January 2018

Bushey sex offender forced to wait for sentencing

A man guilty of having sex with a 14-year-old girl must wait another five days to find out his fate.

Macaulay Tomlin, due to be sentenced yesterday (January 3) at St Albans Crown Court, pleaded guilty on September 28 last year to intercourse, oral sex and masturbating during a video call with the girl.

But 22-year-old Tomlin, from Bournehall Avenue in Bushey, had his sentencing adjourned by Judge Stephen Warner after he discovered his defence was relying on a psychological report he had not been sent.

The judge described this report as “not without significance” in this case, as Tomlin has learning difficulties and has suffered from a particularly fragile mental state during the court proceedings.

The rearranged hearing will now be on Monday (January 8).

Prosecuting, Paul Fairley told the court Tomlin told his victim he “hopes she gets raped” after the 14-year-old distanced herself from him.

After meeting in early 2016 Tomlin went on to video-call her late one night when she couldn’t sleep and asked her if she had a boyfriend.

She replied “I’m 14” but Tomlin then asked if she would like to see his penis, to which she responded “not particularly”.

Mr Fairley said the victim could then see his phone shake and knew he was masturbating. She began to respond sparsely to his messages from that point on.

He continued to send pictures of his penis even though she was with her then boyfriend, but they stopped communicating after one of them blocked the other.

There was no contact until later that year, when Tomlin saw the girl at a barbers in Watford and resumed messaging her, telling her he loved her.

They had sex for the first time soon after and again on another two occasions, one of which included both performing oral sex.

After repeated calls at night, the victim began to distance herself and said she “would sit there crying” and “couldn’t do this anymore”.

Tomlin, reacting badly to the victim’s behaviour, told her he “hopes she gets raped” and “only wanted her for sex”.

Mr Fairley stated the prosecution believes he displayed clear “grooming behaviour”.

Tomlin has been bailed until his next appearance and is under strict orders not to contact the victim, visit her school or come into contact with anyone under the age of 16.

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