June 2017

Notorious drug dealer who called himself ‘The Sex Machine’ is jailed for abusing girl


A 14-year-old girl who went through a horrific rape ordeal at the hands of a 60-year-old bodybuilder was then abused by a Met Police officer foster father she was sent to live with after she was rescued, a court heard.

The teenager was ‘left at the mercy of inappropriate men’ by her drug-addict mother, Manchester Crown Court was told, and is now so emotionally damaged she ‘regularly self harms’ and has attempted to kill herself.

Former gym instructor Andrew Timblin was jailed for 21 years after he was found guilty of raping the victim and another teenage girl, 17, in unrelated attacks.

The 14-year-old was then sent 300 miles away to London to live with the wife of a policeman – only for the officer to engage in an ‘illicit sexual relationship’ with her.

The court heard they twice stayed in a hotel together and the officer was arrested after the girl was found hiding in a stairwell near his flat.

Searches of his phone later found indecent pictures of them together. 

The policeman, aged in his 30s, was jailed for seven years at a separate hearing.

Two other men were acquitted of sex charges while the girl’s 40-year old mother – who has five other children – was given a nine-month suspended sentence for child cruelty.

The court heard the girl had lived a stable family environment in Lancashire with her father and two siblings after being removed from the care of her mother in 2004 due to her drug use.

The mother – who cannot be named for legal reasons – lost touch with her daughter but in 2014 she contacted her over Facebook and falsely claimed the girl’s father wasn’t really related to her.

She then encouraged the youngster to come and live with her by portraying her father in a ‘bad light.’

The girl was so curious about her mother she left home – only to end up sleeping rough with her in a churchyard for two nights.

The court heard the mother then confiscated her daughter’s spare clothing and sold them before leaving her alone with a series of older men while she went to get drugs. 

Police were regularly called to search for the teenager after she went missing a series of times, and once found her in a hotel room with a 33-year-old man.

On one occasion they also located her at the home of a man who had convictions for drugs and gun offences.  

Despite her chaotic lifestyle she went back to her mother and was eventually introduced by her mother to burly Timblin in his home town of Stockport.

The gym instructor was known as ‘the Bear’ and had a tattoo of the words ‘sex machine’ across his stomach.

Despite pleading with her mother not to leave her with Timblin and suffering panic attacks, her mother left and the 60-year-old raped her on two separate occasions.

He was arrested after the 14-year-old told her older brother about the attacks and he alerted their father who raised the alarm.  

When officers located the girl she initially denied she had been raped but when she was separated from her mother, she revealed her torment.

In July 2014 she was placed in foster care with the policeman and his wife but she was removed from the placement the following December when the officer himself went to police and admitted he was having an affair with her.

Detectives initially took no criminal action as the girl claimed nothing had happened between them but the truth emerged in January 2015 when she was reported missing from her grandmother’s home. 

It emerged she and the officer had stayed in hotel in Stockport before going back to his flat in Essex.

He later pleaded guilty to sexual activity with a child and child abduction.

Henry Blackshaw, prosecuting said the girl had ‘been removed from the stable home life given for 10 years by her father’ by a mother who was a ‘homeless drug addict with a chaotic lifestyle who could never have offered a child a safe and secure home.’

He added: ‘She lured her daughter to leave her father’s home and join her in her chaotic lifestyle, variously sleeping rough or dossing with her associates. 

‘She used the fact she had care of her daughter for sympathy in order to gain access to the homes of others to stay.

‘As a result of the mother’s neglect, the girl was sexually assaulted and raped. It was well known that Timblin was an unsuitable person to have care of her and the girl’s mother was apparently aware of that, as it is she who told her daughter.

‘Despite this she left the girl in his sole care constantly whilst she went out, she believes to use drugs. 

‘The daughter begged her mother not to leave her with Timblin and begged to be allowed to accompany her mother – but her pleas were ignored. 

‘An associate noticed the girl was extremely distressed and vomiting – he likened this to a panic attack.

‘The mother lied and manipulated her daughter, use her daughter to obtain bed and board and left her with inappropriate males despite the distress shown by her.’

Mr Blackshaw said the mother had also encouraged her daughter to run away when she was placed in care and that caused her to be sent to the foster home in Essex.

Timblin denied the charges but was convicted of rape, indecent assault, unlawful wounding and assault occasioning actual bodily harm. He will be on the sex offenders register for an ‘indefinite period’.

Judge Jeffery Lewis said the girl had been affected ‘significantly’ and told Timblin: ‘You betrayed the innocence of her childhood for your sexual gratification.

‘She was abused by you at a significantly younger age at a time of transitions from child hood to womanhood and all the emotional and physical changes that involves. 

‘She will be in the very early stages of dealing with the aftermath of your conduct towards her.

‘She is a very young woman with her life before her. It’s to be hoped she will be able to transcend the impact and make her proper place in the world and move on.’