification” and as well as sending explicit text messages, he offered them cigarettes and vodka and got one high on cannabis.

Jailing him Judge Denis Watson, QC, said that his offending had had an impact on his victims, all aged just 14 at the time.

He had “bombarded” one of them sending her 189 texts in just two days and lured another to his home with cigarettes and alcohol.

Nick Walker, prosecuting, said one of the victims had been with Taylor when he bought £160 worth of cannabis and by the time she got home her mum said she was “off her face” on the drug, which led to a police investigation.

Taylor had groomed that victim by sending messages such as saying she was “gorgeous” and “sexy” and she had gone round to his flat for cigarettes.

She eventually told him to leave her alone and described him as “a paedo.”

His second victim would ask him for cigarettes and vodka and he asked to kiss her.

She did not want to do so but he hugged her and touched her bottom over her clothing.

Taylor, of Dee Lane, West Kirby, sent sexually explicit texts to the third girl and offered to get her a litre bottle of vodka if she met him. “I think you are proper fit,” he told her.

Mr Walker said an impact statement from one for the girls revealed she was now afraid of going into West Kirby in case she bumped into him and was terrified of using public transport and the dark.

Taylor pleaded guilty to sexual activity with one girl and two of inciting the other girls to engage in sexual activity. The offences took place between March 1 and September 20 last year.

Judge Watson ordered Taylor, who has two previous cannabis convictions, to sign the Sex Offenders Register for ten years and imposed a Sexual Harm Prevention Order for the same length of time.