They should always be wary that one day the dock on the door is coming – that was the message from Judge Robert Linford this month as he jailed a paedophile decades after the abuse that has wrecked his victims’ lives.
Despite years having passed, it’s never too late for these monsters to be brought to justice and this month has seen two examples of paedophiles being jailed despite having gone about their lives as normal for years.
We’ve covered a number of sentencing hearings throughout November at Truro Crown Court which have seen several defendants receive hefty jail terms.
Here are the criminals jailed in November at Truro Crown Court, as reported by CornwallLive at the time…
A judge has fired a warning to paedophiles whose crimes have gone undetected for years saying they should never not be worried about a knock on the door.
Judge Robert Linford delivered the no-nonsense statement when sentencing perverted Frederick Williams, 84, for offences committed four decades ago.
Williams’ abuse was carried out on two victims and consisted of sexual touching and penetration, oral sex, forced touching of his penis, putting his penis in one of their mouths and on one occasion, attempted rape.
During the sentencing hearing prosecution barrister Nigel Wraith victim impact statements from both victims.
The first victim described how she is still haunted by the abuse and that it has a profound effect on her life. She, at one point, drove to a cliff to end her life and can’t look at herself in the mirror.
The second victim spoke of how the abuse “broke her” and that she went off the rails, leading to problems for her and her children. She did however say she was pleased to finally be believed, and see Williams get his comeuppance.
Representing Williams, Hollie Gilbery highlighted Williams’ age, health and lack of previous convictions.
Sentencing Williams, Judge Linford described the abuse as “repeated and systematic” and “a series of truly awful sexual offending that had an utterly devastating effect on the victims”.
He added: “People you behave in the way you did all those years ago are never safe from prosecution.
“People who sexually abuse young people should have sleepless nights wondering when the knock on the door will come.”
Williams was jailed for 13.5 years with a further year to be served on licence. He must also sign the sex offenders’ register.
A fourth and final person has been sentenced in relation to the death of a 25-year-old father in Falmouth.
Aaron Pill’s body was discovered by his younger brother at his home in Tresawle Road in Falmouth on May 4 last year.
Mr Pill suffered one fatal stab wound and bled to death in his doorway.
Following a lengthy trial at Truro Crown Court Liam Bastow, then 25, and Kane Coggin, then 27, were found guilty of Mr Pill’s murder and jailed for life.
Earlier in the week Bastow’s partner and Kane Coggin’s sister Brea Coggin, 23, narrowly avoided prison for assisting an offender.
Brea Coggin made the “woefully misguided” decision to provide a false alibi and arrange transportation for the killers.
On Thursday (November 11) Georgia Potter, 51, of Meadowbank in Mylor Bridge became the final person to appear for sentencing over the tragic waste of life.
Potter was convicted after a trial in August of assisting an offender.
Bastow and Coggin, both of addresses in Mylor Bridge, attended Mr Pill’s property and attacked him with punches and kicks. At some point during the altercation Coggin landed the fatal blow with one of his father’s knives, which he had taken with him. The majority of the incident was caught on CCTV Mr Pill had fitted.
Throughout the trial the court heard how Bastow owed cannabis dealer Mr Pill £400, and on the afternoon of his death there was a heated call between the two of them during which Mr Pill threatened to send friends around to retrieve property from Bastow to the value of the debt.
Following this Bastow and Coggin hatched the plan to rob Mr Pill. Both men said the plan that night was to simply rob Mr Pill and steal his cannabis and not to cause him serious harm or death. However, they were convicted by a jury of murder and sentenced to life in prison with a minimum term of 21 years.
Potter drove Bastow and Coggin to Falmouth, picked them up and then returned with Coggin a third time to retrieve and later dispose of evidence.
Prosecuting barrister Sally Daulton described how Potter drove Bastow and Coggin to Falmouth prior to the attack on Mr Pill, dropping them off not far from his house.
Ms Daulton said: “Mr Coggin and Mr Bastow’s movements can be deduced by the location of a postbox they put the knife used to stab Mr Pill and another knife in. A cap Mr Bastow was wearing that night was also discarded.”
Ms Daulton says this was where Bastow called Brea Coggin and what followed was a series of phone calls between Bastow, Potter and Brea Coggin culminating in Potter collecting the two men after the murder.
