April 2007

Paedophile jailed for life for sickening offences

This is dangerous and manipulative paedophile Stephen Coyle who has been jailed for life after being convicted of sex abuse charges, some in relation to a four-year-old girl.

Luton Crown Court heard on Friday how Coyle, 45, cunningly gained the trust of two families with the intention of abusing their young daughters.

Coyle, who lived in Ross Close, Luton at the time of his arrest was found guilty by a jury in February of serious sexual assault, indecent assault and indecency with a child relating to a four-year-old girl in 1991 and serious sexual assault and indecency with an eight-year-old girl in 2003.

He had denied the charges but has since admitted offending to probation officers.

Judge Michael Kay, QC, said he believed even that late admission was designed to show him in a favourable light on the day of sentence.

The judge said: “It is plain you are a manipulative, dangerous paedophile. You appeared to be concerned and helpful to these families but you were interested in only one thing – abusing them in the most revolting way.

“You are assessed a very high risk of further offending and of harm to children.

“Your ability to infiltrate vulnerable families should not be underestimated.” The judge passed a discretionary life sentence and told Coyle he will not be able to apply for parole until he has served nine years. He must register as a sex offender for life.

Beverley Cripps, prosecuting, said his first victim had lived in Northampton and he would babysit her. She had a clear recollection of three incidents of sex abuse committed on her when she was four.

In 2005 further allegations emerged in Luton from a girl he babysat when she was eight. She told police how he seriously sexually assaulted her several times.

The court heard that in May 2003 he was arrested during the Operation Ore inquiry. He had 91 images on his computer of children engaging in sex acts with adults and two of pre-pubescent girls posing in a sexual fashion.

In October the following year he was given a three-month community rehabilitation order and made the subject of a sexual offences prevention order, restricting his contact with children.

But in April 2005 the probation service said the order was not working and he was sentenced to five months in jail.

Since his release he had been monitored by police and probation.