Convicted Paedophile Back In Jail After Battering His Girlfriend Three Days After Prison Release

A woman who formed a relationship with a convicted paedophile while he was behind bars allowed him to stay in her home upon his prison release, only be to brutally beaten by him three days after he was released.

Convicted paedophile Derek Wiswall, 32, has been jailed for 16 months for assaulting his girlfriend
Convicted paedophile Derek Wiswall, 32, has been jailed for 16 months for assaulting his girlfriend

33-year-old paedophile Derek Wiswall began a relationship with Abigail Cowell while in prison. Upon his release, he went to stay with her, before spitting at her and punching her multiple times - falsely accusing her of having an affair.


Liverpool Crown Court was told how Wiswall and the victim formed a relationship in February and she would frequently send him money "on the basis that he would pay her back upon his release.


Prosecutor, Ben Berkson, told the court how Wiswall moved into Ms Cowell's home in Widnes "while he was looking for accommodation" after being released from prison on May 17.



Three days later, on May 20, Wiswall found messages on Facebook from another man on the victim's phone, leading him to incorrectly suspect she was having an affair. The convicted paedophile spat at Ms Cowell multiple times, pushed her around the flat and punched her in the face several times.


Wiswall, originally from Runcorn, then called her a "fat s**g" and told her "she deserved everything she got".


Derek Wiswall was sentenced at Liverpool Crown Court on Wednesday
Derek Wiswall was sentenced at Liverpool Crown Court on Wednesday

When the woman attempted to call her friend for help, Wiswall grabbed her phone and snapped it, before punching her laptop.


Derek Wiswall was jailed for seven months in 2020 for possession of indecent images of children. Then in February 2022, he was sentenced to 18 weeks for failing to comply with notification requirements as part of his original sentence.


Wiswall pleaded guilty to assault causing actual bodily harm and criminal damage and was jailed for 16 months on Wednesday.

He was also handed a restraining order preventing him from contacting Ms Cowell for five years.


Sentencing, Recorder Eric Lamb, said: "I have reached the conclusion that in the circumstances of this case, in which you were on licence for just three days before the commission of the offence against a person who had given you accommodation to which you were released, only a sentence of immediate custody can provide adequate punishment.


"I do not consider that the prospect of rehabilitation outweighs or outbalances that face."


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