Man jailed for sex outside the Cathedral

    Kieron Lord (Image D & C Police)

    A drunken sex offender has been jailed for ignoring an order and having sex with a teenage student outside Exeter Cathedral

    A drunken sex offender has been jailed for ignoring an order and having sex with a teenage student outside Exeter Cathedral.

    Kieron Lord was cleared of raping the 18-year-old at a trial last month, but he admitted breaking a Sexual Harm Prevention Order. Which was imposed in 2019 after he had groped two women near Polsloe Bridge station in Exeter and exposed himself to a group of schoolgirls in a nearby park.

    He was banned from approaching women in the street or entering any public park or play area. He broke both conditions when he and his co accused Benjamin Carr picked up the 18-year-old and 16-year-old strangers near Exeter College.

    They took them into Bury Meadow Park where they plied them with vodka before buying more drink on their way to the Cathedral on the evening of December 2 last year.

    Lord had sex with the older girl in a bay between two flying buttresses next to the historic North Tower of the Norman cathedral.

    He was cleared of rape after telling a jury that she consented to sex and helped him undress her. He said she only ran off because Carr sexually assaulted the younger girl in another alcove.

    Both men were being housed in a hostel and had spent the afternoon drinking at The Imperial before they accosted the two girls and offered them drink.

    Carr, aged 33, of Howell Road, Exeter, was found guilty of inciting sexual activity without consent and attempted assault by penetration. He will be sentenced later when a probation assessment of his level of dangerousness is completed.

    Lord, aged 32, of Howell Road, Exeter, was cleared of rape, two attempted rapes, and sexual assault but pleaded guilty to breaching a Sexual Harm Prevention Order on the first day of the trial last month.

    He was jailed for 16 months by Judge Peter Johnson at Exeter Crown Court.

    He told him:” A serious sexual allegation which was made against you was not proved. This was not a minor or technical breach of the order.

    “This was a deliberate breach. On the basis of the evidence in the trial, I find you deliberately approached these young teenagers.”

    Mr James Haskell, prosecuting, said the SHPO was imposed in November 2019 when he received a suspended sentence for two sexual assaults and two offences of outraging pubic decency.

    Miss Kelly Scrivener, defending, said Lord has been in custody since his arrest in December and has been able to overcome an addiction to alcohol for the first time.

    She said: “He has come to the realisation that he has wasted 15 years of his life through alcohol addiction which stemmed from his experiences in childhood.”

    She said he had gone out drinking with Carr and had no intention of either meeting girls or entering a park or breaking the order.

    During a week-long trial, the girls told how they got chatting to the men, who were strangers, on the afternoon of December 2 last year. They drank drink vodka with them in Bury Meadow Park and then walked to the Cathedral

     

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