July 2016

‘Monster’ who raped six-year-old girl in Cornwall is jailed for 15 years


A “MONSTER” who raped a six-year-old girl in Cornwall has been jailed for 15 years.

Truro Crown Court heard Stephen Gilbert “terrified” his victim and covered her face as he forced himself upon her.

Heather Hope, prosecuting, said the 25-year-old assaulted the girl after asking if she “wanted to play some games”.

Mrs Hope said Gilbert asked the victim if she had “enjoyed it”, adding: “She said she had because she didn’t know what else to say but in her own head she was screaming for it to stop”.

During the sentencing hearing on Friday, Judge Simon Carr was told the young girl had suffered suicidal thoughts following Gilbert’s heinous crime and often experienced night terrors.

The court heard she had been left “terrified of speaking to anybody [about the rape]” because she feared she would be “blamed”.

Mrs Hope said the victim’s mother described Gilbert as a “monster” and said he had caused her family considerable pain and suffering.

At a previous hearing Gilbert, of Pathway Fields, Hayle, pleaded guilty to multiple counts of raping a child.

Passing sentence, Judge Simon Carr told him that he knew what he did was wrong and that is why he covered the victim’s face.

He added that the hurt and pain he had caused the girl would be long-lasting if not permanent.

Sentencing him to 15 years in prison, Judge Carr told Gilbert he will serve at least half of that time before he will be eligible to be released on licence.

Gilbert will remain on the sex offenders’ register for life.