November 2016

Scoutmaster and co-accused – jailed for a combined 14 years for child abuse in Southampton

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A man who worked at a former Southampton children’s home in the late 1980s and early 1990s has today been jailed for nine years for sexual offences against boys.

Two of the boys assaulted by former Scoutmaster Jack Jones were residents at the home in Thorold Road, Southampton, which has since closed.

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Jones’s co-accused, Stuart Murdoch, who has no connection with the home, was jailed for five years for sexual offences against a third boy at the defendants’ former home in Barnfield Close, Southampton.

Last month Murdoch, 53, of Tankerville Road, Southampton, was convicted of five counts of sexual offences against a boy under the age of 16.

He had denied all the allegations but was found guilty.

In March this year Jones, 56, of York, admitted 14 counts of sexual offences against three boys under 16, including two youngsters at the children’s home.

The case was adjourned until today at Southampton Crown Court for pre-sentence reports.

Alistair Wright, defending Jones, formerly known as Eamond Tallon, said his client had admitted his guilt from the start, preventing them from having to give evidence at a trial.

But the judge, Nicolas Rowland, told Jones that his offences constituted a breach of trust, especially those involving the boys at the children’s home.

He added: “You should have been protecting them. Instead you were abusing them.”

Turning to Murdoch he added: “During your trial I saw the way you tried to blame the victim for what you did to him, but the jury were having none of that.”

The victims were aged 11-13.

As well as being jailed the two defendants were put on the sex offenders’ register for life.

March 2016

Pervert admits Southampton children’s home sex offences

A man has admitted a series of child sex offences at a Southampton children’s home in the 1980s and 90s.

Jack Jones, 56, of Goose Lane, York pleaded guilty to 14 counts – including indecent assault on a male and indecency with a child – at a hearing at Southampton Crown Court.

Police said the offences took place at the former Thorold Road children’s home which closed in 2009.

Jones is due to be sentenced later in the year.

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