Milkman Mark Bullingham jailed for raping young boy
MILKMAN Mark Bullingham, who subjected a boy under 10 to rape and sexual abuse, was jailed for eight-and-a-half years yesterday.
The 48-year-old's crimes were discovered when the boy went missing and police found he had spent a night with Bullingham while away from home.
Officers realised he was already a registered sex offender following offences against a girl six years ago.
Jailing Bullingham, of Nouncells Cross, Bisley Old Road, Stroud, at Gloucester Crown Court, Judge William Hart said: "You groomed this boy, you formed a bond of trust with him and you abused that trust."
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He added: "It seems you benefited little if at all from the sex offenders course you did in 2006. You lack any real insight into the gravity of what you did to this boy.
"You described your relationship with him as if you were talking about a relationship between two consenting adults. Your distorted and perverted thinking is all too evident from the nature of your interview with the police."
The judge passed an extended sentence meaning after his release on parole Bullingham will be on licence for another nine and a half years so he could be recalled to prison.
He made a lifetime sexual offences prevention order against him, placed him indefinitely on the sex offenders register and banned him for life from working with children.
Prosecutor Mary Harley said the boy was reported missing on April 6.
"The defendant admitted the boy had stayed there the previous night. He was reticent about disclosing what had happened between himself and the boy" she said.
He pleaded guilty to raping the boy between July 1 and August 7 this year. He also admitted sexually assaulting the boy, causing a child to engage in sexual activity and taking two indecent pictures of him.
Jane Rowley, defending, said Bullingham, had apologised through her, adding: "His offending was born out of loneliness and depression after the break up of his relationship."