February 2017

Teen rapist locked young girl in cupboard full of spiders to frighten her into having sex


A man has been jailed after he locked a nine-year-old girl in a dark cupboard full of spiders to frighten her into having sex with him.

Luke Driver, formerly Drew, of Lysons Avenue, Gloucester who was a teenager aged between 14 & 16 years old at the time of the abuse, admitted orally raping the girl, trying to rape her twice, sexually assaulting her on two occasions and inciting her into sexual activity.

Prosecutor Anjali Gohil told the judge that Driver began by kissing the girl on the lips and putting his tongue in her mouth.

He then escalated his offending until he committed oral rape on her and also tried to force full sex on her.

‘When she refused to do what he wanted he would lock her in an understairs cupboard. She was scared of this because it was dark and full of spiders,’ he said.

‘She would be so scared that she would agree to do what he asked.’

Judge Jamie Tabor QC told Driver that if he had been an adult when he committed the offences he would have received a sentence close to double figures.

‘The girl was still a child, unaware of the birds and bees, but frightened of you because on at least one occasion when she didn’t do what you wanted to do you locked her in a cupboard till she agreed,’ said the judge.

‘You were yourself at the time a troubled boy, immature, and I accept to some degree that this was sexual experimentation.

‘But you knew perfectly well that what you were doing was wrong and that it was particularly wicked to invite a young girl to do it.’

The abuse happened between June 2009 and May 2011 when the girl was aged nine and ten.

In a victim impact statement the girl said: ‘I only realised it was really, really wrong when I started reading things in my mum’s magazines and other peoples’ experiences. I felt sick about it. It was disgusting, it was nasty.

‘I started smoking weed when I was about 12. It helped to calm me down and make me feel better.

‘In October 2015 I was depressed and ended up taking an overdose and almost died. I did it because I wanted to die and I hated life.’

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In December that year she told her mother what Driver had been doing to her.