September 2017

Whitchurch woman jailed for helping boyfriend lie about his sexual abuse of teen

A couple concocted a story to tell police and the courts in a bid to cover up his abuse of a 14-year-old girl.

Lukas Deacon and his partner of 10 years, Lisa Watson, were both jailed after DNA proved their story could not be true.

Bristol Crown Court heard how Deacon of Jacob Street in Old Market had abused the girl while Watson, 37, slept unaware in the same room.

But after the girl broke down and told her mum what had happened, the pair came up with a lie to tell police stating her claims could not be true as they were both awake and asleep at the same time that evening.

The court was told how even when the teenager’s DNA was discovered on his boxer shorts, the couple continued in their story and denials of what had happened.

Deacon, 29, was jailed for seven-and-a-half years for the abuse, perverting the course of justice and breaking into a neighbours flat to steal a bottle of whiskey.

Watson of Ridgeway Court in Ridgeway Lane in Whitchurch, who was described by the judge as the most intellectual of the pair and the one to come up with the lie, sobbed as she was jailed for 18 months, also for perverting the course of justice.

At an earlier trial, a jury found Deacon guilty of engaging in penetrative sexual activity with the child, described as “vulnerable”, as well as for a fleeting moment putting her hand on his groin over his clothes before she pushed him away.

The judge told Deacon: “You believed she had an immature crush on you. You believed that would enable you to get away with these offences.”

“Your abuse of this vulnerable victim has had an emotional and psychological effect on her,” the judge continued.

“It is extremely unlikely that she will ever forget the circumstances in which you abuse her and it will scar her emotional future.”

Following the abuse, the girl confided in her mum and when police became involved, the couple, who previously lived together in Whitchurch, came up with the same story to tell police of events that night.

The judge said it was an “attempt by lies and deceit to stop a victim finding justice” through the courts and their lies meant the girl had to go through giving evidence of the abuse at a trial.

Even when confronted with the DNA evidence, the couple continued in their made-up story of what had happened that evening.

“You had a number of opportunities to resile from the account you were given,” the judge told Watson.

“You had supported the abuse upon her by your partner and you have done your best to prevent her getting justice.

“The driving force to put your heads together would have come from you Lisa Watson. I do find that, looking at the whole evidence in this case.”

Prosecutor Jennifer Tallintine told the court that while on bail for the sex offences, Deacon, drunk and after a row with Watson, went to a neighbouring flat in Ridgeway Court and demanded a drink.

After the residents turned him away, he climbed through the window stealing a bottle of whiskey before leaving.

Deacon pleaded guilty to the burglary following his trial for the sex offences and perverting the course of justice.

The judge ordered Deacon to sign the Sex Offenders Register for life.

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