June 2018

Merchant seaman who raped girls on shore leave admits guilt and faces big jail term

Justice is about to catch up with a man who sexually abused girls in Bristol.

Stuart Bull was a merchant seaman when he came to the city and preyed on three youngsters aged from 11 to 14.

Decades after the abuse Bull, now 55 and living at Avonsmere Residential Park in Stoke Gifford, was to face trial.

But today (Monday, June 4, 2018) on the first day of the planned hearing, he admitted wrongdoing.

Bull pleaded guilty to rape and two indecent assaults of one girl aged 13 or 14.

He pleaded guilty to rape and at least three indecent assaults of a second girl aged 11 or 12.

And he also pleaded guilty to indecently assaulting a third girl aged 13 or 14.

Giles Nelson, defending, asked for a pre-sentence report.

He told Bristol Crown Court: “He’s going to receive a substantial custodial sentence.

“He knows he’s going to prison and he’d like to get on with it.”

Judge Martin Picton adjourned sentencing, pending a probation report, until July 2.

The judge allowed Bull bail on condition of residence and a curfew and ordered him to co-operate with the probation service and have no contact with prosecution witnesses.

He told Bull: “It will be custody.”