December 2016 Comments

ANON Dec 30th, 2016 @ 12:44 PM

1/3...Mother and baby homes inquiry has cost €3.73m to date…

Commission is investigating allegations of abuse at institutions between 1922 and 1998

The commission of investigation into the Mother and Baby homes has cost €3.73 million to date.

The commission, which was established in February 2015, is tasked with investigating allegations of abuse at 14 institutions and four county homes between 1922 and 1998.

Figures released to The Irish Times show the costs of the inquiry, which is chaired by Judge Yvonne Murphy, were €1,485,676 in 2015 and will reach a further €2 million this year.

The majority of the monies has been spent on pay, with salary costs reaching €1.7 million over past two years.

Operational costs formed a significant part of the commission’s budget, reaching €414,628 this year and €267,357.

A confidential committee, which meets survivor groups and those who worked in the homes, has been shaping the commission’s work.

Agreement was reached in late 2015 that expenses would be provided to witnesses who gave evidence to the committee.

The bill for payments to more than 150 such witnesses was €23,404 in 2015 and €67,864 this year.

That is expected to rise in 2017 with meetings of the confidential committee due to take place in a number of locations in the United Kingdom.

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ANON Dec 30th, 2016 @ 12:42 PM

2/3...In addition the Department of Children has incurred costs of €400,000 for its role in assisting the commission.

The commission, which was established by the former minister for children James Reilly, was due to report back earlier this year.

However, it was granted an extension by the Government and will now not present its findings to the Government until February 2018.

Three individual reports will be delivered to the Minister for Children Katherine Zappone.

Only 14 institutions and four county homes across the country fall within the commission’s terms of reference.

The terms include an investigation into high mortality rates recorded in these institutions, the living conditions and social care arrangements in the homes and the exit arrangements made for single women and children on leaving.

The commission will have the power to investigate alleged forced and illegal adoptions from the homes and the relationships between the institutions and children’s homes, orphanages and adoption societies.

It will also investigate postmortem practices including the reporting of deaths, burial arrangements and the transfer of remains to educational institutions for anatomical examinations.

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ANON Dec 30th, 2016 @ 12:41 PM

3/3...Government response...

A spokesman for the Department said: “The Commission was established by Government on the 17th February 2015 and has offices on lower Baggot Street, Dublin 4.

“The costs associated with this Commission are met from the Vote of the Department of Children and Youth Affairs.

“Since its establishment in 2015 the Commission has incurred costs of approximately €3.326 million (to mid-December 2016).

“It is anticipated that the Commission’s total expenditure for 2016 will be in the region of €2 million.

“In addition, the Department has also incurred additional costs of approximately €0.405 million to date in supporting the establishment and operation of the Commission.”

The terms of reference of the inquiry have been criticised strongly by those representing the survivors of the mother and baby homes.

They believe the commission should extend its scope and report back within an earlier timeframe.

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ANON Dec 30th, 2016 @ 12:39 PM

Rise in reports of child abuse and neglect to NSPCC helpline…

The charity warns vulnerable children are at greater risk in December because they do not have the safety net of going to school.

Reports of child neglect to an NSPCC helpline have risen by 60% over a four-year period, according to the charity.

Newly released figures show there were 1,129 calls from people concerned about neglected children in December 2015 a 60% increase compared with December 2011.
Reports of child sexual abuse increased by 54% over the same period, while reports about emotional abuse were up by 44%.

According to the NSPCC, vulnerable children are often at a heightened risk of abuse in December because they do not have the safety net of the school environment during the Christmas break.

The charity is urging the public to look out for signs of neglect in children such as if they frequently appear to be poorly clothed and dirty, or if they try to steal food.

Children who are being abused may have physical injuries, appear to be more withdrawn than usual or may be frightened of certain adults.

The NSPCC has also released transcripts of two of the calls it received to its helpline.

One caller made contact to raise concerns about the wellbeing of children who lived nearby, and said: "The mother is holding parties around the house all the time with male strangers in and out of the family home.

"Sometimes I can smell drugs from the house and I know the children are inside.

"The children are always dirty and look undernourished. I'm really worried for them and I feel helpless."

