'Wicked' and callous' child rapist is jailed for 12 years by Bradford Crown Court judge

WICKED: Rapist Daniel Schofield

WICKED: Rapist Daniel Schofield

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A CHILD rapist who got two 14-year-old girls drunk on beer and vodka before attacking them at a Keighley house party was branded "wicked and callous" by a judge who jailed him for 12 years.

Daniel Schofield, 26, put his head in his hands in the secure dock at Bradford Crown Court when he was sentenced for repeatedly raping and sexually molesting a vulnerable child and biting her friend so hard on the breast that he caused her actual bodily harm.

Schofield, of Lynfield Drive, Chellow Grange, Bradford, was convicted by a jury of two offences of rape, one of attempted rape, sexual activity with a child and causing a child to engage in sexual activity.

He had been remanded in custody while a report was prepared by the probation service.

Schofield lured three 14-year-old girls he met in Bradford city centre to a party at a house in Keighley in September, 2012.

He plied two of them with strong drink on the way and they became very drunk, the jury heard during the trial.

He escorted one upstairs to bed where he sexually abused her and tried to rape her, leaving her curled up in tears.

Schofield then took a second girl into another bedroom, where he bit her hard on the breast, leaving an obvious mark.

He then revisited his first victim and sexually abused her again, raping her twice.

When challenged by other young men at the party, he picked up a kitchen knife and left the house with it.

Schofield's barrister, Sarah Barlow, said last Wednesday he was 24 at the time and immature. He was depressed, under mental strain and mixing with those much younger than himself.

Judge Jonathan Durham Hall QC said Schofield plied the girls with vodka and beer on the way to the party.

"I am sure you gave them drink with sinister intent and your conversation on route was sexual. You made no secret that you fancied them. You were 24. They were 14," the judge said.

Schofield systematically abused and sexually assaulted one girl before raping her twice.

"You forced a protesting girl to suffer sustained abuse and rape," Judge Durham Hall said.

It was rough, unprotected sex that caused her fear and misery.

"Your behaviour was wicked and nasty and callous and it inevitably raises the question that you pose a significant and obvious and self-evident danger to women, especially those under 16," the judge said.

After the case, Detective Constable Rebecca Botwright, of the Bradford District Safeguarding Unit, said: "Schofield knew his victims were not of consenting age, yet forced himself upon them after plying them with alcohol.

"This must have been very distressing for them and we would like to thank them for their courage in coming forward.

"We hope the sentence which has been passed down will help to give them some closure.

"We also hope that it will encourage victims of sexual offences to come forward and report them to our specially trained officers, who will investigate every complaint, no matter how historic, with the aim of securing a conviction."

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