Hospital order for Burnley double rapist

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A DOUBLE rapist who attacked a vulnerable young woman with special educational needs has been detained in hospital.

Adam Mottram (20) also said to have special needs and learning difficulties, forced the victim to have sex with him as she tried to push him away. He also exposed himself in front of a nine-year-old girl, Burnley Crown Court heard.

Mottram, said to have history of aggressive and sexually irresponsible behaviour, posed a high risk of striking again if he was not given proper treatment, the court was told.

The defendant, of Lanark Street, Burnley, has been on remand in custody at Forest Bank jail, Salford, but is to be transferred to a medium secure unit at Calderstones Hospital, Whalley. Judge Simon Newell made a hospital order under the Mental Health Act, with a restriction order.

Mottram, who has used drink and drugs in the past, was banned from working with children and placed on the sex offenders’ register for life. He was also given an indefinite sexual offences prevention order, preventing him from having any child under 16 in his house unless a supervising adult is present. The defendant admitted two charges of rape and one of exposure.

Miss Natalia Cornwall (prosecuting) said the woman functioned as a 12-year-old and was extremely vulnerable.

Police were called after she told her mother the defendant had forced himself on her. He claimed the young woman had forced sex on him and he had felt he had to do it. He later admitted what he had done and said he had been wrong to behave in that way.

While on bail Mottram exposed himself to a nine-year-old girl, but claimed he had been joking. The hearing was told the defendant was said to have exposed himself and committed a sex act in public when he was 12 and touched a 16-year-old girl on a bus when he was 13.

Mr Michael Lavery (defending) said Mottram apologised for his behaviour, and that his release would be monitored by the Home Office and Department of Justice.

Sentencing, Judge Newell said the defendant had been assessed by consultant psychologists and psychiatrists who had decided he had been fit to plead to the offences.

He told Mottram: “Following several examinations and interviews, doctors and medical staff have come to the conclusion you are suffering from a mental disorder.”