October 2018

Bursledon DJ jailed for raping girl and abusing boys

Former parish councillor pleads guilty to raping teenager and other child sex offences

A former parish council chairman and DJ who raped a 16-year-old girl and abused young boys has been jailed for 17 years.

Mark McCormick, 49, groomed and abused boys who he employed as roadies, Southampton Crown Court heard.

The former Bursledon councillor assaulted teenagers in vehicles and raped the girl who had got drunk at one of his parties.

He admitted 14 offences committed between 1997 and 2011 on the first day of his trial in September.

Sentencing him, Judge Nicholas Rowland said: “You controlled and manipulated your victims.

“No doubt they were excited by the idea of being with someone who was leading a rather glamorous lifestyle, in direct contrast to their own lifestyles.”

Prosecutor Fern Russell told the court the teenage girl said she now suffered from anxiety and flashbacks.

In a statement read out in court, the girl said: “I was a troubled child and I latched on to him, he felt safe and he was cool,” she said in a statement read in court.

“He is a leech to vulnerable children. He shouldn’t be working in a community centre or at a local council.”

Another victim added: “I was his lifeless puppet and he was my sick puppeteer.”

The youngest of McCormick’s seven victims was a boy aged under 14, the court heard.

McCormick, of Griffon Close, Bursledon, admitted seven counts of indecent assaults on boys and four counts of inciting boys to commit acts of gross indecency.

He also pleaded guilty to the rape, a sexual assault on a man and taking an indecent photo of a boy.

September 2018

Former parish councillor pleads guilty to raping teenager and other child sex offences

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A former parish council chairman faces prison after he admitted raping a teenage girl and sexually assaulting five boys.

Mark McCormick, who was the chair of Bursledon Parish Council, pleaded guilty to 14 indecent assaults between 1997 and 2011 charged against him at Southampton Crown Court, on the second day of his trial.

These include the rape of a 16-year-old and inciting boys under the age of 16 to engage in sexual activity.

The 49-year-old could now face a lengthy custodial sentence.

Last year, McCormick appeared at Southampton Magistrates’ Court where he did not enter a plea as the charges were too serious for the court.

McCormick became a prominent figure within Bursledon, but it is understood he stepped down from his public role in 2017, after he was re-elected chairman of the parish council in May 2016.

The parish council last year posted a vacancy for a councillor after McCormick resigned from the post.

In 2016, he was at the forefront of a bitter fight between the parish council and the Bursledon and District Community Association (BDCA) after the parish council were effectively evicted from their offices by the BDCA, which managed the building.

McCormick is also listed as one of the DJs and presenters working for the Southampton-based company Avenue Artistes Limited.

He will be sentenced for one count of rape, three of indecent activity with a child, three counts of multiple incidents of indecent assault on a child, five of indecent assault on a male person, one of sexual assault and one count of taking indecent photographs of a child.

McCormick was remanded in custody to be sentenced at Southampton Crown Court on Friday, October 12.