A CONVICTED rapist has been jailed for 14 years for a sickening sex attack on a young girl.
Stephen Roberts, 42, now living in Harefield, Middlesex, denied raping the girl in the 1990s when she was of primary school age.
But he was convicted yesterday by a jury at Mold Crown Court – by an 11 to one majority – after a retrial.
Roberts, said to have been brought up in children’s homes in North Wales, was ordered to register as a sex offender for life.
He was convicted of raping a girl under the age of 13 in the Wrexham area.
Judge Niclas Parry, sitting at Mold Crown Court, told him he had been convicted of an appalling offence.
He had taken advantage of a vulnerable young child for his own basic sexual gratification.
Judge Parry told him it was “a sickening act of the violation of a child” and it had been obvious as she gave evidence how traumatised she was “to this day”.
The offence was aggravated by the significant disparity in age and his appalling record of previous convictions which included serious sexual offences.
Following the verdicts Mark Connor, prosecuting, told the court Roberts had been convicted of indecency with a child when he was 13 and indecent exposure at the age of 15.
In the year 2000, when he was 29, he had been convicted of sexual assault on a girl under 16.
Then in 2003 he was convicted of rape and indecent assault when he followed a lone female in his car in the early hours of the morning.
As she was walking home through Wrexham he ran up behind her, grabbed her, and raped her. A witness gave chase before the defendant got away in his car.
John Hedgecoe, defending, said his client had about the worst possible start in life that anybody could have.
He had been brought up in children’s homes in North Wales and there was concern about people who had been brought up in that regime.