July 2016

Former Henbury man who filmed himself raping child convicted of abusing two other children

A former Henbury man faces a hefty jail term after admitting filming himself raping a five-year-old girl and being convicted of abusing two other girls.

A jury at Bristol Crown Court was told Mark Hill pleaded guilty to raping, sexually assaulting and making indecent images of the five-year-old last year.

But the 53-year-old, formerly of Station Road, pleaded not guilty to molesting two previous youngsters in his past.

Regarding one complainant he was put on trial for five indecent assaults; indecency with a child and two charges of having sex with a girl under 13 when she was between nine and 11.

Regarding a second complainant he was on trial for four charges of having sexual activity with a child when she was aged 13 or 14.

Following a trial lasting just over a week he was found guilty of all charges.

Judge Michael Longman remanded him in custody pending a report for sentence on a date to be fixed.

Rupert Lowe, prosecuting, said Hill started kissing the first complainant when she was nine.

He was then alleged to have sexually abused her with a pencil and his hands before getting her to commit a sex act on him and having sex with her.

Hill silenced the girl by threatening that if she reported him he would tell her mother what had happened, Mr Lowe said.

Mr Lowe told the jury 20 years later a middle-aged Hill started kissing a 13 year old girl before subjecting her to mutual sex acts and then full sex.

The first complainant said: “He would put his arm around me and give me a cuddle.

“He used to kiss me on the lips, proper French kissing I suppose.

“The touching just kind of progressed from that.

“It was all just gradual, gradual. It just happened really, really slowly so I was comfortable with it I guess.

“He never hurt me. It was never about hurting me.”

The complainant recounted how sexual touching, which became the norm, elevated to full sex when she was aged 11.

She said: “It was kind of like, really? It was odd and strange. It was just really, this is what everyone does?

“I was really confused by it all.”

She said she did speak to police but “backpedalled” and came up with a story about being raped, before giving a proper account of abuse.

What empowered her to divulge what she saw as her “horrible, dirty little secret” was her knowledge of a group supporting victims of sex assault, the court heard.

She said: “I want to deal with it, get it out and just deal with it.”