November 2017

Girls, 14, praised for courage as two men are convicted of sexual activity

Police have praised the courage of two young victims after two men were found guilty of plying them with drink and drugs and having sex with them.

The two girls were aged just 14 when they went to a flat in Dawlish were they encountered defendants Lee Pollard and Mark Allen.

The men were 10 years older than the girls and gave them amphetamines and drink before sending out for condoms, lager and vodka from an all night delivery company at 3.20 am.

Both men were found guilty of sexual activity with one or both of the girls after a four day trial at Exeter Crown Court.

After the case the detective in charge of the inquiry praised the courage of the victims and warned that online trolls who have posted abusive comments on social media are breaking the law.

Pollard, aged 26, of Higher Union Road, Torquay, and Allen, aged 26, of Teign View Chudleigh Knighton, both denied two counts of sexual activity with a child.

Pollard was found guilty in relation to one girl and Allen to both and Judge Graham Cottle adjourned both their sentences for probation reports.

Pollard suffered a serious injury in a motor cycle accident a few months after the offences were committed and is now using a wheelchair.

The judge gave them bail but told them to expect jail sentences. He said: “Custodial sentences are as inevitable as the dawning of tomorrow. You must prepare yourself for that outcome.”

During the trial the jury heard how both girls lied to their parents about having a sleepover at each others’ houses and instead went to the flat of the 22-year-old older sister of a third schoolmate.

They had all been drinking before Pollard and Allen turned up around midnight with cans of lager and amphetamines, which they used to make ‘bombs’.

Pollard went on to have full sex with one girl and Allen had oral sex with both. They sent out for more alcohol and condoms during the night, which were ordered by Allen and paid for by Pollard.

The men initially denied any sexual contact but in court said they believed both girls were well over 16, despite evidence from both that they had told them their age.

During the trial the father of one of the victims said he had been livid when he learned what had happened. He said his daughter described the men as ‘baseball cap and gold chain wearing chavvy types’.

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