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|Pervert pensioner jailed for sex attacks
BY JAMES HORE
October 5, 2005 07:05
A JEHOVAH'S Witness who lured vulnerable young girls into his life before carrying
out a series of sex attacks has been jailed for four years.
Pensioner John Drury had denied the abuses, carried out in the early 1990s, but was
found guilty on 13 out of 14 counts at Chelmsford Crown Court yesterday.
The 80-year-old, who sat listening through a hearing loop, showed little emotion as
the foreman of the jury returned the verdicts.
The former RAF man befriended the families of the girls, winning their trust, before
inviting the youngsters to his six-bedroom luxury home in the Lexden area of
Colchester where he allowed them to run wild before abusing them.
The trial had heard how Drury, of Cambridge Road, had attacked the girls as they
played innocent children's games such as hide and seek.
The offences were committed between 1993 and 1996 on eight young girls.
Sentencing Drury, Judge David Turner QC, said the pensioner had lured the children
and their families into a false sense of security with his friendly behaviour before
attacking the youngsters.
He added: Few if any children simply bounce back from the sort of abuses you have
put these victims through.
You have lied and lied in the course of this trial and shown no remorse or regret.
He said he was sure Drury, who had no previous convictions, had in other ways lived
a decent life.
However, he said: There is, I feel, a dark side to your personality which has made
you behave in a perverted way and that must be punished.
Drury had denied 12 counts of indecent assault, but was convicted on 11 of them, and
two of indecency with a child under 14 - both of which resulted in guilty verdicts.
He was sentenced to between 8 months and four years on each of the 13 guilty counts,
with the sentences to run concurrently.
Judge Turner said told him he would have to serve at least half of the term before
the possibility of parole and was placed on the sex offenders' register for the rest
of his life.
Speaking afterwards, officer on the case Detective Constable Charles Cadwallader ,
said: People should understand if they abuse children in Essex there will be no
escape from justice - it might take weeks, it might take months, in this case it has
taken 14 years and the man is now 80, approaching 81.
I think it is fair to say the police will pursue these people until justice is seen
to be done.
DC Cadwallader, a member of Essex Police's child abuse investigation unit, also paid
tribute to Drury's victims who braved court to give evidence against the paedophile.
He said: It is fair to say some of the victims have been quite traumatised by the
whole thing - it has affected their lives and relationships, but throughout the
trial they have shown great poise and dignity.