Crawley man who raped underage girl jailed for eight years

Lloyd Breach
Lloyd Breach

A man has been jailed for eight years after raping a girl in Horsham.

Lloyd Breach, 23, formerly of The Old Stables, Ifield Wood, was sentenced for three counts of rape and one of assault by penetration at Hove Trial Centre on Wednesday (August 12).

He changed his pleas to guilty around three weeks before a trial was due to take place.

Judge Richard Hayward jailed Breach for eight years, with another eight on extended licence.

He was put on the Sex Offenders’ Register for life.

Breach had an existing sexual harm order extended to run for another ten years.

Judge Hayward said Breach’s offences, which were all committed when he was 20-years-old, came under category 2A for rape.

The judge said they were targeted attacks on a vulnerable girl.

Breach’s sentence was reduced by a fifth because he changed his pleas to guilty, which stopped her having to give evidence and being cross examined in a trial.

Breach could be released from custody after serving two thirds of the period subject to a ‘strict’ licence period, said Judge Hayward.

Peter Forbes, prosecuting, said the victim did not report the attack to police until she saw news reports stating Breach had been convicted of other sexual offences.

Breach had been sentenced to two years in jail for two counts of meeting a child following sexual grooming, two of sexually assaulting a child, one of attempting to cause or incite a child to engage in sexual activity, six counts of possession of indecent images of children, and one of possessing extreme pornography.

Mr Forbes said that Breach was released from prison, but was recalled on licence after he was convicted on two counts of causing or inciting a child to engage in sexual activity.

He said the latest offence fell under category 2A for rape because of Breach’s abuse of trust.

He read out a victim impact statement which stated: “The whole ordeal has been a long and emotional one.”

She said Breach had abused her trust when she was vulnerable, and she had suffered serious psychological problems since the attack.

Mr Forbes added it was a targeted attack in which the victim was threatened if she did not comply to his sexual demands.

Rachel Lane, defending, said Breach’s strongest mitigation was his changes of plea, which she said saved the victim the ordeal of having to come to court for a trial.

Ms Lane referred to a probation service report which stated he was a young man with vulnerabilities.

She said, on behalf Breach’s mother, he had difficulty forming relationships, struggled academically and was bullied as a child.

Ms Lane said Breach had been affected at the time of the rapes by the death of his grandfather and the breakdown of his ‘age-appropriate’ relationship.

The barrister said the case was not a ‘classic abuse of trust’, because they did not have a long standing friendship with each other.

“He recognises now through his words and his actions what he said to [the girl] led her to take part in activity which quite clearly she did not want to take part in.”

Ms Lane added Breach, a father and former bouncer, battles a ‘sub-conscious voice’ which tells him that young girls are attractive.

She said: “He expresses remorse, he says that he’s sorry and he also recognises that he’s a young man who does need help.”

She said Breach’s new girlfriend, a mother of young children, had written a statement which said he had encouraged her to report to police a her previous abusive relationship. He was ‘gentle and protective’ of her and talked positively of their future together.

Judge Hayward said Breach’s sexual offence convictions after the attack was a ‘worrying’ feature of the case.

His sexual offences prevention order was changed to bar him from having unsupervised contact with children without the approval of social services.

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