December 2019

Lincoln badminton coach pleads guilty to the “abhorrent” abuse of seven boys

A Lincoln badminton coach has pleaded guilty to the “abhorrent” abuse of seven boys under the age of 16.

Timothy Mawer was a familiar face in schools across the city during the 80s, 90s and 2000s.

The 51-year-old hired out school sports halls and youth club facilities where he taught large groups of children and county level athletes how to play badminton.

He has now pleaded guilty to 15 horrifying charges of indecent assault against boys under 16.

A police investigation found the coach took advantage of boys “who looked up to him” by offering them money to take part in sexual acts he described as a “game”.

His case was initially brought before Lincoln Magistrates’ Court on October 24 where Mawer pleaded not guilty to 15 charges of indecently assaulting boys aged under the age of 16 in the late 80 up to the mid-90s.

The case was sent for trial at Lincoln Crown Court on November 21 where Mawer of Long Beach, Long Beach Road, Haventhorpe Park Holiday Centre in Cleethorpes changed his plea and finally admitted to the horrific abuse of his victims.

Sentencing will be held on December 20 at the same court, however, Mawer has been granted unconditional bail until then