A teenager who convicted of raping an 11-year-old girl was today (Monday) locked up for four years at Lincoln Crown Court.
Nathan Collis had denied a charge of rape claiming the incident, which happened in the autumn of 2011, did not happen.
But Collis, described as immature with a low IQ level, was found guilty by a jury following a trial.
Today, Judge John Pini QC, passing sentence, told him “It must have been absolutely obvious that the girl was the sort of age she was and absolutely obvious to you that she was not consenting.”
The Judge told Collis that his time in a young offenders’ institution had been reduced because Collis was himself only 15 when the offence took place and sentencing guidelines required him to give a lesser sentence than would have been imposed on an adult male for the same offence.
Collis, now 19, of Barnack Estate, Burgh le Marsh, denied a charge of rape. He also denied two charges of sexual activity with a child. He claimed the girl was lying but was found guilty by the jury of all three charges.
Andrew Howarth, prosecuting, said that Collis raped the girl and went on to commit further sexual offences against her.
The offences came to light when the girl’s mother discovered information on her daughter’s computer and contacted police.
In a victim impact statement read out in court the victim said she has self-harmed and had nightmares as a result of the offences Collis committed against her.
The girl said she has suffered panic attacks and added “It affected my schooling and my grades dropped dramatically. Before this I was an outgoing fun-loving person. I have started to have serious trust issues and I’m still very wary around people I don’t know.”
Adam Pearson, defending, said his client has a low IQ and is on disability living allowance as a result of being diagnosed with “conduct disorder”.
“He is not intelligent. Although he may have been very nearly 16 at the time his behaviour and emotional maturity relate to someone much younger than that.”