October 2011

Sex offender is jailed for second time

FORTY-SEVEN -YEAR-OLD Paul Cordwell has been jailed for 15 months after he indecently assaulted a girl over a period of more than five years.

Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court yesterday heard the victim did not report the incidents at the time.

Prosecutor Joanne Wallbanks said Cordwell would touch the girl over her clothes.

Cordwell, of The Wood, Meir, pleaded guilty to four charges of indecent assault.

The court heard he was jailed for 21 months last November at Peterborough Crown Court for a separate offence of sexual assault of a child under the age of 13.

That offence, which involved another victim, took place after the offences discussed yesterday.

Paul Cliff, mitigating, conceded these offences were serious but he said his client mainly touched his victim over her clothing and there was no penetration or violence.

Mr Cliff conceded Cordwell’s position was made worse because of his previous conviction for similar offences.

He said the defendant knew he was likely to receive a custodial sentence but he asked Judge Robert Trevor-Jones to consider suspending any prison sentence coupled with a raft of requirements to restrict Cordwell.

“He recognises he requires help and requires these issues to be dealt with in a professional way,” added Mr Cliff.

But the judge said he would be failing in his public duty if he did not mark these offences with a further term of immediate prison and he jailed Cordwell for 15 months.

Judge Trevor-Jones said: “These are serious offences of indecent assault against a very young girl.

“An aggravating feature was the persistent and repeated nature of the offending.”

The judge raised concerns about Cordwell’s offending.

He added: “This is the second time you have come before the court for this type of offence.

“It demonstrates a worrying tendency that there is a deep-rooted pattern of gaining some degree of sexual satisfaction from the abuse of young girls.”

Cordwell will be on the sex offenders’ register for 10 years and was disqualified from working with children.