January 2016

Essex man jailed for 10 years for string of sex offences against children

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An Essex man has been sentenced to 10 years in jail and given a six-year extended licence for a string of sexual offences committed against children.

Liam Cann, 22, was convicted at Chelmsford Crown Court in October 2015 of a total of 24 offences.

They were:

  • Meeting a child following sexual grooming

  • Attempted rape of a child under 13

  • Nine counts of sexual activity with a child

  • Five counts of causing or inciting a child under 13 to engage in sexual activity

  • Three counts of attempting to pay for the sexual services of a child

  • Two counts of showing indecent photographs of a child

  • Engaging in sexual activity in the presence of a child

  • Taking indecent photographs of a child

  • Making indecent images of children.

He returned to court today (Friday, January 8) for sentence. He was told he must serve at least two-thirds of the 10-year jail term before he can be considered for parole.

Detective Chief Inspector Martin Pasmore, of the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate, said: “Despite being faced with overwhelming evidence, Liam Cann chose to test the evidence and put his young victims through the ordeal of attending court and reliving the offences he put them through.

 “Today’s sentence brings the judicial aspect of this case to a close but my thoughts are very much with the victims and their families.

“I hope that they can now begin to move forward in a positive light.”

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October 2015

Sex offender found guilty of 23 counts of sexual abuse against young boys

Convicted sex offender Liam Cann has been warned he should expect a lengthy custodial sentence, after being found guilty of 23 counts relating to the sexual abuse of boys as young as eight at Chelmsford Crown Court

After more than a day of deliberations, the jury returned guilty verdicts to all 23 counts, which occurred over an eight-year period between 2006 and 2014, with six different under-age boys.

The counts include attempted rape, sexual activity with children under the age of 16, inciting children to engage in sexual activity and attempting to pay for sexual services of a child.

Cann, 22, of Blind Lane, Goldhanger, was remanded in custody ahead of sentencing on December 11, as Judge John Dodd QC told the jury: “For offences of this nature and degree, a lengthy prison sentence is inevitable. The only question for me will be how long or short that must be.”

Judge Dodd denied Cann bail due to fears of repeat offending, despite the protestations of defence counsel Sasha Bailey, who claimed that Cann did not pose a “flight risk” to the courts.

She said: “This is someone who has come to court every day. He knew what the possible outcome of this case would be, I have been candid with him throughout.”

Cann’s mother, who has accompanied him to court every day throughout the three-week trial sobbed in the dock as she watched her son leave the dock.

During the trial, the former Plume School pupil also admitted to possession of indecent images of children.

A psychaitric report and pre-sentence report will now be prepared for December’s hearing.