October 2016

Convicted rapist jailed for 11 years for sexually abusing young boy

A convicted rapist who sexually abused a boy and left him with “exceptional scars” has been jailed for 11 and a half years.

Stephen Marsden, 55, repeatedly abused the child and admitted the string of historical sexual offences at Hull Crown Court.

His victim’s abuse was so bad that he often tried to feign illness to prevent Marsden’s approaches and his since experienced suicidal thoughts.

His victim’s abuse was so bad that he often tried to feign illness to prevent Marsden’s approaches and his since experienced suicidal thoughts.

The latest revelations of historical sexual offences came to light this year and Marsden, back behind bars, admitted seven sexual offences, all committed against the same boy.

When sentencing Marsden, Judge Richardson considered historical and new sentencing guidelines for four of the offences, which are now known as rape of a child.

He also considered Marsden’s early guilty pleas, his willingness to engage with rehabilitation and his “severe mental deficiencies”. An earlier hearing heard that Marsden had “the reading and writing age of a nine to ten-year-old”.

Judge Richardson said: “You entered a timely plea of guilty at the first reasonable opportunity.

“I accept also that you operate at a low intellectual level and your intellectual faculties are diminished.

“This is however a serious case where your victim was a child and as an adult, you caused substantial harm.

“It was a breach of trust and it was an alarming level of abuse for several years.”

Marsden was sentenced to two and a half years for the indecent assault charges to run consecutively to the nine years he was given for the rape charges.

He will also remain on the sex offender’s register for the remainder of his life.