Man, 36, faces life in prison after child rape

James Darren Normington appeared at York Crown Court last week.
James Darren Normington appeared at York Crown Court last week.

A judge has ordered a report into the danger a Scarborough man poses following his conviction on 20 offences, including the rape of a child and possessing banned pornography.

James Darren Normington, 36, was warned by The Recorder of York, Judge Stephen Ashurst, that “you must know that you face a very long period in custody”.

He added: “The question is whether that should be a fixed sentence or whether the risks you pose to other young children is such that you need to be detained indefinitely.”

Ordering a pre-sentence report, the judge told Normington that he will be on the Sex Offender Register for life and would be remanded in custody until he is sentenced in three or four weeks.

A jury heard this was not the first time Normington had been before the courts on allegations of sexual activity with a child – he was convicted in 1994 of three offences of indecent assault and sentenced to 12 months in a Young Offenders Institution.

The charges faced by Normington last week involved a victim over a number of years when they were aged just four to seven. He denied two charges of causing a child to engage in sexual activity, two of rape and three of sexual assault. After he was arrested and quizzed about those offences, Normington’s home in Queen Street was searched and child pornographic material found on computers.

This led to him facing and denying six charges of making indecent photographs of children, one of possessing such material, four of possessing prohibited images and two of possessing extreme pornographic images.

Prosecuting, Paul Cleasby, told the court that the pornography found at Normington’s home closely resembled the activities he had put into practice with the child.

Matters eventually came to light when the victim told their mother about “the rudies” they got up to with Normington. The child was later to tell police and the jury via video link details of the abuse.

Normington told the jury that the abuse never happened, adding that the jury at Leeds Crown Court, which heard the 1994 allegations, had got it wrong.

He also claimed the computer pornography belonged to his partner’s son.