August 2017

Thug exposed himself to schoolgirl then choked her unconscious and robbed her

A thug exposed himself to a schoolgirl before choking her unconscious and robbing her when she rejected his advances.

Christopher James, 19, thrust his penis into the 15-year-old’s face in Birkenhead Park after meeting her for the first time.

She tried to leave but he grabbed her bottom and right breast, before putting her in a headlock until she passed out.

When she came to, the yob demanded money, threatened to stab her and warned: “I will break every bone in your body”.

He rifled through her pockets, searched her bra and when she produced £180, bit her hand so she dropped the cash.

Graham Pickavance, prosecuting, told Liverpool Crown Court the girl was alone in Birkenhead one night in December 2015.

She sent a message to all her contacts on a phone messaging tool, asking if someone would meet her.

James, who she did not know, arranged to meet and they walked to the park, where they spent an hour talking.

Mr Pickavance said she was sitting on a bench when James stood in front of her and exposed himself.

She said she was going home, but he replied: “Who the f*** do you think you’re speaking to? You cheeky little bitch.”

When she came round he asked if she was okay, but then stole the money, which her mum said was a Christmas present.

James, of Hoblyn Road, Bidston ran off and the girl rang police, who took a swab from her hand, which revealed his DNA.

He was arrested and picked out in an identity parade, but claimed he had been at a party and never met her.

In a second police interview he admitted meeting the girl, but insisted he did not attack or rob her.

He could not explain the DNA evidence but later claimed she wiped her mouth with her hand after kissing him.

James, who was aged 17 at the time, was found guilty of robbery and exposure after a trial.

Mr Pickavance said it was “far more serious” than a “typical exposure case”, adding: “There is no remorse shown.”

Judge Neil Flewitt, QC, said it was “odd” that James was not charged with a more serious sexual offence.

James has two previous convictions for assault causing actual bodily harm when he was aged just 15.

He was locked up for six months after he admitted kicking two men on the ground in a gang attack in July 2013.

Neil Gunn, defending, said his client, who had problems with cannabis, was “particularly immature”.

He added: “One could perhaps describe him as educationally challenged.”

Mr Gunn said James, who worked as a labourer for his dad, had a lack of support during his upbringing.

He said the attack was not planned and it was a “one off incident” after events “turned sour”.

Judge Flewitt said James was in the girl’s BBM contacts, but they were strangers.

He said: “It may well be that she was foolish, but she was entitled to expect that she would be safe with you.

“You exposed your penis and put it in her face. You went to that park expecting there would be some consensual activity.

“She did not respond and she rebuffed your advances and tried to get away from you.”

Judge Flewitt said he did not regard James as “particularly immature” having seen him give evidence.

He said: “This must have been an absolutely terrifying ordeal, whatever or not you intended to do.

“She no doubt feared she would be the victim of a far more serious sexual offence than anything you have been charged with.

“She has suffered deeply. Your behaviour has affected her confidence, her social life, her schooling and her relationship with her parents.”

Judge Flewitt sentenced James to six years in a young offenders institution.

He imposed an indefinite restraining order and told him to sign on the Sex Offenders Register for 10 years.