East Lancs man jailed for 10 years after repeatedly raping schoolgirl

Burnley and Pendle Citizen: Joshua Ashton Joshua Ashton

A RAPIST repeatedly attacked a ‘pre-pubescent child’ when he was a teenager has been locked up for 10 years.

Burnley Crown Court had been told how Joshua Ashton, now a 22-year-old father-to-be, had dominated the schoolgirl – physically, emotionally and sexually – and told her to shut up as she rejected his advances.

On one occasion when he was molesting her, he told her it was ‘just a bit of fun’.

The hearing was told Ashton asserted the young girl's allegations were a ‘pack of lies’ and told police she was an attention seeker.

But, last month, he was convicted by a jury of three charges of rape of a child under 13.

The defendant, of Albert Street, Clayton-le- Moors, has now also been given an indefinite sexual offences prevention order, banning him from having or seeking any contact or communication with any child under 16 and from allowing any child under 16 into his house.

He was ordered to sign the sexual offenders register indefinitely and will be barred from working with children.

Prosecutor Sarah Johnson had told the court Ashton was a teenager when he sexually attacked the Accrington girl.

The barrister continued: “The defendant had the opportunity, he had the desire and he had the persistence to force himself upon her.”

Miss Johnson said on the second occasion, Ashton used his body weight to force himself on the girl. She went on: “She recalls saying no to the defendant repeatedly and him ignoring her requests. Again, she doesn’t tell anybody about it.

“She really didn’t quite understand what had happened to her.”

The court was told the victim suffered severe psychological harm.

David Ryan, for Ashton, said: “The defendant continues to deny these very serious offences, although he recognises, of course, that the only sentence that can be imposed upon him is an immediate and lengthy custodial sentence.”

He added Ashton came from a good family.

Sentencing, Judge Jonathan Gibson told the defendant: “These offences are extremely serious. You were convicted on what seemed to me to be very compelling evidence.”

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9:15am Wed 28 May 14

superdad1 says...

Throw away the key and let him rot in prison.
Throw away the key and let him rot in prison. superdad1
  • Score: 55

1:33pm Wed 28 May 14

Old age pensioner says...

Scum of the earth!
Scum of the earth! Old age pensioner
  • Score: 43

1:47pm Wed 28 May 14

noddy57 says...

Not long enough, or tough enough.
Not long enough, or tough enough. noddy57
  • Score: 42

2:56pm Wed 28 May 14

bigdee123 says...

kill the dirty nonce.
kill the dirty nonce. bigdee123
  • Score: 45

3:55pm Wed 28 May 14

greenscreener says...

Having just read AnthonyUK advocating immediate jail for speeders and a good kicking for solicitors who defend them I can't wait to hear what he would do with this sorry excuse for a human !
Having just read AnthonyUK advocating immediate jail for speeders and a good kicking for solicitors who defend them I can't wait to hear what he would do with this sorry excuse for a human ! greenscreener
  • Score: 36

4:02pm Wed 28 May 14

rover4life says...

He continues to deny after being found guilty, That is good as he will get no credit from parole board and will serve his full sentence
He continues to deny after being found guilty, That is good as he will get no credit from parole board and will serve his full sentence rover4life
  • Score: 36

4:13pm Wed 28 May 14

BRFC195 says...

He has a look of Ian Brady !
He has a look of Ian Brady ! BRFC195
  • Score: 35

5:37pm Wed 28 May 14

robbojnn says...

absolute scumbag and were paying for him ....................
.........put him in a room with a bunch of dads love to teach him a lesson
absolute scumbag and were paying for him .................... .........put him in a room with a bunch of dads love to teach him a lesson robbojnn
  • Score: 35

6:56pm Wed 28 May 14

drunken donut says...

