July 2016

Judge pays tribute to victims of child sex abuse as offender is jailed


A man has been sentenced to 14 years in prison following convictions for historic sex offences against two young children.

Kenneth Mockford systematically abused his victims at locations in Larkfield and near West Malling during the 1970s and 1980s.

When committing the abuse against one of the children, Mockford told her it was ‘their secret’ and that she was ‘special’ to prevent her from telling anyone.

Appearing at Maidstone Crown Court on 20 July, the 73-year-old, formerly of Church Road, Offham was already serving a separate 6 year sentence for child sex offences following an unrelated conviction in 2013.

In the latest investigation Mockford had denied a string of offences, but was found guilty by a jury following a trial.

In total he was convicted of 11 counts of indecent assault against a child and 4 counts of gross indecency with a child.

Judge Philip Statman praised both the victims and said they were ‘the bravest of the brave’.