A SERIAL sex predator who repeatedly groped fellow inmates behind bars can have no complaints about his convictions, top judges ruled today.
Depraved Ian Hodkinson was serving a 15-year sentence for sex crimes against children at HMP Altcourse, Liverpool, when he cornered his two victims.
The two male inmates told how the 49-year-old separately sexually assaulted them while in a cell at the jail.
In both cases he groped them intimately, London’s Appeal Court heard, locking the cell door from the inside to bar one victim’s escape.
Both of his victims also had convictions for sex offences, the court heard.
Hodkinson, of Bryn Road, Ashton, was serving his sentence for a string of sex attacks – including the rape of a schoolgirl.
He stood trial for the HMP Altcourse incidents at Liverpool Crown Court in December last year and was convicted of four counts of sexual assault.
Hodkinson was hit with a two-year jail term on top of his existing sentence.
Categorised as a “dangerous” offender, he was also ordered to serve a two-year extended licence period after his release.
His case reached the Appeal Court this week as his lawyers challenged his convictions over the prison sex attacks. They claimed his trial was unfair because the jury were not allowed to hear about his victims’ previous convictions for sex crimes.
But Lord Justice Jackson, sitting with Mr Justice Holroyde and Judge Neil Ford QC, said the trial judge’s approach was “entirely right”. Had the evidence been admitted then Hodkinson’s own record would also have been revealed to the jury.
“That would have been grossly prejudicial...therefore we are quite satisfied that his convictions are safe”, the judge concluded.