Another person expressed concern about a young girl she knew who had said "worrying things" about what was happening when she stayed with a male relative.

That caller said: "I think she might be being sexually abused. She recently told me about a game they play at bedtime where her and the adult male get under the covers and that it's their little secret.

"She has become much more withdrawn in the last year and I wonder if this is the reason. I have tried to raise the concern with family members, but they tell me to mind my own business."

The chief executive of the NSPCC, Peter Wanless, said: "It's deeply worrying that we are seeing an increase in reports about abuse, but it's positive that people are vigilant and reporting any concerns they might have about the welfare of a child rather than standing by."

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ANON Dec 30th, 2016 @ 12:35 PM

County Down man jailed for abusing three boys…

A County Down man who abused three boys under the age of 13 over a six-year period has been jailed for 12 months.

The 53-year old grandfather, who cannot be named, will spend an additional 18 months on probation when he is released from prison.

Downpatrick Crown Court, sitting in Belfast on Thursday, heard the abuse occurred between 1977 and 1983.

The defendant was aged between 14 and 19.

The abuse occurred in various locations in the County Down village where both the abuser and his victims lived, including in their homes as he babysat and in a disused lorry.

He pleaded guilty to a total of 22 offences, including multiple counts of indecent assault and gross indecency.

The judge said it was "quite clear that on each occasion, you isolated the victims in order to abuse them and you kept them available to you and you alone."

Accepting that the defendant had a troubled upbringing and was an alcoholic, the judge also noted there had been no further offending since 1985.

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ANON Dec 27th, 2016 @ 12:02 PM

HSE and Tusla under fire for ignoring abuse report findings…

The Ombudsman for Children has criticised the HSE and the Child and Family Agency, Tusla, for implementing “virtually none” of the recommendations made in a HSE-commissioned review of child sexual abuse services - five years ago.

Children's Ombudsman Niall Muldoon: 'We can't wait another five years to implement report recommendations.'

Niall Muldoon described the Mott MacDonald-written National Review of Sexual Abuse Services for Children and Young People as having “a real vision”.

“It’s a real dark shadow on them [to not have implemented this], they have only been tinkering around the edges,” Dr Muldoon told the Irish Examiner. “Even if we do it five years later, we have to do it. We can’t afford to wait another five years.”

The report, published in June 2011, acknowledged that there were “examples of good practice”around the country but much is “driven through personal networks and contacts as opposed to developed and appropriate processes and protocols”.

The report’s authors said children should have equal access to a multi-disciplinary team of professionals regardless of time of day or geography.

They also urged faster initial assessments by social workers and the putting in place of a “consistent and equitable” medical service across the country.

They also criticised communication in the sector, inconsistency in therapy services, referral routes and wait times for therapy.

It said fundamental concerns must be addressed to ensure “there is improved, consistent and standardised provision of sexual abuse and sexual assault services nationally ”.

Tusla took over as the lead agency in the area when it was set up two years ago.

Last year, the Department of Children announced that an out-of-hours social work service would be put in place.

It also stated its commitment to joint interviewing with Gardaí.

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ANON Dec 27th, 2016 @ 11:59 AM

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ANON Dec 26th, 2016 @ 11:43 AM

More than 1,000 children contacted Childline on Christmas Day…

The ISPCC said the impact of alcohol abuse in the home over Christmas was also evident in the calls yesterday

Children's support service Childline received more than 1,000 contacts on Christmas Day.

The Irish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children, which runs the service, said children contacted Childline through its free phone, web chat and 'live' text services.

The ISPCC said there were also a number of contacts from children experiencing family difficulties, loneliness and mental health issues.

The Society said the impact of alcohol abuse in the home over Christmas was also evident in the calls yesterday.

A team of 61 volunteers was on hand on Christmas Day to offer support to children who made contact with Childline.

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ANON Dec 24th, 2016 @ 01:41 PM

Aberystwyth paedophile snared in sting after release…

A Ceredigion paedophile caught in an online sting weeks after being released for a similar offence has been jailed.

David John Williams, 54, of Aberystwyth, groomed a 14-year-old girl he met in an internet chat room while on licence in 2015.

