October 2014

cole

A former school caretaker has admitted sexually abusing 3 girls.

Mark Gerard cole (59) pleaded guilty to 19 counts of indecent assault against the victims over a 9 yr period in the 1990s.

He was aged between 35 and 44 at the time.

Cole who worked as a caretaker at at marks high school in warren point, co down, and is from thomas street in the town, admitted 15 offences in relation to 1 victim, 3 relation to the second and a single charge against a third girl.

At Newry crown court on Wednesday he was ordered to sign the sex offenders register and was released on bail ahead of sentencing.

The assault took place between May 1990 and June 1999. Each indecent assault carries a maximum of 10yrs in jail, although no indication of the likely sentance was given.

No other facts of the case was revealed in court.

As well as pre sentence reports to be compiled on cole, prosecuting lawyer Fiona o’kane sai she would submit victim impact reports in all 3 cases.

Last night sdlp warren point councillor Declan mcaleer said : ‘the victims have been vindicated.’ ‘I am sure that this has ah an effect on them.’ ‘Its good to see that in open court. Justice has been seen to be done in this case.’