July 2016

Ex-top cop convicted of abusing three children and a woman walks free from court

Barrie-Hawkyard

An ex-top police officer has walked free from court despite being found guilty ofsexually abusing three children and a woman.

Barrie Hawkyard, 68, was convicted of eight sexual assaults on Friday.

The Greater Manchester Police officer rose to the rank of superintendent and later became a police consultant and accident investigator.

He also worked for the Cheshire constabulary when it had responsibility for parts of Wirral

Hawkyard, of Brownhills, Market Drayton in Shropshire, attacked his victims, some when they were as young as 13, in the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s.

He denied any wrongdoing when arrested and maintained his innocence during a three-week trial at Liverpool Crown Court, claiming the assaults never occurred.

The pensioner was cleared of rape and two counts of indecent assault, but found guilty over a further eight counts of indecent assault.

During the trial, Robert Wyn Jones, prosecuting, told the jury that Hawkyard groped his victims, touched their breasts in a sexual way and kissed them on the mouth.

He was found not guilty of raping and two counts of indecently assaulting a 14-year-old girl in the 1960s. Hawkyard was convicted over indecently assaulting a girl when she was aged 16 or 17 in the late 1960s, after driving her to a location behind a garage and rubbing her breasts.

Mr Wyn Jones said: “It went on for a couple of minutes and she was stunned into submission and silence by what he was doing to her.”

He was also found guilty of assaulting another victim when she was around 13 in the 1970s, in the presence of another girl. Mr Wyn Jones said: “She remembers he would put his arms around them both and fondle their breasts.”

During the trial, Robert Wyn Jones, prosecuting, told the jury that Hawkyard groped his victims, touched their breasts in a sexual way and kissed them on the mouth.

He was found not guilty of raping and two counts of indecently assaulting a 14-year-old girl in the 1960s. Hawkyard was convicted over indecently assaulting a girl when she was aged 16 or 17 in the late 1960s, after driving her to a location behind a garage and rubbing her breasts.

Mr Wyn Jones said: “It went on for a couple of minutes and she was stunned into submission and silence by what he was doing to her.”

He was also found guilty of assaulting another victim when she was around 13 in the 1970s, in the presence of another girl. Mr Wyn Jones said: “She remembers he would put his arms around them both and fondle their breasts.”

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