Vicki Bevan carried out some of her appalling sexual fantasies alongside Paul Rafferty and Tony Hutton by raping and abusing a young girl. Bevan, from St Helens, also spent time discussing 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. Liverpool Crown Court heard 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.
Judge Andrew Menary, QC, the Recorder of Liverpool, said: “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.”
In conversations later found on Bevan’s phone with other men she spoke of wanting to hurt children. Judge Menary said that in online chats with 52-year-old Rafferty they discussed abusing the child.
The court heard it was Bevan’s plan to charge for the abuse of children and then use the money to purchase a house with a cellar, where together they could carry out their plans.
Judge Menary told Bevan, who showed no emotion: “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 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.”
Bevan’s parents spoke of having brought her up in a loving environment and knowing right from wrong and describe how their lives have “fallen apart” because of her offending. They want nothing more to do with her and the judge imposed a life long restraining order on Bevan to keep away from them.
Bevan, 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.
Rafferty, of Fry Street, St Helens, was jailed for ten years with an extended licence of four years. Hutton, 42, of Liverpool Road, St Helens, was jailed for four years.
Judge Menary ruled Bevan 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.
He warned her that did not mean she would then be automatically released and it was the earliest date she can apply for parole.
Martine Snowden, prosecuting, said when police seized the phone from the man it also showed images of Bevan and Rafferty raping and sexually abusing a 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 Bevan understood the seriousness of her situation but urged the judge not to impose a life sentence.
He said 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 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.