A ‘depraved’ paedophile who raped a young girl with two men and filmed the abuse so it could be shared online has been jailed for life.
Vicki Bevan had discussed with another man their desire to ‘kidnap, rape, torture, kill and then eat children’ after sexually abusing them.
A judge today told Bevan and her two co-accused, Paul Rafferty and Tony Hutton: ‘The scale of depravity represented by your combined offending really beggars belief, representing as it does your collective perverted sexual conduct.’
Bevan, 37, filmed and photographed the girl being abused and the images were shared online – which led to their downfall when they were found on a mobile phone.
Liverpool Crown Court heard that Bevan was caught out after police seized the phone from a man, not before the court, which revealed 458 pages of highly sexualised WhatsApp conversations with Bevan and indecent images.
‘The contents of some of those chats is truly, truly shocking. Even allowing for some people’s capacity for perversion – some of these conversations are beyond disturbing,’ said Judge Andrew Menary, QC, the Recorder of Liverpool.
Vicki Bevan had discussed with another man their desire to ‘kidnap, rape, torture, kill and then eat children’ after sexually abusing them
Bevan, 37, filmed and photographed the girl being abused and the images were shared online – which led to their downfall when they were found on a mobile phone
The court heard that Bevan’s parents have spoken of having brought her up in a loving environment and knowing right from wrong and describe how their lives having ‘fallen apart’ because of her offending.
They want nothing more to do with her and the judge imposed a lifelong restraining order on Bevan to keep away from them.
The defendant, from St Helens, pleaded guilty to a total of 34 sex offences including one joint rape charge and five sex assaults with Rafferty and one charge of sex abuse jointly with Hutton.
Rafferty, of St Helens, was jailed for ten years with an extended licence of four years. Hutton, 62, also of St Helens, was jailed for four years.
Judge Menary told Bevan, who showed no emotion, that in the WhatsApp conversations with the other man there were ‘hundreds of messages in which you discussed in graphic details your shared desire to kidnap, rape, torture, kill and then eat children after sexual abuse.
‘The plan is apparently for you, Bevan, to charge for the abuse of children and then use the money to purchase a house with a cellar where together you can carry out your plans.
‘Much of this will have been sexual fantasy, however horrific…but these were not just fantasies. They became to an extent a reality.’
He said that the online discussions led to the serious sexual abuse of a very young child – ‘In other words your fantasies became a nightmare reality for her.’
Judge Menary ruled that Bevan, of St Helens, is a dangerous offender and given the nature of the risk she presents and the fact it cannot be reliably estimated how long she will remain a danger he said he was satisfied a sentence of life imprisonment was required.
He imposed a minimum term behind bars of ten years eight months but warned her that did not mean she would then be automatically released and it was the earliest date she can apply for parole.
He said that the victim will suffer severe psychological harm and her ability to have normal healthy relationships is likely to have been damaged.
The defendant, of Napier Street, St Helens, pleaded guilty to a total of 34 sex offences including one joint rape charge and five sex assaults with Rafferty and one charge of sex abuse jointly with Hutton
She also admitted two counts of possessing extreme pornography, relating to 100 ‘grossly offensive, disgusting or otherwise obscene’ animal porn images
Miss Snowden said that when police seized the phone from the man not before the court, as well as the many online conversions, it also showed images of Bevan and Rafferty showing them raping and sexually abusing the child.
After she was arrested her phone was seized which showed chats with men about fantasies of sexual abusing the girl.
When Hutton was arrested his phone was found to contain images of the child abuse including him abusing the girl.
He pleaded guilty to one offence of sexual assault along with Bevan and three of making indecent images of children.
Rafferty pleaded guilty to one joint rape charge with Bevan, two joint sex assaults with Bevan and six of making indecent images of children.
Jonathan Duffy, defending, said that Bevan understood the seriousness of her situation but urged the judge not to impose a life sentence.
He said that her mental health was deteriorating at the time of the offences following the break up of her marriage and she has since been diagnosed as bi-polar.
Defence barrister Tom Watson said that Hutton, a married father-of-three, had ‘taken ownership’ of his offending behaviour.
He said the defendant and his family were ‘at a loss’ to understand how after a law abiding life he had now offended.
Rafferty’s barrister Simon Christie said the defendant ‘accepted he deserves to be punished.’
Rafferty, who has had problems with alcohol for a number of years, had contemplated suicide but decided that was ‘the coward’s way out’ and he knew he needed to be punished.