11 years jail for ‘vile’ paedophile who abused boy, 6, and girl, 8

Convicted sex offender Malcolm Ashley, who lives in Halifax, was jailed for 11 years
Convicted sex offender Malcolm Ashley, who lives in Halifax, was jailed for 11 years

A “vile” Halifax paedophile has been jailed for 11 years after being convicted of a series of sexual offences against two children.

Malcolm Ashley, 55, was convicted of three offences of rape and also a sexual assault.

At the time the offences - which were of a historic nature - took place the male victim was age six and the female victim was age eight.

Ashley, who a judge described as “vile and perverted” was arrested in January 2014, before being charged in October last year following a detailed investigation. And last week a judge at Bradford Crown Court jailed him for 11 years, made him subject to a life long sexual offences prevention order and put him on the Sexual Offenders Register.

Speaking after the court case, Det Insp David Shaw of Calderdale CID, said: “Ashley clearly poses a real danger to young people and I hope his victims can take some measure of comfort from seeing justice done. We would always encourage victims of sexual offences to come forward and can promise that reports will be investigated and victims will be treated with the utmost sensitivity.

“We were very pleased to see Ashley receive a substantial sentence for these offences which were described as ‘vile’ by the judge during the sentencing hearing.

“The trauma he has inflicted on his young victims cannot be calculated and we would echo the comments of the court in commending them for the courage they have shown in coming forwards.”

Anyone who may be a victim, or knows someone who may be a victim of a sexual offence can contact Calderdale Safeguarding Unit via 101.