Man jailed for 19 years for raping and secretly filming girls in North Devon

Adrian Jewell.

Adrian Jewell. - Credit: Archant

Adrian Jewell, 46, of Liskeard was found guilty of raping and sexually assaulting two girls, and secretly filming another, in North Devon.

A man who raped an 11-year-old girl has been jailed for 19 years at Exeter Crown Court today (Wednesday).

Adrian Jewell was found guilty of raping and sexually assaulting two girls and secretly filming another at three locations in North Devon.

The first victim was raped and sexually assaulted on a number of occasions over three years when she was between the ages of 11 and 13.

The second girl was aged 18 when the 46-year-old sexually assaulted and raped her while she was drunk.

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A third victim was 14-years-old when she was secretly filmed in a bathroom by a phone placed there by Jewell. All the offences took place over a period of 10 years.

Prosecuting, Nigel Wraith said one of the victims had been left frightened to go out and suffered nightmares as a result of Jewell’s actions.

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Defending, Richard Crabb said Jewell, of Joan Moffat Close, Liskeard, had not been in trouble before and was previously of good character.

He added his wife had given him her support throughout the proceedings and still supported him now.

Mr Crabb said: “He has found custody very difficult as he has never had any experience of the regime…. He cannot eat or sleep.”

Judge Geoffrey Mercer said: “You were convicted by a jury of sexual offences against three girls over a period of more than 10 years.

“At the time of one of the offences, one of the girls was 12 when you raped her. The other was 18 when she was drunk after she had been to the pub with you. You also committed other sexual offences against her in the same year.”

Jewell, who was found guilty after a week-long trial at Exeter Crown Court, was sentenced to 12 years in prison for each offences against the first victim, seven years for the second and one year for the third – totalling 19 years.

He was also put on the sex offenders’ register for life.

Jewells’ wife, who attended the hearing with other family members, wept in the public gallery as her husband was sentenced.

An NSPCC spokesperson for the South West said after the sentencing: “Jewell is a sexual predator who preyed on vulnerable girls over a number of years for his own sexual gratification.

“He had no regard for the effect his acts would have on his young victims.

“Abuse ruins childhood and the effects can last into adulthood so it is vital, now Jewell has been convicted, that his victims are given all necessary support.

“Thanks to their bravery in coming forward and giving evidence, justice has been served.

“We would urge any adult concerned about the welfare of a child or young person to call our helpline for free, 24/7, on 0808 800 5000. Meanwhile, children can call Childline on 0800 1111.”

The officer in charge of the case, Detective Constable Nick Rowell, added: “I hope this sentence allows the three victims to finally move forward with their lives.

“It is 10 years since the first victim came forward and sadly, due to a lack of evidence at the time, the investigation did not reach a court room.

“It is only now, after that victim has lived with the horrendous crimes for so long that further evidence from two more victims has led to these convictions.

“I can only praise the bravery of each of the three victims for coming forward.

“The police work closely with Crown Prosecution Service to ensure we are doing all we can to bring offenders to justice and help victims recover from the terrible impact of these crimes”.

Detective Constable Rochelle Andrews, a sexual offences liaison officer with Devon and Cornwall Police, said: “Having supported the youngest victim through this entire investigation I hope that the result gives other victims of sexual abuse the confidence to know that if they do come forward they will be believed, treated fairly and justice will be served. We will listen.”

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