Louth

Two men who carried out hour-long sex attack on underage girls and boy jailed

Two men who put a group of teenagers through an hour long ordeal carrying out a catalogue of sex offences against them have been each jailed for 14 years.

Paul McDowall and Alistair Evison came across the two 15-year-old girls together with a boy, 14, outside the Gas Lamp Lounge pub in Louth and after chatting to them offered the three of them a lift home.

Lincoln Crown Court was told that the teenagers were all drunk with one girl so intoxicated that she could hardly stand up.

As the three were driven away from the pub Evison began sexually assaulting the boy and one of the girls in the back seat of the car.

The vehicle twice stopped at isolated rural places where both Evison and McDowall carried out a series of sexual assaults.

One of the girls was raped by McDowall and the other two victims were subjected to serious sexual assaults.

The teenagers were later dropped off in Louth town centre.

Evison and McDowall each denied a string of offences but were each found guilty by a jury at following a trial which ended last month.

Judge Simon Hirst, passing sentence, said: “Both of you were clearly aware these three young people were very vulnerable because of their age and their consumption of alcohol.

“What you did was to take advantage of their vulnerability.

“This offending by the two of you has had a profound effect on those young people.”

McDowall, 41, of Louth Road, South Somercotes, was found guilty of one charge of rape, two charges of sexual assault and a further charge of engaging in sexual activity with a child.

He was cleared of one charge of assault by penetration.

Evison, 43, whose address was given as c/o Stanley Close, Louth, was found guilty of three charges of assault by penetration, three charges of sexual assault and a further charge of causing a person to engage in sexual activity without their consent.

He was cleared of a further charge of assault by penetration.

The offences involving two teenage girls and a boy, all occurred on the night of October 31, 2015.

Both men denied all the charges.

Michael Cranmer-Brown, prosecuting, said that the three victims had been drinking and two of them had smoked cannabis.

They stopped at a bench outside the Gas Lamp near to the Louth Canal because one of the girls was so much under the influence that she was struggling to walk.

He said: “Her state of intoxication made her particularly vulnerable. On the face of it she barely knew what was going on around her.”

Mr Cranmer-Brown said that it was clear that McDowall and Evison were already discussing what they were going to do at the time they fetched their car to give the teenagers a lift.

He said: “This didn’t arise on the spur of the moment. They were talking about having sex when they went to pick up the car.”

The sexual assaults took place during the car journey and when the vehicle was parked up.

The youngsters were later dropped off in the centre of Louth where they sought help.

Rebecca Lee, for McDowell, said that no violence or threats were used during the commission of the offences.

She said: “He is devastated to find himself before the court. He is deeply ashamed to have been convicted of offences of this type.

“This plainly is behaviour he never intends to repeat. He regrets he involved himself in this.”

James Gray, for Evison, said his client had no previous record of committing sex offences.

“These offences can rightly be categorised as an aberration.”