August 2002

Pervert jailed for assaulting two children

A paedophile has been locked up after repeating the same sex attack on children more than 30 years apart.

Brendan Cooney, of West Glebe Road, Corby, was branded “a danger to young children” by a judge yesterday

Oxford Crown Court was told he first indecently assaulted a seven-year-old girl when he was a 15-year-old schoolboy.

More than 30 years later he struck again carrying out an almost identical attack on a 13-year-old girl.

That complaint to the police prompted the 49-year-old’s first victim to come forward to tell police of her harrowing experience.

Judge Tom Corrie jailed Cooney for 30 months after saying he had “perverted urges.”

He was also placed on the Sex Offenders’ Register for life.

Of the first attack on the girl in 1969 which happened as they watched television, Judge Corrie said: “That episode showed that your sexual development and expression of sexual needs was abnormal. It is a shame you were not convicted of that offence in 1969.

“In October 2000 you attacked a girl because you were interested in her.

“The tickling games which she, in her innocence, misinterpreted were wholly inappropriate. You are a danger to young girls.”

Andrew Howarth, for Cooney, said he had “controlled himself” for the many years between the two attacks.

“This man labours under the impulses to do what he did. He has clearly been able to keep such urges under control.

“The attack in 2000 was not planned. He had consumed a quantity of alcohol – two cans of lager and two vodkas – and what started as tickling and playfighting turned into something else.”

Mr Howarth added: “My client is not a slave to his passions and can keep his impulses under control.”

A jury at Northampton Crown Court found Cooney guilty of both offences last month.

Cooney was sentenced to 12 months for the 1969 offence and 30 months for the second offence, to run concurrently.