|All mouth, no trousers. Disgraced convicted sex offender Max Clifford|
Convicted Publicist Max Clifford has been found guilty of eight indecent assaults on women and girls as young as 15.
He is the first person to have been convicted under Operation Yewtree. Other people have now come forward, and additional allegations may now be put to Clifford, who spent the first night of his 8 year term, in a cell at the old style South London Victorian Radial Wandsworth prison.
It's now being reported that Clifford, isn't in with the general prison population, but has opted for, or automatically placed on Rule 45 (formerly Rule 43), the rule that enables 'the segregation of vulnerable prisoners' from other prisoners, for their own safety, as the prisoners were originally designated N.O.N.C.E. ('Not On Normal Courtyard Exercise').
The Rule 45 section of British prisons in which sex offenders are segregated (also known as going on 'The Numbers' or, in rhyming slang, 'The Cucumbers') and is often referred to as the "nonce wing".
Nonce first came into widespread use in UK prisons, where it is primarily used by prisoners to generically refer to convicted sex offenders, especially abusers of children. "Nonces" are traditionally targets of physical abuse from their prison inmates, and so Rule 45 (formerly Rule 43) is the only option. Suddenly 4 years served of the 8 year sentence, for the disgraced Max Clifford, will seem like a full life term....
Peter Watt , Director of National Services at the NSPCC, said: "Max Clifford has rightly been unmasked as a ruthless and manipulative sex offender who preyed for decades on children and young women.
"Clifford was a rich and influential man who dined with the stars but the way he manipulated and groomed his victims is typical of many sex offenders. He exploited their vulnerabilities, using lies and coercion to get what he wanted.
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