A PAEDOPHILE from Chickenley who blindfolded and raped a four-year-old girl has been attacked by his cellmate.
Jonathan Byram was locked up whilst waiting to be sentenced for his horrific crime when he was brutally beaten. A mug shot of the 50-year-old taken shortly after the assault shows a large amount of bruising and scarring as well as a swollen eye and significant damage to the eyeball itself.
Byram, of Hazel Close, was jailed for 11 years at Leeds Crown Court last week after pleading guilty to rape at an earlier hearing. His lawyer, Katherine Robinson, said: “He is struggling in prison. He has been assaulted by his cellmate. Others might think that is what he rightly deserves and he accepts that.”
Byram’s sentencing was interrupted when security staff had to be called after a man sitting in the public gallery shouted: “You better give him life or else I will kill him.”
Rupert Doswell, prosecuting, told the court how Byram preyed on his victim. Police were contacted when she told a relative about what had happened.
The girl described a tie that Byram used to blindfold her during the assault and a matching one was found in his home.
Ms Robinson added: “The best mitigation that this defendant has is his plea. He has a genuine appreciation of the harm that he has caused.”
Judge Neil Clark sentenced Byram to 10 years followed by an extended licence period of one year. He must also sign the sex offender register for life.
Mr Clark said: “The true effect of this type of behaviour is the psychological impact. You can offer no explanation for what happened. There must have been some sexual motivation for what happened.”