Monday 19 February 2018

Three jailed for 'systematic sexual abuse' of 13-year-old girl

Marcus Hannon, 35, (left) and Dylan Quantrill, 20 Credit: Sussex Police/PA Wire
Marcus Hannon, 35, (left) and Dylan Quantrill, 20 Credit: Sussex Police/PA Wire

Ben Mitchell

A woman and two men have been jailed for the "systematic sexual abuse" of a 13-year-old girl.

Marcus Hannon, 35, from Hastings, East Sussex, was sentenced at Lewes Crown Court to life imprisonment to serve a minimum of 10 years for a series of sexual offences against the girl and three others.

He was convicted alongside Dylan Quantrill, 20, of no fixed address, and a woman who cannot be named for legal reasons.

Quantrill and Hannon were each found guilty of four offences of rape against the girl.

The woman was found guilty of three offences of child cruelty, and attempting to pervert the course of justice by asking a school friend of the victim to get her to change her statement.

After a separate nine-day trial at Lewes Crown Court Hannon was found guilty on June 16 of further historical sex attacks on three other young girls from Sussex and Manchester.

Judge Shani Barnes sentenced Hannon to life imprisonment with a minimum tariff of 10 years, and Quantrill to a total of nine years imprisonment with an extended licence supervision period of five years.

The woman was sentenced to a total of five years.

A Sussex Police spokesman said: "The vulnerable 13-year-old girl was taken to the Isle of Wight In August 2015 where she was raped by Hannon and Quantrill in a 'threesome'.

"She was then taken by the group to Manchester where she was further raped by Quantrill.

"Later in September that year she was again taken to the Isle of Wight where Hannon then again raped her."

Detective Inspector Ben Newman said: "The group stayed at guest houses in Ryde and at the derelict Harcourt Sands Holiday Park on the island when Hannon raped her on two separate occasions, between which they all travelled to Manchester where they stayed in a tent and he also raped her.

"We seized items of luggage that contained a number of sex toys, and following examination of several items of the young girl's underwear forensic traces attributable to Hannon and Quantrill were found."

Detective Chief Inspector Ali Eaton said: "This was an appalling case in which three adults subjected a vulnerable young girl to sexual and physical abuse over several weeks. Hannon had also over many years targeted teenage girls, leaving them with lasting trauma from sexual abuse."

In sentencing Hannon, the judge described him as "using his cunning and manipulative skills to prey on lonely and vulnerable young women."

She said Quantrill had "systematically raped the girl and his behaviour had caused her to fear for her future".

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