JUSTICE has caught up with an Exeter sex offender who has been jailed for nine-and-a-half years for crimes from decades ago.
David Nockolds, a 42-year-old former doorman, of no fixed abode, was sent to prison, at Exeter Crown Court yesterday, for molesting a boy and girl, in separate incidents in the city, beginning in the 1980s.
Recorder Sarah Munro QC praised both his victims for turning their lives around despite the devastating impact of the abuse.
She told Nockolds: “Your motivation was as much to demean, humiliate and punish them as it was to sexually assault them.”
Nockolds had denied all 14 charges, but was convicted by a majority verdict of 10-2, the day before.
Prosecutor Ian Fenny had told the court that one of the victims had been a boy who was under 14.
The other victim was a girl who was under age during most of the offences, except for an occasion when she saw Nockolds in the city when she was around 17.
Nockolds, giving evidence, had claimed to the jury that the allegations were “lies” based on grudges against him.
But both victims had insisted to the court that they were telling the truth and each described how Nockolds had threatened them to stay silent at the time.
Nockolds remained calm, with hands clasped, but slightly bowed his head as the jail sentence was announced.
The judge told him that the male victim had been seriously affected by the abuse for many years.
“To his credit, he has turned his life around and no one can fail to be impressed by the man he has become,” she said. “I hope he can now have the closure he seeks.”
She added: “The woman has dealt with the abuse by trying to forget about it. She too is now a very successful member of society, which is to her credit.
“She found it extremely difficult reliving the experience and it is hoped she can now close the door.
“Each of these victims has suffered fear, degradation and shame.”
Defence counsel David Evans did not comment upon the offences, which his client was still denying.
But he said Nockolds had stayed out of trouble for many years, except for a drink-driving conviction.
He added: “The defendant has been living in a car as he has been forced to be, because of the attention of neighbours.”
Recorder Munro did not impose a Sexual Offences Prevention Order but told Nockolds he must put his details on the Sex Offender Register for life.
He had been found guilty of seven charges involving the boy. These were an attempted sexual offence, four charges of indecency with a child and two of indecent assault.
The judge had ordered a verdict of not guilty for an eighth charge, which was a second sexual offence. This was for technical reasons as the victim told the court it only happened once.
Nockolds was also found guilty of seven allegations involving the girl, which were four charges of indecency with a child and three of indecent assault.