January 2018

Child rapist begs for one last week of freedom after conviction

A paedophile begged a judge for one more week of freedom after he was convicted of raping two young girls.
Victor Jeffery, 39, spoke up from the dock to try to persuade a judge not to lock him up until he is sentenced next week.
Knowing he faced a long jail term, he said: “I know I’ve been convicted of this in a court of law, Sir, and the sentence will be next week.
“But can I please ask you to please let me go home for another week. I promise I will come here like I have done every day.
“I’m begging you Sir, your Honour. I don’t need to be put on remand. I’m no risk to anybody.”
Judge Howard Crowson told him: “I understand why you ask that. I’m afraid, Mr Jeffery, you’ll have to stay where you are.
“It will be a long prison sentence.”
Jeffery, who had been on bail throughout his trial, was convicted by a jury of three rapes and one sexual assault at Teesside Crown Court on Thursday.
He appeared to show no reaction when the jury delivered its verdicts after about six hours’ consideration.
Jurors could not reach verdicts on three more rape charges.
Prosecutor Shaun Dodds said the Crown would not seek a re-trial on these charges, which are expected to be left to lie on the court file.
Jeffery raped the two vulnerable underage girls several years ago, and told them not to tell of what he did.
One of the girls, who cannot be named for legal reasons, described him and his behaviour as “horrible”.
She told her mother and she called the police.
Jeffery, of Crescent Road, Ayresome, Middlesbrough, denied all of the offences which forced the victims to give evidence
He said none of the sexual attacks happened and claimed the allegations were lies.
During the trial, Mr Dodds pointed to evidence which supported the girls’ accounts and undermined Jeffery’s story.

Jeffery will be sentenced next Friday.