June 2018

Paedophile guilty of raping children in Stevenage and Hitchin

A highly dangerous sexual predator has been found guilty of raping girls as young as seven years old

Nicholas Day, from Letchworth, raped a 12-year-old Stevenage schoolgirl in a car park after grooming her online and picking her up from school after lessons.

Day, 32, insisted he had been confused for somebody else over the Stevenage crimes, and that his sexual abuse and rape of a girl aged seven in Hitchin “simply didn’t happen”.

But a jury at Luton Crown Court found him guilty of all charges on Friday, following a nine-day trial – and Judge Barbara Mensah has remanded him in custody ahead of sentencing hearing on June 29.

During the trial, prosecutor Rebecca Austin said the offences began in 2009, when Day contacted the Stevenage girl on the social media site Myspace.

He falsely told the 11-year-old he was 17, when he was in fact twice her age – and they regularly messaged each other until meeting in person when she was 12 and he was 23.

Miss Austin told the court he drove to Stevenage to meet her when she came out of school, having been “grooming the 12-year-old girl with the clear intention to meet her for sex”.

During that meeting he put his hand on the girl’s leg – but stopped when she said ‘no’. As their meetings continued, that changed.

After picking the girl up from school one day, Day drove her to a car park where they got into the back seat.

The girl put up resistance when he told her to perform oral sex on him – but relented when the defendant told her he “loved her”.

The prosecutor said this became a regular occurrence, and that when the girl tried to protest he would claim they were in a relationship and threaten to “find someone else”.

Day carried out more sexual acts on the girl, and had full sex with her two months before her 13th birthday – something that then happened frequently.

The prosecutor said the abuse ended by the time the girl was 14.

One afternoon the defendant turned up to meet the girl in his car as usual, but she told him: “No, you are a paedophile. I don’t want to go with you.”

Miss Austin said that after contact between them ceased, the girl felt both “sad and relieved” and “could carry on being a normal teenager”.

The girl only went to the police when she was 19, after which police arrested Day – who told officers he didn’t know the girl and that they had the wrong man.

Then, in March this year, another young girl separately came forward and told her family that Day had sexually assaulted and raped her when she was seven and eight years old.

He insisted this didn’t happen, but the jury found him guilty on all counts.

Day, of Wilbury Hills Road in Letchworth, has been convicted of:

  • Eight counts of rape of a child under 13

  • Two further charges of rape

  • Attempted rape of a child under 13

  • Three charges of assault of a child by penetration

  • Meeting a child following sexual grooming

  • Sexual assault of a child under 13 by penetration.

He will be sentenced at Luton Crown Court on June 29.