Bastow was dropped off but Potter returned to Falmouth a third time, with Kane Coggin.
Potter dropped him off and circled the area briefly before returning to Mylor Bridge with Kane Coggin and whatever he retrieved from the Old Hill area in Falmouth.
Ms Daulton said: “The clothes both men were wearing that night were never found, even after bins along the route were checked. Both men shaved their heads in the two or three days following the offence.
“On arrest Georgia Potter said she’d dropped her phone down the toilet and urinated on it.”
Potter lied in two police interviews, falsely claiming at first not to know anything about the death of Mr Pill and failing to disclose that she took both of the offenders to Falmouth. In her second interview she failed to say anything about the third trip to Falmouth with her son.
A victim impact statement read on behalf of Aaron Pill’s mum described how she was grateful to Brea Coggin for entering guilty pleas, but struggled to comprehend how Potter seemingly continued with her life as Mr Pill’s family continued to struggle.
Defending Potter, Mark Dacey read a letter on behalf of his client which described how sorry she was and that if she could, she’d change events in a heartbeat.
She added: “As a mother and a carer this is a situation I never thought I’d find myself in and I’m truly sorry for my actions.”
Mr Dacey went on to state that prior to the killing Potter had successfully overcome mental health and alcohol issues following the death of her long-term partner. Her current partner has cancer and relies on her for care, as does her youngest son.
Mr Dacey said: “It was a mother’s instinct to try and protect her family. This is not an excuse she should have stood up and dealt with it in a different way.
“She dropped them off and was then drawn into it. She wasn’t planning anything other than a night in front of the TV.” Potter has lost her caring job as a result of her conviction.
Sentencing Potter, Judge Robert Linford said: “On the night in question your son and your daughter’s partner murdered Aaron Pill.
“You took them to Falmouth and I’m sure you did not know what they were going to do or what was going to happen. After the killing you collected them from the murder scene and took them away. Subsequently you returned with Kane to try and retrieve clothing hidden and later gave a false statement to police about your movements and Kane’s.
“I’m not sure exactly what you knew when you collected them but you knew they’d been in some violent attack.
“By the time of your false statement to police you knew your son and Liam Bastow were suspected of the killing of Aaron Pill. I don’t doubt your instincts as a mother took over but you should have encouraged the two men to give themselves up and confess what they’d done.”
Judge Linford went on to note Potter’s dated criminal history as well as her mitigation, namely her hard-working nature, her caring duties and the fact she has suffered “more than her fair share of tragedy and bereavement”.
Judge Linford said he was “just about” able to accept her remorse, but that justice couldn’t be achieved with anything but a custodial sentence.
Potter was jailed for 21 months.
A young drug dealer caught with more than £60,000 in cash has been sent to prison despite turning his life around in the two years since his arrest.
Ashley Kane, 23, was also caught with a significant amount of cocaine when stopped by police.
Kane, of Landrake, appeared at Truro Crown Court for sentence having pleaded guilty to possession with intent to supply cocaine and cannabis, possession of MDMA and being concerned in the supply of cannabis.
Prosecuting the case, Felicity Payne, described how on November 8, 2019, two police officers were on patrol in Saltash when they noticed a speeding Astra.
They noted a passenger, Kane, get out and enter an address so carried out a check. Officers spoke to Kane and could see a large quantity of cash. The wallet was found to contain just under £5,000 and Kane also had in his possession pots containing deal bags of cocaine with a street value of around £2,000 of varying purity.
Kane’s vehicle was seized and found to have more cocaine inside. A search of Kane’s home was then carried out and his bedroom had cannabis and cocaine residue.
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Ms Payne said: “A rucksack was located under the bed and found to contain cash, scales and wrappings. The cash amounted to just over £60,000.”
Two more phones were examined by police and contained drug-related messages.
Kane’s basis of plea was that he was asked to store the rucksack and although he knew it was related to drugs, he didn’t know just how much.
Representing Kane, Piers Norsworthy said: “He is a young man who has realised the error in his ways, in front of the courts two years later. He has completed an apprenticeship in bricklaying and earns good money. At the time of the offending he found himself in the immersive world of taking drugs and then supplying them.
