August 2022

Covingham pensioner jailed after abusing three children in the 1970s

A pensioner has been jailed after he was convicted of sexually abusing three girls 

Reginald Mullis abused the young girls in the 1970s, causing them trust issues that have continued to this day.

Denying the charges in a trial, the Swindon OAP attacked the character of his victims and still denies abusing them.

Sentencing the now 83-year-old on Friday, Judge Euan Ambrose referenced their victim statements to the court: “Those statements speak of the long shadow your offending has cast over their lives.

“The effect that they describe is all too common in cases of this sort.

“They describe your behaviour has had a significant effect upon their ability to trust others, specifically when their own children and grandchildren are concerned.”

He said they were caused “additional distress” by the trial and added: “It may be tempting to say on your behalf that these were matters that happened a very long time ago.

“But when one reads the victim personal statements and sees how your behaviour has affected your victims over the years, the effects continue.

“So these are not historical footnotes, they are offences that have had a lasting effect.”

Resisting the urge from Mullis’s barrister to avoid sending his client straight to jail, Judge Ambrose said the offences were too serious for any other sentence and jailed him for a total of two years and ten months.

Mullis, from Passmore Close in Covingham, had faced 11 charges, with the jury at Bristol Crown Court finding him not guilty of eight and guilty of three counts of indecent assault.

He was hauled back into the dock on Friday (July 29), where he was sentenced by Judge Ambrose.

Mullis was jailed for a total of two years and 10 months.

This was made up of an 18-month sentence on one count, a six-month concurrent sentence on a second count committed around the same time, and a 16-month consecutive term for a third count committed at a later date.

Mullis has also been told to sign the sex offenders’ register.