April 2017

Leeds paedophile expects to end his life behind bars

A pensioner from Leeds with a string of previous convictions for sex attacks on boys has been jailed for five years after admitting possessing and distributing indecent images of children.

Leeds Crown Court heard 72-year-old Dennis Cocking, of Thornhill Court, Thornhill Road, Upper Wortley, suffered a heart attack in December and does not believe he will survive the prison sentence.

Prosecutor, Martin Robertshaw, said police executed a search warrant at Cocking’s home on June 22 last year.

Police found a mobile phone, sim cards and data storage devices containing indecent images of boys as young as eight.

A total of 116 images and videos were in the most serious category A, 122 images and videos were category B and 258 were category C.

He admitted possessing and distributing indecent images of children and breaching a sexual offences prevention order.

In 1988 he was jailed for eight years for sex offences against a boy under 14 and in 1995 he was jailed for six years for indecent assault on a boy under 16.

In November 2012 after he was jailed for 16 months following conviction for possessing indecent images

Jailing Cocking for five years, Judge Geoffrey Marson QC, said: “It is a sad fact that when you are at liberty you will continue to offend.”

December 2012

Leeds OAP found with indecent images on his mobile

A pensioner has been jailed for 16 months after he was found with indecent images on a phone.

Paedophile Dennis Cocking has a long record of sexual offences and on his last release from prison in December 2010 was banned from having any device capable of accessing the internet without approval of his probation officer.

After a housing support officer noted he had a phone last year police saw him and he produced the Samsung phone and four memory cards which he said had indecent images of boys on them.

Examination revealed that included 1,176 at level one and 116 at level four, on a scale of seriousness up to five. Leeds Crown Court heard Cocking, 68, whose address in court was Armley Prison, was first sentenced for indecent assault in 1970 and again in 1977, 1978, 1983, 1984 and was jailed for eight years for more serious offences in 1988.

Under a sexual offences prevention order he must not enter parks alone or have unsupervised contact with children under 16. Craig Sutcliffe, for Cockling, said he had been abused as a child.