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The sick and twisted woman, who organised the rape and sexual abuse of a young girl over two years, told the two men that there were ‘no boundaries’ to the abuse.

Vicki Bevan, 37, Paul Rafferty 52, and Tony Hutton 42 systematically abused a girl under the age of 10 between 2019 and 2021. The trio, all from St Helens pleaded guilty to numerous sexual offences back in January of 2022.

Bevan’s phone contained images of the child being abused, including rape. These images were not only shared between the three but also more wildly on the platform Kik Messenger.

Her phone showed that Bevan instigated talks of abuse, torture and rape between the trio. When she was asked if there were any boundaries, Bevan answered “no, none at all”.

According to the Liverpool Echo, the abuse came to light when a fourth man was arrested on suspicion of possessing indecent images of children. Police examined his phone and found images and videos of Bevan abusing a child.

Bevan was arrested on October 25, 2021, while Rafferty was arrested on November 3, 2021, and Hutton on November 4 the same year.

Rafferty and Hutton both admitted that they were the men in the images. Bevan claimed that a lot of the talk of what she would do to children was fantasy and she is sorry for what she had done to the young girl.

Bevan pleaded guilty to 32 counts in total – including 17 counts of making indecent images of children, one count of rape, and three counts of sexual activity with a child. She was jailed for life with a minimum of 10 years and 44 days before she can be considered for release.

Rafferty pleaded guilty to nine counts, including rape, sexual assault and making indecent images of children. Hutton pleaded guilty to four counts including making indecent images of children and sexual assault.

He was jailed for 10 years and a further four on extended licence, while Hutton was jailed for four years, two to be served in prison and two years on licence.

Sentencing, Judge Andrew Menary said the scale of depravity in the case "beggars belief" and it is likely the victim would suffer "severe psychological harm".

A restraining order also prevents any contact with the victim. Additionally, a Sexual Harm Prevention Order was imposed on all three preventing any contact with children. They also cannot use a computer or access the internet without informing the police.

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Senior Crown Prosecutor Pauline Newrick, a specialist prosecutor with CPS Mersey-Cheshire Rape and Serious Sexual Offences (RASSO) unit, said: “This is one of the worst cases I have been involved in, in my time at the Crown Prosecution Service.

“This is a woman who has gone out of her way to satisfy her own sexual needs and those of men she communicates with online by abusing a young girl. She has assisted men to rape and sexually abusing this child and has also sexually abused her for her own personal pleasure.

“If she had not been caught, no doubt she would have continued arranging for this young girl and potentially others to be abused by herself and men in the most horrendous way. What woman could do that to a child?”

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