September 2017

Brave child rape victim speaks out as pervert is jailed for 17 years

A brave Derbyshire rape victim has spoken of her relief after the pervert who repeatedly raped her when she was a schoolgirl was jailed for 17 years.

The woman, whose identity is protected by law, is now encouraging other victims of sexual abuse to come forward and bring other rapists to justice.

Derby Crown Court heard that Terence John Beebe, 68, attacked his victim during the 1980s when she was aged between 12 and 15.

Beebe, formerly of Chesterfield, was found guilty in February of four counts of indecent assault between November, 1981, and June, 1984. At that time he was found not guilty of one count of raping the complainant between November and December 1981 but the jury failed to return a verdict on other rape allegations and a retrial was ordered on those charges.

The jury in the retrial found Beebe guilty of five rape counts from November, 1981, to February, 1985.

After the trial, the Chesterfield woman said she felt overwhelming relief that her attacker had been brought to justice.

She said the whole ordeal had been very painful period for her and her family but she praised relatives, friends and family for their support.

She said: “It has been very emotional and the fact that the court has come back with a sentence of such magnitude shows that I have been vindicated.

“I was shocked by the length of sentence but it is no less than he deserves. I have never felt defined by this. I am still me and he has not taken that away from me.

“I have had nothing but exemplary treatment from the whole justice system and the police and I have been supported by my family throughout. I have nothing but praise for everyone.”

She also stressed the importance for victims in similar cases to come forward to the police and bring offenders to justice and also said she was considering volunteering with a charity to help those in similar situations.

Prosecuting barrister Tony Stanford told the court that Beebe began indecently assaulting the girl when she was 12 years old. The attacks began after Beebe approached her because he wrongly thought she had a crush on him.

Mr Stanford said: “She said he took her hand and he said, ‘I know how you feel about me and I know what you have written in your diary and I can show you what happens’.”

Mr Stanford said that, on one occasion, Beebe drove into a layby and began kissing and molesting the complainant in his car.

The complainant said that, days afterwards, she was raped for the first time when she was left alone with Beebe and that rapes continued during the next few years at a garage and at an empty property in the Chesterfield area.

Mr Stanford said the defendant would offer to take the girl out to get her alone.

He said: “He would take her to a garage and he would rape her and she described being raped on a dirty pink rug in that garage.

“From the age of 13, he told her to wait at a nearby phone box for him to call.”

Mr Stanford said that the complainant reported Beebe to police in 2015 after a health scare raised issues about her earliest sexual activity.

She tracked Beebe down and pursued a prosecution after she had been given confidence by the success of high-profile sex offence cases.

Beebe, now of Lime Walk, Long Sutton, near Spalding, Lincolnshire, denied all the sexual and rape allegations and claimed they were made up and the complainant had been infatuated with him.

But Judge Robert Egbuna outlined Beebe’s previous convictions and the previous rape acquittal to the jury before they found him guilty of the five rape counts.

The court heard how three of the five rape counts had included multiple offences. 

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