THE identity of a 15-year-old Mansfield boy who raped a disabled man can be revealed after Chad was successful in having reporting restrictions lifted in the case.
Ben William Kyle O’Neill of Beck Crescent, admitted three serious sexual assault charges, plus two charges of robbery and charge of theft, and was jailed for at least three-and-a-half years at Nottingham Crown Court.
The law usually prohibits the media from publishing details of offenders under the age of 18, but after being challenged by Chad on the grounds that the case was in the public interest and the serious nature of the crimes, Judge John Milmo QC agreed and lifted restrictions.
It was heard how the teenager, who was high on drugs and alcohol, had subjected the 65-year-old man to a sickening ten-minute ordeal after manhandling him into a field on 4th August, telling the terrified man “We’ve going to have some fun together”.
Hours earlier, O’Neill had been involved in the robbery of a mobile phone from a 24-year-man who was set about by two males, one of which was the defendant.
It happened on the site of the old Sherwood Colliery when the pair, who were part of a larger group, followed the 24-year-old. The first male- who was never identified- hit the victim around the head with a bottle before O’Neill grabbed him in a bear hug.
The victim fell to the floor and was kicked unconscious, although he did recall O’Neill ordering the other perpetrator to stop because the victim was disabled. The victim later woke up and realised his mobile phone and keys were missing.
The next morning, O’Neill was part of a group who entered Cox’s Supermarket in Mansfield Woodhouse at around 6.30am, with O’Neill stealing a bottle of vodka.
Around 90 minutes later and still carrying the stolen vodka, he approached the disabled 65-year-old victim near an allotment site, before escorting him to a field. The man was unable to defend himself because of a condition he suffers from that restricts the use of his limbs.
O’Neill made the man perform a sex act on him as well committing rape and attempted rape.
Following the ordeal, O’Neill asked the man if he had any money on him and took his mobile phone before throwing it away. He then ordered him lay down until he had left the area.
O’Neill then went to a house in Vale Road in which he knew the occupants, but stole a laptop a short time later. In the process he left the vodka bottle behind.
He was later arrested and initially denied the charges’s until forensic evidence was found on the vodka bottle.
Defending, Adrian Langdale said O’Neill had a difficult upbringing, was physically abused as a small child by his mother’s former drug-addicted partner. He had gone to live with his grandparents which Mr Langdale said were “the only stable force in this life”, but he was eventually diagnosed of suffering from ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder) at the age of 13 and was put on medication top combat the illness.
Mr Langdale said in the six months leading up to committing these crimes, he had begun to take the mind-altering drug MCAT, was smoking cannabis and drinking.
Mr Langdale said: “One can only guess what it did when it was mixed with ADHD. It was in that state of mind that he committed these offences. He was in no way in his own mind and is shocked, disgusted and sickened by what he did.”
He also argued that the motive behind the sexual offences was not for sexual gratification, but rather to degrade and humiliate the victim. This was agreed by Judge Milmo.
It was also heard that O’Neill had already served over 101 days in custody, and that he had to be moved to a different wing at Wetherby Youth Offenders’ Institution in Yorkshire for his own protection from other inmates.
The judge jailed him for three years and four months for the robbery, rejecting the claim that it was not premeditated after arguing O’Neill and his unnamed assailant had followed the victim.
He then jailed him for three years and eight months for the three sexual offences.
He said he must serve at least three-and-half years in total, and would only be released when he was deemed no longer a risk to the public.
Judge Milmo said: “I can’t form a reliable view that an extended detention would achieve the protection of the public from serious harm.”