March 2015

‘Dangerous’ paedophile who sexually assaulted 10 children over 30-year period jailed for 26 years


A “dangerous” Northamptonshire paedophile who sexually assaulted young boys and girls over a period of more than 30 years has been given a 26-year jail sentence.

Richard Cornwell, aged 67, of Highfield Road, Kettering, appeared at Northampton Crown Court on Friday after he was found guilty of 29 sexual offences, including indecent assault of two boys and rape of a girl aged under 16.

Cornwell was convicted of the child sex offences after two trials, one held in May last year and one in February this year.

The court heard that Cornwell’s crimes took place between the 1960s and 1990s, involving 10 children.

His Honour Judge Timothy Smith sentenced Cornwell to 26 years, with a minimum of 13 years in prison. The judge said he would not be released from custody before he had served his full sentence unless he showed some remorse.

Speaking after the sentencing, DC Toni Orwin, from Northamptonshire Police, said: “We are very pleased with the verdict and sentence in this case and I hope it will go some way in helping the victims come to terms with what happened to them.

“It has been a long and challenging investigation and has been a very difficult time for the victims.

“I would like to acknowledge their bravery in coming forward and reporting these offences, as well as the tremendous courage and determination they have shown throughout the investigation and trial.

“They now have closure and can start to rebuild their lives knowing that justice has finally been served, and they have helped remove a dangerous man from the public domain where he is no longer a risk to young children.

“Northamptonshire Police takes all reports of sexual offences seriously and is committed to investigating such crimes and doing all we can to bring offenders to justice, no matter how long ago the offence took place.

“We hope Cornwell’s conviction and significant sentence will encourage victims of historic sexual offences to come forward, safe in the knowledge they will be supported and believed and that the police will investigate their allegations.”