November 2019

Paedophile who raped girl, 5, facing more jail time for latest attacks

A dangerous paedophile who was jailed for more than a decade for abusing a five-year-old girl is facing even longer in prison after admitting attacking two teenage girls.

Burnley Crown Court heard how Daniel Edward Lamont was jailed for 10 and a half years in January after pleading guilty to inciting a child to engage in sexual activity, rape and possessing indecent images of children.

After deeming that 29-year-old Lamont posed a danger to the public Judge Sara Dodd added a one year extended licence to that sentence.

Further investigations have since revealed Lamont also sexually abused two teenage girls. Prosecutor Jeremy Grout-Smith said Lamont asked one of the teenagers if she wanted to play games such as I Spy and Truth Or Dare before asking sexual questions. He then sexually assaulted her for “two or three minutes”.

The court heard that when the victim slapped Lamont across the face he responded by saying: “Well, you didn’t resist me.”

Mr Grout-Smith said Lamont would ply the other teenager with alcohol and massage her shoulders, back and thigh before sexually assaulting. While he did this he would ask his victim to take her top and bra off.

The court heard Lamont sexually assaulted his victim a number of times.

When Lamont , now of no fixed address but previously of Langholme Street, Nelson, was interviewed by police about sexually abusing the girls he denied it ever happened.

Mr Grout-Smith said: “He told police he was shocked about the nature of the allegations. He denied them. He said the teenage girls had made the allegations up.”

Lamont has since pleaded to two charges of sexual assault and three of engaging in sexual activity with a child.

Summarising one of the complainant’s victim impact statements, Mr Grout Smith said she suffers with anxiety and has been prescribed beta-blockers.

He said: “She says she now has a fear of men and requires counselling.

“Her relationship with her partner is affected by what happened to her. It is difficult for him to provide her with support, although she says he is supportive.”

The other victim did not wish to provide a statement, Mr Grout-Smith said.

Judge Dodd postponed sentencing until December 12 for the probation service to prepare a new danger assessment.