But Williams did not know he was in fact chatting to a man hoping to help police to catch sex offenders.

He was jailed for 40 months at Swansea Crown Court after he admitted trying to facilitate child sex offences.

Judge Geraint Walters said it was "very disturbing" that Williams reoffended so quickly after leaving prison, in September last year.

"Despite the fact that you were sent to prison, you came back out and tried to do the same thing as you did before," he said.

"I have no shadow of a doubt that, untreated, you present a significant risk.

"You are addicted to the prospect of having sex with underage girls."

Williams, who also admitted breaching a sexual harm prevention order, will be placed on the sex offenders' register indefinitely.

He was also made the subject of an indefinite sexual harm prevention order.
Dyfed-Powys Police said the prosecution resulted in a "dangerous individual being taken off the streets".

"This sentence should serve as a warning to anyone else engaging in sexual activity with children that there are serious repercussions and Dyfed-Powys Police will continue to work hard to protect children from such dangerous offenders," a force spokeswoman added.

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ANON Dec 23rd, 2016 @ 01:06 PM

1/2...Anger at HSE delay of ‘Grace’ reports…

Cabinet ministers have reacted with fury over HSE delays in publishing reports into the ‘Grace’ sex abuse scandal in a Waterford foster home.

A Government-backed Commission of Inquiry is being held up because the HSE is refusing to publish two previous reports into the case involving a woman — known as Grace despite legal opinion which has cleared it to do so.

It is understood that Attorney General Marie Whelan has said there is no impediment to the publication of the 2012 Conal Devine Report and the 2015 Resilience Ireland report.

This opinion would support a similar finding by Conor Dignam SC in a recent report which set out the terms of reference of the Commission of Inquiry.

At the centre of this case are allegations of extreme sexual and physical abuse against disabled children and adults who passed through this foster home between 1992 and 2013.

At last Tuesday’s Cabinet meeting and in a subsequent meeting between Taoiseach Enda Kenny and the Independent Alliance TDs, the “unforgivable delays” by the HSE were raised as a matter of concern.

It is understood that HSE director general Tony O’Brien recently wrote to super junior minister for disabilities Finian McGrath, an Independent Alliance member, saying he cannot release two unpublished reports into the scandal it commissioned in 2012 and 2015 because of a Garda request.

It is understood that the HSE refusal has delayed the announcement of the final terms of reference and the official naming of the commission’s chairperson, who has been chosen.

Confirming the discussions at Cabinet level, Independent Alliance leader and Transport Minister Shane Ross revealed the anger and concern at ministerial level over the delays.

“Finian McGrath has raised this vociferously in meetings with the Taoiseach and other ministers at Cabinet and in private meetings.

He is very, very unhappy with the situation,” Mr Ross told the Irish Examiner.

“He has been very loud and clear and I share fully his concerns.”

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ANON Dec 23rd, 2016 @ 01:04 PM

2/2...In response to queries from this paper, Mr McGrath said he is demanding the immediate publication of the two reports.

“My position is crystal clear,” he said. “I want those two reports published now so I can get on with the commission as early as we can in 2017 as possible.”

Despite his unhappiness with the HSE, Mr McGrath himself has come in for some criticism from within Government as to the delays.

Fine Gael TD for Waterford John Deasy last night expressed his deep concern at the significant setbacks to the formal establishment of an inquiry, despite it being committed to by the previous Government on the eve of the general election.

“It took almost a year using any method possible to force an inquiry into this,” said Mr Deasy. “It has now taken Enda Kenny and his Cabinet another year to wise up to the fact that the HSE didn’t want this in the first place.

“It hasn’t been helped by the fact that Minister Finian McGrath has shown no ambition to see this concluded. Any expressions of frustration from Mr McGrath need to be taken with a huge pinch of salt.”

In response, the HSE said its position has not changed and that it was awaiting a response from the Gardaí as to whether it can publish the two reports.

“We have followed Dignam’s recommendations and we have made contact with the Gardaí,” said a HSE spokesman. “We are awaiting their response.

