Sex attack on girl ‘abhorrent’

Det Insp Tony Baxter.
Det Insp Tony Baxter.
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A TOP detective has hit out at the “abhorrent” sex attackers who assaulted a drunken teenage girl.

The 18-year-old was “completely unaware” of what was happening as Graeme Defty, David Wilcock and Tony McCarthy attacked her.

The trio have now been jailed for a total of more than 10 years – and Insp Tony Baxter said the sentences should serve as a warning to revellers across the Fylde coast who may allow alcohol to cloud their judgement.

Insp Baxter, head of Blackpool’s public protection unit, said: “At the end of the day we have three tradesmen, who were relatively unknown to the police, who have found themselves serving three and a half years each in prison because they have committed what I believe to be an abhorrent act of sexual violence against an extremely vulnerable 
victim.

“She was vulnerable because she was in no state to consent because she was incapacitated through drink.”

Defty, 35, of Mason Close, Freckleton, and McCarthy, 22, of St Leonards Road East, St Annes, both admitted two serious sexual assaults and were jailed for three-and-a-half years and three years four months respectively.

Wilcock, 34, of Spring Gardens, St Annes, admitted three sexual assault charges and was jailed for three and a half years.

The teenager knew the men and had gone back to Wilcock’s home, on Spring Gardens, St Annes, after a night out in October 2011

Insp Baxter added: “As far as I am concerned they are beneath contempt.

“Alcohol was a major factor in this incident and people need to be aware that if they have sexual activity with somebody who is drunk without getting formal consent, they may run the risk of being in a similar situation as these three men.”