A disgusting predator has been sentenced to 30 years in prison after grooming and raping a group of underage girls.
Oliver Wolstenholme must serve at least two-thirds of a 22-year prison sentence before spending another eight years on an extended license after his release.
Following a 12-day trial at Bolton Crown Court, Wolstenholme was convicted of eight counts of rape, eight counts of sexual activity with a child, solicitation of a child to engage in sexual activity and two counts of possession of offensive weapons.
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During a hearing at the University of Bolton Stadium Nightingale Court, the 36-year-old was also convicted of three counts of possession of indecent images, possession of extreme pornographic images and meeting with a child after sexual care.
The court heard that Wolstenholme met four of his victims in October 2019 after traveling four and a half miles from his home in Ashurst Road, Wythenshawe, to Tesco in Baguley.
He offered one of the girls a cigarette and told her he was a drug dealer.
Wolstenholme, who lied about his age, was eventually presented to three of the girl’s friends.
All the girls were between 14 and 15 years old.
On October 26, Wolstenholme drove three of the girls to a quiet parking lot, where he used drugs and booze for them.
He then raped each of the girls one by one and threatened to leave them in the middle of nowhere if they did not do what he asked.
One of the victims tried to kick Wolstenholme off her, but he was too strong for her and raped her in the back seat, the court said.
Another was so drunk she could not speak or move, but was in tears when Wolstenholme raped her in the front passenger seat.
After Wolstenholme raped the third girl over the trunk of the car, he told the other girls that she was a ‘happened’.
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He had sex with one of the victims on between five and 15 other occasions, and the court heard it was ‘cross-border in terms of whether she gave her consent’.
In her evidence, the girl said, “I never said no because I did not know what he was going to do.”
On other occasions, Wolstenholme picked up the girls individually in his car and raped them.
Once, he drove a victim to an industrial area and threatened to hurt her or one of the other girls if she did not perform a sexual act on him.
He then raped her orally and ignored her when she said she would get sick before raping her in the back seat again.
Another time, Wolstenholme picked up one of the girls along with his 16-year-old male girlfriend.
He ordered the girl to perform a sexual act on the boy, and when she refused, he slapped her in the face.
Wolstenholme also had a knife and a police baton in his car and on more than one occasion threatened to kill the girls or people close to them.
He once used the baton to threaten one of the girls to have sex with him.
The court heard that Wolstenholme also lied about having a gun to further force the victim.
When he was arrested on suspicion of the crimes in December 2019, police found more than 1,500 indecent images on electronic devices in Wolstenholme’s home. They had children as young as a few weeks or months old, the court heard.
Of the images, 657 were still available.
In addition, 35 extreme pornographic images were also discovered.
A further ruling in February 2020 resulted in police finding five game consoles, nitrous oxide, underpants, a samurai sword and a receipt for a smartphone – which he had not told police about.
In his car, officers also found a kitchen knife, gloves, duct tape, a face mask, bolt-on croppers and a fruit-shot bottle containing a vodka-based beverage, which he called a ‘glitter bomb’.
While on bail, Wolstenholme began grooming another 15-year-old girl on Snapchat.
He posed as a 17-year-old and used the name ‘T-Dog’.
In messages, he told the girl that he was ‘her husband’ and repeatedly called her ‘baby crazy’.
Wolstenholme also sent the girl a photograph of a teenage boy to make her think it was him she was talking to.
The girl asked to meet in a park, but when Wolstenholme arrived, she realized she had not spoken to a 17-year-old boy.
She managed to get a friend to call her and pretend she was her mother so she could escape.
In a personal statement from the victim, the mother of one of the girls described the negative impact that the incidents had on her daughter’s life.
She said that since she was raped by Wolstenholme, she has often ‘shut down’, and she has since been reluctant and afraid to leave the house.
It also had a negative impact on the girl’s education, and she resumes GCSEs in college, which her mother thinks she would have easily passed if it had not been for the trauma.
Anyone wishing to seek support but do not wish to speak to the police can contact St Mary’s Sexual Assault Referral Center on 0161 276 6515 or visit the website.
St Mary’s offers forensic, counseling and aftercare services to people affected by rape and sexual assault.
The National Male Survivors Helpline, Safeline, can be contacted on 0808 800 5005 or via the website here.
Survivors Manchester supports boys and men who have been raped and sexually assaulted.
The charity provides therapeutic support and independent sexual violence counselors (ISVA). They offer assistance throughout the criminal justice system, from initial reports to the court and beyond.
ISVAs operate independently of the police, the Crown Prosecution Service and the judicial system.
Boys and men in Greater Manchester who have been sexually abused, regardless of when it happened, can access Survivors Manchester by calling 0161 236 2182 or sending an email to: [email protected]
A weekly drop-in session takes place every Wednesday from 14:00 to 17.00.
You can donate to Survivors Manchester here.
The Greater Manchester Rape Crisis works with women and girls affected by rape and sexual assault. They can be contacted on 0161 273 4591.
Victims of sexual crimes have the right to lifelong anonymity.
The court heard that Wolstenholme had four previous convictions for five offenses, including kidnapping and possession of an offensive weapon in 2003.
On that occasion, he approached a woman from behind and put a knife to her neck. He then made her walk along a road, forced her into an enclosed garden and tried to get her to lie on the floor.
Defendant Neil Usher told the court that there is now a “lesser acknowledgment from the defendant of the seriousness of what he has done and the danger he poses.”
He added: “He maintains his innocent attitude, which may be a disappointment, but not a surprise.”
Usher said there had been some degree of “victim blaming” from Wolstenholme and said: “It is disappointing that he has not yet reflected sufficiently on the fact that there is only one person to blame here who has only been that, and that’s him.
He told the court that Wolstenholme has no previous convictions for sexual crimes, and he asked that the judge impose an extended sentence instead of a life sentence.
‘A completely shocking case’
Judge Tom Gilbart described the offenses as “repulsive and heinous” when he handed down a lengthy prison sentence.
He added: “This was a completely shocking case.
“The conditions for which you are convicted reveal as a man with a sexual interest in children who indulge in it by deliberately seeking out vulnerable teenage victims to rape.
“You threatened, pressured and forced four teenage girls, and you ruthlessly exploited them by raping them on repeated occasions.
“You made them feel like it was their fault somehow.
“You used them selfishly for your own pleasure. You did not care what the consequences were for them or their families. They were just objects for you. Your four victims were children.
“You are a predator, and your actions can only be met with a significant deprivation of liberty.”
Wolstenholme will for an indefinite period be covered by an order on the prevention of sexual assault and must also sign the sex offender register until further notice.
A restraining order was also issued, prohibiting Wolstenholme from having contact with any of his victims.
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