Shameless man who raped child blamed ‘being single’ for crimes.
A self-pitying paedophile from Lincolnshire who robbed a young child of her innocence has failed in a bid to get his 16-year jail term cut.
Darren Andrew Blackley, 37, of East Avenue, Grantham, was put behind bars at Lincoln Crown Court on July 15 last year.
He pleaded guilty to six counts of rape and one of assault by penetration.
He also admitted two counts of causing or inciting a child under 13 to engage in sexual activity and one of engaging in sexual activity in the presence of a child.
All his crimes involved a child under 13, Mrs Justice Cheema-Grubb told London’s Appeal Court.
He must spend an extra year on licence following his release because of the nature of his offences.
Blackley robbed the victim ‘of her innocence’ and caused ‘life-long damage’ to her with his ‘appalling’ crimes, said the judge.
He forced her to pleasure him and perform a sex act on him as well as raping her.
When arrested, Blackley made partial admissions, but denied the most serious allegations.
He displayed ‘self-pity’, blaming the fact he had been single for several years for the offending.
His lawyers argued his jail term was far too tough and ought to be cut.
They pointed to his partial confession, previous good character and remorse.
But Mrs Justice Cheema-Grubb said she was ‘quite satisfied that this was not a manifestly excessive’ sentence.
The judge, who was sitting with Lord Justice Flaux and Mr Justice Spencer, added: “This appeal against sentence fails. The sentence passed by the judge is upheld.”