January 2023

Mark Cox jailed for indecent assaults

A Suffolk man who sexually assaulted a schoolgirl more than two decades ago when he was a teenager has been jailed for seven years.

Before Ipswich Crown Court on Friday (January 13) was Mark Cox, now aged 46, of Ridley Road, Bury St Edmunds.

He had denied six offences of indecent assault and one of rape dating back to the 1990s when he was a teenager.

However, he was convicted by a jury after a trial last year of four offences of indecent assault and cleared of the remaining three offences, including the rape charge.

Sentence was adjourned for a pre-sentence report to be prepared on him.

Judge Martyn Levett jailed Cox for seven years with a one-year extended licence period.

He was also made the subject of a sexual harm prevention order and banned from contacting the victim until further order.

During the trial, Matthew Sorel-Cameron, prosecuting, told the court that Cox had been in his late teens at the time of the offences.

The court heard that after his arrest in January 2019 Cox claimed the allegations were “fabricated”.

Cox chose not to give evidence during the trial.