August 2011

Weymouth paedophile jailed for 3 years at Dorchester Crown Court

A PAEDOPHILE has been jailed for three years after he was found guilty of abusing a seven-year-old girl more than 12 years ago.

Following a trial, Stephen Philip Coulter, 50, was found guilty by a jury sitting at Dorchester Crown Court of two charges of indecently assaulting the girl.

He was handed a jail sentence by Judge Samuel Wiggs when he appeared at Bournemouth Crown Court.

A previous court heard how the offences dated back to between December 4, 1997, and December 3, 1998.

Jurors at the trial heard the victim claim that Coulter forced her to sit on him while he lay naked during the night when she was staying at his flat.

She also told how he then indecently assaulted her in the bath the following day.

At the trial Coulter, formerly of Buxton Road, denied entering the girl’s bedroom on the night in question and denied the assault in the bathroom.

Tim Bradbury, prosecuting, told Bournemouth Crown Court: “On June 21, 2011, Coulter was found guilty of two charges of indecent assault.”

Timothy Shorter, mitigating, told the court how Coulter had already served a five-year prison sentence for other sexual offence matters which took place after 1998 and that a further prison sentence would not be appropriate.

He said: “He has served a substantial prison sentence with everything that goes with that.

“A custodial sentence will mean he will go back to prison and no work will be done with him.

“They will say: ‘He has done all the courses and there is no point in doing them again’.

“Then after a period of time he will come out with no home, no prospects for a job and the country will have simply punished him without achieving anything in my respectful submission.”

Judge Wiggs said to Coulter: “This was very serious. It was a young child and you had a position of responsibility.”

He added: “I cannot say what sentence the judge on the previous occasion would have imposed if he had known about these matters.

“All I can do is impose what I regard as the appropriate sentence today.”

Judge Wiggs sentenced Coulter to a total of three years in prison.

Coulter is already on the Sex Offenders Register and a Sexual Offences Prevention Order is in place.