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Rapist called back to dock after threatening his victim in court

By Paul Higgins

Published 30/09/2015

Court threat: Wayne Jenkins
Court threat: Wayne Jenkins

A convicted paedophile facing a lengthy jail term for abusing two young girls threatened the victim he raped twice in court.

As 42-year-old Wayne Jenkins was led to the cells in handcuffs at Downpatrick Crown Court, the rapist was overheard to say to his now 21-year-old victim, who developed anorexia as a result of her ordeal, "your time will come b***h."

After he was ordered back to court, defence QC Kieran Mallon said his client had told him he had actually said "satisfied now birch" but prosecuting QC Ken McMahon said both the police officer and Jenkins' victim were clear in what they heard.

Judge Piers Grant said that he wanted witness statements recorded and that while he would hear submissions about the issue, he said both statements were "completely reprehensible and I intend to deal with it as a serious matter".

Jenkins, from Main Road in Portavogie, was due to be sentenced yesterday after a jury unanimously convicted him of two charges of rape and two of indecently assaulting one girl and a single count of indecently assaulting another girl on various dates between January 11, 2006 and September 1, 2008.

During his two week trial back in June, the jury heard how he raped his first victim when she was just 12 years old after he forced her to perform a sex act on him and that he raped her again a few months after that incident.

The victim testified before the jury that afterwards, Jenkins said he "would bet I was the only one of my friends who wasn't a virgin" and that his tone was it was "something to be proud of".

"I remember asking him what a virgin was and I remember thinking 'oh my God, I'm only 12'," she told the jury, adding that she regretted not speaking out at the time of the incidents.

The second of Jenkins' victims gave evidence that he touched her on the breast area.

Jenkins gave evidence on his own behalf and denied doing anything wrong, labelling the girls as liars who had conspired together to "get me put away."

Making submissions surrounding the case yesterday, Mr McMahon said the way in which Jenkins conducted his defence case was one of many aggravating features in the case, listing others to include the multiple rapes, more than one victim, significant mental consequences" and the "degree of planning" behind his crimes.

Mr Mallon submitted on the other hand that while the sexual abuse was a significant factor, it was not the only thing which led to the victim's eating disorder.

Remanding Jenkins back into custody, Judge Grant said he would impose sentence next week.

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