Terrified teenager attacked by Holywell man in bathroom

Published date: 08 January 2014 |
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A “SEXUALLY frustrated” young man attacked a terrified teenager in a bathroom.

Jamie Lee Nuttall, 20, threatened his victim – with whom he wanted a relationship – with a knife before tying her up, removing her clothes and indecently assaulting her.

He threatened to kill her if anyone came into the bathroom, Mold Crown Court heard yesterday.

Disturbingly, he was removing his own clothes when others, alerted by the 18-year-old victim’s screams, forced the door open at the Flintshire hostel where he was staying.

She was extremely distressed and crying.

Nuttall left saying: “I said I was going to do it.”

He then changed his clothes, jumped out of a bedroom window and ran off.

Nuttall, of High Street, Holywell – said to have mental health problems – was jailed for three-and-a-half years and ordered to register as a sex offender for life, after he admitted assault by penetration and false imprisonment in June of last year.

A charge of attempted rape, which he denied, was left on the file.

The court heard how Nutall wanted a relationship with the woman. They had been in one for a couple of weeks but he was rejected.

He sent her text messages described as intimidating.

When she went to use the bathroom, he forced his way in while armed with a knife and locked the door behind him.

He told her to lie down and not to make a sound, threatened her with a knife and she initially thought he was simply going to scare her.

“But things took a turn for the worse,” said John Philpotts, prosecuting.

“He bound her hands with computer cable, he pushed her to the floor, put his hand over her mouth and pointed the knife at her.”

She felt the blade touch her stomach at one stage.

As she screamed, he pulled her shorts and underwear down, pressed his hand on her mouth harder to try and stop her screaming and menaced her with the knife.

He indecently assaulted her and was removing his own clothes when the door was forced open by a staff member and another resident, disturbed by her loud screaming.

Nuttall had previously made threats against her, Mr Philpotts said.

Judge Niclas Parry said it was a disturbing and very serious matter which took place against a background of intimidation.

“You became frustrated at the lack of intimacy within a very short relationship,” the judge said.

When mercifully he was stopped in the bathroom before the matter seriously escalated, he commented: “I said I would do it.”

Mr Parry said: “When she was found she was understandably extremely distressed and crying.

“This was a terrifying incident for her.”

The judge said he had considered whether a sentence for public protection was necessary, but he had been assessed as a medium risk of re-conviction, he had no previous convictions and was only 20.

Nuttall would receive maximum credit for his early guilty pleas and the judge said he had particular regard to his own vulnerabilities and mental health difficulties.

While he had a mental disorder the psychiatric report concluded it was not appropriate for him to be detained in hospital for treatment.

Mr Parry said, however, that Nuttall’s culpability was reduced by those mental health difficulties.

The case had an eight-year starting point with a sentencing range of six  to 10 years, the judge warned.

But his sentence would be reduced and there would be significant support available for him on his release.

Myles Wilson, defending, said Nuttall had been neglected as a child, had been in care since the age of two, lived in various care homes and was moved from school to school.

He had difficulty maintaining relationships and had no empathy with the other person in relationships.

“He was rejected and grossly over reacted and put this girl through a terrible ordeal.”

Nutall had been bullied and had received counselling in custody and had self-harmed, but he appreciated that “prison it must be”.

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