This is not a simple matter. We have to be assured that publishing the reports could affect ongoing investigations.”

Last month, following several lengthy delays, the 309-page report by Mr Dignam was published.

Mr Dignam made a series of findings, including:

:: The procedures and processes followed by the HSE when commissioning the reports did not meet its own procurement rules;

:: These procedures were not adequate to ensure the independence of those conducting the reviews;

:: 40 families of vulnerable children and teenagers placed in the foster home had reviews of their cases delayed by almost four years.

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ANON Dec 21st, 2016 @ 01:28 PM

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ANON Dec 21st, 2016 @ 01:02 PM

Charged for having first book banned in decades…

Gardaí are prosecuting a 40-year-old west Clare man for the possession of the first book to be banned here in nearly two decades.

Earlier this year, The Raped Little Runaway by Jean Martin and published by Star Distributors Ltd became the first book to be banned by the Irish Censorship of Publications Board since 1998.

The board found that the book which contains multiple descriptions of child rape to be ‘indecent’ and ‘obscene’.

In the case before Kilrush District Court yesterday, the accused is also being prosecuted for the sexual assault of a boy aged under 10 more than a decade ago at the accused’s home.

The Censorship of Publications Board voted to prohibit The Raped Little Runaway at a meeting on March 1 this year. Its decision prohibited the sale and distribution of the book in the State.

At the time, board chairman Shane McCarthy said the decision was unanimous among five board members. “It was the only resort.

The collective view of the board was that it was a vile publication as it contained graphic descriptions of the rape of a minor,” he said.

In the case before the district court yesterday, the west Clare man was charged with knowingly having in his possession child pornography The Raped Little Runaway at his home on November 28 of last year four months before the book was banned by the censors.

The man is charged under section 6 of the Child Trafficking and Pornography Act.

If found guilty of the illegal possession of The Raped Little Runaway in the district court, the man faces a jail term up to one year and if the case is heard in the circuit court, the man faces a prison term up to five years on conviction.

The man also faces two counts of the sexual assault of a boy aged under 10 at the time at the accused’s home on dates between January 1, 2001, to December 31, 2004.

The alleged victim is related to the accused. If convicted of the sexual assault charge, the accused in the circuit court faces a prison term up to five years.

When the man’s name was called out in court yesterday, there was no appearance by the accused.

Judge Patrick Durcan issued a bench warrant for the man’s arrest and ordered that the names of the accused and the alleged victim not be reported due to the nature of the charge.

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ANON Dec 21st, 2016 @ 12:58 PM

Mother guilty of plot to let man rape daughter, seven...

A mother has been found guilty of plotting to let a man rape her seven-year-old daughter.

Cardiff Crown Court was told that Stuart Bailey, 54, of Ynysybwl, Rhondda Cynon Taff, and the mother, who cannot be named for legal reasons, planned the sex attack via text messages.

The mother sent Bailey a naked photo of her daughter and bought sleeping tablets to drug her, the court heard.

They were found guilty of conspiracy to rape and will be sentenced in January.
Bailey was also found guilty of encouraging the distribution of indecent photographs of a child, and encouraging the sexual assault of a child.

Prosecutor Jim Davis said Bailey sent the mother messages asking, "let me do as I please".

He denied any wrongdoing and told the court it was a "thrill" sending out "vile and disgusting" messages.

The mother alleged she was being blackmailed and bullied by Bailey who had threatened her with physical violence.

The judge, Recorder Eleri Rees QC, remanded the pair in custody.

After the verdict, Det Insp Dean Llewellyn, of South Wales Police's Major Crime Unit, said it was a "harrowing crime".

"Our work to protect vulnerable children will not let up and today's verdict is further proof that those who engage in this type of criminality will be caught and brought to justice," he said.

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ANON Dec 21st, 2016 @ 12:56 PM

Sex abuser jailed for raping his daughter…

A man previously jailed in the UK for the rape of his step-children has been jailed for the repeated rape of his daughter here.

The 75-year-old man, who cannot be named, was released in the mid-90s. He then travelled to Asia where he married.

He later came to live in Dublin with his wife and the couple had two daughters in 2003 and 2005. He began molesting the youngest child when she was six years old.

