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Paedophile who changed name is spared jail sentence

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A CONVICTED paedophile who sexually abused two young girls in Thornton Heath in the early 1980s has been spared jail despite failing to tell police he had changed his name.

Stanley Kissoon, 71, who now lives in Birkenhead, Wirral, was jailed for 15 years in 2003 for the assaults on two girls aged nine and 11 at a house in Thornton Heath, between 1979 and 1982.

Kissoon, who used to live at Rowland Court, Addiscombe, changed his name by deed poll to Stanley Herrman last August.

But despite changing the name on his driving licence and bank account, he failed to tell police until they were notified of the change and interviewed him.

Kissoon pleaded guilty at Wirral Magistrates' Court earlier this month to failing to tell police he had changed his name – an offence linked to the Sexual Offences Act 2003.

After his release from prison, Kissoon moved to the Wirral in 2012 to get away from his past but has been subject to a poster campaign and threats from his neighbours.

He had been sentenced to 15 years in prison for two counts of rape and six years, to run concurrently, for indecent assault and for two counts of indecency with a child.

His victims had contacted the police when they met up 15 years later and told each other about their ordeals.

Kissoon denied the attacks and claimed they were fabricated, but after being found guilty it emerged he had two previous convictions for indecent assaults on two other girls in 1983.

At Wirral Magistrates' Court on Tuesday (July 22), Kissoon was sentenced to nine weeks in custody, suspended for 12 months, and ordered to complete 120 hours unpaid work in the community.

He must also comply with a six-month supervision order.


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