16th Nov, 2018

Man jailed for 13 years for historic child sexual offences in city

Rob George 5th Nov, 2018

A HEREFORD man has been jailed for 13 years after being found guilty of a string of historic charges of child sexual offences which took place in Worcester.

Malcolm West, 59 of Friars Court, Weston Beggard was convicted and sentenced at Hereford Crown Court having pleaded not guilty to eight offences against young girls between 1982 and 1985.

Following a four-day trial, West was found guilty of two charges of the rape of a child under the age of 16, two counts of indecent assault of a child aged under 14, two charges of indecent assault of a child aged between nine and 11-years-old and two counts of indecency with a child under 16-years-old.

He has also been registered as a sex offender for life and speaking following the verdict, Det Con Gemma Birchley said she hoped the sentence provided some closure to both the victims.

“Hopefully, this serves as a reminder and deterrent to offenders that we are absolutely committed to bringing those responsible of crimes to justice, even when it is some ten or more years later like in this instance,” she said.

Anyone who has been the victim of a sexual offence is encouraged to report the incident to police, where specially trained officers will help victims with care and sensitivity and will work to get the right result for them with their wishes in mind.

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