November 2017

‘Warped and depraved’ paedophile jailed

Warped and depraved sex beast Albert Wilcox has been jailed for more than 15 years for child sex offences spanning five decades.

The serial offender started abusing youngsters in the 1970s and for years got away with it after a previous complaint failed to proceed.

Now the 55-year-old has finally been brought to justice at Newcastle Crown Court for a series of rapes and indecent assaults.

A judge branded him a danger to the public as he locked him up for 15 years and three months and ordered him to sign the sex offenders register for life.

Recorder Ben Nolan QC told Wilcox: “It is difficult to imagine more warped and depraved behaviour.

“There is a significant risk of you causing serious harm to members of the public by committing further, serious, specified offences.

“You will only be released on licence when the parole board consider it safe to release you, if not you will spent the whole custodial term in prison.”

The court heard in the 1990s a teenager made a report and was interviewed by police about a sickening attack he had subjected her to but the case against him was dropped.

It was only when the most recent victim made a report Wilcox had raped her that the case from twenty years ago was resurrected.

Wilcox, of Clovely Road, Sunderland, admitted four offences of indecent assault in relation to a child he targeted in the late 1970s, when he was just a teenager himself.

He pleaded guilty to indecent assault carried out in the 1990s, in relation to the teen who bravely made a report at the time despite being “scared” of Wilcox.

And he also admitted four offences of rape and four of inciting a child to engage in sexual activity in relation to another young victim, who he abused recently. That victim said: “Sometimes I think he will be able to come and hurt me again.

“I never spoke out because he said I would never be believed.”

Wilcox had faced further allegations relating to another three alleged victims but the offences were left on file after he admitted the 13 charges and will not be proceeded with.

Tony Hawks, defending, said Wilcox has “lost everything” because of his own behaviour and had led an otherwise hard-working life.

Mr Hawks added: “The defendant knows there is very little I can say.

“I cannot take issue with the fact he will be found to be dangerous.

“The offences go back to when he was a child, or a young man.”

After the case, DCI Phil Bond said: “Police carried out a full investigation into allegations of indecent assault in 1997. Albert Wilcox was charged with these offences and put before the courts. Unfortunately, before the trial was due to begin, the victim was unable to give evidence and the trial did not go ahead.

“Earlier this year, we received reports of sexual offences, again naming Wilcox as a suspect. Officers not only investigated the new allegations but they also proactively revisited the case reported in 1997.

“They have worked extremely closely with all the victims and provided the utmost support to ensure they were all able to come forward and give evidence against Wilcox in court.

“The most important people in all of this are the victims and because of their bravery in giving evidence, this has ultimately led to the conviction of Wilcox and will now be spending a considerable amount of time behind bars.”

October 2017

Sunderland pervert raped child after no action taken over previous sex attack on another victim

A pervert remained free to rape a child after an earlier victim reported him to the police for a serious sex attack but no action was taken.

Albert Wilcox is facing years behind bars for a shocking series of sexual offences carried out on three victims over a number of years.

Newcastle Crown Court heard one teenager had previously made a report and was interviewed by police about a sickening attack he had subjected her to but the case against him was not proceeded with.

It was only when the most recent victim made a report that Wilcox had raped her that the case was resurrected and he will now, finally, be brought to justice.

Wilcox, 55, of Clovelly Road, Sunderland, has now admitted four offences of indecent assault in relation to a child he targeted as his first victim.

He also pleaded guilty to indecent assault in relation to the teen who bravely made a report at the time of the attack, despite being “scared” of Wilcox.

Wilcox has also admitted four offences of rape and four of inciting a child to engage in sexual activity in relation to another young victim, who he targeted more recently.

The latest young victim said in a heartbreaking impact statement: “Sometimes I think he will be able to come and hurt me again.

“I never spoke out because he said I would never be believed.”

Prosecutor Michael Hodson told the court one teenager had told her mother what had happened to her and the attack was reported to the police but the case was “not proceeded with”.

Mr Hodson added: “When (the third complainant) came forward to tell what had happened to her, the police checked the police records in relation to this defendant and found the earlier complaint was in the system and it was resurrected and the defendant has pleaded guilty.”

Wilcox, who appeared at the hearing via videolink to HMP Durham, will be sentenced for all of the offending next month and has been remanded in custody.

Mr recorder Ben Nolan QC told him: “Be under no illusion, you will be sentenced to an extensive period of imprisonment.”

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