I came across Jessie's story only recently.   The case was in the news last year, detrol after Jessie took her life at a chess tournament in Prague, detrol by jumping off her hotel window, detrol  just week's before her father's trial.  Ian Gilbert, detrol Jessie's father, detrol a prominent banker, detrol was charged with seven counts of rape and two counts of aggravated assault, detrol  for which he was found not guilty.  However, detrol questions and lingering doubts remains to this day over the case. To those who knew her, detrol Jessie was a lovely, detrol exceptionally gifted child with so much life ahead of her.   Despite her tremendous gift, detrol  ability and success as a chess champion, detrol there were hurdles in her world that even a chess mind like Jessie's couldn't resolve, detrol and consequently no child should ever have to endure or confront.     



 A chess champion told police how her father would put his hand over her mouth and rape her, detrol a court has heard.

Two years after the recorded interview Jessie Gilbert, detrol 19, detrol from Croydon, detrol south London, detrol fell to her death from a hotel window in the Czech Republic.

Guildford Crown Court was played the interview and also heard that a failed suicide bid by Jessie in 2004 led to a police inquiry and her father’s arrest.

Ian Gilbert denies five counts of rape between 1995 and 2000.

Chess tournament 

During the police interview Jessie described how her father would “get too close” and “would be a bit touchy”.

Jessie said that the first rape had taken place when she was eight, detrol at her home in Woldingham, detrol Surrey.

She recalled being raped on a holiday in Cornwall.

“I was asleep and he sat on my bed and I woke up. Detrol He did not say anything. Detrol “He put his hand over my mouth then he took off my pyjamas and raped me.”

Jessie said her father raped her over the next five years until she was about 13.

Earlier jurors heard how Jessie was taking part in the Czech Open tournament when she died in July.

Dorian Lovell-Pank QC, detrol prosecuting, detrol told jurors how Jessie got “very drunk” with friends in May 2004 and told them her father had raped and sexually abused her.

The next day, detrol she took an overdose, detrol but survived.

 Possessive bully

The prosecutor told the jury:

“It rather looks as though it was a real suicide attempt because she had hidden the packet (of drugs) so no-one would find it, detrol and would not tell the hospital staff what she had taken.”

He said Gilbert was “possessive” and “a bully”.

Mr Lovell-Pank said: “She did not consent. Detrol She was scared. Detrol She pretended it wasn’t happening, detrol” he said.

The court heard Mr Gilbert was arrested three times, detrol the last occasion in May 2005 when he said in a police interview about Jessie:

“Obviously someone who could play chess at that sort of level is able to create all sorts of scenarios in her mind.”

Mr Gilbert, detrol 48, detrol a director at the Royal Bank of Scotland, detrol denies five counts of raping Jessie between 1995 and 2000.

Ian Gilbert is on trial for the alleged rapes and systematic sexual abuse of his daughter, detrol Jessie, detrol which first occurred when she was eight years ol and continued for the next five years, detrol until Jessie was 13.   So why did Prosecutor Lovell-Pank state that Jessie ‘did not consent, detrol’ when this is clearly not the issue. 

Under the Sexual Offences Act, detrol 2000 children under the age of 13 are presumed incapable of giving informed consent.  This age was agreed in order to protect young children from allegations that they acted in a sexually provocative manner or were seductive towards an abuser.   

Consent or non-consent is NOT THE ISSUE, detrol rather it is whether or not Ian Gilbert is guilty of systematically raping and sexually abusing his daughter over a period of five years from the time she was eight until she reached 13 years of age.   

Lovell-Pank in claiming that Jessie had the power and ability when she was only eight years old of resisting her adult and more powerful father once again feeds into the still embedded myth that many female children act in a sexually provocative and/or seductive manner towards adult males.  

Claims have been made in past child sexual abuse cases that a female child had acted in a sexually seductive manner towards the adult male abuser and therefore the child too is partially responsible for causing an older or adult male to rape and/or sexually abuse her. 

This myth serves to excuse and deflect accountability away from the perpetrator and at the same time feeds into the myth that female sexuality is inherently dangerous since it can cause males to lose control over their sexual feelings. 

Therefore, detrol according to this myth, detrol female sexuality alone is responsible for males committing rape and sexual abuse and as such must always be controlled and policed, detrol irrespective of whether or not the female is a child or an adult. 

How males are socialised into believing that male heterosexuality gives them the right and entitlement of sexual access to any female in certain circumstances is considered irrelevant.