May 2018

Paedophile preyed on eight-year-old girl

A paedophile who used a girl of eight as his ‘plaything’ and ‘like a piece of meat’ is now behind bars.

Mark Nuttall encouraged the girl to carry out sexual acts upon him while she wore gloves and asked her to pretend to be his nurse, using her doctor and nurse toys.

The 58-year-old also made her lie on top of him while they watched pornography.

The judge praised the girl’s courage for speaking out about her abuse to police after he passed sentence at Worcester Crown Court last Wednesday.

Nuttall of Preston Wynne, near Hereford, admitted two counts of causing or inciting a child to engage in sexual activity, one of causing a child to watch a sexual act and three counts of making indecent images of children.

The three indecent images counts each reflect making images at various levels, category A (the most serious), category B and category C.

The offences against the girl happened when she was between eight and nine years old.

Giles Nelson, prosecuting, said the defendant showed her pornographic films and ‘involved her in his own sexual fantasies’.

When she said she did not want to touch him, he suggested she wear gloves.

He was arrested and interviewed on January 11 last year where he denied he was ‘a sex tourist’, providing passwords to his electronic devices, including a laptop.

Police examined two electronic devices which contained images of penetrative sexual activity involving children as young as five years. There were 454 images at category A, the most serious kind.

Judge Jim Tindal said: “You are 58 and you have never really been in trouble before apart from a couple of minor convictions.

“I can see that you are well thought of by those that know you. But there is another side to you. That’s why we’re here.

“You used her as a sexual plaything over a considerable period of time to indulge in all sorts of fantasies even though she was only eight or nine.

“The effect on her has been dramatic. The scars you left her with by using her will stay with her for the rest of her life.

“You kept using her again and again like a piece of meat.”

He said of the indecent images: “Every image of a child sexually abused is a child out there somewhere in the world being abused, often time and time again.”

The judge said it was an aggravating feature that Nuttall carried out some of the offences under the influence of alcohol.

He jailed him for five years on count one (inciting a child) and imposed concurrent sentences of five years, two years and 12 months for the remaining counts, making a total sentence of five years in custody.

A sexual harm prevention order was also made which will place restrictions on the defendant’s ability to travel overseas. He must sign the sex offender register for life.

The judge asked a message to be passed onto the complainant saying she was ‘a very brave person indeed’ and that ‘none of this was her fault’.

He added: “The person whose fault it was is going to prison.”