Violent sex attacker Stuart Barton was on bail for having sex with a schoolgirl

Daily Echo: Stuart Burton Stuart Burton

A VIOLENT sex attacker who raped an innocent stranger on her way back from a party was on bail for sleeping with a 13-year-old girl, the Daily Echo can reveal.

Stuart Burton grabbed the terrified reveller in a Southampton park before strangling and forcing her to the ground.

Now it has emerged that attack happened just months after he was released on bail after having sex with a schoolgirl he groomed over a number of months.

But after he was jailed for a total of 12 years for both offences prosecutors defended the decision not to remand him in custody pending trial for the first offence.

Burton, 23, of Rotterdam Towers, stared into the public gallery at Southampton Crown Court after being sentenced for the rape and sex with the 13-year-old girl.

He admitted the charges at an earlier hearing.

Burton was making his way home in the early hours of January 1 after being thrown out of a house party when he stumbled across the woman in a park in Northam near Union Road. He hit the 33-year-old before pushing her into mud and forcing himself onto her.

Prosecutor Simon Jones told the court: “His hands were around her neck and strangling her. She thought about screaming when she could breathe again but was too scared.”

Burton eventually fled and the terrified woman – who had been returning from another house party – flagged down two passers-by to help her.

She suffered two black eyes and cuts and bruising to her face and body.

The court also heard how Burton had been previously been arrested in September and charged in November for having sex with a 13-year-old girl.

He had built up a secret relationship with her for a number of months after befriending her mother.

The court heard he exchanged suggestive text messages when she was still 12 before eventually having intercourse between April and June last year.

Mr Jones said it amounted to “grooming” and added: “There was no doubt he knew her age.”

Burton initially denied the charge – arguing the girl had been “harassing”

him via text messages.

He also denied raping the woman, claiming his route home was through a different part of the park. But he changed his plea at a later date.

In mitigation for Burton, Louisa Bagley said her client was suffering the impacts of a cycle of abandonment and homelessness.

She added that Burton – who has 21 previous convictions for 30 violent offences including wounding– was “very immature for his years”.

But at sentencing Judge Peter Rawls branded him as a “dangerous offender” who at times was “out of control.”

He said the park attack: “Shows appalling callousness and cruelty the way you treated the unfortunate woman.

“She was a stranger and you had no thought of her wellbeing.”

Burton will also face a further five years supervision on his release.

A Crown Prosecution Service spokeswoman said there was “careful consideration” in granting him bail.

She said: “Although he had previous convictions, they were not of a sexual nature and he had been on police bail since September 2013.

“The police attached conditions to his bail, which were subsequently approved by the Magistrates’ Court and Crown Court.”

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12:50pm Fri 4 Jul 14

rudolph_hucker says...

A castration candidate if ever I saw one
A castration candidate if ever I saw one rudolph_hucker
  • Score: 48

1:37pm Fri 4 Jul 14

Mary80 says...

How in the hell did he get BAIL for what he did?
How in the hell did he get BAIL for what he did? Mary80
  • Score: 26

1:49pm Fri 4 Jul 14

Rina73 says...

Because your British justice failed and sucks yet again.....
Because your British justice failed and sucks yet again..... Rina73
  • Score: 19

2:36pm Fri 4 Jul 14

Hastagger says...

hand. draw. quarter and put the corpse on display on the common as a warning to all the other pervs and criminals. Time to tidy the country up!

#trends
#naturaljustice
#bigcleanup
hand. draw. quarter and put the corpse on display on the common as a warning to all the other pervs and criminals. Time to tidy the country up! #trends #naturaljustice #bigcleanup Hastagger
  • Score: 4

3:54pm Fri 4 Jul 14

Mary80 says...

Why do we even bother having courts they're fecking useless and let scum like that roam the streets
Why do we even bother having courts they're fecking useless and let scum like that roam the streets Mary80
  • Score: 4

3:56pm Fri 4 Jul 14

babysnooky says...