“Numerous references portray him as a kind, caring and thoughtful individual who would cheer anyone up and help anyone out. He’s been exceedingly stupid but has grown up a lot in the last two years. It’s inconceivable he’ll ever be in front of the courts again.
“He was not charged until July of this year. The stress of this wait on a young man has been enormous. He was a man in the grip of a cocaine addiction and was selling drugs to reduce the cost to him.
“He co-operated with the police and is bitterly remorseful.”
Sentencing Kane, Judge Simon Carr said Kane’s offending was partly to fund his own habit and partly for financial gain before adding that he was directed by those further up the chain.
Judge Carr said Kane was “actively involved in street dealing”, but has since done everything possible to put his life in order.
He concluded by saying that ultimately, this case was the deliberate street dealing of Class A drugs.
Kane was jailed for two years, of which he must serve half.
Neil Shorter (hospital order)
A pervert who groped a petrified woman out walking along the seafront and shadowed another around a Cornish service station has been sentenced.
Dementia sufferer Neil Shorter, 52, attacked the woman on the Falmouth seafront on April 7 this year.
Shorter had been on trial at Truro Crown Court charged with sexual assault.
Shorter, not from Cornwall, wasn’t present at the trial, having been deemed unfit to stand due to dementia.
He was again not present at his sentencing hearing when Judge Robert Linford was told that a bed was available for Shorter at a psychiatric facility.
Prosecuting the case, Piers Norsworthy described how the victim and her grandmother were walking along the seafront in Falmouth on April 7 of this year.
At around 1:30pm they were walking along the path towards Castle Point and out of the corner of the victim’s eye she noticed a man walking quickly behind her.
She moved towards the railings to let the man pass.
Mr Norsworthy said: “She was looking out to sea when she felt hands on her lower back that moved to the trouser line.
“She shoved the man away and thought it may have at first been her grandmother.
“At some point the grandmother said something along the lines of ‘get the f*** away from my granddaughter, we’re calling the police and reporting you’. That’s when she realised it wasn’t her grandmother touching her.”
The victim then noticed the man wearing a black coat and beanie, brown trousers and boots. He then walked away, with the victim filming him as he fled.
Mr Norsworthy then described how Shorter hired a black Audi in Reading in March 31 which was due to be returned on April 6. It wasn’t, however, and when reported stolen the vehicle’s Satnav showed it in Falmouth on the day of the attack.
The jury was told that Shorter has two previous convictions for sexual assault, including groping a woman in a supermarket.
Mr Norsworthy added that the incident in Falmouth wasn’t Shorter’s first attempt of a sexual assault that day.
In the early hours he pulled up next to a woman at Cornwall Services and followed her around the car park and roundabout for some time before her boyfriend arrived. Mr Norsworthy says this was Shorter on the scout for a victim to touch.
Sentencing Shorter, Judge Linford said: “When Mr Shorter is well he is going to have to understand this is the third finding where he’s sexually molested someone.
“Almost as serious as the molesting of the complainant was his actions driving around Cornwall Services following a lone female, it’s a sinister part of the case.
“He has to understand whilst should this approach be a reoccurrence, the court is likely to move away from therapy towards deterrence and protection.”
Shorter was given a hospital order where he will be cared for at a secure clinic.
A “pathetic” paedophile whose abuse wrecked the lives of two victims has finally been brought to justice, but not before asking his victims’ for forgiveness.
Adrian Ninnis, 56, destroyed the lives of his victims to the extent that one took themselves to a cliff and was about to jump before a chaplain turned up just in time.
Ninnis, of Polweath Road in Penzance, appeared at Truro Crown Court for sentence having pleaded guilty to seven indecent assault charges, crimes which took place in west Cornwall in the 1980s and 1990s.
Prosecuting the case, Emily Cook described how the children abused were aged between 5 and 10 at the time.
Regarding the first victim, Ninnis rubbed his penis against his bottom and put his penis in his mouth before ejaculating into his hand.
The second victim had her vagina digitally penetrated by Ninnis, as well as numerous other instances of sexual touching. He bought her cigarettes in an effort to groom her.
Both victims had victim impact statements read to the court.
The first victim described never having confidence in life and always feeling isolated and useless, as well as suffering depression. He went on to add that only the light of the chaplain on the cliffs that day stopped him taking his own life.