The abuse escalated to oral rape when she was seven. He continued to rape her regularly for the next two years.

The abuse emerged in December 2013 when the man’s terminally ill wife reported her concerns about possible abuse of her daughter to hospital staff.

When gardaí were alerted they did a background check on the man and found his convictions.

Gardaí found out the man was in sole charge of his two daughters and they had been left unattended in a library. The man subsequently went to Asia, taking his wife with him, against medical advice.

He returned to Ireland in 2014 after his wife’s death. Acting on a tip-off, gardaí went to his flat with a search warrant and found passports in the names of his daughters in his luggage.

The man pleaded guilty at the Central Criminal Court to seven counts of sexual assault between January 2012 and December 2013.

He also admitted four counts of oral rape between May 2012 and December 2013.

Sentencing the man to 10 years, Mr Justice Paul Coffey said he was taking into account the “devastating effect of the abuse on her experience of childhood”.

In a victim impact statement, his daughter called the man a monster who was sick and needed help.

“You never protected me like a real daddy,” she said. “Deep down you know what you did was wrong. You probably can’t help yourself.

Please get some help. Let them help you. I hope you are ashamed and guilty.”

The judge backdated the sentence to 2014 when the man went into custody.

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ANON Dec 21st, 2016 @ 12:53 PM

Man jailed for eight years for child abuse material…..

The judge ordered that the man has no access to computers on his release

A 27-year-old man has been sentenced to eight years in jail for child abuse material.

The man, who cannot be named, was sentenced at Clonmel Circuit Court today.

Judge Thomas Teehan handed down a ten-year sentence, with the final two years suspended.

The man had pleaded guilty to four charges of filming his brother while he was sexually abusing a six-year-old disabled boy, who was his brother's son.

The offences occurred in Co Tipperary two years ago.

Judge Teehan said the child had suffered greatly from these heinous acts and their aftermath.

The judge said it was difficult to imagine a more extreme example of such violations of his privacy.

The man before him was in a position of trust of his nephew and this was a case with extreme aggravating factors, said the judge.

The court heard Judge Teehan say that the gravity of the offences place it in the highest category but not at the top - as the main perpetrator was the man's oldest brother who was carrying out the heinous acts.

He said the 27-year-old had been abused and the acts in some way act as a mirror image as to what happened to him but that is in no way to excuse his actions.

In mitigating circumstances, the judge said he was taking into account the man's guilty plea, the fact that he has no previous convictions, the fact that he has
co-operated with the Gardaí and the fact he has been a model prisoner since he went into custody in March of last year.

Judge Teehan handed down a ten-year sentence for each of the four charges of child abuse material, with each sentence to run concurrently, and he suspended the final two years.

He ordered that the man has no access to computers on his release.

Yesterday Clonmel court heard how the man had filmed his older brother sexually abusing his nephew.

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ANON Dec 20th, 2016 @ 12:22 PM

Set dancer Lewis (87) facing 65 sex offence charges has case sent to Crown Court….

An 87-year-old man, the star of a TV programme about some of the oldest dancers in Northern Ireland, who is charged with 65 sex offences has had his case sent to the Crown Court.

Vincent Lewis, of Annagher Road, Coalisland, County Tyrone, faces 38 charges of indecent assault on a male; 22 of buggery with a boy under the age of 16; four of gross indecency with or towards a child and one of attempted buggery of a boy under the age of 16.

The dates on the charges range from 1973 to 1983.

At a preliminary enquiry the legal stage to send a case to the Crown Court at Antrim Magistrates Court on Tuesday Lewis was in the dock and replied "no" when asked if he objected to the holding of the proceedings.

A prosecutor said on the basis of the papers he believed there was a case to answer and a defence lawyer said he had no contrary submissions.

District Judge Liam McNally held there was a case to answer.

Lewis was asked if he wished to say anything in relation to the charges or give evidence or call witnesses on his own behalf and he replied "no".

The case was sent to Antrim Crown Court on January 31.

The defence lawyer applied for two counsel and the judge said he would grant that "in light of the seriousness and the complexity of the case".

