September 2019

Paedophile who vanished found in caravan at family holiday park

Kenneth Cousineau downloaded child rape photos after being spared jail

Police looking for a paedophile discovered he was staying in a caravan on a family holiday park.

Kenneth Cousineau has been on the Sex Offenders Register since he was caught with vile pictures of children in 2014.

But when police raided his home in Almond Court, Garston on March 11 this year, they discovered another sickening collection.

Stashed on the 62-year-old’s Lenovo laptop were pictures of girls thought to be aged as young as six being raped.

Officers seized the device, which contained 602 indecent images, including 36 Category A – the most serious category – files.

Liverpool Crown Court heard the married man’s laptop also contained three Category B and 577 Category C photos and videos.

Derek Jones, prosecuting, said the computer was initially sent away for forensic analysis and Cousineau was granted bail.

Because he is a registered sex offender, he must inform police if he stays somewhere for more than seven nights in a 12-month period.

This must be done annually and the pervert told officers in 2016 that he had a caravan at Pendyffryn Farm Caravan site.

But he then failed to mention this for the next three years and when police attended his address on August 7, he was nowhere to be seen.

Mr Jones said: “He wasn’t present and they were then told by a neighbour he had probably gone to his caravan in North Wales.”

Police contacted him at the site in Penmaenmawr, in Snowdonia National Park, and he voluntarily attended a police station a couple of days later.

Cousineau accepted downloading the pictures for his sexual gratification and confirmed he searched for pre-teens and children aged seven and eight.

He pleaded guilty to three counts of downloading and one of possessing indecent images of children.

Cousineau admitted the same four offences in 2014, when he was handed nine months in prison, suspended for two years.

Ahead of sentencing he also admitted breaching his notification requirements.

Judge Robert Warnock said: “The simple fact is you remain clearly a man who is dangerous, a man with paedophile tendencies.”

He said it was a repeat offence and the only appropriate punishment was prison, before sentencing him to 12 months in jail.

Judge Warnock said: “You must understand that if you commit these offences the court will have at the forefront of their mind the protection of the public and thereafter your rehabilitation.”

He told Cousineau to sign on the Sex Offenders Register and to comply with a Sexual Harm Prevention Order for 10 years.