December 2019

Pair of Derbyshire sex offenders both had sex with the same underage girl

This pair of Derbyshire sex offenders both had sex with the same underage girl after swapping messages with her over Snapchat.

Bobby Bonsall and Craig Ball were told by a judge that what they did to the victim was “just short of grooming” her.

Derby Crown Court heard how 24-year-old Bonsall was the first to contact the teenager then meet and take advantage of her in 2017.

Then, later that year, father-of-two Ball, 29, had sex with the girl at his home after she arrived wearing her school uniform.

Handing both of them suspended prison terms, Judge Nirmal Shant QC said: “I see no reason to distinguish between you and your behaviour.

“Mr Ball, you have pleaded guilty to two counts and Mr Bonsall to one count of sexual activity with a child.

“The activity falls just short of grooming but neither of you were deterred in any way and both of you were fully aware this was an underage girl.

Andrew Vout, prosecuting, said Bonsall, of Station Street, Ashbourne, was the first of the pair to contact the victim over Snapchat in June 2017.

He said she sent him a selfie and told him how old she was.

Mr Vout said the pair then kissed for the first time that summer.

He said: “In August he invited her round to his home where they watched TV and he asked her if she wanted to have sex to which she replied ‘yes’.

“They took their clothes off, had sex, and afterwards Mr Bonsall abruptly broke off contact with her.”

Mr Vout said that, in the Autumn of 2017, Ball, of Brassington Lane, Bradbourne, contacted the victim over Snapchat asked her how old she was and she told him.

He said: “He sent her messages with kisses on the end of them and messaged her asking her if she wanted to be ‘his forever’.

“He asked her to come to his house and she arrived wearing her school uniform.

“A week later she received a message from Mr Ball asking her to come round again and she went.

“He asked her if she wanted to have sex and she replied ‘yes’.”

Mr Vout said the girl’s mother became suspicious when she saw her daughter acting strangely.

The teen then revealed what had happened and the police were called.

In interview, Bonsall told officers the victim was “quite happy to have sex with him”.

Ball, in his interview, first denied anything had happened.

But, when he was told DNA swabs had been taken from the girl, he admitted his offending saying he was “scared” to initially admit he had sex with her.

Bonsall was handed a 21-month jail term, suspended for two years.

Waheed Baber, mitigating, said: “He is not working at the moment, he lost his job because of this offending.”

Ball was jailed for 16 months, suspended for two years.

Stefan Fox, his barrister, said his client works as a chef and now has a new partner who he lives with on a farm.

He said: “He is unable to have contact with his two children, is genuinely ashamed for what he has done and is sorry for the distress he has caused.

“He is petrified at the prospect of custody but knows it is because of his actions.”

Both men were placed on the sex offenders’ register for 10 years, handed 10-year sexual harm prevention orders and restraining orders not to contact the victim or her family, also for 10 years.

They were both ordered to carry out 150 hours’ unpaid work and attend 30 rehabilitation sessions with the probation service.