November 2018

Man jailed for sex offence against ‘young and impressionable girl’

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A man who had sex with a girl under the age of 14 has been jailed for four years.

Corey Francis Bowness Carter, now age 22, of Marine Road, Pensarn, was aged 21 when he committed the offence of sexual activity with a child earlier this year.

In her victim statement, the girl he assaulted, who can’t be identified for legal reasons, said since the incident she’s struggled to go out on her own, she’s lost friends, and it’s knocked her confidence and self-esteem.

Prosecution barrister Matthew Dunford suggested the offence was on the higher end of the seriousness scale due to the nature of the sexual act.

Mr Dunford added there was added culpability due to the fact alcohol was involved and the significant age gap between Carter and his victim.

There was also another girl present when it happened, which was given as an aggravating factor.

Mr Curtis also described Carter’s decision to buy alcohol for the girls and to become incapacitated himself as “irresponsible” but stressed it was a one-off offence rather than him being a serial offender.

Passing sentence, Judge Huw Rees said Carter took advantage of a “young and impressionable girl” who had told him on more than one occasion how young she was.

He added: “You supplied her and her friend with alcohol in quantities too great for both of them. This was either a sign of irresponsibility or more concerningly your need to sexually assault her.”

Judge Rees passed a sentence of eight years, four of which would be served in prison, with the remainder as an extended licence period of four years.

He also issued with a sexual harm prevention order and ordered Carter to pay victim surcharges upon his release from prison.