July 2019

Schoolgirl victim recorded her abuser on a mobile phone to bring him to justice

A young girl obtained evidence against a man who was abusing her by recording a conversation between them on her mobile phone.

She questioned why he had inappropriately touched her and David Loomes was recorded asking for a cuddle and saying “you’re a woman now,” Leicester Crown Court was told.

Loomes denied two counts of sexually assaulting a girl under 13 and one of causing or inciting her to take part in sexual activity.

But jury of nine women and three men convicted him unanimously after a trial.

Sarah Knight, prosecuting, read out the preteen victim’s personal impact statement after the guilty verdicts were announced.

She said: “I’m feeling scared but I don’t know what I’m scared of.

“I feel confused about why it happened.

“I felt like it was my fault and that I couldn’t tell anybody.

“I don’t know what I want to happen to him, I want the judge to decide that.”

The victim also stated: “What he did was wrong,” but went on to say she was determined not let what happened ruin her life.

Judge Martin Hurst said that grooming was involved and the defendant had indecently touched the child under the guise of giving her a cuddle or tickling her on various occasions.

The judge told Loomes: “When she confronted you, you gave her a cuddle and told her not to tell.”

Loomes, of Badger Drive, Whetstone, claimed nothing sexual ever happened with the girl, aged 11 or 12.

The court heard she had the courage to tape record a conversation with Loomes, when asking what he was doing and saying: “Please don’t.”

The defendant asked her for a cuddle and said: “You’re a woman now.”

The defendant was jailed for a total of six-and-a-half years.

The judge said Loomes will have to have to enrol a sex offender register when he is released and could expect to be notified by the authorities that he was barred from working with children.