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Man sentenced to 13 years in jail for historic charges of child sexual offences

Following an investigation by West Mercia Police, a man has been sentenced to 13 years in jail for historic charges of child sexual offences, that took place in Worcester.

Malcolm West, aged 59 of Friars Court, Weston Beggard, Hereford, was convicted and sentenced at Hereford Crown Court on Tuesday (30 October), having pleaded not guilty, following a four day trial, where he was found guilty by jury of:

  • Two counts of indecency with a child under 16 years old.

  • Two counts of indecent assault of a child 9-11 years old.

  • Two counts of indecent assault of a child under 14 years old.

  • Two counts of rape of a child under 16 years.

The offences on two female's dated from 1982-1985.

He has also been registered as a sex offender for life.

West was originally interviewed in July 2017 whilst living in Hereford.

Following the sentence Detective Constable Gemma Birchley said: "We are pleased with the sentence and hope this helps provide some closure to both the victims of these terrible crimes."

"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 10+ years later like in this instance."

 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.

Alternatively, there are many agencies you can approach for help, guidance or support which offer a variety of services. Please see http://stoprapenow.co.uk/4284 for more information and for a list of the agencies available in your area.

Issued: Wednesday 31 October, 2.15pm, MC, Corporate Communications

Published 31/10/18