October 2016

Pervert who raped and sexually abused a girl when he was 14 will not go to jail

Daniel Poole of Street, 31, and was told going to prison for crimes he committed as a teen in 1999 would have a “questionable” benefit to society.

Judge David Ticehurst said the case was unique after Poole admitted one charge of rape, four charges of indecent activity with a child and one of indecent assault.

Rob Hall, prosecuting, said: “The victim described how the activity started with games and soon became sexual. He made her believe it was normal.”

In 2009, she told her family what had happened, but did not report it to police until 2014.

“Two days after she made that decision, he went to the police station and made a statement that said he fully admitted the accusations against him,” Mr Hall said.

Sentencing him, Judge David Ticehurst said: “Your victim has had to live with the consequences of your actions and it’s clear that they have had a devastating effect on her. To rape and abuse girl of that age is unthinkable.

“Judges are allowed to exercise their judgement, and were I to impose a five year sentence, it would be a wholly unjust outcome in this case,” he said.

“What benefit would be served to society by sending someone to prison for an offence they carried out over 16 years ago, when they were just 14?

“I do not think he’s a risk to other people – but what you did is never going to be capable of being undone.”

He sentenced Poole to two years in prison for rape, and 12 months in prison for each of the other charges, to run concurrently, suspended for two years.

He was also ordered to sign the sexual offenders register for 10 years and must pay £500 costs.