August 2018

Murton woman assaulted schoolboy for own sexual desires

A Murton woman assaulted a schoolboy boy for own sexual desires

But, when police became involved she tried to pin the blame on her young victim.

Durham Crown Court heard that Mandy Stubbs began by kissing the startled youngster on the neck and cheek as he tried to desist her advances.

Shaun Dodds, prosecuting, said she then “flopped on top” of him and undid his trousers, before performing a sex act on him.

Durham Crown Court was told that she removed her leggings before full sex followed.

But, Mr Dodds told the court that when it was reported to police and she was subsequently questioned, Stubbs gave a different account of events, claiming that the boy “came on to her” and she was the “victim” of rape.

Stubbs, 36, of Calvert Terrace, Murton, was charged with three counts of sexual activity with a child, offences she denied at a plea hearing, in February.

The case was listed for a trial, scheduled in July and later put back to this month, but it was “mentioned” back at the court on June 28, when she admitted one of the three counts.

It was “accepted” by the Crown, negating the need for a trial.

Sentence was adjourned to allow preparation of a background report on Stubbs, in which the court heard she again suggested the boy had made the advances.

Judge Jonathan Carroll said: “She’s directly accusing this boy of two counts of rape.

“I take it as a case of her having little or no remorse.

“She will be sentenced on the basis that she’s pointed the finger of blame at the complainant.”

Jailing her for four years and eights months, Judge Carroll said while “disgracefully drunk” she, “inflicted sexual contact” on the boy, “to satisfy your own sexual desires, with a complete disregard for his needs.”

Stubbs will now be subject to registration as a sex offender for life and restrictions under a Sexual Harm Prevention Order, indefinitely.