Court: Rapist made girl, 13, pregnant

Marcus Sneddon who has been jailed for six years for rape PHOTO: Leicestershire Police
Marcus Sneddon who has been jailed for six years for rape PHOTO: Leicestershire Police
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A teenager who raped a vulnerable 13-year-old girl, making her pregnant, threatened her not to tell anyone, a court heard.

Marcus Sneddon (19) pleaded guilty to raping the girl in May 2010. He appeared at Leicester Crown Court on Friday and was sentenced to six years in prison.

Mary Prior, prosecuting, said: “Although this was a very frightening incident, the girl pushed the defendant away many times. He was restraining her and pushed her back down. She tried to fight back but he wouldn’t let her go.

“It’s clear that following the rape he threatened her. He told her she shouldn’t tell because no-one would believe her and she would be made to leave home. He also said if she did tell he would kill her and a member of her family.”

The court heard that police were called when it was discovered that the girl, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, was pregnant.

Sneddon, of Queensway, Old Dalby, at first denied the crime and told a series of lies, prolonging the police investigation but a DNA test proved that he was the father.

Mrs Prior said the girl had an abortion which ‘caused her great pain and upset’ and that since the rape she had been the subject of much gossip, been bullied and taunted.

She added: “The victim feels publicly humiliated. She has been called a liar and has felt great fear.”

Esther Harrison, defending, said Sneddon was 18 at the time and described him as ‘a very immature man’.

She said: “The defendant does say he was heavily influenced by alcohol and has little recollection of the incident but accepts, by his plea, that it has taken place.”

The court also heard that Sneddon hadn’t expressed any remorse and didn’t seem to understand the impact of his behaviour. In a pre-sentence report he told a probation officer ‘if she’s flirting, she deserves to be raped.’

Judge Robert Brown said: “You had unprotected sex which led to this girl becoming pregnant and have to undergo the trauma of an abortion. You threatened her and she was particularly vulnerable.”

Judge Brown said Sneddon deserved credit for his guilty plea and thereby sparing the victim the ordeal of having to give evidence at a trial.

Sneddon was also made subject of a sexual offences prevention order.

Speaking after the sentencing the victim’s mum said it was time for people who had been gossiping about her daughter to ‘back off and let her get on with her life’. She said: “We just hope that everyone leaves her alone, she’s been through enough.”

The girl’s auntie added: “We believe the public should be aware of what Sneddon has done and feel the sentence should have been longer.”