Lewis was released on continuing bail. As part of his bail conditions he must not have contact with any children under the age of 16; must not communicate with any alleged victims or witnesses and he must not have any contact with any persons associated with Our Lady of Bethlehem Abbey monastery at Portglenone, County Antrim.

In 2014 Mr Lewis featured in a show about set dancing called 'The Joy of Sets'.

At the time of the BBC 'True North' programme it was reported in the press he was still working as a printer making memorial cards and 'Mass Cards' and he also crammed in two or three set dancing classes a week.

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ANON Dec 20th, 2016 @ 12:19 PM

1/2...Child sex abuse victims more likely to suffer additional abuse…

Rape Crisis Network report finds children also have abuse perpetrated for longer time

Child victims of sexual violence are more likely than adult victims to experience additional abuse, including psychological and emotional abuse, and to have it perpetrated on them for a longer time.

These are among the findings in the 2015 annual report from the Rape Crisis Network of Ireland, published on Monday.

It finds that 1,384 people attended the 11 Rape Crisis Centres last year, which is a 3 per cent drop on the 2014 figures. More than 1,300 people availed of counselling and supports, and 180 people were accompanied to services such as the courts, the Gardaí, sexual assault treatment units and other medical services.

The slight drop in the number of people attending the centres, says the report, is most likely due to decreased resources rather than any decreased demand, as waiting lists remain active for all centres.

The majority (88 per cent) of people using the service were female and 12 per cent male, with almost one-fifth (19 per cent) children under the age of 18.

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ANON Dec 20th, 2016 @ 12:16 PM

2/2...Adult sexual violence...

The majority of the survivors (62 per cent) were subjected solely to child sexual violence, with one-third solely to adult sexual violence and one-in-10 subjected to sexual assault in both childhood and adulthood.

“Sexual violence is rarely perpetrated in isolation,” says the report, with younger victims the ones most likely to have experienced additional abuse to the sexual violence.

“Survivors of child sexual abuse most commonly disclosed that they had been subjected to emotional and psychological abuse in addition to the sexual violence, 60 per cent of under-13s and 66 per cent of 13- to 17-year-olds.”

The younger the person at the time of the abuse, “the more likely it is that the abuse was over a number of years (86 per cent of under-13s compared with 32 per cent of 13- to 17-year-olds)”. In contrast survivors of adult abuse most commonly said it happened over a number of hours (69 per cent).

Young children (under-13) most commonly disclosed that they had been abused within the abuser’s or their own homes (44 per cent and 36 per cent), while 13- to 17-year-olds most commonly disclosed abuse that took place in the survivor’s home (14 per cent), abuser’s home (34 per cent), outside locations (33 per cent) and other locations (19 per cent).

Female survivors were more likely subjected to rape (54 per cent) than sexual assault (42 per cent), while male survivors were more commonly sexually assaulted (55 per cent of males were sexually assaulted and 41 per cent raped).

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ANON Dec 19th, 2016 @ 02:23 PM

1/2...A 101-year-old man has been jailed for 13 years for committing 30 child sex offences...

Ralph Clarke, of Erdington, Birmingham, is thought to be the oldest person convicted in British legal history.

Judge Richard Bond QC said Clarke had been guilty of "systematic abuse" between 1974 and 1983.

He was found guilty of 21 counts of abusing two girls and admitted nine charges relating to a boy during his trial at Birmingham Crown Court.

The court heard the retired haulier abused the girls at his home in of Holly Lane, Erdington, in the cab of his works truck and in his garden shed.

The former RAF serviceman, who was born in March 1915, was given details of the sentencing by an intermediary.

Judge Bond told the court the passage of time did not mean abusers would escape justice.

"Those who were sexually abused even in the distant past can rest assured that any complaint will be treated with sympathy and compassion," he said.

"We believe he was the oldest person tried in English criminal court," Judge Bond said, adding the defendant had been able to follow proceedings because special arrangements had been made.

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ANON Dec 19th, 2016 @ 02:20 PM

2/2...Judge Bond previously told the court the public would be "horrified" if Clarke was not sent to prison but he had to "ponder with care" over the sentence.

