Man, 26, found guilty of raping schoolgirl at Keighley house party

Daniel Schofield

Daniel Schofield

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A 26-year-old man has been found guilty of raping a 14-year-old schoolgirl at a Keighley party.

Daniel Schofield was convicted by a jury today, by a majority of 10-2, of two counts of raping the teenager at a house in Keighley in September 2012, when he was 24.

Schofield, of Lynfield Drive, Chellow Grange, Bradford, was also found guilty of attempted rape and a charge of sexual activity with a child, both by a majority of 10-2, and assault occasioning actual bodily harm, by a majority of 11-1, after a seven-day trial.

He was convicted unanimously of further charges of causing a child to engage in sexual activity, and having a bladed article.

But the jury unanimously found Schofield not guilty of three charges of raping another 14-year-old schoolgirl and two of sexual activity with a child.

The jury of eight women and four men will continue its deliberations tomorrow on one further charge of rape. It has been considering its verdicts for more than 12 hours.

Schofield had denied all those charges. He had previously pleaded guilty to three additional charges of sexual activity with a child.

During the trial prosecutor Philip Standfast had told the jury Schofield had invited three 14-year-old girls to the party in Keighley. He paid their bus fares and bought vodka and lager which they drank on the way.

Mr Standfast said the defendant knew the girls' ages and told them to say they were 16 when they got to the party.

The court heard that two of the girls were drunk when they arrived at the party and one took cannabis at the house.

Schofield then raped one of the girls in a bedroom at the house. When he was confronted by others at the house about the allegations he became aggressive, armed himself with a knife and left the house with it.

He later admitted he had consensual sex with one of the girls.

Giving evidence Schofield said he took one girl, who was drunk, to a bedroom, sat her on the edge of the bed, and went downstairs.

He said that when he went back upstairs to use the toilet she was waiting for him outside the bathroom and they had consensual sex in the bedroom.

He told the jury he shared a double bed with the other girl but did not have sex with her.

The trial continues.

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