Judge jails serial rapist for 16 years

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A Scarborough man has been jailed for 16 years for three rapes and other sexual offences carried out over a number of years in various parts of the country.

Peter Paul Lovell, 59, of Britannia Street, was told by Judge Guy Kearl QC, sitting at York Crown Court that the sentence also included an extended licence period of eight years on his release from prison.

However, Taryn Turner, mitigating, said that her client was of the belief that he would probably not survive the sentence because of his age and his health problems - he has heart trouble, high blood pressure and diabetes.

Originally Lovell faced nine rape allegations, said to have been committed in various parts of England and Scotland between 2004 and 2010.

However, at an earlier hearing his pleas of guilty to the three rapes, together with three charges of sexual assault on a child under the age of 13, and three of sexual activity - all specimen charges - were accepted by the prosecution.

The judge, who said that he had no jurisdiction over offences committed in Scotland, added that not only had Lovell robbed a female of her childhood, but also a large part of her adult life.

He said that he had read in a Victim Impact Statement how the woman had her own child taken off her at birth because, as a result of what had happened to her at the hands of Lovell, she felt unable to cope.

Mrs Turner said that her client, who has no previous convictions, had shown remorse.

But Judge Kearl QC said that he was sure that this remorse was expressed by Lovell, not for what he had done, but because he had been caught for carrying out a “campaign” of sexual abuse.

For Lovell, Mrs Turner added that as a result of the offences Lovell’s wife and his extended family wanted nothing more to do with him.