February 2017

Serial paedophile re-offends again

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A serial sex offender who lured two 11-year-old girls into bushes with the ruse of a magic trick has been deemed “a danger to children” and jailed for three years.

Phillip Clough was under a ban of going near parks when he entered one in Alvaston and asked a group of girls if they wanted to see some magic. The 39-year-old then got two girls to follow him into the bushes, heard Derby Crown Court.

“He asked the girls to squat down and told them to open their legs wide and asked them to put their hands up their skirts and tops and rub about their tummy area,” said Mark Knowles, prosecuting.

“They didn’t and some other girls came over and he stopped and said sorry the magic hadn’t worked and left the area.”

When police arrested him they found 3,346 indecent images of children, aged between four and 13, on his phone.

The court heard that Clough, of Cavendish Court, Derby, had been committing sexual offences against children since 2002, when he was jailed for 15 months after he attracted the attention of youngsters before touching himself under his clothing.

At the time he also admitted eight counts of gross indecency with children, aged between seven and 14, and one offence of indecent assault on a 14-year-old girl. He was given a sexual offences prevention order and was put on the Sex Offenders’ Register for 10 years.

But by 2008 he had breached the conditions of the order and was given a three-year community order.

A year later he was back in court and jailed for four-and-a-half years after he was convicted of possessing indecent images of children and engaging in sexual activity in the presence of a child.

He was released in December 2010 and then five months later he went to a park in Mackworth, where he made obscene suggestions to a five-year-old girl. He was jailed for three years.

In court for the latest offences, committed in July, Clough admitted possessing indecent images of children and two counts of causing a child to engage in sexual activity.

Jailing Clough, Recorder Dean Kershaw said he believed the defendant was “a danger to children” and after he had served his prison sentence he would be on licence for a further four years.

Following the sentencing, the mother of one of the 11-year-old girls, said: “I’m glad he got a decent sentence. But I couldn’t believe it when I heard in court about all those other offences he had committed before. I cannot believe he was allowed out to do it again.”

May 2012

Paroled sex beast broke park ban to prey on girl, 5, in Derby park

A SERIAL paedophile has been sent back to jail after he targeted a five-year-old girl playing in a park.

Phillip Clough, 35, had been released after serving half his sentence for his fourth conviction of child sex offences.

He was told to live in a bail hostel and a condition of his release was that he was banned from going into parks.

But five months after he was freed he went to Knightsbridge Park, in Mackworth, and made obscene suggestions to the young girl, who was playing with her friends.

After he was given a new three-year sentence by a judge, a spokesman for Derbyshire Probation Service said it was “never possible to eliminate risk entirely”.

Derby Crown Court heard Clough committed his first offence against children in 1995 at the age of 18. He was given a conditional discharge for indecent exposure.

In 2002, he was jailed for 15 months after he attracted the attention of youngsters before touching himself under his clothing.

At the time he also admitted eight counts of gross indecency with children aged between seven and 14 and one offence of indecent assault on a 14-year-old girl. He was given a sexual offences prevention order and was put on the Sex Offenders’ Register for 10 years. But by 2008 he had breached the conditions of the order and was given a three-year community order.

A year later he was back in court and jailed for four-and-a-half years after he was convicted of possessing indecent images of children and engaging in sexual activity in the presence of a child. He was released in December 2010 and then five months later, on May 6, committed this most recent offence in Mackworth.

Clough was arrested at the Derby hostel shortly after the incident, after the child told her friend’s mum what happened, but he denied speaking to the girl and was released on bail. But then officers found footage of him walking along Prince Charles Avenue, which is near the park, on the afternoon of the offence. Clough was arrested again and told police he had gone to the park to smoke cannabis when he had seen the girl.

Judge Andrew Hamilton said: “You had only been out of prison for a few months for almost identical offences. It must have been a very frightening experience for the girl and something that she will remember for a long time or her whole life.”

He gave Clough a new sexual offences order to obey when he is released from jail. It includes banning him from going to public leisure centres or parks used by children or going within 50 metres of them. He said if Clough committed another offence on his release, the court would have to consider an indeterminate sentence, which would mean he could not be released if he was considered a danger to children.

Judge Hamilton told him: “You have written to me, saying you’re going to change. You really need help.

“I think you represent a really serious risk.”

‘WE CAN’T ELIMINATE ALL RISK’

A spokesman for Derbyshire Probation Trust said: “Offenders on community-based sentences or ex prisoners on licence in the community are assessed for the risk they pose to others.

“The level of risk determines the degree of monitoring and restrictions to which they are subject by criminal justice agencies. Serious sexual or violent offenders are managed through Multi Agency Public Protection Arrangements (MAPPA).

“Offenders may be subject to extensive restrictions including exclusion from certain areas or non contact conditions. However, it is never possible to eliminate risk entirely.

“Failure to comply with a Community Order or Licence will result in swift enforcement action. The offender will be returned to court for sentence review, if on a Community Order. Prisoners on licence will be recalled by the Probation Trust, picked up by the police and returned to custody.

“Offenders will usually be required to undertake some rehabilitative activity designed to reduce their likelihood of re-offending.”

Jon Brown, strategic lead for sexual abuse at the NSPCC, said: “Offenders need to be strictly monitored and restrictions rigorously enforced, so that if any condition of their licence is breached, immediate action can be taken.”