April 2021

Reading paedophile tried to destroy sexual abuse evidence

A paedophile banged up for more than a dozen years tried to destroy evidence related to his abuse after being arrested by police.

Roy Coxhead, formerly of Erleigh Road, Reading, was sentenced to 18 years behind bars last week after he sexually abused two boys between 2002 and 2017.

After he was arrested in June 2017, the 66-year-old tried to “destroy the evidence that related to his offending”, culminating in a “long and complicated” police investigation.

Coxhead was sentenced to 18 years in prison, with at least twelve of these to be served before he is eligible for parole.

The 66-year-old was sentenced at Reading Crown Court after being found guilty of two counts of indecency with a child; three counts of indecent assault on a male person; attempting to commit a serious sexual offence; perverting the course of justice; four counts of sexual activity with a child and two counts of causing or inciting a child to engage in sexual activity