July 2016

Shropshire man, 70, jailed for sex attacks on boys as young as 5


Peter Shuker’s first victim was only five when he was first started indecently assaulted in the mid-1960s, Shrewsbury Crown Court heard.

The victim, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was sexually abused by Shuker until he was 15, but did not come forward to tell police until 2013 when he was in his 50s, the court was told.

Shuker, of Berriewood Lane, Condover, near Shrewsbury, was found guilty of a total of 17 offences by a jury and jailed for 13 years and six months.

Three other victims, who also cannot be named, came forward to say they had been assaulted by the 70-year-old.

The court heard Shuker took two victims on shooting trips or offered them a ride in his tractor before assaulting them.

Mr Recorder Christopher Millington QC, sentencing Shuker, said: he had “successfully groomed” the boys, with one telling police he had been showered with gifts and “made to feel like a prostitute”.

“You have been convicted by a jury of 17 offences of sexual misbehaviour towards four victims,” he said.

“You have shown no remorse.

“It is offending that calls for a substantial period of imprisonment.”

Shuker was found guilty on nine counts of gross indecency with a child, with the offences dating from 1966 to 2004

He was also convicted on seven counts of indecent assault, from 1966 to 1987, and another charge of a sexual assault between September 1966 and September 1969