May 2017

Drunk dad-of-three who had sex with 15-year-old girl spared jail

A dad-of-three who came home drunk after a night out and had sex with a 15-year-old girl was today spared jail.

George Decourcy, 52, was charged with two counts of rape in relation to the incident, which happened in the 1990s.

But his victim decided she did not want to proceed with the allegations on the day of his trial at Liverpool Crown Court.

Prosecutors agreed to drop the charges given her wishes, after Decourcy, of Calderwood Park, Netherley, admitted an alternative charge of indecent assault.

John Williams, prosecuting, said the victim was relieved justice had been done, felt a sense of closure and did not want her attacker to be jailed.

Judge Norman Wright ordered the two counts of rape to lie on the file.

He said: “The victim in this case, because that is what she is, was aged 15. You went out… when no doubt you imbibed alcohol.

“You came back. You ended up having sex with her. She was 15 and a virgin.”

Judge Wright said there was a “considerable disparity” in age between Decourcy and his victim.

He said: “This is a classic case of a victim who feels aggrieved and wronged by something that happened in the past, which clearly has been eating away at her on the inside.

“Your admission of what you did and acceptance of that has provided her with the necessary relief from that. It has allowed her to have closure.

“That is important. Victims stand at the heart of the administration of justice.”

Judge Wright said he would not jail Decourcy because of his previous good character, the pre-sentence report and the “passage of time”.

He handed him nine months in prison, suspended for 18 months, plus 18 months of supervision.

Judge Wright ordered Decourcy to sign on the sex offenders register for 10 years.