December 2018

Man convicted of raping teenage girl

A jury of nine men and three women have unanimously convicted a 40-year-old man of the rape and indecent assault of a teenage girl.

Derek David Allen faced a three-day jury trial in the Royal Court this week for one count of rape and one count of indecent assault, both of which he denied.

He was accused by the teenage girl of having raped and indecently assaulted her in the early hours of 8 March, after giving her a significant amount of vodka and rum-based drinks as well as cannabis.

The girl said she had not consented to any sexual contact with Mr Allen. He said they had shared a consensual kiss but couldn’t remember anything that had happened after.

Forensic analysis found that Mr Allen’s DNA was on internal swabs taken from the girl, while her DNA was found on the inside of Mr Allen’s jeans, around the crotch area.

Summing up the case and giving his directions to the jury, the Deputy Bailiff, Tim Le Cocq, said the burden of proof lay with the prosecution, while Mr Allen, who didn’t give evidence in court, didn’t have to prove anything. 

The Deputy Bailiff urged the jury to consider both counts separately, stating that they could convict Mr Allen of one and not the other. 

The jury retired for nearly six hours before returning their unanimous verdict. As a result of his conviction, Allen has been placed on the Sex Offenders’ Register.

He has been remanded in custody and will be appearing in court this Friday when a date for his sentencing will be set.