Pub boss, 58, raped eight-year-old girl and threatened to kill her if she told anyone

The father-of-four was handed a 21-year extended sentence after sexually assaulting several young girls in Greater Manchester and holding a knife to the neck of his eight-year-old victim

A pub landlord who raped an eight-year-old girl then threatened to kill her if she told anyone has been jailed for 21 years.

Carl Marland, 58, sexually assaulted numerous young girls while managing a pub in Greater Manchester, grooming them with gifts of clothes, money and drugs, reports the Manchester Evening News.

At one point he held a knife to the neck of his youngest victim, aged eight, and told a teenager they could ‘be together’ when she reached the age of 16, a court heard.

Yesterday a judge passed a 21-year extended sentence, including 17 years in prison and an extra four years on license, telling the father-of-four he had inflicted ‘severe psychological harm’ and saying she believed there was a “significant risk” of him reoffending.

Prosecutor Vanessa Thomson told Manchester Crown Court that Marland paid £75 a month for an iPhone 12 contract for one victim, and would drive them around in his car, where some of the abuse occurred.

Marland will have to serve two-thirds of his 17-year prison sentence before he can be considered for parole (file photo of Manchester Crown Court)


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Marland threatened to kill himself if a teenage victim did not express that she loved him, the court heard. While shopping at amall in Greater Manchester, he pulled his trousers down in front of the girl.

Marland offered another victim money if she spoke to him on Snapchat and “kept him busy.” The court heard he groomed the girl, aged 15 at the time, by offering her cannabis and cocaine.

After becoming suspicious about gifts her daughter was receiving in the post, the mother of one victim found “inappropriate” messages from Marland on her daughter’s phone. Police and social services were alerted and he was arrested in London in January 2021.

Officers also uncovered videos Marland had secretly filmed one of the girls getting undressed. In one clip, he discussed having sex with a victim. Marland attempted to convince officers he was impotent and “not capable of doing the things he was accused of.”

Marland previously pleaded guilty to engaging in sexual communication with a child, three counts of sexual activity with a child, two counts of making indecent photos of a child, three counts of causing or inciting a child to engage in sexual activity and two counts of voyeurism .

A jury convicted him of a further 11 charges following a trial last year. They were four counts of rape of a child, five counts of sexual assaulting a child, causing a child to watch a sexual act and assault of a child by penetration.

In a victim impact statement, the mother of the youngest victim said her daughter had become “emotionally unstable and self-conscious” and often could be heard crying at night-time.

She added: “The pain I go through each day knowing I’m unable to take away what she has been through is torturous.” Another victim told the court she no longer felt safe around men and was unable to leave home unaccompanied.

Mitigating, Michael Goldwater told the court that prior to the offences, Marland lived a “perfectly creditable working life” as a pub landlord. He worked in a total of 34 pubs – two of which were in Spain – over a 30-year period and helped to run Pubwatch schemes.

“Until this happened no one questioned his behavior of character in any way,” said Mr Goldwater.

“I’m not going to speculate on what made a man of his age behave in the way which the jury found him to have behaved.”

Marland will have to serve two-thirds of his 17-year prison sentence before he can be considered for parole.

Judge Rachel Smith said: “I consider it necessary to impose an extended sentence in order to protect the public in the future. You will not be released for some time.”

Marland, from Ilford, East London, was also made the subject of a sexual harm prevention order and an indefinite restraining order in relation to all four victims.

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