March 2019

Jersey child rapist jailed for 15 years

A man who sexually assaulted two young girls has been jailed for 15 years.

Jason Le Chevere, 43, was found guilty of two counts of rape and 11 counts of indecent assault, dating back to 2006.

His two victims were very young at the time of the offences, Jersey’s Royal Court heard. After the sentencing, one of his victims said she could now smile again after living in “anxiety and fear”.

Le Chevere, from St Saviour, Jersey, was also put on the sex offenders register.

One of the victims reported their abuser to care home staff, Crown Advocate Simon Thomas told the court.

Psychologists said the second victim developed severe mental problems as a result of the abuse, but had never complained because she was afraid of what might happen to her, he added.

In a statement read by police outside the court, one of the victims said: “I am relieved and pleased that my truth of what has happened to me has been taken seriously.

“My anxiety has decreased and I finally took my smile back.”

Sentencing Le Chevere, Royal Court Commissioner Sir John Sanders said the 15-year jail term reflected the seriousness of his crimes.

November 2018

Man found guilty of rape and indecent assault

A pervert is facing a long jail term after being convicted of rape and indecent assault.

A jury of six women and six men convicted 43-year-old Jason Mark Le Chevere on all 13 charges – comprising 11 indecent assaults and two rapes – against two children.

He will now return to the Royal Court on Friday for a sentencing date to be fixed.

Over the course of a four-day trial, jurors heard evidence from the two victims via pre-recorded interviews with the police and by live video-link.

Due to their young age, the victims did not appear in the court.

Prosecuting, Crown Advocate Simon Thomas had argued that the girls had no reason to lie about their claims of abuse at the defendant’s hands.

He said, while they made their reports independently, there were many ‘similarities’ in their accounts.

Le Chevere did not offer evidence in his defence.

However, his advocate, Ian Jones, argued that the evidence presented by the girls was too inconsistent and unreliable to meet the high bar the jury should require for a conviction.

The jurors deliberated for almost four hours before arriving at their decision.

Le Chevere will await sentencing in La Moye prison