"The reality is that he's so old it's unlikely he'll be released back into the community," he said.

The judge told Clarke: "You present as a fragile old man; however, what was plain to see was that, despite your guilty pleas, you have no remorse whatsoever."

Clarke, who uses a walking stick, looked pale during the sentencing.

His victims reported the offences to West Midlands Police in August last year after seeing Facebook posts celebrating Clarke's 100th birthday.

Clarke admitted two counts of attempting to commit a serious sexual offence, two of indecency with a child and five indecent assaults on the boy.

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said Clarke's age and wellbeing were considered but the serious nature of his offences, breach of trust and vulnerability of his victims meant a "prosecution was in the public interest".

"Ralph Clarke used fear and intimidation to control the victims and sexually abuse them," a spokesman said.

The police and CPS also praised his victims' courage and bravery in bringing Clarke to justice.

The NSPCC said: "Clarke not only inflicted appalling abuse on his victims, he put them through the harrowing ordeal of a crown court trial - and did not show a shred of remorse throughout.

"This case sends out a clear message that it is never too late for survivors of abuse to speak out."

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ANON Dec 16th, 2016 @ 10:43 PM

101-year-old paedophile Ralph Clarke guilty of child sex offences….

The centenarian will be sentenced on Monday but has been told to expect a double-figure prison term.

A 101-year-old man has become Britain's oldest prison inmate after being found guilty of historical child sex offences.

One of Ralph Clarke's victims said the former lorry driver deserved to die behind bars and "rot in hell".

Clarke, from Erdington in Birmingham, was remanded in custody and will be sentenced on Monday, but has been told to expect a double-figure jail term.

The paedophile was convicted of 21 offences of indecency with a child and indecent assault committed against two young girls in the 1970s and 1980s.

During the trial he also admitted nine charges relating to a young boy after describing the offences as "something that happened" in his past.

Clarke showed no emotion as the judge told him it would be "amazing" if he managed to live long enough to be released.

Justice Richard Bond said: "The public would be horrified if I didn't send him to prison."

Darron Whitehead, Clark's defence lawyer, said he would turn 102 in March and suffered from respiratory issues, diabetes and significant limitations of his hearing, sight and mobility.

Mr Clarke remained impassive throughout much of the trial, telling the court: "I don't know. I am rather hard.

"I take life as it comes. I had always got a pile of kids around the garage because I used to repair all the bikes for them. They'd come from all over."

One of his victims said: "He has damaged so many lives in such a massive way and he has no remorse.

"He's evil and he deserves to be in prison - he deserves to die in prison, he deserves to rot in hell for what he put me through, let alone the others. I think we can all say that."

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ANON Dec 14th, 2016 @ 12:31 PM

Terminally ill boy dies in Santa’s arms after he grants his last wish…

As you can imagine it’s a busy time of year for Santa and his Elves in the North Pole.

But when the nurse of a Tennessee hospital rang him to rush to a terminally-ill child’s side, he dropped all his tools and went straight there.

He didn’t even have time to put on his full suit, just his santa suspenders.

Speaking to Knoxville News Sentinel, Santa’s friend Eric Schmitt-Matzen said: "he sized up the situation and told everyone, ’If you think you’re going to lose it, please leave the room. If I see you crying, I’ll break down and can’t do my job’".

The boy’s parents and relatives left the room and watched the magic through the window.

"He was laying there, so weak it looked like he was ready to fall asleep," he said.

"He sat down on his bed and asked, ’Say, what’s this I hear about you’re gonna miss Christmas?

There’s no way you can miss Christmas. Why, you’re my number one elf’."

"I am?" the boy asked before taking the paw patrol toy Santa brought to him.

Although he couldn’t open it as he was too weak.

"They say I’m gonna die. How can I tell when I get to where I’m going?" the five-year-old asked the famous man.

But Santa assured him that "when you get there, you tell them you’re Santa’s number one elf, and I know they’ll let you in."

The boy uttered his final words while Santa hugged him, and they were, "Santa, can you help me?"

He then quietly passed away.

Eric Schmitt-Matzen said that he was deeply affected by the incident and