January 2019

Smirking paedophile groomed schoolgirl on Facebook then threatened to rape her

A paedophile groomed a schoolgirl on Facebook then threatened to rape her when she spurned his advances.

Jason Burrell pretended to be 17 when chatting with his 14-year-old victim, but the twisted pervert was in fact 26.

He was on licence from prison at the time, having previously been jailed for trying to talk a 12-year-old child into sex.

Burrell, now 27, smirked in the dock when prosecutors read out the “chilling” messages he sent his latest traumatised victim.

But the smile was wiped off his face when a top judge said he was a dangerous offender and hit him with an extended sentence.

Liverpool Crown Court heard Burrell, from Wallasey but now of Great Homer Street, Everton, added the girl on Facebook last year.

The child replied and had her page on public settings, meaning anyone could see details including her age and mobile phone number.

Derek Jones, prosecuting, said they chatted for two weeks before he asked her for oral sex, but she replied: “I don’t know you, you freak.”

She repeated that she was 14 and Burrell said he thought she was 15, before the messages “took on a much more sinister tone”.

He said he would “batter” her on the way to school if she did not give him oral sex and that if she called police, he would rape her.

The victim told police she was very upset by the last set of messages and that they left her frightened and crying to her mum.

Mr Jones said the girl’s mum carried out some “detective work of her own” and identified Burrell to officers, who arrested him that evening.

She told the court her daughter had “changed considerably” and was no longer confident and trusting of people, but instead left “withdrawn”.

The mum said her daughter was worried about going out on her own and even being at home alone, which meant she suffered panic attacks.

She said her daughter had to be met when travelling home from school, was referred for counselling and had to go to see her GP.

When interviewed by police, Burrell made no comment, but they established the sex offender had a history of asking children for oral sex.

Burrell admitted causing or inciting a child under the age of 16 to engage in sexual activity and sexual communication with a child.

The court heard he was jailed for 27 months in 2016 for causing or inciting a child under the age of 13 to engage in sexual activity.

He twice failed to comply with being on the Sex Offenders Register and was jailed for three weeks in July 2017 and 18 weeks in July 2018.

Judge David Aubrey, QC, said the pervert planned to target a vulnerable victim and she suffered “extremely serious psychological harm”.

He said: “Some of the communication, irrespective of the incitement, and the words that you uttered, are chilling.

“You inveigled your way into her life. It was sexual communication and it was always designed and intended to be.

“There then came a time that this vulnerable girl, just 14 years of age, wanted to cease any communication that she was having with you.

“What was your reply? I will rape you if you do.”

The judge said Burrell had failed to comply with any sex offender treatment and jailed him for four years, with an extended three years on licence.

He must serve at least two thirds of the four years behind bars and will only be released at that stage if a parole board decides he is no longer a risk.

Judge Aubrey said Burrell must comply with a Sexual Harm Prevention Order for 10 years and sign on the Sex Offenders Register indefinitely.