Sex offender jailed for six years

Michael Mason.
Michael Mason.

A MILFIELD man was sentenced to six years behind bars after being convicted for a series of historic sexual offences.

Michael James Mason, 39, now living at Dean Drive, Tweedmouth, was charged with 11 counts of indecent assault and an attempted rape by detectives in Berwick in May 2011.

He appeared at Newcastle Crown Court on November 25 last year and pleaded not guilty to the charges.

But after a six-day trial, Mason was found guilty by a jury on Friday, December 2, of six indecent assaults and attempted rape.

On Tuesday, Mason was handed a six-year jail sentence for the offences which date back to the late 1980s and early 1990s in the Milfield area.

Detective Constable Alan Bogle, from Berwick CID, said: “This has been a distressing case for the victims.

“They have shown great courage and maintained their dignity throughout the trial while having to relive traumatic events from their childhoods.

“Mason has shown no remorse for his actions during this whole investigation and I think that’s been reflected in the sentence handed out today.”