January 2007

Sex beast jailed for child sex attack

A man who sexually abused a schoolgirl has been jailed indefinitely.

Gary Whitmore, 22, had a previous conviction for indecently assaulting a child when he subjected a 12-year-old girl to a series of sex attacks, Liverpool crown court heard.

David McLachlan, prosecuting, told the court Whitmore started sexually assaulting his victim in April last year.

He said the girl told her mother about the sex attacks in June and she called the police.

The court heard she was unable to say how many times he had indecently assaulted her.

Mr McLachlan said when Whitmore was interviewed, he had claimed the girl, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, was lying.

Whitmore, of Kendal Road, Wallasey, was convicted of eight offences of sexually assaulting a child under 13 and two of sexual activity with a child.

The court heard Whitmore had sexually assaulted a 10-year-old girl when he was 15 and had been on the sex offenders’ register when he attacked the other girl.

Judge David Boulton sentenced him to an indefinite term of imprisonment for public protection and ruled Whitmore must serve a minimum of three years behind bars before he will be able to apply for parole.

Judge Boulton told him: “You present a high risk of harm, especially to children and you have shown no insight into your offending behaviour.”

Whitmore was ordered to sign the sex offenders’ register for life and made the subject of a sexual offences prevention order which bans him from a wide range of activities, including having unsupervised contact with children.