June 2016

Convicted sex offender jailed for sexually assaulting care worker


A MAN aged 55 has been jailed for six months for sexually assaulting a female care worker in his car.

Ian Wilce put his middle-aged victim through ten minutes of fear when he failed to drop her off at Keighley bus station as promised, rubbed her thigh and repeatedly kissed her hand.

Wilce was found guilty in his absence by Bradford and Keighley magistrates of sexually assaulting the woman on January 14.

Bradford Crown Court heard today that he had a previous conviction for sexually assaulting a teenage boy in 2009.

 Wilce, then working as a train conductor, was sentenced to a suspended term of imprisonment for touching the teenager indecently on a train.

Prosecutor Sophie Drake said the recent offence took place after Wilce made it known that he was attracted to the woman.

He wanted her phone number and then invited her for a drink.

When she accepted a lift to the bus station, she repeatedly asked to get out of the car. Eventually, when Wilce parked on the drive of a house, she fled the vehicle.

Wilce, formerly of the Keighley area but now of Hayes Drive, Barnton, Northwich, Cheshire, had been in custody for nine weeks before the sentencing hearing.

His lawyer, John Bottomley, said Wilce was on disability benefit and his ill wife was standing by him and needed his support.

Judge Robert Bartfield said Wilce had taken a fancy to the woman, touched her on the thigh over her clothing and kept her in his car.

“You must control yourself when you feel like this,” the judge said.

A Sexual Harm Prevention Order bans Wilce from contacting his victim and he must sign on the sex offenders’ register for ten years.

July 2009

Married Leeds train conductor sexually assaulted teenage boy on train

A MARRIED train conductor sexually assaulted a male teenage passenger on a service from Leeds.

Northern Rail conductor Ian Wilce, 49, right, twice assaulted the boy on an early morning train between Leeds Station and Guiseley.

Wilce denied sexual assault but a jury convicted him after a trial.

Judge Sally Cahill QC handed Wilce a nine month jail sentence suspended for two years.

Leeds Crown Court heard the boy was the only passenger and had caught the 6.27am train on January 16 after a night out in Leeds.

Prosecutor, David Gordon said after checking the boy’s ticket Wilce sat opposite him, saying: “You’re a nice looking lad.”

Mr Gordon said Wilce then assaulted the boy and asked if he liked it. The court heard Wilce repeated the assault.

As the boy stood up to get off the train at Guiseley Station Wilce asked for his mobile phone number.

The boy panicked and gave Wilce the number because the door hadn’t yet been opened.

The court heard the boy immediately reported the incident to staff at the station ticket office.

Meanwhile, Wilce was repeatedly calling his victim’s mobile number. Mark McKone, for Wilce said he has been suspended by his employers and would inevitably lose a “job he loved.”

Wilce’s wife was in court to support him. Sentencing Wilce, Judge Cahill told him: “You were in a position of authority as a train guard that morning. “

For the victim it must have been a terrifying an unpleasant experience.” Wilce, of Wheatshead Lane, Keighley, must do 200 hours unpaid work and obey a six-month 8pm to 7am curfew.

His name will be on the Sex Offender Register for ten years.