A CHARFORD man who repeatedly raped a young girl over the course of four years has been sentenced to 15 years in prison.
The court heard how Melvyn Banner, or Bishop Hall Crescent, had shown no remorse for his actions which had traumatised the girl causing her severe emotional damage and mental health issues.
The 42-year-old was sentenced at Worcester Crown Court earlier today (Thursday) after being found guilty of five counts of raping a child under 13, three of raping an adult, one of inciting a child under 13 to engage in sexual activity and one of sexual assult on a child under 13.
All the charges concerned the same victim and took place between November 2005 and February 2011.
Banner denied all the allegations, claiming they never took place and showed no emotion as the judge gave his verdict.
A pre-sentencing report said Banner presented a dangous risk of causing serious harm to children but a low one in terms of offending again.
Judge Rundell sentenced Banner to 15 years for the rape charges and a further three for two counts involving sexual activity and assult with a child, they will run concurrently with each other, meaning he will serve 15 years in total.
He said Banner had used the girl for his own sexual satisfaction over a number of years and called his actions ‘perverted and immoral’.
Banner has been put on the sex offenders register for life and is now subject to a Sexual Offences Prevention Order.
The conditions of that will be decided at a later date.
Following the sentence, Det Con Matt Skelton said: “Banner is an exceptionally dangerous individual who preyed on vulnerable young girls.
“His behaviour will have a lasting effect on his victims.
“We welcome the sentence and are pleased that Banner will spend a substantial part of the remainder of his life behind bars where he will be unable to carry out further attacks of this kind.
“I would like to praise the bravery of the two victims in this case. What they have been through is unimaginable and hopefully today will provide some form of closure that will help them to rebuild their lives.
“I would also like to thank the witnesses whose testimony was key to securing this conviction and ensuring Banner has been sent to prison for a long time.”