August 2017

Man persuaded schoolgirl to remove SIM card before sex so parents couldn’t find her

A man who met a schoolgirl for sex persuaded her to remove her phone SIM card so her anxious parents couldn’t find her.

Joseph McIntyre, 19, befriended the 14-year-old on social media, when she claimed she was 15, but he soon learned her true age.

They arranged to meet and McIntyre took her to a hotel, where he told her to say she was 17, so they could “proceed undetected”.

When the girl got home her worried dad demanded to know where she had been and called police after scouring messages on her phone.

McIntyre, of Scotland Road, Vauxhall, was found guilty of two counts of sexual activity with a child after a trial at Liverpool Crown Court.

Trevor Parry-Jones, prosecuting, said McIntyre’s previous convictions showed a “predilection for relationships with girls of a young age”.

He said this “wholly inappropriate” behaviour included the pursuit of a schoolgirl, who he once kneed in the thigh and body.

When a young man intervened, McIntyre assaulted him by pushing him to the ground, kicking him and stamping on his face.

McIntyre, who told his victim “I hate gays”, was convicted of assault and given a restraining order.

But the teen sent threatening and homophobic messages to the girl, before later holding a screwdriver to her throat.

The lawyer said: “He stabbed her with the screwdriver to her upper chest area. It left her with a small scar.”

McIntyre was convicted of assault causing actual bodily harm and sent to a young offenders institution for eight months.

He breached a restraining order by approaching the girl and telling her if she did not talk to him: “I will blow your house up.”

McIntyre “jabbed” a knife into her back, causing a superficial wound, before running away and hiding two knives.

He was locked up for 10 months for assault causing actual bodily harm and two counts of possession of an offensive weapon.

Mr Parry-Jones said McIntyre was also convicted of battery in July 2016, after headbutting and biting a prison guard.

Judge Neil Flewitt, QC, said there was “no doubt” McIntyre knew his victim was under 16.

He said she consented to sex, but as a 14-year-old “lacked the maturity to make an informed and sensible decision”.

The judge said McIntyre instigated the activity and there was a significant degree of planning.

He said: “You persuaded her to remove her SIM card so her anxious parents couldn’t trace her whereabouts.

“I regard that as a particularly sinister aspect of this offending.”

Judge Flewitt said his past crimes aggravated the offences and he was deemed to be a “high risk of serious harm to known females”.

He told McIntyre: “You had a troubled upbringing. Your education has been disrupted as a result of behavioural issues and emotional difficulties.

“You have had to contend with a diagnosis of dyslexia and Asperger’s syndrome.”

Judge Flewitt sentenced McIntyre to five years in a young offenders institution and imposed an indefinite restraining order.

He also told him to sign on the Sex Offenders Register and comply with a Sexual Harm Prevention Order for life.

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