July 2017

Telford man jailed for rape and sexual assault of young girls

A man who raped three schoolgirls and assaulted a fourth, manipulating and controlling them so they feared him, has been given an 18-year extended jail sentence.

Nicholas Gallantree, 25, groomed the vulnerable girls in Telford, grooming them and supplying them with drugs and alcohol.

At Shrewsbury Crown Court, Judge Jim Tindal praised Gallantree’s four victims saying they were some of the bravest people he had ever met.

“What you have done in coming forward is something that you should be proud of for the rest of your lives,” he told them.

He said he viewed Gallentree as dangerous to vulnerable young women and passed an extended sentence of 18 years with an extension period of four years.

“You will serve at least two thirds of your sentence, 12 years, before being eligible to go before a parole board,” Judge Tindall said.

He said the extended sentence meant if Gallantree was still deemed to pose a risk the sentence could run for 22 years.

His victims, in court to hear the sentence, broke down as it was passed.

Gallantree had denied the four charges but was found guilty after two separate trials.

Miss Siobhan Collins, prosecuting, said the victims were all vulnerable girls in their teens.

“He took charge of them, manipulating them, giving them drugs and controlling them because he scared them,” she said.

One was raped after Gallantree, of Fletcher Street, Lye, near Stourbridge, told her she owed him for the cannabis he had given her.

Two others were raped on the night of a camping expedition when he plied a group of young people with alcohol and drugs.

In victim impact statements the teenagers told of the effect his crimes had had.

One, suffering sleepless nights and self harming, wrote: “This will haunt me for the rest of my life.”

Another said: “He stole my teenage years and blamed it on me.”

Miss Collins said a third victim who had gone from being bright and bubbly to feeling dirty and used had to have medication for anxiety and was said to be suffering from post traumatic stress.

The fourth said the offence had made her anxious and affected her education.

The court heard that Gallantree had previous convictions for violence and carrying offensive weapons.

Judge Tindal told Gallantree, who appeared in court via a video link from prison, that he had gathered a group of teenagers around him, supplied them with drugs and intimidated them.

“You thought that you could do what you wanted with them,” he said.

“You may have gone on to rape the fourth girl if you had not been interrupted.

“You put each of the girls through the ordeal of giving evidence exercising more power over them.”

Gallentree of Hurleybrook Way, Leegomery, Telford, was ordered to sign the sex offender’s register for life.