Southend man convicted of historic sexual offences

A man who indecently assaulted a teenage girl during the 1990s has been convicted.

Michael McKenzie assaulted the girl between 1996 and 1998 in Southend.

He was arrested after the victim reported what had happened in July 2019.
Essex Police’s Quest team carried out the investigation into the allegations and charged 63 year-old McKenzie, of the Grove, Southend, with a number of offences.

He denied them but, following a trial at Basildon Crown Court, was found guilty of indecent assault on Friday October 29.
He is due to be sentenced at the same court on December 10.

Detective Sergeant Shirley Cole said: “I want to praise the victim for her bravery in reporting what happened and for the courage she has shown throughout the investigation and court process.

“I hope this conviction shows it is never too late to get justice, no matter when the offences took place.

The Quest team is a specialist unit set up in 2019 which investigates allegations of non-recent child abuse.

You can find out more about the team at: https://www.essex.police.uk/news/essex/news/news/2021/august/you-will-be-listened-to-you-will-be-supported—meet-the-team-getting-justice-for-victims-of-non-recent-sexual-abuse/
You can also find out the support provided to victims of sexual offences at: https://www.essex.police.uk/news/essex/news/news/2021/june/essex-how-we-support-victims-of-rape-and-sexual-assault/

Mick Ferris

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