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Billingham child rapist Mark Madrell organised abuse party

Mark Madrell Image copyright Cleveland Police
Image caption Mark Madrell has been jailed for 23 years

A child rapist who organised a party so he could abuse under-age girls has been jailed for 23 years.

Mark Madrell, 37, showed "not an ounce of remorse" despite admitting a string of rapes, sexual assaults on young girls and grooming offences, Teesside Crown Court heard.

Madrell from Billingham told officials "sex was part of life".

Judge Simon Bourne-Arton branded him "dangerous" and said he had ruined the lives of his victims.

Jo Kidd, prosecuting, said Maddrell, of Prior Court, organised a party where he supplied the young girls with alcohol, cigarettes and gifts.

She said: "During the course of the evening he plied them with drink, provided them with cigarettes and then began a rather bizarre food fight."

Madrell, who portrayed himself as the "life and soul of the party", drenched his victims, then watched them get changed, spying on one girl in the shower.

The girls later told their parents what happened and Madrell was arrested.

His more serious offending against one of the four victims later came to light, the court heard.

Judge Bourne-Arton said Madrell's offending was "beyond any sensible, right-thinking person's comprehension" and the judge said the girl he repeatedly raped over a long period of time will never be the same again.

The judge said: "You have completely destroyed her life. The psychological scars are deep and permanent and you remain in complete denial as to that."

There were cries of "yes" in the public gallery when Madrell, who appeared via a videolink from prison holding a metal crutch, was sentenced.

Madrell admitted six counts of rape, four counts of sexually assaulting a child, two of causing a girl to engage in sexual activity, one of causing a child to watch a sex act and two of attempting to meet a child following sexual grooming.

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