Rapist tattoo artist caged for 18 years after sickening sex attacks on schoolgirl

Kris Nilsson
Kris Nilsson

A rapist tattoo artist has been jailed for 18 years for sickening sex attacks on a schoolgirl.

Kris Nilsson targeted the youngster in "planned" attacks, while she begged him to stop, and then threatened her to ensure she kept her ordeal a secret.

Newcastle Crown Court heard the young victim eventually found the courage to report the 30-year-old and bravely gave evidence against him during a trial, where he was convicted of multiple sex offences.

Mr recorder Nicholas Lumley QC told the tattooed pervert, "you pose a high risk of harm to children", and said he must sign the sex offenders register and abide by a sexual harm prevention order for life.

The judge said Nilsson has as "long standing sexual interest in young girls" and told him: "You sought to normalise, in her tender eyes, what you were doing to her, telling her you had done it to others and showing her child pornography.

"You caused her to be compliant.

"You reinforced matters by threatening her."

The court heard the youngster has had medical and emotional problems after the attacks on her.

The judge told Nilsson: "The effects may not truly be known for many years but it is safe to conclude you have taken her innocence and permanently altered the course of her life.

"Why? For your own sexual, selfish gratification."

Prosecutor Gavin Doig read an impact statement from the victim's mum, which said: "She is afraid to play out because she fears her abuser will find her and hurt her again.

"It is clear she had her childhood robbed from her."

The mum said her little girl's plight has been "torturous" and added: "My hope is, once the case is over, she can start to rebuild her life and become the happy and carefree person I know she can be."

Sarah Vine, defending, said Nilsson's family has been targeted after his convictions were made public in the press.

She said: "His family themselves have been on the receiving end of what are presumably intended as repercussions for Mr Nilsson's behaviour."

Miss Vine said Nilsson's mental health is "poor" and that his position in prison is "quite shocking".

She added: "It is a matter of routine that food is served to the prisoners on that wing has human excrement deliberately deposited in it, for the purpose of targeting vulnerable prisoners.

"No matter how severe and proper the lawful punishment must be, those kinds of actions are indefensible."

Nilsson, of Ashfield, Jarrow, denied wrongdoing during his trial but was convicted of a total of 14 offences.

Jurors found him guilty of two offences of rape, six of sexual assault on a child under 13, three of causing or inciting a child under 13 to engage in sexual activity and three of making indecent photographs of a child.

The court heard during the case, Nilsson had tried to pass the blame for the 61 child abuse images found on his computer onto other tattoo artists.