However, since Ninnis entered guilty pleas he said he has stopped drinking (to mask the pain) and has become a better person.
The second victim said she was “permanently scared” and started using drink and drugs aged 12 to block the abuse. She regularly thought she was better off dead and suffered anxiety and depression as a result. She added that she “felt dirty and like damaged goods”.
Representing Ninnis, Piers Norsworthy said: “He wants to say sorry for the hurt he has caused over the years and apologise for being in a state of denial.
“He hopes one day the victims will be able to forgive him. He presents as a pathetic figure and is genuinely remorseful. He had a very disturbing early life and was sexually abused by one of his mother’s partners. This had an inevitable impact on his emotional and social development.”
Mr Norsworthy added that guilty pleas in such cases are exceedingly rare.
Sentencing Ninnis, Judge Robert Linford said: “The victim impact statements show how both complainants have been affected by the abuse and how it continues to affect their lives.
“When the abuse ended you got on with your life and seemingly forgot what you had done. The victims in this case have not been able to forget and get on with their lives and the shadow of this sexual abuse has continued to hang over them.”
Judge Linford then noted Ninnis’ mitigation and that the guilty pleas had prevented the victims having to relive the abuse in court.
Ninnis was jailed for 12 years, 10 custodial and two on extended licence. He was also made subject of a restraining order and sexual harm prevention order and must sign the sex offenders’ register for life.
A sexual predator has been jailed for grabbing a woman off the street during the G7 Summit and attempting to carry out a sex attack on her.
Esayas Grmay told the woman he was in Falmouth for the summit before attempting to drag her into a dimly lit street before she managed to fight him off.
Eritrean national Grmay, 20, from an address in London, had been on trial at Truro Crown Court and was convicted of false imprisonment and committing an offence with view to carrying out a sexual offence.
He also fell to be sentenced for a prior sexual assault committed in London to which he pleaded guilty.
It is believed Grmay was one of a number of Eritreans and Ethiopians in town to protest against the civil war and genocide in Tigray, Ethiopia.
During the trial, prosecutor Emily Cook described how on June 12 the young woman had been to a garden party in Falmouth – where the G7 media centre was located and many protests took place in the streets – and left around 11pm to make her way home.
She walked past the town’s rugby club and along Western Terrace when she saw a figure, Grmay, walking towards her.
Ms Cook said: “He approached her and asked for directions to the train station. She tried to give him directions but he seemed confused and pointed in the opposite direction. She motioned for him to walk with her as she was going in that general direction.”
Ms Cook went on to describe how Grmay and the victim went past the Woodlane junction, with Grmay swaying and bumping into her.
Grmay indicated he was in Falmouth because of the summit and asked rude questions of the victim, such as did she have sex with anyone at the party.
Grmay then put this arm around the victim’s neck with his elbow under her chin which put her off balance. He ushered her to the darker side streets but the complainant demonstrated exceptional presence of mind and hit Grmay on the back and pinched his stomach.
She then karate chopped Grmay and was able to get away before alerting the police. Police then later spotted a man matching Grmay’s description and arrested him.
The London offence related to Grmay asking a woman to come into his room at an asylum seekers’ hostel to help fix his TV.
However once inside he turned the conversation sexual, and when rebuffed he forced his head between the victim’s legs and bit her privates. He also tried to remove her clothing and underwear before she was able to escape.
In mitigation, Ramsay Quaife said that the defendant had a traumatic early life and that his asylum application process is still ongoing.
Mr Quaife said: “He is a 20-year-old man who came to this country seeking asylum. He has had a difficult life and fled a warzone and has lost contact with his family in Sudan. There aren’t many Eritrean speakers in HMP Exeter and he leads a very lonely existence.”
The court also heard how Grmay has issues relating to alcohol.
Sentencing Grmay, Judge Simon Carr said that both offences were committed under a ruse to start conversation with the victims.
He added: “These offences were the targeting of young women with a con or a ruse pretending to need help.
“As soon as you gained contact you tried to turn the conversation sexual and when rejected you turned to physical and sexual violence.
“You have offered little or no understanding as to what you did and you present a significant risk to members of the public.”
Grmay was sentenced to five years in custody and a further four on licence. He must also sign the sex offenders’ register.
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