November 2016

‘Don’t you dare look at her’: Judge’s rant after paedo who raped 7-year-old eyeballed victim’s mum in court

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A paedophile rapist was berated by a judge for staring out his victim’s mother in a sick act of defiance before being jailed for 18 years.

Furious Judge Denis Watson QC shouted: “Don’t look at her – don’t you dare look at her” at sex fiend Anthony Turner at Liverpool Crown Court.

Turner was jailed for raping the seven-year-old girl before threatening to kill her if she spoke out.

He had already warned Turner’s supporters they could face jail, after some of them threatened jurors at the end of his trial.

Judge Watson said: “The behaviour of members of the public on that occasion was outrageous in that there were threats and abuse to the jury.

“If there is any problem, any interruption to the proceedings or dissent, I will have that dealt with by way of arrest and summary proceedings for contempt.

“Contempt in the face of this court is almost certainly likely to lead to imprisonment for anybody who is found guilty.”

Turner, 31, of Barlows Lane, Fazakerley , was found guilty of four counts of rape of a child under the age of 13.

Liverpool Crown Court heard the girl has since been diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

Frank Dillon, prosecuting, said: “She has been unable to deal with what has happened.

“She sleeps with the light on because she is scared of the defendant.”

He said the victim’s mum feared the effect on her may be worse as she grows up and becomes more aware of what happened to her.

Mr Dillon added that the girl’s family were concerned about coming into contact with Turner’s family.

Turner has eight previous convictions for 14 offences including dishonesty, burglary and theft, but no past record of sexual offending.

Martine Snowdon, defending, said the four rapes happened during a six-month period, in contrast to cases where there is “a greater campaign of offending”.

She said Turner’s life began with personal tragedy and he had shown in the past he was able to display love and tenderness and had a good work ethic.

Judge Watson said Turner caused his victim “severe psychological harm”, which was evident by her PTSD, after a period of grooming and “deliberate isolation”.

He said: “She was threatened that if she told anyone you would kill her and her own mother.”

The judge gave Turner an indefinite Sexual Harm Prevention Order and said he would sign on the Sex Offenders Register for life.

He imposed a Section 236A sentence, which includes an additional year on licence, and stringent conditions upon release.

Judge Watson said: “Your release is not automatic. Your case cannot be considered by the parole board until you have served at least half of the sentence.

“It may be that you serve more than half, if not all, of the 18 years of this sentence.”

Turner, who displayed no emotion, waved at family members as he left the dock, who shouted: “Love you Ant.”