October 2015

Judge describes man as a serial child abuser and paedophil – Jailed for 15 years


A man who sexually abused boys and girls over three decades has been jailed for 15 years.

Malcolm Coughtrey, 71, from Hemel Hempstead, was also found guilty of possessing indecent images of children and having extreme pornography.

He appeared for sentence at St Albans Crown Court after reports were prepared on the danger he poses to children.

Judge Andrew Bright QC said he had inflicted “emotional and psychological damage” on his victims.

Coughtrey’s name will go on the sex offenders register for the rest of his life and he was made the subject of a sexual harm prevention order.

The court heard Coughtrey lived in Queensway, Hemel, where he was a carer for his disabled mother, who has since died.

In 1975 and 1976 he indecently assaulted two girls, aged eight or nine and five or six, in woods near his home.

Between 1986 and 1996, he abused two boys but was cleared of offences against a third.

One boy was aged between seven and eight and 13 or 14, the second was between eight and nine and 14 or 15.

In January police found indecent and prohibited images of children and pornography showing sex between humans and animals on DVDs and a laptop seized at his home.

Coughtrey was convicted of an attempted serious sexual assault, 12 indecent assaults, two serious sexual assaults, taking indecent photographs of a child, making indecent images of a child and possessing indecent photographs.

He pleaded guilty to possessing extreme pornography.

He was cleared of five other charges of indecent assault.

Judge Bright described him as a serial child abuser and paedophile.