Child murder accused David Boyd is a convicted sex offender with a conviction for indecently assaulting a young girl, a court heard.
Now jurors have been told about “bad character evidence” about his sexual interest in young girls from the past. He has a previous conviction for indecent assault on a nine-year-old girl in 1999 and also has a conviction for breach of the peace in 1986, after approaching four children, aged eight to 10, grabbing one and asking for a kiss, the court heard.
After the indecent assault conviction, which happened in a Stockton park, Boyd told a probation officer about fantasies he had previously had, but said he had grown out of them.
Richard Wright KC told the jury the probation officer said: “He initially denied ever having any sexual thoughts about children, but subsequently informed me that, when he was approximately 22, he began to fantasise about both adults and children, in particular young girls.
“He says he would think about young girls being naked and what it would be like to touch their body and have sexual intercourse with them, but describes this as a phase he was going through and something he grew out of.”
The breach of the peace happened in Sacriston, County Durham, and involved Boyd taking hold of a girl by the arm, asking to kiss her and holding on to her before letting go and telling the group “not to tell anyone”, Mr Wright said.
The indecent assault happened in April 1999 when he approached two girls aged nine and 12 who were playing in Primrose Hill Park, Stockton.
Boyd did not know either of them, asked what they were doing and he grabbed one by the shoulder, and if she was wearing knickers, told her not to scream then groped her over her clothes, before he ran off as the girls screamed.
He later told a doctor he felt guilt and shame and claimed he was “drunk and depressed and acted on impulse”.
He had told his probation officer he “began to think what it would be like to touch them” as he approached the girls and had begun to think “dirty thoughts”.
Before Mr Wright introduced these convictions, Mrs Justice Lambert told the jury they must not convict Boyd “wholly or mainly” on this evidence. And after it had been read, the judge added: “Keep an open mind, don’t rush to judgment, wait until you have heard all the evidence in the case.”
Nikki Allan was a neighbour of Boyd’s in flats called The Garths, which have since been demolished. She was hit over the head with a brick and stabbed multiple times in a derelict Old Exchange Building, then dragged, while dead or dying, and dumped in a corner of the basement.
Boyd, 25 at the time of the killing, and of Chesterton Court, Stockton, was known to Nikki’s family, as his then girlfriend was a babysitter for her mother.
The trial continues.
Jurors are given a warning from trial judge Mrs Justice Lambert about some evidence they are about to hear.
She says:”Can I say something about the evidence you are about to be given. Let me warn you against any prejudice in your mind which may arise out of what you are about to hear and any over-reliance on the evidence you are about to hear.
“You must not convict the defendant wholly or mainly on the basis of the evidence you are about to hear, so treat it in that way.”
Boyd was convicted in October 1986 of an offence of breach of the peace for an offence that happened in September that year in Sacriston, County Durham. Mr Wright said: “He approached a group of four children aged between eight and ten years old and took one of the girls by the neck and asked to kiss her. He held on to her for a few moments then let go and told the children no to tell anyone.
In March 2000 Boyd was convicted of indecent assault on a young girl in a park in Stockton. A nine-year-old girl and her 12 -year-old friend were playing in the park.
Mr Wright said: “David Boyd was not know to either girl. He approached them and asked what they were doing. They said they were looking for their friends.
“He approached them and took hold of (one girl’s) shoulder and told her not to scream.”
He asked if one of the girls had knickers on.
He then took hold of the front of the nine-year-old’s clothing and place his hands between her legs and touched her there over her clothing.
Boyd then ran off and both girls screamed and ran off.
In February 2000 Boyd was seen by a doctor and jurors are read information from a record of his consultation. Mr Wright said: “He expressed feelings of shame and guilt from touching a nine-year-old girl between the legs and said he was depressed and drunk.”
When Boyd was assessed by a forensic psychiatrist he denied having fantasies about underage girls and said he was a “normal lad” before he carried out the indecent assault.
A pre-sentence report was compiled in March 2000. He said he had consumed 12 cans of strong lager that day and had argued with his girlfriend and initially said he couldn’t remember committing the offence.
Mr Wright said: “He admitted while walking towards the girls he began wondering what it would be like to touch them.”
He said he had “dirty thoughts and began to feel excited about the thought of touching” one of the girls but said after doing so he felt “disgusted by himself”.
Boyd said he believed it was the effect of alcohol that led him to behave in this way.
He initially denied having any sexual thoughts about young children.
He then said when he was about 22 he began to fantasise about adults and children, in particular young girls. Mr Wright said: “He said he would think about young girls being naked and what it would be like to touch their body and have sexual intercourse with them.
“He described that as a phase he was going through and something he grew out of.”
After hearing of his past convictions, jurors are warned again by the judge: “Keep an open mind, don’t rush to judgement, wait until you have heard all the evidence in the case and you’ve heard my legal directions.”
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