A predatory paedophile who is serving an 18 year sentence has been jailed for another eight after meeting one of his now grown-up victims in prison.
Colin Cooper, 76, was jailed in 2011 and has been convicted of committing more than 50 sexual offences against 18 children aged between five and 12 during the 1970s and 2000s.
One of his victims, who was under 16 when he was assaulted in the 1970s, has since been locked up himself for raping a young girl and recognised Cooper in prison.
Cooper’s victim, who was said to have ‘felt like a child’ when he realised who he had run into, went back to his cell and broke down in tears.
Cooper, formerly of Wythenshawe and Hattersley in Manchester, was hauled back before the courts and found guilty of yet more historic offences against the man.
Yesterday, Cooper was jailed for eight years after a jury unanimously found him guilty of three counts of indecent assault and one count of gross indecency with a child, all against the same victim.
That sentence will run alongside his existing 18-year detention period.
The court was told Cooper, previously known as Alan Makinson, is in poor health and could die behind bars.
In a statement read to the court by prosecutor David Bentley, Cooper’s latest victim said: ‘I know he [Cooper] stole my childhood. It has destroyed my life.
‘If a convicted sex offender can open up about my past abuse, I hope it can help others come forward.
‘Some people have the theory that the abused becomes an abuser. And in some cases, they might be right.’
Defending, Stuart Duke said Cooper had been a ‘prolific offender’ in Wythenshawe.
Mr Duke said there was a ‘real possibility’ Cooper would die in prison. Cooper continues to deny any wrongdoing.
Mr Duke said: ‘As far as rehabilitation is concerned, the prospect isn’t rosy.’
The court heard Cooper would entice his victims with money and gifts and would target the vulnerable.
At a previous hearing Manchester Crown Court heard how Cooper forced some victims to eat raw meat from pigs’ heads when they tried to escape his clutches.
Previously Cooper was jailed for three years in 1986 after admitting a string of child sex crimes, including rape.
He changed his name, moved address, and continued to prey on vulnerable youngsters.
Judge Timothy Smith explained he was constrained in his sentencing powers due to the most recent offences being charged under the laws applicable in the 1970s.
He told Cooper: ‘You are a compulsive, manipulative and predatory paedophile.’
Referring to the meeting in prison, the judge added: ‘In the course of that chance encounter following some exploration of matters, he realised that you were his abuser.
‘That only became clear when he told you what your name was at the time, that being Alan Makinson, you since having changed your name.
‘His reaction to that was that he felt like a child and went back to his cell and broke down crying.’
The court was told the victim said he would ‘never get over’ what Cooper had done to him.
After the hearing, Detective Constable Joanna Gordon, of GMP’s Public Protection Investigation Unit, said: ‘Colin Cooper took advantage of a young child to satisfy his own depraved desires and prison is where he belongs.
‘I hope that today’s result sends a clear message to victims of historic sexual abuse- no matter how much time has passed – we will do everything in our power to bring perpetrators to justice for these horrific crimes.
‘Victims have to live with the trauma of these crimes for a large part of their life and I’d encourage anyone who has suffered previously to please come forward and get the support they need.’