If he had been Asian no comments would have been allowed.
If he had been Asian no comments would have been allowed. drunken donut
  • Score: 45

7:07pm Wed 28 May 14

ConcernedOssy says...

drunken donut wrote:
If he had been Asian no comments would have been allowed.
YOUR SPOT ON THERE !! LT REALLY IS AN APOLOGY FOR A NEWSPAPER. The comments quite often put the articles to shame because they are usually more factual and grammatically correct.
[quote][p][bold]drunken donut[/bold] wrote: If he had been Asian no comments would have been allowed.[/p][/quote]YOUR SPOT ON THERE !! LT REALLY IS AN APOLOGY FOR A NEWSPAPER. The comments quite often put the articles to shame because they are usually more factual and grammatically correct. ConcernedOssy
  • Score: 30

7:20pm Wed 28 May 14

ikap22 says...

drunken donut wrote:
If he had been Asian no comments would have been allowed.
But! Guess what? His not! Is he? You wish he was, don't you. I bet you like asians?
[quote][p][bold]drunken donut[/bold] wrote: If he had been Asian no comments would have been allowed.[/p][/quote]But! Guess what? His not! Is he? You wish he was, don't you. I bet you like asians? ikap22
  • Score: -32

7:34pm Wed 28 May 14

keeleyiddon1234 says...

None of this story is true!!!
None of this story is true!!! keeleyiddon1234
  • Score: -33

7:48pm Wed 28 May 14

AlexanderB90 says...

If this story was about an Asian, I wouldn't be writing this here comment :-)
If this story was about an Asian, I wouldn't be writing this here comment :-) AlexanderB90
  • Score: 17

7:54pm Wed 28 May 14

Primus622 says...

Have they published the correct photo....he just looks like an immature ponce to me...
Have they published the correct photo....he just looks like an immature ponce to me... Primus622
  • Score: 25

8:59pm Wed 28 May 14

Copperhead says...

Is he REALLY guilty or has someone smelled " compensation " ???
Maybe the " victim " didn't like the fact that he had chosen another girl to have a baby with.
Never underestimate the potential for a female to have her revenge on a man who she believes has wronged her.
Is he REALLY guilty or has someone smelled " compensation " ??? Maybe the " victim " didn't like the fact that he had chosen another girl to have a baby with. Never underestimate the potential for a female to have her revenge on a man who she believes has wronged her. Copperhead
  • Score: -21

9:14pm Wed 28 May 14

白俊成在中国 says...

drunken donut wrote:
If he had been Asian no comments would have been allowed.
Indeed, this site sucks with the picking and choosing of which articles are allowed comments.
[quote][p][bold]drunken donut[/bold] wrote: If he had been Asian no comments would have been allowed.[/p][/quote]Indeed, this site sucks with the picking and choosing of which articles are allowed comments. 白俊成在中国
  • Score: 17

9:23pm Wed 28 May 14

Longside1882 says...

The thing is though is that 12 independant people have made a decision based upon the evidence that he is guilty beyond all reasonable doubt and the Judge has also remarked that the he was convicted on compelling evidence. Guilty he must be.
The thing is though is that 12 independant people have made a decision based upon the evidence that he is guilty beyond all reasonable doubt and the Judge has also remarked that the he was convicted on compelling evidence. Guilty he must be. Longside1882
  • Score: 24

10:19pm Wed 28 May 14

sarah2013 says...

COPPERHEAD WAT DO U MEAN NEVER UNDERESTIMATE A WOMAN UR JUST AS SICK AS HIM FOR THAT COMMENT AND I FEEL SORRY FOR THE GIRL WHO IS PREGNANT BY HIM THAT POOR BABY HAVING A FDIRTY RAPIST AS A DAD XX
COPPERHEAD WAT DO U MEAN NEVER UNDERESTIMATE A WOMAN UR JUST AS SICK AS HIM FOR THAT COMMENT AND I FEEL SORRY FOR THE GIRL WHO IS PREGNANT BY HIM THAT POOR BABY HAVING A FDIRTY RAPIST AS A DAD XX sarah2013
  • Score: 23

10:41pm Wed 28 May 14

Ronnietate says...

