November 2017

‘Cruel and evil’ widower groomed and raped girl, 15

AN ‘evil and cruel’ pervert who groomed a vulnerable 15-year-old girl before repeatedly raping her has been jailed for 11 years.

Paul Hayton, 59, plied the child with money, cigarettes and alcohol to sexually abuse her over a three year period, Bradford Crown Courtheard.

Hayton, of Allerby Green, Woodside, Bradford, was labelled a danger to girls by Recorder John Thackray, who said the former soldier was willing to take risks to engage in deviant behaviour.

Hayton was convicted by a jury in September of three offences of rape, three counts of sexual activity with a child and a charge of engaging in sexual activity in the presence of a child.

While he was remanded in custody awaiting sentence, his probation officer assessed that he posed a danger to the public.

Hayton’s victim said in a statement, read out to the packed courtroom: “Words cannot describe what you have done to me. Because of you I am broken inside and out.

“You are like a constant nightmare that never goes away and will never stop torturing me.”

The young woman said she felt ugly and worthless. She had considered suicide, self-harmed and turned to alcohol to try to get Hayton out of her head.

“He is an evil, cruel, perverted man,” she stated.

Recorder Thackray said Hayton planned to abuse the girl, touching her bottom.

When she was afraid to tell her parents, he groomed her with money, cigarettes and alcohol and watched pornography in her presence.

Hayton, a widower, targeted the vulnerable teenager, who was 15 when he first raped her, the court was told.

Addressing Hayton, Recorder Thackray said: “She was a child and she made it clear that your advances were completely and utterly unwanted.”

Recorder Thackray said the complainant had suffered severe psychological harm, battling depression and anxiety, thinking of suicide and self-harming and turning to alcohol.

Hayton was given a 14-year extended prison sentence made up of 11 years in jail and three years on extended licence.

He must serve at least two thirds of the 11 years behind bars and he will not be freed until the end of the prison term unless the Parole Board decides it is safe to release him earlier.

He must sign on the sex offender register for life and the judge made an indefinite Sexual Harm Prevention Order.

Hayton, who wore a red casual jacket for the court hearing, sat impassively in the dock throughout the proceedings.

September 2017

Pervert set out to ‘corrupt’ young victim after death of his wife

A MAN is facing a lengthy prison sentence after being found guilty of “systematically grooming” a teenage girl before repeatedly raping her.

Paul Hayton, 58, bribed his victim with money, alcohol and cigarettes to prevent her telling others of the abuse, a jury at Bradford Crown Court heard.

He had denied the offences, but was found guilty yesterday on three counts of rape, three counts of sexual activity with a child, and a charge of engaging in sexual activity in the presence of a child.

The court heard that the charges dated from 2011, when the girl was aged just 15 and Hayton was 53, to 2014.

During the trial, prosecutor Gerald Hendron told the jury that Hayton, of Allerby Green, Bradford, had set out to “systematically sexualise and groom” the girl following the death of his wife.

He said: “His intention was to corrupt her and go further and further, up to the point of having sex with her.”

Hayton was said to have bribed the girl, who cannot be named for legal reasons, with drink, money, and cigarettes to keep her quiet, leaving her “too frightened and confused to raise the alarm”.

In an interview with police in 2015, Hayton had admitted having sex with the girl when she was

15, but claimed it had been consensual.

Mr Hendron said Hayton then later disputed his admission, stating the girl was in fact 16.

He said: “He (Hayton) has changed his story to avoid further consequences of his acts.”

The jury heard that Hayton had raped the girl in an attic bedroom and living room of a property in Bradford, leaving her “in fear of both the defendant and what had happened”.

He also made her perform a sexual act on him in a bathroom, and tried to make the teenager watch pornography while he masturbated in front of her.

The jury heard that Hayton had claimed his relationship with the girl was consensual and “50-50”.

Mr Hendron highlighted that the girl was aged 15 and Hayton was in his 50s, stating: “Would she find him sexually attractive? I submit not.”

He described the abuse suffered by the girl as a “dark secret she kept buried for years”.

She made a complaint against Hayton after being sought out by police, and Mr Hendron said the delay in coming forward was due to the effects she had suffered from the abuse.

He said: “She didn’t make a full disclosure straight away as the enormity of what she had to say had to be done incrementally.”

Recorder John Thackray remanded Hayton in custody following the guilty verdicts.

He will be brought back to Bradford Crown Court for sentencing on Monday, November 20.

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