Bromsgrove man jailed after admitting having sex with 12-year-old girl
A Bromsgrove man who tried to kill himself because of his guilt of having sex with a 12-year-old girl, has been jailed.
Stephen Insley was taken to the Alexandra Hospital in Redditch after his second suicide bid and confessed while he was recovering, Worcester Crown Court was told.
Without his confession the case would probably not have come to light because the victim had not made a complaint about the offences, which happened when Insley was aged 28, the court heard.
Balvinder Bhatti, prosecuting, said Insley, of Catherine Close, was taken to hospital on August 15 last year when he decided he could no longer live with his guilt.
He made an admission to a psychiatric nurse and then to police that he had sex with the girl on two occasions eight or nine years earlier.
Insley pleaded guilty to two charges of rape of a child under 13.
Abigail Nixon, defending, said the case was extraordinary because it was based entirely on his confession. The victim had not made a complaint and would not have been produced in court if Insley had decided to plead not guilty and go to trial.
“The jury might have decided that without a victim in front of them or any supporting statements they could not find him guilty,” she said.
Judge Michael Cullum said it was a difficult case to sentence because it was so unusual.
There was no victim impact statement but any young girl would have been “scarred” by what had happened, the judge added.
He gave Insley a sentence of three years and seven months on each charge to run concurrently.
He will also have to sign the sex offenders register indefinitely.