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SOUTHWARK CROWN COURT
1. You have been convicted of eight offences of indecent assault. These offences
may have taken place a long time ago when inappropriate and trivial sexual
misbehaviour was more likely to be tolerated or overlooked, but your offending
is not trivial but of a very serious nature and any perception to the contrary on
your part is misconceived.
2. You were charged with indecent assault under an Act passed in 1956. The
maximum sentence for these offences was set at two years imprisonment. By
the time that the Sexual Offences Act 2003 came into force, the maximum
sentence for sexual assault was increased to 10 years. What is more, some of
the sexual acts of which you have now been found guilty would now be
charged as rape or assault by penetration for each of which Parliament has laid
down a maximum term of life imprisonment.
3. These are historic offences which took place between 30 and 37 years ago. I
judge that the reason why they were not brought to light sooner is because of
your own dominant character and your position in the world of entertainment
which meant that your victims thought you were untouchable, something I
judge that you, too, believed and traded upon. This features in the evidence.
By way of example the victim of Count 11 told the jury that, as you were
pulling up your trousers after a sexual act and as she was leaving, you said
something like “no one is going to believe you” and it was said as if to make
her not tell anyone. >>>>>>>>>continued
4. In respect of the victim of Counts 3-6, it was because of the trauma she had
experienced at your hands and her wish not to cause grief to her parents whose
confidence you had gained so as to let you take her out in the evening, that she
delayed reporting what you had done. It was only after protracted counselling
and the realisation that the police would listen to a complaint against someone
so firmly in the public eye that she felt able to come forward. In light of these
factors, whilst I shall make some allowance for the age of the offences, I judge
that you were largely responsible for the delay in the victims coming forward
and ought not to benefit from it.
5. I am going to set out the facts of these offences in some detail. The victim of
Counts 3-6 met you when she was on holiday. She was 15 years old. You told
her and her family that she was pretty and that you could help her get promotional
work. Back in this country you spoke to her on the telephone
pretending to be someone called Terry Miller. You made her repeat dirty
words over the telephone which you said Max Clifford would like to hear her
say and you got her to come to your office. You began to groom her by telling
her that she could be the UK’s version of Jodie Foster which blew her away,
and you made her show you her breasts although she did not want to.
6. Sometime later you went to her home which was not far from your own. You
got the trust of her parents who allowed their daughter to come out in the
evening with you. They thought their daughter was going to meet people who
could help her with her career.
7. She went out in the car with you perhaps 10 times in all between September
1977 and January 1978. You would park up in different places and would
persuade her that what you were doing was essential to establish a basis of trust
8. On occasions you exposed your erect p****s and told her to masturbate you,
having shown her what to do. Count 3 reflects one of about 7 occasions on
which this happened.
9. On one occasion you penetrated her with two of your fingers. That offending is
reflected in Count 4 and, had this offence taken place after the Sexual Offences
Act 2003 came into force, it would have been charged as an assault by
10. On another occasion you degraded her by taking her to buy a revealing
wonderbra and then taking her to the home of a friend of yours and telling her
to dress in bra and pants and try to seduce the man whilst you watched.
11. Counts 5 and 6 reflect the first and third occasions on which you told her to
perform oral sex on you. You instructed her how to do it and criticised her
12. On the second time it happened, you told her that, on the last occasion she had
given you oral sex, a photographer had taken photographs from a position so
close in the bushes that you could see her freckles on the photograph.
13. She thought her life was over. You told her not to worry because you had lots
of connections with the press. If this was your attempt to make her even more
subservient to your wishes, it backfired. The next time you met she was in a
dreadful state and told you that she was going to kill herself. I do not judge
that it was an idle threat. She gave evidence of the bridge she had chosen from
which to commit suicide and that she knew it had been used before. She told
the court that she could not tell her parents because you had duped them into
letting her go off with you and even provided her with stories to tell her parents
about who you had met.
14. You did not contact her again. Had these offence been committed after the
2003 Act was in force, each would have resulted in a conviction for rape.
would have found under the guidelines that this was in category 2 in respect of
harm, bearing in mind the psychological harm caused to the victim, her
vulnerability and potentially her humiliation, and in category A in respect of
culpability having regard to the degree of planning and grooming, and abuse of
her parents’ trust in allowing you to take her away in the evening. That would
have given me a starting point for a single offence of 10 years. Bearing in
mind that there are two such offences and the background of other sexual
offending in relation to this victim and taking into account any mitigating
circumstances, I doubt that my overall sentence would have been below 8
15. It was only after she had told her sister what you had done to her that she
decided to seek counselling. This started in April 2011 and she attended over
33 meetings to help her with the lasting effects of what you did to her.
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