Drunk dad-of-three who had sex with 15-year-old girl spared jail
George Decourcy admitted indecent assault after his victim decided she did not want to proceed with a rape trial
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A dad-of-three who came home drunk after a night out and had sex with a 15-year-old girl was today spared jail.
George Decourcy, 52, was charged with two counts of rape in relation to the incident, which happened in the 1990s.
But his victim decided she did not want to proceed with the allegations on the day of his trial at Liverpool Crown Court.
Prosecutors agreed to drop the charges given her wishes, after Decourcy, of Calderwood Park, Netherley, admitted an alternative charge of indecent assault.
John Williams, prosecuting, said the victim was relieved justice had been done, felt a sense of closure and did not want her attacker to be jailed.
Anthony O’Donohoe, defending, urged the court to follow the recommendations of a pre-sentence report by sparing his client prison.
He said: “Mr Decourcy could not complain if he was to lose his liberty immediately and is acutely aware of that.
“But this is now an isolated, historic matter. The defendant has not offended before or since.
“Of course it was wrong, he acknowledges it was wrong.
“He is highly regarded by his family and friends, normally in employment and now normally living far away from the complainant.
“His daughters sit at the back of the court – they are supportive of him.”
Mr O’Donohoe said the report found there was a low risk of Decourcy re-offending.
He said: “The complainant has been very fair and says in the victim personal statement she now has a sense of justice and closure.
“The defendant has provided that by his guilty plea to an alternative offence to the rape charges he faced.
“Had there been a trial, it would have been a trial on very narrow issues indeed.
“He’s always maintained sexual activity took place. His initial assertions were it was after the age of consent at 16.
“Of course he will have to sign the register, an additional matter of shame to him.
“But it’s highly unlikely this man will ever darken the door of a court room again.”
Judge Norman Wright ordered the two counts of rape to lie on the file.
He said: “The victim in this case, because that is what she is, was aged 15. You went out… when no doubt you imbibed alcohol.
“You came back. You ended up having sex with her. She was 15 and a virgin.”
Judge Wright said there was a “considerable disparity” in age between Decourcy and his victim.
He said: “This is a classic case of a victim who feels aggrieved and wronged by something that happened in the past, which clearly has been eating away at her on the inside.
“Your admission of what you did and acceptance of that has provided her with the necessary relief from that. It has allowed her to have closure.
“That is important. Victims stand at the heart of the administration of justice.”