November 2017

‘Dangerous’ teenage girl put together a chilling ‘psycho kit’

A ‘dangerous’ teenage girl who put together a chilling ‘psycho kit’ containing a balaclava and gloves told police she would abduct and rape a child.

Jay Ferguson, who identifies as a man, told police she got the idea from a ‘psycho’ on the TV show Law & Order, and showed officers a teddy, explaining that “I hurt the Teddy so I don’t hurt kids.”

The 18-year-old, of Lathom Court in Huyton, had been arrested after a series of increasingly sinister and disturbing rape threats to teenagers, children and one 15-year-old victim’s mum.

Ferguson smirked in the dock as she was sent to a Young Offenders’ Institution for 22 months at Liverpool Crown Court today, after admitting five counts of sending malicious communications and one of attempting to incite a child to engage in sexual activity.

Chris Hopkins, prosecuting told the court: “The defendant said she was aware that sexual activity with children was wrong, but that she just wanted to do it, couldn’t help herself, and had every intention of carrying out her fantasies at the earliest opportunity, as soon as she was left to live on her own, she would abduct and rape a child.”

Ferguson’s bizarre offending began in April and first involved a teenage girl who made the mistake of befriending her.

He said: “(The victim) was aware that Jay is really a girl called Jodie but she wants to change to a boy…

“Everything was fine at the beginning but the defendant started to say she liked her and (the victim) had to tell the defendant that it was only going to be friendship.

“At the end of June 2017, the defendant started to say that she wanted her to be her first sexual partner. She told the defendant, no, and felt like the defendant was starting to control her so she told her not to contact her.”

Mr Hopkins said Ferguson began sending threatening text messages including ‘I am gonna find you and rape you,” and a phone call saying: “I will come and find you and rape you and gag you.”

Mr Hopkins said the girl’s friend became involved who told Ferguson to stay away and accused her of being “sick in the head.”

But Ferguson began sending her texts including rape threats.

The girls reported Ferguson to the police and she was arrested on July 23 at her home address, an assisted living centre.

Mr Hopkins said she told officers she needed to show them something and led them to a bag containing the rape kit.

He told the court: “A member of staff handed to the police some letters which she had been given by the defendant. One was entitled ‘The Truth of Everything About Me’…

“Another claimed that Ferguson was planning to go out to rape someone that day and contained a step by step numbered list of what the defendant would do to the victim.”

Police also found she posted messages on a Facebook chat room claiming she had raped children between five and 12, which resulted in one of the malicious communications charges.

Mr Hopkins told the court Ferguson was interviewed on July 23, when she said she had got the rape kit idea from Law & Order, and told the officers she was “dangerous and would carry out the threats if given the chance.”

Ferguson appeared at the magistrates’ court on October 17 where she admitted the initial offences and was bailed ahead of sentence.

But the next day Ferguson bizarrely reported herself to police claiming she had been asking an 11-year-old girl for sex via the chat function on her Playstation 4 games console, leading to the incitement charge.

By then police had also been contacted by the terrified mum of the 15-year-old girl, who said her daughter had been contacted by Ferguson on Facebook, who told her: “I love hunting and raping people.”

When the girl asked Ferguson to leave her alone the sick teenager contacted her mum, telling her she was grooming her daughter and was going to rape her.

The girl’s mum told police that her “world stopped turning” when she received the messages and that she was terrified for her daughter’s safety.

Ferguson told police she wanted help and felt like she wanted to abuse children as she had been abused by her father.

The court heard Ferguson had one previous conviction for assault and possession of a knife.

Judge Robert Warnock, passing sentence, told Ferguson: “The full facts reveal you are a deeply troubled and troubling immature young person.

“In summary you crave attention and appear to obtain to sexual satisfaction from threatening and confronting parents and children with specific threats of serious sexual offences against them and others.”

Ferguson was also banned from contacting any of her victims by a lifelong restraining order, and must sign the sex offenders’ register for 10 years.

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