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Girl nine locked in cupboard full spiders so she’d be so scared he could rape her

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Sick and twisted Luke Driver locked a nine-year-old girl in a dark cupboard that was full of spiders so that she’d be so scared she would have sex with him.

Luke Driver who was aged 14 – 16 during the time of the abuse has admitted he orally raped the girl twice and sexually assaulted her on two occasions and then indicted her into sexual activity.

He kissed the girl on the lips and put his tongue in her mouth, he escalated his offending until he orally raped her and attempted to force full sex on her.

When the nine-year-old refused her admitted when she refused sex he wanted to lock her in an understairs cupboard because she was scared of the dark and it was full of spiders. Adding she would be so scared she would agree to what he asked.

Now 21, Driver was given a prison sentence of four years at Gloucester Crown Court today.

Judge Jamie Tabor QC told Driver that if he had been an adult when he committed the offences he would have received a sentence close to double figures.

‘The girl was still a child, unaware of the birds and bees, but frightened of you because on at least one occasion when she didn’t do what you wanted to do you locked her in a cupboard till she agreed,’ said the judge.

‘You were yourself at the time a troubled boy, immature, and I accept to some degree that this was sexual experimentation.

‘But you knew perfectly well that what you were doing was wrong and that it was particularly wicked to invite a young girl to do it.’

The case dates back to June 2009 and the abuse continued until May 2011 when the girl was aged just nine and ten.

The girl released a victim impact statement ‘I only realised it was really, really wrong when I started reading things in my mum’s magazines and other peoples’ experiences. I felt sick about it. It was disgusting, it was nasty.

‘I started smoking weed when I was about 12. It helped to calm me down and make me feel better.

‘In October 2015 I was depressed and ended up taking an overdose and almost died. I did it because I wanted to die and I hated life.’

In December the girl broke down to her mum and told her exactly what driver had been doing.

Driver, of Lysons Avenue, Gloucester, was jailed for four years.

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Trevor Sherwood
Trevor Sherwood
Trevor Sherwood is the editor and news reporter covering national and international news crime and policing news. Tweet your news and views to @TrevSherwoodPH

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