If he is truly guilty, I would think some of the other prisoners will be using their "body weight" upon him.
If he is truly guilty, I would think some of the other prisoners will be using their "body weight" upon him. Ronnietate
  • Score: 22

11:07pm Wed 28 May 14

ikap22 says...

sarah2013 wrote:
COPPERHEAD WAT DO U MEAN NEVER UNDERESTIMATE A WOMAN UR JUST AS SICK AS HIM FOR THAT COMMENT AND I FEEL SORRY FOR THE GIRL WHO IS PREGNANT BY HIM THAT POOR BABY HAVING A FDIRTY RAPIST AS A DAD XX
Sounds like copperhead might be related to this guy! His comments sound like he is feeling sorry for this low life tow rag.
[quote][p][bold]sarah2013[/bold] wrote: COPPERHEAD WAT DO U MEAN NEVER UNDERESTIMATE A WOMAN UR JUST AS SICK AS HIM FOR THAT COMMENT AND I FEEL SORRY FOR THE GIRL WHO IS PREGNANT BY HIM THAT POOR BABY HAVING A FDIRTY RAPIST AS A DAD XX[/p][/quote]Sounds like copperhead might be related to this guy! His comments sound like he is feeling sorry for this low life tow rag. ikap22
  • Score: 22

10:08am Thu 29 May 14

sarah2013 says...

ikap22 wrote:
sarah2013 wrote:
COPPERHEAD WAT DO U MEAN NEVER UNDERESTIMATE A WOMAN UR JUST AS SICK AS HIM FOR THAT COMMENT AND I FEEL SORRY FOR THE GIRL WHO IS PREGNANT BY HIM THAT POOR BABY HAVING A FDIRTY RAPIST AS A DAD XX
Sounds like copperhead might be related to this guy! His comments sound like he is feeling sorry for this low life tow rag.
It's disgusting and to say that women will do or say anything to get revenge is horrible us women would not sink so low as to accuse someone of rape if it never happened
[quote][p][bold]ikap22[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]sarah2013[/bold] wrote: COPPERHEAD WAT DO U MEAN NEVER UNDERESTIMATE A WOMAN UR JUST AS SICK AS HIM FOR THAT COMMENT AND I FEEL SORRY FOR THE GIRL WHO IS PREGNANT BY HIM THAT POOR BABY HAVING A FDIRTY RAPIST AS A DAD XX[/p][/quote]Sounds like copperhead might be related to this guy! His comments sound like he is feeling sorry for this low life tow rag.[/p][/quote]It's disgusting and to say that women will do or say anything to get revenge is horrible us women would not sink so low as to accuse someone of rape if it never happened sarah2013
  • Score: 19

7:00pm Thu 29 May 14

Steve4x4 says...

ikap22 wrote:
drunken donut wrote:
If he had been Asian no comments would have been allowed.
But! Guess what? His not! Is he? You wish he was, don't you. I bet you like asians?
NOB.
[quote][p][bold]ikap22[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]drunken donut[/bold] wrote: If he had been Asian no comments would have been allowed.[/p][/quote]But! Guess what? His not! Is he? You wish he was, don't you. I bet you like asians?[/p][/quote]NOB. Steve4x4
  • Score: -16

7:20pm Fri 30 May 14

Jackael says...

