Man sentenced to life for sexual offences

24/01/2011

A former police officer has been sentenced today to life at Coventry Crown Court for a string of sexual offences against young children and a vulnerable woman in the counties of Warwickshire and Northamptonshire.

Neil Bannister, District Crown Prosecutor for Warwickshire Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said: "Daniel Lishman has today been sentenced in respect of a number of very serious sexual offences involving young and vulnerable victims, which were committed over a number years.

"The commission of these serious offences are aggravated by the fact that Lishman was a former police officer, and although he had left the police at the time he committed these offences, he established a position of trust and authority over his victims in order to commit these crimes.

"Clearly a very dangerous offender has been brought to justice today. The public are right to be confident that the criminal justice agencies will do their utmost to protect the public and bring offenders such as Daniel Lishman to justice.

"Finally, the CPS would like to take this opportunity to thank the prosecution team in this case, including the excellent investigation work from both Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Police. I would also like to pay my thanks to the victims and their families for their support throughout the prosecution process."

 Daniel Lisham was convicted after a trial for the offences of Rape and Indecent Assault, but at an earlier hearing he had pleaded guilty to offences of Sexual Assault of a child by penetration, five offences of sexual assault of a child under 13, Causing or inciting a child under 13 to engage in sexual activity and 12 offences of Making an Indecent Image of a child. Offences to be taken into consideration also included Possession of 899 indecent images of children and three offences sexual assault of a child under 13