NOVEMBER 2009

Paedophile jailed indefinitely

A PREDATORY sex offender has been jailed indefinitely.

Wayne Courtney, 29, was jailed indefinitely for sex offences against two children

Wayne Courtney, 29, from Waltham Forest, pleaded guilty to three counts of causing a child to engage in sexual activity and three counts of rape on another child.

Courtney abused the two boys a decade apart from each other and will be placed on the Sex Offenders Register for the rest of his life.

He originally pleaded not guilty to a total of 12 counts at Wood Green Crown Court.

Three counts of rape, one of causing a child under 12 to watch a sexual act and one of committing gross indecency with a child will remain on file.

In February this year, detectives at Haringey’s Child Abuse Investigation Team (CAIT) received a report of the rape of a young boy at an address in Haringey in 2007.

Officers carried out a video interview with the victim and, following a manhunt, traced Courtney to an address in east London where he was arrested.

They analysed the nature of his crimes against his lifestyle and were able to indentify a second victim.

Detective Constable Hodges, of Haringey CAIT, worked with the second victim, who disclosed Courtney raped him when he was a child, between 1993 and 1998 at an address in Hackney.

The family of one of Courtney’s victims said: “Our most precious child has been robbed by someone he trusted.

“We are so pleased that Courtney has been sent to prison. The detectives from the Haringey CAIT have been amazing, especially DC Hodges.

“We would echo the thoughts of the police in giving victims of sexual crimes the confidence to report.”

Detective Inspector Noel McHugh of Haringey CAIT added: “Courtney’s conviction has only been possible due to two very brave witnesses who gave compelling accounts. “I do hope that his conviction goes some way to helping the victims and their families in moving forward in the knowledge that he is in prison and cannot harm anyone else.

“Courtney’s conviction demonstrates our total commitment to all allegations of serious sexual assault, no matter how long ago the offence was committed.”