A vile woman who sexually abused a young girl alongside two men was plotting to collect child abuse charges to pay for a house with a basement.
Vicki Bevan carried out some of her gruesome sexual fantasies with Paul Rafferty and Tony Hutton by raping and abusing a young woman. Bevan, from St Helens, also spent time discussing with another man her desire to “kidnap, rape, torture, kill and then eat children” after sexually abusing them.
Bevan, 37, filmed and photographed the abused girl and the images were shared online, leading to her downfall when they were found on a mobile phone. Liverpool Crown Court heard that Bevan was caught after a man’s phone was seized by police, not in court, which revealed 458 pages of highly sexualized WhatsApp conversations with Bevan and indecent images.
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Judge Andrew Menary, QC, the Liverpool Registrar, said: “The content of some of those chats is truly shocking. Even allowing for the perverted capacity of some people, some of these conversations are beyond disturbing.”
In conversations found later on Bevan’s phone with other men, she spoke of wanting to hurt children. Judge Menary said that in online chats with Rafferty, 52, they discussed the child’s abuse.
The court heard that Bevan’s plan was to collect for child abuse and then use the money to buy a house with a basement, where together they could carry out their plans.
Judge Menary told Bevan, who showed no emotion: “Much of this may have been sexual fantasy, horrific as it is… but it wasn’t just fantasy. It became a reality to some extent.” She said the online discussions led to the serious sexual abuse of a very young child: “In other words, her fantasies became a nightmarish reality for her.”
Bevan’s parents spoke of raising her in a loving environment and knowing right from wrong and describe how their lives have “fallen apart” because of her crimes. They want nothing more to do with her and the judge placed a lifetime restraining order on Bevan to keep him away from them.
Bevan, of Napier Street, St Helens, pleaded guilty to a total of 34 sex offences, including one count of joint rape and five sexual assaults with Rafferty and one count of joint sexual abuse with Hutton.
Rafferty, of Fry Street, St Helens, was jailed for ten years on an extended four-year license. Hutton, 42, from Liverpool Road, St Helens, was jailed for four years.
Judge Menary ruled that Bevan is a dangerous criminal and given the nature of the risk she presents and the fact that it cannot be reliably estimated how long she will remain a danger, he said he was satisfied a life sentence was required. . He imposed a minimum sentence behind bars of ten years eight months.
He warned her that this did not mean she would be automatically released and that it was the earliest date she could apply for parole.
Prosecutor Martine Snowden said when police seized the man’s phone, it also showed footage of Bevan and Rafferty raping and sexually abusing a boy. After she was arrested, she had her phone seized which showed chats with men about sexual abuse fantasies of the girl.
When Hutton was arrested, his phone was found to contain images of child abuse, including him abusing the girl. He pleaded guilty to one count of sexual assault along with Bevan and three counts of making indecent images of children.
Rafferty pleaded guilty to one count of joint rape with Bevan, two counts of joint sexual assault with Bevan, and six counts of making indecent images of children. Jonathan Duffy, a defense attorney, said Bevan understood the seriousness of her situation, but urged the judge not to impose a life sentence.
She said her mental health was deteriorating at the time of the crimes that followed the breakup of her marriage and she has since been diagnosed as bipolar.
Defense attorney Tom Watson said Hutton, a married father of three, had “owned” his offensive behavior. He said the defendant and his family were “baffled” to understand how after a law-abiding life he had now committed a crime.
Rafferty’s attorney, Simon Christie, said the defendant “accepted that he deserves to be punished.” Rafferty, who has struggled with alcohol for several years, had contemplated suicide but decided it was “the coward’s way out” and knew he needed to be punished.