Serial offender sentenced to 14 years for sex offences
David Allen, of Marsh House Lane, was devoid of emotion and showed no remorse as he was led down to the cells at Warrington Crown Court on Wednesday, November 12, after he was sentenced to 14 years in prison.
The court heard how the victim, who cannot be named for legal reasons, is closely monitored as she lacks the mental capacity to make decisions for herself and give consent.
Allen, who is no stranger to prison with an offending history of 28 convictions for 17 offences, started to visit the woman regularly at her flat where she has access to care and support between October 1, 2012, and August 6, 2013.
Prosecuting, Mark Connor said: “Concerns were raised about the defendant as he was spending too much time at the accommodation and he was effectively trying to move in.”
“That was of some concern to the staff because he was in contact with other vulnerable residents.”
On one occasion, a care worker walked in to find the defendant sitting with one of the other vulnerable residents on his knee.
Allen was also accused of showing pornographic images to the victim’s friends.
The woman’s care worker had serious suspicions that the defendant had struck up an inappropriate sexual relationship with the victim and referred the matter to the police.
He was arrested and, during police investigations, it was also discovered that he possessed a number of ‘extreme’ images which included bestiality.
Reports read out in court stated that the victim will suffer ‘lifelong consequences which can never be undone’ due to Allen’s actions.
Defending, John Banasko said Allen had experienced a difficult childhood after he was taken into care aged nine.
But Mr Banasko made it clear that the relationship between the pair should never have happened.
The 49-year-old pleaded guilty to one count of sexual activity with a person with a mental disorder and ten counts of possessing extreme pornographic images.
Sentencing Judge Nicholas Woodward said the victim’s life has been ‘thrown into turmoil’ by his actions.
He said: “The [victim] report shows that the effect of what you have done to her is so profound that you have further damaged emotionally a person who was already emotionally damaged and extremely vulnerable.
“It is likely that – at best – the effect of what you have done will never be cured