Man jailed for raping ‘vulnerable’ girl

Jailed...Andrew Wilson.
Jailed...Andrew Wilson.

A paedophile who raped an underage girl near Pocklington has been jailed for 12 years after stealing her innocence and affecting her emotionally more than 14 years on.

Andrew Wilson, 33, from Pocklington, thought he had got away with raping a girl after he was given six months in prison for indecent assault on her. However, a stupid slip of the tongue in a probation interview for two further sex offences has led to him being convicted by a jury.

Wilson was described by the girl as pushy, weird looking. He drunkenly attacked her when he was 18 and told her he had a Stanley knife blade and she would never be believed.

Sentencing at Hull Crown Court, Judge Kate Buckingham told Wilson: “I place this offence as starting point of 13 years with a range of 8-13 years. She was a vulnerable young girl. Although this was committed 15 years ago, you have not been offence-free. The recent offences demonstrate you have a sexual interest in young girls.

“More recently you were sentenced to three years for two offences of inciting a girl into a sex act. You were pretending to be a 14-year-old school boy.”

The girl told the court: “He pulled me back, kissed me and touched me. I said: ‘Stop it, I am only 10.’ I felt scared and started to shout for mum. He put his hand over my mouth. I started shaking. He did not say anything.”

She said he was caught by her mother and replied “I am only having a bit of fun.” He was jailed for six months after the girl initially refused to disclose the true extent of the indecency. In 2007 she confessed to her boyfriend she had been raped.

Wilson was then out of prison and reverted to type, pretending to be a 14-year-old boy on the internet lusting after two underage girls.

Humberside offender supervisor Hannah Duncan made 10 pages of notes and wrote on three occasions that he confessed he had sex with a girl in 2001. She told a jury: “I recorded he had sex with the girl. He said he had sex. He definitely used the expression.”

Wilson claimed the probation officer had got it wrong and had misheard him. In March 2014 the girl was visited again and her first reaction was to tell the police: “I thought he had been charged with rape because he raped me.” She said she wanted to make a complaint.

Wilson stood a four-day trial at Hull Crown Court on 4-7 January but refused to give evidence. A jury took less than two hours to find him guilty of a single charge of rape.

Crown barrister John Thackray read out a victim impact statement in his sentencing hearing: He said: “She says over the year it has affected her. She locks the house doors and does not feel safe in the house. She says she is worried when strangers come to the door. She does not like to take a bath unless her husband is in the house. She struggles to cope, so she needs to be busy. She said her mind wanders back to what happened. She says she is now very protective of her own child because of what happened to her. She said she tried for it not to affect the relationship with her husband who is understanding. She added it has been hard since the police investigating again and the case was reactivated. She has been very anxious.”

Wilson was sentenced to 12 years, and made the subject of a one-year extended licence. He was made the subject of an indefinite Sexual Offences Prevention Order and must sign on the National Sex Offenders’ Register for 
life.