I know the 13 year old girl he was 12 at the time who he did it too and people were calling her every name under the sun and calling her a liar well its now been proven she wasnt lying and she now can walk around and hold her head up high and try get her life back on track but he has made her life hell as so many people believed his lies she has been like a prisoner in her own home because of it all FINALLY SOME SORT OF JUSTICE IS DONE he should be kept in prison for life it was just the 13 year old he did stuff too he raped a woman also he was arrested for doing things to a 4 and 5 year old children too its wrong
I know the 13 year old girl he was 12 at the time who he did it too and people were calling her every name under the sun and calling her a liar well its now been proven she wasnt lying and she now can walk around and hold her head up high and try get her life back on track but he has made her life hell as so many people believed his lies she has been like a prisoner in her own home because of it all FINALLY SOME SORT OF JUSTICE IS DONE he should be kept in prison for life it was just the 13 year old he did stuff too he raped a woman also he was arrested for doing things to a 4 and 5 year old children too its wrong babysnooky
  • Score: 11

5:30pm Fri 4 Jul 14

BarnetSaint says...

Rina73 wrote:
Because your British justice failed and sucks yet again.....
What do you mean " your British justice"
It's for everyone living here.
Care to explain
[quote][p][bold]Rina73[/bold] wrote: Because your British justice failed and sucks yet again.....[/p][/quote]What do you mean " your British justice" It's for everyone living here. Care to explain BarnetSaint
  • Score: 6

7:13pm Fri 4 Jul 14

pins_and_evils says...

BarnetSaint wrote:
Rina73 wrote:
Because your British justice failed and sucks yet again.....
What do you mean " your British justice"
It's for everyone living here.
Care to explain
The limp-wristed British justice system is why this waste of oxygen managed to groom and rape that 13yr old, let alone walk around amongst us afterwards to rape the other lady.

How in the f*ck does "21 previous convictions for 30 violent offences including wounding" EVER translate into “very immature for his years” instead of "absolute scum that should never see the light of day again?"

Someone should have stood up an slapped Louisa Bagley when she said her client was "suffering the impacts of a cycle of abandonment and homelessness." So f*kcking what??? This filth will now be dossing for 6 years at most, feet up, courtesy of your tax money. We will all be paying for him and degenerates like him to continue sponging off the system, instead of putting something back in; bring back chain-gangs!
[quote][p][bold]BarnetSaint[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Rina73[/bold] wrote: Because your British justice failed and sucks yet again.....[/p][/quote]What do you mean " your British justice" It's for everyone living here. Care to explain[/p][/quote]The limp-wristed British justice system is why this waste of oxygen managed to groom and rape that 13yr old, let alone walk around amongst us afterwards to rape the other lady. How in the f*ck does "21 previous convictions for 30 violent offences including wounding" EVER translate into “very immature for his years” instead of "absolute scum that should never see the light of day again?" Someone should have stood up an slapped Louisa Bagley when she said her client was "suffering the impacts of a cycle of abandonment and homelessness." So f*kcking what??? This filth will now be dossing for 6 years at most, feet up, courtesy of your tax money. We will all be paying for him and degenerates like him to continue sponging off the system, instead of putting something back in; bring back chain-gangs! pins_and_evils
  • Score: 18

2:42am Sat 5 Jul 14

Dai Rear says...

A life sentence would have been right. Out after 8 or 9 years admittedly, but could be put back for the same again I he kicked off and hit someone for example
A life sentence would have been right. Out after 8 or 9 years admittedly, but could be put back for the same again I he kicked off and hit someone for example Dai Rear
  • Score: 2

7:16am Sat 5 Jul 14

Displayhere says...

Yes he should have been off the streets but of course we shouldn't be paying for it either. He should have been working on the inside to pay for his custody.
I bet he will end up on a hospital ward with people who say he needs help. Then a loads of mental health dr's will waste more time on him. They should just chemically castrate him and leave him in prison. Sounds harsh I know but society doesn't have a place for people like this
Yes he should have been off the streets but of course we shouldn't be paying for it either. He should have been working on the inside to pay for his custody. I bet he will end up on a hospital ward with people who say he needs help. Then a loads of mental health dr's will waste more time on him. They should just chemically castrate him and leave him in prison. Sounds harsh I know but society doesn't have a place for people like this Displayhere
  • Score: 2

11:53am Sat 5 Jul 14

BeyondImagination says...

