28 years jail for ‘wicked’ sex attacker

Phillip Turner, of Hilllside Close, Thornton, was sentenced to 23 years in prison for 14 counts of rape and possessing extreme pornography

Phillip Turner, of Hilllside Close, Thornton, was sentenced to 23 years in prison for 14 counts of rape and possessing extreme pornography

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A man who committed 14 rapes has been given a 28-year extended sentence for his “thoroughly wicked” crimes.

Phillip Turner had been convicted by a jury of the rapes, plus an offence of incitement to commit a serious sexual offence.

His victims were two women and a boy and Preston Crown court heard that his offending had had a profound effect on them, with the boy driven to suicide attempts.

Turner, 58, of Hillside Close, Thornton, was given 23 years jail, with five years extended licence to follow.

He must serve at least two thirds of his sentence before being considered for possible parole and will be released only if the parole board are satisfied he is no longer a danger.

Judge Pamela Badley told him as she passed the extended sentence: “You are entirely lacking in victim empathy for any of your victims.”

The court heard that the male victim of his crimes was so affected by what took place that he attempted to kill himself.

Anthony Longworth, prosecuting, said “When rescued from one attempt and told he was within five minutes of his life ending, he was wondering why those who attended had not waited an extra five minutes”.

All three victims had been profoundly affected by what happened to them and the anxiety of having to give evidence to a court. Two have had nightmares, the court heard.

An extreme pornography charge involved what the judge called “disgusting and degrading images”.

Turner was a man of previous good character.

Robert Golinski, defending, said: “Since his remand in custody, his health had declined. He had a bowel disease which would need further surgery. It does appear he has used the time he has spent in custody well.

“He anticipates he will have quite a lot more time in custody to spend”.

In passing sentence, the judge said the effect on the two women victims had been severe. The effect on the boy had been devastating.

She said regarding the offences carried out on him: “You behaved in a thoroughly wicked way”.

Turner will be on the Sex Offenders’ Register for life and banned from working with children.