Pensioner, 66, jailed after string of sex attacks over 20-year reign

The paedophile who prowled streets in a Rolls Royce: Pensioner, 66, is jailed for 14 years after string of sex attacks over 20-year reign of abuse on young boys he impressed with his luxury car

  • Roy Coxhead, 66, was convicted after a two-week trial at Reading Crown Court
  • Coxhead convicted of 13 offences including two counts of indecency with child
  • He has now been jailed for 14 years, followed by four years on extended licence
  • Coxhead will also be required to notify police of where he lives for rest of his life 

A paedophile who prowled the streets in a Rolls Royce Silver Shadow has been jailed for 14 years after a string of sex attacks over a 20-year reign of abuse on young boys.

Roy Coxhead, 66, was convicted of a raft of offences after a two-week trial earlier this year at Reading Crown Court. 

Judge Emma Nott described how he targeted vulnerable men in a calculated scheme to groom them to commit sexual acts with him. 

Coxhead was convicted of 13 offences, including two counts of indecency with a child, three counts of sexual assault on a male person and one count of perverting the course of justice. 

He has now been jailed for 14 years and will not be released until the parole board deems he is no longer a danger to society. 

His time in prison will be followed by a further four years on an extended licence.

Coxhead will also be required to notify police of where he lives for the rest of his life. 

Roy Coxhead, 66, has been jailed for 14 years after a string of sex attacks over a 20-year reign of abuse on young boys

The jury had earlier heard how Coxhead had used his position running a local business to employ vulnerable young men before utilising a flat, provided by his work, to create an environment which would attract young boys. 

The court heard that Coxhead successful seduced a vulnerable young man by offering him alcohol and eventually getting him addicted to cannabis. 

Prosecutor Timothy Naik told the court how, almost 20 years later, the pensioner had targeted his second victim after he heard the schoolboy blurt out ‘s*** d***’ in a Tourette’s outburst.

To which Coxhead then responded: ‘Come to my house and I will.’

The prosecutor outlined how the boy suffered from significant learning disabilities throughout his life including autism and ADHD. 

The court heard how the young man could not deal with Coxhead’s experienced manipulation and he visited Coxhead’s home numerous times.

The pensioner, who was convicted of 13 offences, prowled the streets in a Rolls Royce Silver Shadow (stock image)

Judge Nott was told how the paedophile had targeted the two vulnerable boys in a calculated scheme to groom them and used his positions of power to exploit them.

The court heard how Coxhead’s grooming was so successful that the offences involving the two boys did not come to light until he was charged with other similar offences. 

Following the trial earlier this year, Coxhead was convicted of 13 offences, including two counts of indecency with a child, three counts of sexual assault on a male person and one count of perverting the course of justice.

In a harrowing victim impact statement, one of the victims, now an adult who cannot be identified for legal reasons, said: ‘I thought I was going to lose everything when this abuse came to light, I feel so lucky to have my wife and children.

Coxhead was convicted of a raft of offences after a two-week trial earlier this year at Reading Crown Court (pictured)

‘Now I have told the truth there are no secrets between me and my wife. I am happy that it is done and it is over.’

The mother of Coxhead’s second victim told the court that the family had to move home due to the abuse while Coxhead was ‘living life as if nothing had happened’.

She told the judge: ‘I felt ashamed as a lot of people were gossiping despite the fact that I knew we had done nothing wrong. I despaired that something had happened to my little boy and I could not protect him.

‘He has had to relive this so many times, through the first and the second police investigations and then the court case. How many times will he have to relive it all?’

Defence counsel Janick Fielding told Judge Nott that Coxhead had suffered from sexual abuse when he was a young child and this was a case of ‘the abused turning abuser’.

However, the barrister said that while Coxhead did accept he had been convicted, he did not accept his guilt and he ‘thought he was in love with his first victim and he thought the relationship was real’.

Coxhead, of Reading, Berkshire, appeared in court via a video link. He appeared disinterested throughout the proceedings, often picking his fingers and scratching his head.

The pensioner, who was wearing a grey prison jumper, did shake his head as some of his offences were outlined to the court, as family members of his victims watched from the public gallery.

Sentencing Coxhead to 14 years in prison, Judge Nott told him: ‘You made yourself important to your first victim by giving him status and driving him around in your Rolls Royce Silver Shadow to sell cannabis to school friends.

‘There was a significant age disparity between you and you used alcohol and cannabis to facilitate these offences.

‘While you have expressed sorrow for yourself you have never shown any remorse for the damage you have done to your victims. Furthermore, you continue to treat yourself as the victim.’

The Judge also condemned Coxhead for instructing his lawyers to attack his victims during the trial, playing on their weaknesses and trying to paint them as thieves attacking an old friend.

In relation to his second victim, the Judge told Coxhead: ‘Your lawyer put to his mother that it was part of her failings as a mother. This was a way of playing into her misplaced worries about her relationship with your victim.

‘She is a dedicated and thoughtful mother.’

Coxhead will spend 14 years in prison and will not be released until the parole board deems he is no longer a danger to society. His time in prison will be followed by a further four years on an extended licence.

He will also be required to notify police of where he lives for the rest of his life. 

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