May 2019

Judge’s warning to paedophile Dean Foxhall after jury finds him guilty of attacking teenage boy

A paedophile has been convicted of grooming and sexually abusing a teenage boy about 15 years ago.

Dean Foxhall, 37, denied any wrongdoing but was convicted by a jury of two counts of sexual activity with a child on Friday after a five-day trial at Hull Crown Court.

The verdicts were reached by majority decisions after more than six hours of deliberations by a jury of eight women and four men.

Only then were they told Foxhall had previously been convicted for possessing indecent photographs of boys and girls of “various ages”. He was jailed for that conviction in May, 2011, but later had the sentence altered to a three-year community order by the Court of Appeal.

Foxhall, of Samman Road, Beverley, was remanded in custody and will be sentenced at the same court on June 28 following the preparation of a pre-sentence report. He showed no emotion when the verdicts were delivered.

Trial judge Paul Watson QC, Honorary Recorder of Hull and East Riding, told him: “Dean Foxhall, stand up please. You have been convicted by the jury of two offences of sexual activity with a young boy.

“A custodial sentence is inevitable, but I’m prepared to adjourn this case for a pre-sentence report, and I will deal with you, as I have indicated, on the afternoon of June 28.”

In evidence, the victim had described being groomed by Foxhall, who somehow started texting him “stupid pictures” from his own phone during a visit to his then home in an East Riding village.

The victim said: “He said he could send them out if he wanted to, and I didn’t want that. He went upstairs and texted me ‘Come upstairs’. I said I didn’t want to. He kept asking me. He said if I did he would take me to McDonalds. He asked if I wanted to do things, and I said ‘What’?”

The victim said Foxhall was lying on the bed in his boxer shorts after taking his trousers off, and asked the boy to take his trousers off, which he did not want to because he was embarrassed.

“I didn’t enjoy it but it was my first sexual encounter,” he said.

The victim said Foxhall then warned him if he told anyone no one would believe him. He said Foxhall later bought him “footy stickers”.

The victim said the case had been “getting on top of me for the last two years”. He said as an adult he confided in his father, who asked him if Foxhall had known how old he was and said “Yeah, 100 per cent”.