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Court jails 'sexual predator' who raped girl

A “sexual predator” who repeatedly raped and sexually assaulted a young child over the course of six years, threatening to beat her up if she ever told anybody, was yesterday jailed for 18 years.

James George Bell, 48, began his “campaign of rape and horrific sexual abuse” against the girl when she was just nine years old, the Supreme Court heard.

Bell pleaded guilty to 12 ‘sample charges’ of rape and sexual assault, reflecting his conduct between April 2009 and July 2015 when the matter was finally reported to police and he was arrested.

He also pleaded guilty to possession of 331 indecent images of children, taking indecent photos of the victim and possession of one ‘Category A’ image placing it at the top end of the scale used to classify these types of images.

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