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Woman told men there were ‘no boundaries’ as she organised rape of little girl.

Vicki Bevan instigated conversations about the sexual abuse, rape and torture of the child and images of the attacks were found on her phone

May 2022

A woman organised the rape and sexual abuse of a young girl alongside two men and told them there were ‘no boundaries’ to the abuse.

Vicki Bevan, 37, Paul Rafferty, 52 and Tony Hutton, 42, were all involved in the systematic abuse of a girl under 10 years of age from 2019 until 2021. The three, all from St Helens, pleaded guilty to several sexual offences in January 2022.

Bevan instigated conversations between the three about the sexual abuse, rape and torture of the child. She was asked by one of the men at one point if she had any boundaries and she answered, “No, none at all…”

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Overwhelming images of the abuse, which included rape, were found on Ms Bevan’s phone. Images of the abuse were shared between the three but Ms Bevan also shared them more widely on the platform Kik Messenger.

The three shared images of Bevan abusing the child on her own but the men also took part in the abuse in person.

The abuse came to light when a fourth man was arrested on suspicion of possessing indecent images of children. His phone was examined and the images of the abuse carried out by Bevan were found.

Vicki Bevan, 37, instigated and organised the rape and sexual abuse of a young girl

A video was also recovered by the police showing Bevan sexually abusing the child. She was arrested on October 25, 2021, Rafferty was arrested on November 3, 2021 and Hutton on November 4.

Rafferty and Hutton admitted that they were the men seen in the images of the abuse but claimed Bevan was the key instigator. Ms Bevan claimed that a lot of the talk of what she would do to children was fantasy and that she would never act it out. She claimed to be sorry for what she had done to the young girl.

Paul Rafferty, 62, was jailed for 10 years and further 4 on extended licence

The counts that the three pleaded guilty to are:

Bevan

1 x Rape jointly with Rafferty

2 x Sexual assault one jointly with Hutton and one with Rafferty

4 x Sexual assault by penetration one jointly with Rafferty

1 x Attempt sexual assault by penetration

1x Inciting a child to engage in sexual activity

3 x Sexual activity with a child

17 x Making indecent images of children

2 x Possessing extreme pornographic images

3 x Distribution of indecent images of children.

Rafferty

1 x Rape jointly with Bevan

1 x Sexual assault by penetration jointly with Bevan

1 x Sexual assault of a child jointly with Bevan

6 x Making indecent images of children

Hutton

1 x Sexual assault of a child jointly with Bevan

3 x Making indecent images of children

Bevan was jailed for life at Liverpool Crown Court on Friday. She must serve a minimum of 10 years and 44 days before she can be considered for release. 

Rafferty was jailed for 10 years and further 4 on extended licence, while Hutton was jailed for 4 years, two to be served in prison and two years on licence.

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Sentencing, Judge Andrew Menary said the scale of depravity in the case “beggars belief”. He added it was likely the victim would suffer “severe psychological harm” as a result of what had been done to her.

The defendants were all given a restraining order to prevent them from having any contact with the victim. Additionally, a Sexual Harm Prevention Order was imposed on all three.

Tony Hutton, 42, was jailed for 4 years

This prevents them having any unsupervised contact of any kind with a child. They also cannot use a computer or access the internet without informing the police.

Senior Crown Prosecutor Pauline Newrick, a specialist prosecutor with CPS Mersey-Cheshire Rape and Serious Sexual Offences (RASSO) unit, said: “This is one of the worst cases I have been involved in, in my time at the Crown Prosecution Service. There are certain cases that it is difficult to get out of your waking thoughts.

“This is a woman who has gone out of her way to satisfy her own sexual needs and those of men she communicates with online by abusing a young girl. She has assisted men to rape and sexually abuse this child and has also sexually abused her for her own personal pleasure.

“If she had not been caught, no doubt she would have continued arranging for this young girl and potentially others to be abused by herself and men in the most horrendous way. She has not confined herself to the actual abuse – she has encouraged others to participate. What woman could do that to a child?”

Ms Newrick added: “An innocent child is at the heart of this case – a child who was dragged into the depraved and sordid world of these three people who could have tried to protect her.

“That child is now receiving the care and support she has a right to expect. We hope this successful conclusion of this case helps her in the long journey ahead.”

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