There should at least be mandatory suspended prison sentences for violence. Do it once more buddy and you're banged up.
There should at least be mandatory suspended prison sentences for violence. Do it once more buddy and you're banged up. BeyondImagination
  • Score: -1

2:18pm Sat 5 Jul 14

beiroot says...

Displayhere wrote:
Yes he should have been off the streets but of course we shouldn't be paying for it either. He should have been working on the inside to pay for his custody.
I bet he will end up on a hospital ward with people who say he needs help. Then a loads of mental health dr's will waste more time on him. They should just chemically castrate him and leave him in prison. Sounds harsh I know but society doesn't have a place for people like this
Chemically? Whats wrong with a pair of blunt garden shears? Sounds like that would be a bit more permanent!
[quote][p][bold]Displayhere[/bold] wrote: Yes he should have been off the streets but of course we shouldn't be paying for it either. He should have been working on the inside to pay for his custody. I bet he will end up on a hospital ward with people who say he needs help. Then a loads of mental health dr's will waste more time on him. They should just chemically castrate him and leave him in prison. Sounds harsh I know but society doesn't have a place for people like this[/p][/quote]Chemically? Whats wrong with a pair of blunt garden shears? Sounds like that would be a bit more permanent! beiroot
  • Score: -1

3:18pm Sat 5 Jul 14

BeyondImagination says...

beiroot wrote:
Displayhere wrote:
Yes he should have been off the streets but of course we shouldn't be paying for it either. He should have been working on the inside to pay for his custody.
I bet he will end up on a hospital ward with people who say he needs help. Then a loads of mental health dr's will waste more time on him. They should just chemically castrate him and leave him in prison. Sounds harsh I know but society doesn't have a place for people like this
Chemically? Whats wrong with a pair of blunt garden shears? Sounds like that would be a bit more permanent!
Or a couple of bricks.
[quote][p][bold]beiroot[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Displayhere[/bold] wrote: Yes he should have been off the streets but of course we shouldn't be paying for it either. He should have been working on the inside to pay for his custody. I bet he will end up on a hospital ward with people who say he needs help. Then a loads of mental health dr's will waste more time on him. They should just chemically castrate him and leave him in prison. Sounds harsh I know but society doesn't have a place for people like this[/p][/quote]Chemically? Whats wrong with a pair of blunt garden shears? Sounds like that would be a bit more permanent![/p][/quote]Or a couple of bricks. BeyondImagination
  • Score: 1

4:15am Sun 6 Jul 14

steven22slaymaker says...

i knew him at one point i always never liked him cant be leave that i use to live in the same house as this prev didnt have a choice in the matter as i was homeless at the time omg wish i stayed homeless would have bin much better if i knew that
i knew him at one point i always never liked him cant be leave that i use to live in the same house as this prev didnt have a choice in the matter as i was homeless at the time omg wish i stayed homeless would have bin much better if i knew that steven22slaymaker
  • Score: 0

8:26am Sun 6 Jul 14

Mum2six says...

So why the hell is he not put on the sex offenders register ? This country is just a flippen mess.
So why the hell is he not put on the sex offenders register ? This country is just a flippen mess. Mum2six
  • Score: 0

10:39pm Sun 6 Jul 14

Mary80 says...

Whoever made the bonehead move to let him out on bail is an utter moron
Whoever made the bonehead move to let him out on bail is an utter moron Mary80
  • Score: 0

12:07am Mon 14 Jul 14

TheGooseisLoose says...

Stuart Burton was always a moron, had the pleasure of sharing a neighbourhood with this miscreant. Hopefully he can spend the next 6 years probably the whole 12. playing rolf Harris ' s digereedoo
Stuart Burton was always a moron, had the pleasure of sharing a neighbourhood with this miscreant. Hopefully he can spend the next 6 years probably the whole 12. playing rolf Harris ' s digereedoo TheGooseisLoose
  • Score: 0
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