sarah2013 wrote:
ikap22 wrote:
sarah2013 wrote:
COPPERHEAD WAT DO U MEAN NEVER UNDERESTIMATE A WOMAN UR JUST AS SICK AS HIM FOR THAT COMMENT AND I FEEL SORRY FOR THE GIRL WHO IS PREGNANT BY HIM THAT POOR BABY HAVING A FDIRTY RAPIST AS A DAD XX
Sounds like copperhead might be related to this guy! His comments sound like he is feeling sorry for this low life tow rag.
It's disgusting and to say that women will do or say anything to get revenge is horrible us women would not sink so low as to accuse someone of rape if it never happened
?????? heard it all now.
[quote][p][bold]sarah2013[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ikap22[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]sarah2013[/bold] wrote: COPPERHEAD WAT DO U MEAN NEVER UNDERESTIMATE A WOMAN UR JUST AS SICK AS HIM FOR THAT COMMENT AND I FEEL SORRY FOR THE GIRL WHO IS PREGNANT BY HIM THAT POOR BABY HAVING A FDIRTY RAPIST AS A DAD XX[/p][/quote]Sounds like copperhead might be related to this guy! His comments sound like he is feeling sorry for this low life tow rag.[/p][/quote]It's disgusting and to say that women will do or say anything to get revenge is horrible us women would not sink so low as to accuse someone of rape if it never happened[/p][/quote]?????? heard it all now. Jackael
  • Score: 15

12:18am Sat 31 May 14

mys says...

If he's guilty he deserves all he gets the filth bag,and it has been prooven on numerous occasions that woman have made false allegations against men in the past,but this wasn't a woman it was a child,so let's not forget that,and let's not start a racist war with nasty comments,although your right in how the let pick and chose what article can have comments on,shame on this paper it's a waste of money.
If he's guilty he deserves all he gets the filth bag,and it has been prooven on numerous occasions that woman have made false allegations against men in the past,but this wasn't a woman it was a child,so let's not forget that,and let's not start a racist war with nasty comments,although your right in how the let pick and chose what article can have comments on,shame on this paper it's a waste of money. mys
  • Score: -13

9:37am Mon 2 Jun 14

Rovers.1875 says...

sarah2013 wrote:
ikap22 wrote:
sarah2013 wrote:
COPPERHEAD WAT DO U MEAN NEVER UNDERESTIMATE A WOMAN UR JUST AS SICK AS HIM FOR THAT COMMENT AND I FEEL SORRY FOR THE GIRL WHO IS PREGNANT BY HIM THAT POOR BABY HAVING A FDIRTY RAPIST AS A DAD XX
Sounds like copperhead might be related to this guy! His comments sound like he is feeling sorry for this low life tow rag.
It's disgusting and to say that women will do or say anything to get revenge is horrible us women would not sink so low as to accuse someone of rape if it never happened
That last comment is just as bad as copperheads!! Women WILL call rape when it never happens, it happened to a friend of mine and the case was thrown out of court on compelling evidence that she blatantly lying! So think before you generalise and speak for yourself! As the article says, this guy was convicted with 'very compelling evidence', so the judiciary system has come to a conclusion that he is guilty, which I would imagine will mean he gets a good slapping around in prison... No easy ride for this fella now, people like him don't last long behind bars
[quote][p][bold]sarah2013[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ikap22[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]sarah2013[/bold] wrote: COPPERHEAD WAT DO U MEAN NEVER UNDERESTIMATE A WOMAN UR JUST AS SICK AS HIM FOR THAT COMMENT AND I FEEL SORRY FOR THE GIRL WHO IS PREGNANT BY HIM THAT POOR BABY HAVING A FDIRTY RAPIST AS A DAD XX[/p][/quote]Sounds like copperhead might be related to this guy! His comments sound like he is feeling sorry for this low life tow rag.[/p][/quote]It's disgusting and to say that women will do or say anything to get revenge is horrible us women would not sink so low as to accuse someone of rape if it never happened[/p][/quote]That last comment is just as bad as copperheads!! Women WILL call rape when it never happens, it happened to a friend of mine and the case was thrown out of court on compelling evidence that she blatantly lying! So think before you generalise and speak for yourself! As the article says, this guy was convicted with 'very compelling evidence', so the judiciary system has come to a conclusion that he is guilty, which I would imagine will mean he gets a good slapping around in prison... No easy ride for this fella now, people like him don't last long behind bars Rovers.1875
  • Score: 11

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