January 2018

Windsor man found guilty of multiple rapes, attempted rape and indecent assaults of children

A man has been found guilty of numerous indecent assaults and rapes in Cheshunt and London.

Brian Cole, 62, of Centre Road in Windsor, was convicted on all ten counts he faced by the jury at St Albans Crown Court today (January 19).

These include one charge of attempted rape, two rapes, two counts of sexual activity with a child and five counts of indecent assault.

Cole committed the offences in Cheshunt and London across a span of 35 years.

The jury of seven women and five men took less than a day of deliberation to return their guilty verdicts.

During the trial the court heard from Cole’s victims, who cannot be named for legal reasons.

One of the victims, who was seven at the time she suffered the abuse, said: “He would try and kiss me. He would be trying to kiss me on my lips but then he would try and kiss my neck and my cheeks.”

When she tried to stay away from him, she claims Cole would tell her ‘show me more love.’

 

She also described the moments that Cole made her bend over the sofa, covering her face with a pillow.

She told the court: “What I remember the most is the sound of him unzipping his trousers.”

During the trial one witness claimed that Cole was seen kissing the girl on the lips, intertwining his fingers with hers and ‘looking her up and down’ as she walked away from him.

Another of Cole’s victims told the court that he had touched her when she was only six or seven years old.

She said: “He was touching me, he touched me down below. I was scared and shocked – I can’t explain it but it didn’t make me feel good.”

The woman explained that she hadn’t reported the incident to the police sooner because she had been scared.

“I didn’t think anyone would believe me,” she told the jury.

 

The jury also heard that Cole had been convicted at Snaresbrook Crown Court in 2014 for indecently assaulting a girl and possessing indecent images of children.

Cole would give his victim, who was seven at the time, a sweet so she would sit on his lap.

David Smithet, who was defending Cole, did not enter an application for bail until sentencing.

He said: “If I were minded to put in an application, I am certain I know what your honour’s response would be.”

Judge Marie Catterson said: “I take the view in light of the convictions, there would be a substantial risk of this man failing to surrender.”

 

She also thanked the jury for their service during the trial which began on Monday, January 8.

Cole has a previous conviction for manslaughter, and served seven years in prison, from a ‘long time ago’.

He will be sentenced at St Albans Crown Court on Friday, March 2.

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