May 2006

Police hail guilty verdict on rapist

A police officer who led the investigation into a 34-year-old Malvern man found guilty of raping a girl of 15 said she was delighted by the verdict.

Robert Stinton, of Elgar Avenue, denied carrying out the attack in a field near Malvern on September 23 last year.

At Worcester Crown Court on Monday, May 8, he was convicted by a jury of four men and eight women. They deliberated for three hours 29 minutes before returning a 10-2 majority verdict.

After the hearing, investigating officer Sarah Nicholls said: “The guilty verdict was a most rewarding result for the victim, her family and the police.

“I’m delighted at the outcome, mainly for the victim and her family, who have had to endure months of emotional turmoil.”

Judge David McEvoy QC adjourned sentence until June, so he can consider a report from the probation service.

He also wants to hear a judge’s sentencing remarks from a case in October 2003, when Stinton was given a three-year comm- unity rehabilitation order for gross indecency with a female child.

Stinton was remanded in custody until the sentencing hearing.

Prosecutor Tariq Shakoor said Stinton and the 15-year-old went off on his moped to search for a missing child.

But he stopped in a field and raped her. He told her not to tell anyone.

Stinton told the court that he knew the girl’s age and was not sexually attracted to her.

October 2003

Man, 31 spared jail after indecency with girl

A man who persuaded a 14-year-old schoolgirl to touch his genitals has been spared a prison sentence.

Robert Stinton went to a house in Malvern where the victim was baby-sitting and gave her cigarettes, Worcester Crown Court heard.

He encouraged her to lie to his partner when she rang up and say he was not there, said Nicolas Cartright, prosecuting.

He then tried to pull the schoolgirl’s trousers down before exposing himself.

A DNA sample found on her underwear and a cushion was linked to the defendant by police.

Stinton, aged 31, of Elgar Avenue, Malvern, admitted indecency with a child.

Charges of indecent assault on two girls were not proceeded with and Judge Michael Mott gave Stinton not guilty verdicts.

He told Stinton prison would be counter-productive in a case in which he had persuaded a girl to touch his private parts.

Although he had a record of 75 previous crimes, none had been for sex offences.

The judge said Stinton was of low intelligence and sentenced him to a three-year community rehabilitation order with a condition that he attends a sex offenders’ group work programme.

After the offence on Friday, August 30 last year, he told the girl to keep his behaviour a secret, said Mr Cartwright. But she revealed it to her mother.

Stinton told police the girl had made suggestive remarks.

The judge told his barrister that his defence mitigation was better left unsaid.