March 2022

Woman raped young girl with man, 62, and filmed it

A female paedophile who admitted raping and sexually abusing a 13-year-old girl could be jailed for life, the judge presiding over her case said.

Vicki Bevan, 37, from St Helens, Merseyside, pleaded guilty to 36 sexual offences against the child at an earlier hearing, including one count of rape and five counts of assault by penetration.

Judge Andrew Menary QC, the Recorder of Liverpool, said of her crimes were ‘shockingly depraved’ and ‘just when you think you have heard the worst, another one comes along’.

He said he was considering a life sentence for rapist Bevan.

Bevan sexually abused a vulnerable victim with Paul Rafferty, 62, and also molested her with a second man, Tony Hutton, 42.

The horrific sexual abuse was filmed and photographed and images were shared between the group, along with twisted messages.

The three paedophiles, all from St Helens, appeared in the dock for sentence at Liverpool Crown Court this morning, when Bevan laughed and smiled with security officers, before wiping away tears with a white tissue when the judge came into court.

Bevan was due to be sentenced at Liverpool Crown Court on Friday.

Yet Judge Menary adjourned sentencing, saying he was considering an ‘indefinite’ or life sentence for Bevan and wanted written submissions on the matter from her lawyers before he decides.

Bevan has also pleaded guilty to 17 counts of making an indecent image of a child, with two of these counts made up of 52 photos of penetrative sex.

She admitted two counts of possessing extreme pornography, relating to 100 ‘grossly offensive, disgusting or otherwise obscene’ animal porn images.

Judge Menary added: ‘Of particular concern to the court is the fact that there are exchanges of messages which are shockingly depraved fantasies.

‘They did not remain as fantasies. Some of these were played out in real life.

‘Just when you think you have heard the worst, another one comes along.

‘It’s all of that, that the court will be concerned with.’

Judge Menary said any ‘blame sharing’ claim by Bevan in her defence, that she was ‘led on’ by the others, will not be accepted.

The girl involved, as a victim of sexual offences, cannot be identified.

Rafferty has pleaded guilty to 10 sexual offences, including rape and Hutton has pleaded guilty to four sexual offences.

All three were remanded into custody to be sentenced on May 13 when the full facts of the case will be opened in court

Judge Menary said he would adjourn sentencing until May 13 and remanded the three defendants in custody.

He ordered all three defendants to be in person for the sentencing as opposed to via video link.