Man given life sentence after raping a six-year-old boy in Mablethorpe

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A man who escaped custody for raping a 10-year-old girl has been given a life sentence after a court heard how he went on to rape and sexually abuse three more young children.

Daniel Chipchase was ordered to serve a minimum of six years before he can be considered for parole.

Judge Sean Morris, passing sentence at Lincoln Crown Court, told Chipchase: “Life is the only sentence that will provide lasting and enduring protection for the public.

“You have pleaded guilty to a catalogue of sex crimes. These crimes cannot be looked at in isolation. The rape in 2007 is the back drop to this case which cannot be ignored.

“You represent a significant risk of serious harm to children from further such offending. I am of the view that if you were to be alone with any young child, male or female, your sexual urges would get the better of you and you would commit serious sexual offences against them.

“I bear in mind that this is a young man from a very damaged background. Sexual norms have not been properly instilled into him.”

Mark Van der Zwart, prosecuting, said that Chipchase was convicted in 2007 aged just 13 when he was given a three year supervision order after pleading guilty at Mold Crown Court to raping a 10-year-old-girl.

In October last year he was arrested again following an incident in a public toilet on a caravan site at Mablethorpe when a six-year-old boy was raped.

Police were alerted by a holidaymaker who was shocked by what he overheard while using an adjoining cubicle.

Later further charges were brought after two young girls came forward in his native North Wales to report they had been sexually abused by Chipchase.

One of the girls told how she had been raped aged four or five while the other girl was subject to a series of sex attacks starting when she was six.

The court was told that social services files revealed that Chipchase was first identified as a potential sex offender when he was only three years old and was taken into care when he was five.

His barrister Alexander Dunn said: “In some ways he has never had a chance. He himself has been subjected to a serious sexual abuse. He is described as displaying sexualised behaviour from a very young age. He has also witnessed abuse and violence perpetrated against his mother.”

Mr Dunn said that social services files described his client’s ‘sexualised behaviour’ going back to early 1997 when he was three-years-old.

The following year, when Daniel had started school, a teacher reported him for sexually touching another boy in class.

Mr Dunn quoted a probation report which stated: “It is clear that Mr Chipchase’s formative years have had a profound and lasting effect on his well being.”

He added: “He is sorry for what he has done. It is clear from the psychiatrist’s report that what he needs is one-to-one counselling and help. That can be given to him in prison.”

Chipchase,20, of Bodfor Street, Rhyl, North Wales, admitted rape and sexual assault of the six-year-old boy at Mablethorpe on October 17, 2012. He also admitted rape of a young girl in North Wales on a date between November 2011 and October 2012.

Chipchase further admitted two charges of sexual assault, two charges of sexual activity with a child and a further charge of inciting a child to engage in sexual activity carried out against a second girl in North Wales.

The offences took place on dates between May 2010 and October 2012.

He was given five concurrent life sentences and placed on the sex offenders’ register for life.