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Former soldier jailed for sexually abusing two schoolgirls

Malcolm Israel

A FORMER soldier who sexually abused two school girls has been jailed for five years.

Malcolm Shaun Israel, 59, committed offences against the children, the youngest aged just 12, after drinking heavily, Carlisle Crown Court heard today (WED).

Israel – an Armed Forces veteran who was stationed in Northern Ireland during the 1970s – gave the oldest girl alcohol along with cigarettes before sexually assaulting her.

He had abused the youngest child after putting on a “really scary movie, prosecutor Tim Evans said, before instructing her “not to tell”.

But that younger girl did report his illegal acts to her father, who later outlined the “dramatic” effect of Israel’s “horrendous” criminal conduct in an impact statement.

Israel told police he didn’t require a solicitor when interviewed, explaining: “Cos I’m guilty.” He later breached the conditions of his bail by providing gifts to one of the victims.

Israel admitted four sexual assault charges. He was sentenced this morning when his lawyer spoke of a serious brain injury the defendant had suffered during the 2000s, his battles with alcoholism and that he had “no memory” of committing the sex assaults.

Israel, of Haig Road, Carlisle, was jailed by Judge Julie Clemitson, who also ordered that he must sign the sex offenders’ register for life. He must also abide by the strict terms of an indefinite sexual harm prevention order, and his case will be also reported to the safeguarding authorities.

Detective Constable Matthew Rees investigated the case, speaking after the hearing, he said: “I’d encourage anyone who believes they may be a victim of sexual abuse or child sexual exploitation to report it at the earliest opportunity.

“We will thoroughly investigate any information we receive to bring offenders to justice.

“Every single report is treated professionally and sensitively and victims will be supported by specially trained officers.”

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