March 2017

Underage sex victim”taken advantage of” by older man

An underage girl from Derbyshire says she has gone from being “a fun and bubbly girl to someone who gets angry a lot” after “being taken advantage” of by an older man.

Jamie Kirkman talked the girl into having sex after the pair met and started “kissing and cuddling” a court heard. But a short time later he talked her into having intercourse with him against her will.

The victim, who cannot be identified for legal reason and is in her early teens, told her mother what happened.

Her mother contacted the police who arrested the now 19-year-old Kirkman.

Kirkman at first denied anything untoward had taken place but in a second police interview he confessed to his crime and pleaded guilty to inciting a child under the age of 16 to engage in sexual activity.

In a victim impact statement the girl said: “Since this incident I have changed. I was always a fun and bubbly person and now I get really angry a lot and I don’t know why. I take it out on my friends.

“Having sex with him was not what I intended to do and I feel he took advantage of me. It is a breach of my trust.”

Sarah Allen, prosecuting at Derby Crown Court, sitting at Southern Derbyshire Magistrates’ Court, said the incident took place last autumn in Matlock.

She said Kirkman and the girl had been talking on social media and they arranged to meet.

Miss Allen said: “They were hugging and kissing and that soon led to them having sex.

“He later told the police he knew what he was doing was wrong and stopped.

“In his first police interview he denied any activity had taken place but he later confessed.”

Judge David Chinery handed Kirkman, of Radfords Row, Lower Lumsdale, Matlock, a 16-month prison term, suspended for two years and ordered that he carry out 100 hours unpaid work.

He also ordered that he pay £300 prosecution costs and a sexual harm prevention order for five years.

Kirkman is also now on the sex offender’s register for seven years.

Recorder Chinery said: “It is always sad to see someone before the court for the first time, especially someone that is able to make a good life for himself.

“You are a young man that really does know right from wrong and I think that you know this was wrong yourself.

“The tragedy is that knowing it was wrong you still went ahead with it.

“You breached her trust, she said that herself in her victim impact statement.”