May 2017: Mowbray has now been released to a Sunderland bail hostel on licence

December 2010

Sex offender is sentenced to ten years in jail

A child sex offender trembled and wept as he was jailed for 10 years for abusing a young girl more than two decades ago.

Malcolm Mowbray’s terrible secret past finally caught up with him as he was locked up for repeatedly molesting a pre-teenage schoolgirl in the late 1980s.

Judge Peter Armstrong told him: “This was the grossest of abuse. Your sexual proclivities overbore any sense of decency towards this girl. You’ve shown no remorse.

“She was too young to understand what you were doing. But the effect upon her now has been devastating.”

Mowbray, 53, shook and bowed his head in the dock as Teesside Crown Court heard of the abuse he inflicted on the girl when he was in his 30s.

He lost his composure as he learned his fate, a 10-year prison term, yesterday.

He shook, cried, gripped the wooden bench in front of him and looked to the public gallery with an anguished expression as the sentence was delivered.

Mowbray was convicted by a jury on five charges of indecent assault after a trial last month.

He was jailed for eight years for the most serious of the five counts – which under current law amounts to rape – plus an additional two years for some of the others.

The judge said: “She had to relive the ordeal. Everyone saw the effect upon her.”

He said anyone seeing the girl giving evidence as an adult in a trial must have been affected by her recounting what Mowbray did to her in her childhood.

He added that there had to be a lengthy prison sentence.

He said: “All the reports otherwise speak highly of you.

“So clearly at that time there was a different side to you.”

Mowbray convinced her that the way he was touching her and what he was forcing her to do was normal.

Prosecutor Rupert Doswell told the court of the prolonged abuse the young victim suffered.

“You have shown no remorse and she had to relive the ordeal, and anyone seeing her give evidence can’t have been but affected by that sight of her having to recount what you did to her, and everyone saw the effect on her.”

Married Mowbray, of Hollowfield, Coulby Newham, was also put on the sex offenders’ register for life and was banned from having unsupervised contact with under-16s.

The jury cleared him of three charges of indecent assault.

Mowbray was given a sexual offences prevention order banning him from having contact with under-16s, and will be on the sex offenders’ register, both indefinitely.