Schoolgirl abductor given jail term

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A man who abducted a Nelson schoolgirl and took her to West Yorkshire has been given a four month jail term.

Lee Wilson (19) was said to have known the child was 15 when he picked her up in a car and “went off with her” for 24 hours. Nothing sexual happened to the girl, but “lewd comments” had been made to her in the vehicle, which two other men were also in, Burnley Crown Court was told.

Wilson, of Hardaker Street, Manningham, Bradford, had admitted child abduction. He has already served the four-month term on remand.

Prosecutor Stephen Parker told the court last August, the defendant and two other men were in a car in Nelson, when the girl was asked to get in.

Mr Parker continued: “It was at first suggested that she had not got in willingly, but there were Facebook messages between her and her friend which suggested, which may or may not have been so, she had got into the car willingly and had told her friend to say she had been pushed into it, so that it would not create the impression she had got in of her own accord.”

Mr Parker said the girl was in the vehicle with the three men and they set about going for a drive round. They ended up in West Yorkshire and she and Wilson possibly took alcohol or cannabis.

A message was sent to the girl’s mobile phone asking her to get in touch and eventually, she was dropped off by the defendant at an agreed location, where she was met by a family friend and returned home.

Mr Parker said the defendant was later arrested and questioned and said he had met the girl and they had chilled out. He told officers they had gone to a friend’s address. The prosecutor added: “It is not the Crown’s case that there was any sexual activity.” The defendant had four previous convictions.

Jayne Beckett (defending) said :” Nothing untoward happened. The reality is she was unharmed and unexploited.”

Sentencing, Judge Andrew Woolman told the defendant: “You didn’t just take her round the corner. You went off with her for 24 hours. You caused a lot of aggravation to her mother and that’s something the courts disapprove of. However, you didn’t exploit her, she came to no harm and it’s very different from the normal offence of abduction.”