A Lynn man who raped a girl on her 11th birthday has today been jailed for 18 years.
Paul Reed, 54, of Brockley Green, was sentenced earlier today (Thursday, July 16) at Norwich Crown Court after being convicted earlier this year of two counts of indecent assault and three charges of rape.
Recorder of Norwich, Stephen Holt, told Reed he had taken advantage of a difficult situation to groom the vulnerable girl and had warped her thinking.
He said: “You have devastated her life and she will continue to suffer severe psychological harm.”
The victim, who is now 27, once again appealed to Reed for answers about when the abuse started.
She told the hearing: “I don’t know which parts of my childhood were right and which parts were wrong.
“You have been found guilty now so surely you can tell me as you have nothing to lose.
“I have served a life sentence for what you did and this isn’t getting any easier.”
The woman, who is now a mother and is expecting another child, told the hearing in a victim impact statement how the abuse had affected her life, including motherhood.
She said: “You have stolen everything from me, every experience, every memory, even the experience of being a mother has been clouded and stolen by you.
“You stole everything by asking me to keep your secret and that is the reason I chose to face you today.”
In mitigation, barrister Jo Eley told the hearing that Reed has revealed that he was abused as a young boy and is receiving counselling in prison.
She said Reed had always been employed and was described in the trial by his sister as a ‘joking, funny and likable individual’.
In sentencing, Mr Holt said Reed had been convicted in May 1994 of having unlawful sex with a girl under 16, at around the same time as these events had started.
He said the girl had been nine or ten and Reed had befriended her and her family.
Mr Holt said the girl had been perhaps neglected by her family who were caring for another disabled child.
He said: “It is quite clear you manipulated the situation and groomed her over a period of time.”
Mr Holt said Reed had “warped” the girl’s thinking and raped her on a regular basis.
He said: “She would continue to stand by and keep your secret.
“I hope you listened to that statement and saw her hurt and harm and the devastation you have brought to her life.”
The recorder praised the victim’s courage and hoped that she would now be able to re-build her life.
He said the pre-sentence report stated Reed was a ‘dangerous offender’.
Reed was sentenced to 18 years in prison with an extended licence for five years for the three counts of rape.
He was also given a concurrent three-and-a-half year sentence for the two indecent assault charges,