Judge Graham Cottle – Exeter CC

Judge Graham Cottle - Exeter Crown Court

Here is Judge Graham Cottle. He is a judge who seems to think that the abuse of children is not a serious enough crime to warrant a custodial sentence. He fails to understand the long lasting impact these evil offences have on the young and vulnerable child survivors. The sentences are quite simply a insult to the victims involved.

Judge Graham Cottle you are hereby NAMED AND SHAMED !

Below are some examples and quotes of some of his more questionable judgements 

2003A PAEDOPHILE school bus driver who assaulted three young girls avoided jail yesterday. Paul Bartlett was on the school run despite having under-age sex with a 14-year-old and being on the sex offenders’ register. He then targeted the three girls aged 11 and 12. But judge Graham Cottle refused to jail Bartlett after a jury in Exeter found him guilty of indecent assault. He said Bartlett, 36, of Paignton, Devon, should undergo a sex offenders’ programme instead.

July 2008William Hart, 22, had sex with the 14 yr old girl on two occasions after meeting her at a party and swapping mobile phone text messages and emails through the MySpace social networking site and still walks free from court. Judge Cottle gave Hart, of St David’s Hill, a nine-month jail sentence, suspended for two years 

July 2011AN internet paedophile caught by detectives in a sting operation in Exeter has walked free from court. Robert Powell, 57, travelled from his home in Liverpool to Exeter St David’s railway station in February expecting to meet a 13-year-old girl called Suzie.

But instead he was intercepted by officers from (CEOP) who had posed online as the fictitious teenager. Powell was arrested and later admitted five sexual offences including trying to “groom” a girl online and possessing more than 100 images of children of varying levels of severity, from level one to four.

Judge Graham Cottle said it would be “much more constructive” for Powell to undergo treatment than spend time in jail.

March 2012 - Suspended sentence for sexual assault on underage girl

Robert Lemin admitted the sexual assault of a 15-year-old girl. Jailed for 12 months, suspended for two years. A two-year supervision requirement.

May 2009 – Dangerous Pervert who abused 5 yr old girl escapes jail

A MAN who abused a five-year-old Exeter girl is now living under self-imposed house arrest because of the shame of his crime. Hudson, 57, was sentenced to 18 months in jail, suspended for two years by Judge Cottle. He had been convicted of indecently abusing the girl in Exeter in the 1990s and a similar offence against a 12-year-old youngster in another part of the country in the 1980s

May 2009 - Flasher under curfew

A PERSISTENT flasher will be electronically tagged and banned from going outdoors when school children are about. Howard Baker, 65, was given the three-month curfew at Exeter Crown Court, after being convicted of flashing at young girls across from the fence of their EXETER city school. Judge Cottle said that it was not possible to impose a jail sentence as Baker had already spent a year in custody, which is more than he would have served for the actual offence

August 2011 - ‘The Beast of Sligo’ free to roam the streets despite being jailed for 238 years?

Joseph McColgan, was jailed for a record 238 years for raping his own children. The Irishman, dubbed the Beast of Sligo, served just nine years before his early release in 2004. Then in June 2010 Judge Cottle gave him 30 months for possessing child pornography before being released early again.