September 2023

Gamer abducted and raped young girl he groomed through Xbox

A paedophile gamer from a Gloucestershire village groomed a young girl through his Xbox and told her he loved her before abducting and raping her in his car.

Pervert Shaun Davies, 28, from Brockworth, has been jailed for seven-and-a-half years for his crimes for which he showed no remorse, said the judge.

Two years after the crime, Davies admitted to one count of rape of a child and taking a child so as to remove them from a person with lawful control, more commonly known as child abduction.

His victim has been commended for her courage in reporting his crimes and helping build a case against her attacker.

On Tuesday, September 5, Gloucester Crown Court heard how a relationship began through conversations on Xbox when Davies was 26 and the victim was aged 14.

Davies soon turned the conversation into a sexual one, despite knowing how old she was, telling the girl how she should lose her virginity.

Davies, of Green Way, Brockworth, alienated and groomed her by telling the child that he loved her and that no-one else did, and he encouraged her to run away with him. In July 2021 he drove to the victim’s home and took her away without her parent’s consent. This formed the abduction charge.

While being driven away the girl was receiving phone calls from her concerned father saying that he would contact police, and Davies ignored them. He later disposed of the phone.

Davies drove north and found isolated spots where the court was told sexual acts took place. He was then forceful and raped the child in his car.

The court was told that the survivor made it clear that she was not consenting, but prosecutor Ian Fenny said that Davies ignored her and raped her. He then told her to tell no-one else about what had happened.

Police were informed that the child was missing and a marker was put on Davies’ car in a bid to locate them. The vehicle was then stopped by officers from Greater Manchester Police in Stockport, Davies was arrested and the girl was taken home.

The case was investigated by Gloucestershire Constabulary’s Child Abuse Investigation Team and Davies was charged.

In a victim personal statement, which was read in court, the girl said: “I will never forget the night he took me. I remember every single detail of that night – from his voice and how he spoke to me, to his hand on my lap the whole drive, to his smell and when he stopped the car.

“I don’t know why he did everything he did to me when I said no. For some reason I couldn’t move and get away from him. What he did to me hurt me.”

In her statement she also said how she thought it was selfish that Davies had waited two years to admit what he had done.

Judge Ian Lawrie KC disagreed that Davies had shown remorse. He said that Davies knew her age and took advantage of the significant age gap without exhibiting any care or concern for the considerable distress also caused to her parents.

Davies was sentenced to seven-and-a-half years for rape of a child and 27 months for abduction, to run concurrently. He must serve at least two-thirds of his sentence before being released on licence.

Judge Lawrie KC also gave Davies a lifelong Sexual Harm Prevention Order and he will be placed on the Sex Offenders’ Register for life.