October 2016

Man awaits sentence after jury find him guilty of child sex offences

A MAN has been found guilty of a string of child sexual offences following a five-day trial

James Mason, of Northwich Road, Lower Stretton, stood trial for five counts of indecent assault on a male, four counts of gross indecency with a boy under 14 and one count of buggery.

The 55-year-old was found guilty by a jury who returned a unanimous verdict following five hours and 16 minutes of deliberations.

Last year Mason appeared at Bury and Rochdale Magistrates’ Court following his arrest.

But due to the serious nature of the charges the case was moved to Minshull Street Crown Court with the trial beginning on October 3.

Mason now awaits sentencing on November 21 after the judge ordered a pre-sentence report.