November 2016

Dangerous Leeds teen sex offender locked up for 15 years

A dangerous sex offender has been given a 15 year extended sentence for raping a young woman and attempting to rape a child under the age of 13.

A judge told Jay Skey, 19, he posed a significant risk of causing serious harm to others in the future as he locked him up over the attacks which took place in Leeds within days of each other.

Leeds Crown Court heard Skey targeted a young woman in December last year.

Michael Collins, prosecuting, said the victim described how she felt scared as Skey held her down by her wrists before carrying out the attack.

The sex attack lasted around ten minutes. Police were informed after the victim confided in her father.

Skey then preyed on a child under the age of 13.

Mr Collins, prosecuting, said police were alerted by the victim’s mother when she told her what had happened.

Skey, who was 18 at the time of the offences, pleaded not guilty to two offences of rape and two of attempted rape of a child under the age of 13.

He was found guilty after separate trials in June and September this year.

The court heard Skey has previous convictions for theft and possession of a bladed article.

The judge said: “If you were not the age that you are I would have no compunction in passing a life sentence in this case because of the seriousness and gravity of these matters. “But it may be that with the assistance of others while you are in custody that you can change. “I am going to give you that chance.”