Girl raped in swimming cubicle

Hull Crown Court
Hull Crown Court

A controlling boyfriend has been sent to a young offenders’ institution for four years for raping his girlfriend in a Bridlington swimming pool cubicle after he become jealous when she taunted him.

The 16-year-old subjected the girl to sickening emotional threats, trying to keep her away from others and threatening to kill himself.

“He would bully her saying if she did not have sex she would be raped,” crown barrister David Gordon told Hull Crown Court.

The teenager, who cannot be named, appeared for sentence at Hull Crown Court (Friday September 11) after pleading guilty to a single charge of rape.

Mr Gordon said: “He was very controlling and possessive and did not like her speaking to other boys.”

He said there were hundreds of text messages which showed the coercive nature of the relationship. He threatened to send others naked pictures of her if she did not do what he wanted

He said the rape occurred at the end of a swimming session as the pair got changed together in a cubicle. In the pool he had not liked it when other boys had looked at her.

The teenager pulled at the girl’s costume and grabbed her neck only for the girl to reply: “Tell (a boy) I love him.” This made his mood worse and he started headbutting his own hands. He then raped her. He was told to stop. When he got dressed he said he was sorry.

Defence barrister Charlotte Baines said the boy had difficulty controlling his emotions and although is now 16, he was 15 at the time. She said his mother was a single parent and recent family difficulties affected him more than he accepted. She said at one point he was sectioned and put in a secure unit.

Sentencing, Judge Jeremy Richardson, QC, said: “You have a previous conviction for taking a knife into school and threatening a previous girlfriend. I cannot ignore that fact. Even though it has no bearing on my sentence in this case, it does show as a youth you appeared to be out of control. The relationship you had with your girlfriend can only be described as malign. You were controlling and had much more interest in sexual activities than she had. You sought to abuse and emotionally control her.

“You made threats of an emotional nature which showed to me you had a deeply malevolent side to your character. You are obsessive emotionally.”

He said the offence happened when they both went to a swimming pool.

“You have committed unpleasant crimes in the past. You appear to have had a childhood with limited controls 
applied.

“You easily harbour feelings of jealousy and anger. You must learn if you commit serious crime punishment will follow. This was a serious example of rape and the malign backdrop cannot be ignored. This is a case where you have had a childhood where you were unchecked and out of control.

“You sought to control your girlfriend in appalling circumstances and you raped her when she displeased you. It is hoped while you are in custody you will grow up. If you do not, you will be a real risk to society.”

Judge Richardson refused a Bridlington Free Press request to be allowed to name him as it could blight his life.