Lesbian sex offender Jennifer Mallee jailed for four years after attacking two women in Bournemouth nightclubs
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Lesbian sex offender Jennifer Mallee jailed for four years after attacking two women in Bournemouth nightclubs

Jennifer Mallee, a 28-year-old woman, was jailed for four years and three months for sexually assaulting two women in the toilets of a Bournemouth nightclub.

The incidents, which took place just 19 days apart, came to light when the first victim read about the second attack and posted on Facebook revealing that she, too, had been attacked by the Mallee.

The first attack occurred in the early hours of New Year’s Eve 2019 in the DYMK club. The victim, a 22-year-old woman who had recently been abandoned by her boyfriend, met Mallee at a club.

After drinking three rums and cokes, the victim began to feel extremely “weird” and “zombie-like”, suspecting that her drink had been spiked.

Mallee, then 23, took advantage of the victim’s impairment by leading her to the toilet, where she closed the door and sexually assaulted her.

The second event

Less than three weeks later, on January 20, Mallee carried out a similar attack on the Cameo nightclub. She trapped another young woman in a toilet and sexually assaulted her by putting her hand up the victim’s skirt.

This attack lasted about 20 seconds. Mallee pleaded guilty to the assault and was initially given a 12-month community detention order and placed on the sex offenders’ register for five years.

Victims come forward

The first victim came forward three years later after reading about the second attack. She wrote on social media: “She did it to me too.”

This discovery prompted the second victim to contact her and they met to share their experiences. They then appeared in court together to announce Mallee’s sentence.

Court proceedings

During the trial, the court heard that Mallee exploited the vulnerability of her victims. The first victim, clearly intoxicated, was taken to the toilet, where Mallee attacked him.

Prosecutor Charles Gabb emphasized the lasting nature of the incident and the victim’s vulnerability due to her condition.

Although the court was unable to prove who administered the substance that likely poisoned the victim’s drink, it was clear that it had a significant effect on her.

In her defense, Chetna Patel described the events as “very unpleasant” but “short, spontaneous and fueled by alcohol.”

She claimed that Mallee had committed no further crimes in the five years since the incidents and admitted that alcohol played a significant role in her actions.

Judgment and reflections

Judge Robert Pawson sentenced Mallee to four years and three months in prison. He emphasized the seriousness of her actions, noting that Mallee’s awareness of the victim’s intoxicated state and vulnerability exacerbated her crimes.

The judge noted that if Mallee had been a man, society would have expected a prison sentence, emphasizing that the perpetrator’s gender should not affect the severity of the sentence.

Judge Pawson also made a restraining order restraining Mallee from contacting the two victims and a sexual harm prevention order banning her from being in a public toilet with another woman. Mallee will remain on the sex offenders’ register for the rest of his life.

Community reaction

The verdict sparked a discussion about the effects of such crimes and the importance of justice, regardless of the perpetrator’s gender.

The case highlights the need to remain vigilant in nightclubs and the importance of supporting victims who come forward, even years after the incident.

This case is a reminder that sexual assault can occur in a variety of contexts and that justice must be pursued to protect vulnerable people from predators, regardless of gender.

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