York lorry driver jailed for assaults on girl, 16

York lorry driver jailed for assaults on girl, 16

York lorry driver jailed for assaults on girl, 16

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A LORRY driver offered a vulnerable girl illegal drugs and alcohol, then humiliated her sexually while she was so intoxicated she was completely unaware of him, York Crown Court heard.

Cathy Taylor, prosecuting, said police had given Peter Gordon Mill, 28, an official warning to stay away from the 16-year-old girl after he was caught in bed with her. The girl was under a care order at the time.

Less than a fortnight later, two of the girl’s friends found him lying naked on top of her and appearing to be attempting to have sex with her.

He had stripped the girl naked and had taken pictures of her body on his phone as she lay across his bed.

Judge Guy Kearl QC told Mill: “It seems to me you had targeted her as a vulnerable victim”.

He said the photo-taking was a form of humiliation and said: “She had no memory of the events because of the alcohol and drugs you had provided to her.

“When asked how she felt about what had happened, she said she was disgusted.”

Mrs Taylor said Mill received the police warning on December 14, the day after police had raided his home and found two different types of illegal Class B drugs, electronic scales and text messages on his phone showing he had been drug dealing.

They released him on bail and on December 27, he let the girl into his home with her friends and gave them cannabis, M-cat and alcohol.

Mill, of Calf Close in Haxby, pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting the girl and to two offences of possessing Class B drugs with intent to supply them to a small group of people.

He was jailed for two years and seven months, put on the sex offenders’ register for life and made subject to an indefinite sexual offences prevention order banning him from being with any girl under 16 unsupervised and from all contact with the girl he assaulted and another girl.

For Mill, Chris Dunn said his client was not a sexual predator.

Mr Dunn said Mill had been leading a good lifestyle, working as a firefighter and then a lorry driver, until his father died of cancer in 2012.

That affected him so much that he “experienced a withdrawal from society”, gave up his rented accommodation, moved back in with his mother and resorted to drugs.

He sold the Class B drugs to fund his own habit, Mr Dunn told the court.

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