November 2015

‘You’re wasting our time!’ Judges increases paedophile’s prison sentence

A ‘manipulative’ predator who physically and sexually abused two young girls will spend an extra six weeks behind bars after top judges described a bid to clear his name as a waste of time.

Paul Oakley burned one of his victims with a lighter and held her head underwater, and beat the other with a rolled-up newspaper, as well as molesting both of them.

Oakley, aged 51, of Bearwood Road, Smethwick, was jailed for 12 years at Birmingham Crown Court in February after being found guilty of two counts of child cruelty and three of indecent assault.

This week he launched a bid to challenge his convictions at London’s Criminal Appeal Court, insisting he did not receive a fair trial.

But his appeal was rejected as being ‘totally without merit’ and he was ordered to serve another six weeks in prison for wasting the court’s time.

The court heard Oakley committed the offences in the 1990s.

One of his victims was beaten with wooden planks, burned with a lighter, strangled and had her face held underwater.

The other was hit with a rolled-up newspaper and both girls suffered sexual abuse at his hands.

Judge Anthony Leonard QC told the court the girls were reduced to a state where they were unable to stand up to him because they were so frightened of him.

Oakley denied any wrongdoing but was found guilty by a jury.

During the trial, jurors were told he had a previous conviction dating back to 1999 for similar offences against different victims.

In written appeal documents, he argued this caused overwhelming prejudice to his case and denied him a fair trial.

However, dismissing his appeal, Judge Leonard said there was no error in the way the trial judge handled the earlier conviction.

Sitting with Lady Justice Sharp and Mr Justice Coulson, he added: “This application for permission to appeal is totally without merit.

“We order that 42 days should not count towards the time he has already served.”

October 2005

Sex offender back in prison

A MAN who indecently assaulted a teenage girl within months of being freed from a prison term for serious child abuse offences is back behind bars.

After first denying a charge of indecent assault, Paul Arthur Oakley, 41, of Hollybank Road, Billesley, changed his plea to guilty on the day of his trial at Warwick Crown Court. He was jailed for two years.

Judge Marten Coates also ordered that he should beon licence for five years after his release, register as a sex offender for life, and banned him from ever working with children or being alone with any child under the age of 18.

Sarah Buckingham, prosecuting, said that in August last year Oakley was released from a lengthy prison sentence imposed at Birmingham Crown Court for serious sexual assaults on children.

He had been jailed for ten years in December 1999 after being convicted of raping a nine-year-old girl and indecently assaulting her and other children.

The rape charge was eventually quashed on appeal as being unsafe, and his sentence was cut to four years, which he had already served in full by then and he was released.

In March this year Oakley and his wife and some friends went drinking at pubs in Broad Street, Birmingham. Among the group was a “vulnerable” 16-year-old girl.

When her mother became intoxicated Oakley, who had been buying alcohol for the girl, went with them to her mother’s home.

While her mother went upstairs Oakley began to touch the girl intimately.

She managed to get away and when she told her father he challenged Oakley about what had happened and then called the police.

When he was arrested Oakley declined to answer any questions but gave the police a statement denying the offence, added Miss Buckingham Jonathan Riley, defending said Oakley, who wants to appeal the other aspects of his earlier conviction, would like to take part in the sex offender group programme.

But jailing Oakley, Judge Coates told him: “I have to deal with you on the basis that your criminal record is correct. I cannot deal with you on the basis that you want to appeal it.

“I look at this case as one which occurred very quickly after your release from that earlier sentence