Rapist collapses in dock after jury rejects his ‘cunning’ lie

A former karate instructor who raped a schoolgirl and a woman has been labelled a ‘monster’ today.

David Bottomley said he lived a “public service” life – working for the YMCA, as a coast guard and prison security officer. But the 58-year-old was revealed in court as a “violent and abusive” rapist and paedophile.

Bottomley, who taught martial arts classes and worked as a doorman in Southport, was today jailed for 14 years. That was after one of his victims called him a “monster” and a senior judge called him “dishonest and cunning”.

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Liverpool Crown Court heard Bottomley first abused a woman when he committed a historic sexual offence against her which will today be classified as rape. Prosecuting Robert Dudley said in another incident he karate kicked the woman in the jaw while wearing steel-toed boots.

The first victim didn’t tell anyone what happened until other charges against Bottomley emerged in 2017. That was his second victim – then a schoolgirl, now an adult – watching an episode of BBC Crimewatch.

Mr Dudley said when the host asked if she knew anyone who had been sexually abused as a child or had contact with children, “it sparked something about her”. She wrote a letter to her mother, who she had never told her before, deciding she should contact the police.

In an interview with police, she revealed that Boltonley raped her when she was about 12 years old. The first victim also subsequently lodged a police complaint.

Bottomley, of Bankshull Lane, denies any wrongdoing, meaning his victim will have to give evidence at a trial in January. He was convicted of historic sex crimes and assault causing actual bodily harm to the first woman.

She said today that Boltonley had “permanently destroyed” her trust in people and left her feeling “hurt, spoiled and depraved”. In a victim statement read out by Mr Dudley, she told her abuser: “You are a bully and a coward. Some may call you an animal but that is an insult to an animal… You are a monster and a nightmare. What is it made of?”

Boltonley was convicted of rape, child molestation and two counts of molesting a schoolgirl. In a victim statement, she said what Bottomley did to her would stay with her until she died.

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Boltonley was acquitted of two other counts of sexual assault of schoolgirls and three counts of sexual assault of two other girls. After the sentencing, he collapsed on the dock and was taken to hospital by ambulance with the help of security guards.

QC Judge David Aubrey ordered a medical report for the accused, who was told he had a history of minor stroke. However, defending Patrick Williamson confirmed today that his client actually had salivary gland cancer, which caused stroke-like symptoms including facial numbness when he had a tumor in his carotid artery removed in 2017.

He said: “Regarding the event at the end of the trial, that was diagnosed as a dissociative event due to stress and anxiety. But luckily it was not related in any way to stroke or TIA issues. [transient ischaemic attack]. “

Mr Williamson said Boltonley, who used to be a good character, had the support of his girlfriend and sat in the public gallery. He said his work experience was “essentially public service”, starting with volunteering at Sefton Coast and Country Service, then working and volunteering at the Southport YMCA, before serving five stints with the Coast Guard. In 2009, he was working on a search and rescue team, when he witnessed 13 deaths.

Mr Williamson said his client later joined the Prison Service as a security guard at HMP Kirkham. However, he was diagnosed with “complex post-traumatic stress disorder” after seeing a coast guard “witnessing the loss of life of adults and children in accidents at sea”.

Lawyers say this will be Bottomley’s first time in jail. “His reaction to the sentencing may be indicative of the predicament he finds himself in and his future,” he said.

Judge Aubrey said he was satisfied Bottomley was a “violent and abusive” man who had left her sick, violated and humiliated by his sexual assault on the woman. He said on another occasion he kicked her in the jaw.

Judge Aubrey said: “You were wearing steel toe boots. She described it as very painful and thought you had broken her jaw.”

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The judge said Boltonley raped and abused the schoolgirl – manipulating her afterwards by giving her money. “You scarred your victims for life and literally sent everyone a life sentence,” he said.

“You have shown no remorse,” Judge Aubrey told Bottomley. He said the victims had to “relive their ordeal” at his hands because he pleaded not guilty.

Judge Aubrey said: “However, the trial has enabled me to assess you. In my judgment it is clear that you have rehearsed your evidence in detail to seek a dishonest and dodgy account tailored to the evidence. You are not only manipulative Your victim, and then you try to manipulate the evidence.”

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Judge Aubrey jailed the woman for four years. For schoolgirls, he was licensed as a “criminal of special concern” for 10 consecutive years, with a one-year extension.

The combined effect of the two sentences means Bottomley must spend at least eight years and eight months in prison before applying for parole. Judge Aubrey ordered him to sign the sex offenders register for life.

Pattonley’s girlfriend told the two companions “Come on, let’s go” before leaving the field, moaning: “It’s a complete joke.”

Anyone with information or wanting to report a sex offense is asked to call 101, where you will speak to a specially trained officer. Alternatively, you can pass the information anonymously to Crime Stoppers on 0800 555 111.

Support for victims is also available through the Cheshire and Merseyside Rape and Sexual Abuse Support Centre, a registered charity, which can be called on 01925 221 546 or 0330 363 0063 or the Merseyside Rape and Sexual Assault Support Centre ( RASA) on 0151 558 1801. In an emergency, always dial 999.

Children concerned about abuse can contact Childline 24/7 on 0800 1111. Adults concerned about the well-being of children can call the NSPCC Helpline on 0808 8005000.

Anyone concerned about the behaviour of themselves or family members can contact stopitnow.org.uk and get-help.stopitnow.org.uk

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