Pervert gets extra jail sentence for 'gun' sex attack on schoolgirl

A PERVERT already serving six years behind bars after molesting two schoolgirls has been given another 12 months for sexually attacking a girl with a "gun".

As Nigel Pepe Marcola (47) admitted indecent assault between January, 1999 and December, 2000, at Burnley Crown Court, it was revealed the then 14-year-old victim - who was targeted nine years before the two girls - went to the police after reading about Marcola's trial in the local press.

The court was told the petrified 14-year-old, who was drunk and had been smoking cannabis before the defendant struck at his home, thought the gun was real and it would go off. She felt if she had come forward earlier she might have prevented the assaults on the other girls.

Judge Beverley Lunt, who earlier told Marcola he had turned his home into a modern-day "gingerbread house" to attract girls, said he had taken advantage of a girl arriving there already drunk.

Marcola, of Talbot Street, Colne, but living at Stockbridge Road, Padiham, when he enticed the two girls there, was given 12 months to run consecutively to the six years.

The court had earlier heard how the defendant had plied the two 13-year-old girls with drink and drugs for sex in the summer of 2008. He was convicted by a jury of five charges of sexual activity with a child, one of offering to supply ecstasy and two of supplying cannabis.

He was sentenced last April, still protesting his innocence. Marcola was banned from working with children, placed on the Sex Offenders' Register for life and given a Sexual Offences Prevention Order, banning him from having contact with youngsters under 16 or allowing any children in his home or car.

Mr Joe Boyd (prosecuting) said the victim, now 23, made a complaint after reading reports on Marcola's trial last February.

She told police she had been asleep, fully clothed, on a settee at the defendant's house and the next thing she remembered was being naked on his bed with him on top of her. She did not know how she got there or came to be undressed. She felt like a rag doll and could not speak or react. The defendant committed sex acts on her.

Mr Boyd said the girl would say Marcola reached for a small silver coloured gun, or what looked like a gun, and sexually assaulted her with it. She was still unable to react but recalled being petrified.

She was then told to get dressed, left the room and felt dirty. The victim blamed herself and wondered if she had instigated it as she had no memory of how it happened. She had not wanted to complain to police at the time, as she thought she would be teased at school. The assault disrupted her eating and sleeping.

Mr Philip Holden (for Marcola) said the 14-year-old had been very drunk when she arrived at his house. The court could not be sure Marcola was responsible for taking the girl upstairs, removing her clothes or that he had drugged her to get her into that state.

The barrister added: "I don't say in any way she wasn't petrified, but she was able to remove herself off the bed very soon afterwards."