Pensioner who covered up her police officer husband’s historic abuse of their two adopted girls and whipped one with a dog lead is jailed
A pensioner who helped cover up her police officer husband’s abuse of their two adopted girls has been jailed for four-and-a-half years.
June Entecott, 80, was also found guilty of using a dog lead to whip one of the girls.
She and her half-sister Brenda Ball, 71, lied to prevent PC John Hudson from being prosecuted for sexually abusing the girls who were adopted in the 1960s and 1970s.
Hudson, who served on the Met’s Vice Squad, was never brought to justice and died in 2008.
Marina Narayan was just six when the abuse began but it was ‘brushed under the carpet’ by authorities . Meanwhile, Shelagh Largan was put through a ‘living hell’ by Entecott and her husband.
Both Entecott and Ball were convicted by a Southwark Crown Court jury of perverting the course of justice by covering up the abuse to help the officer avoid persecution.
Entecott was also found guilty of whipping one of the girls with a dog lead but cleared of physically abusing the other child. She shook her head after the verdicts saying: ‘I can’t believe this, how can you be guilty of something you never done.
‘I have done nothing and I’m getting guilty. I never done anything.’
Judge Nicholas Loraine-Smith said the case had been ‘very disturbing’ and jailed Entecott for four-and-a-half years.
He said: ‘The jury were sure that your husband John Hudson sexually assaulted Marina Narayan and Shelagh Largan, they were sure that that you, his then wife, knew it following your discovery of Marina on his knee, and they were sure that you did what you could to keep those sexual assaults hidden from the outside world.
‘You put your own interests ahead of anybody else’s and that has been a pattern – not the only pattern – in your life.
‘You have presented an image to the outside world of a loving and caring person, whereas to those two young adopted girls you were cruel, and on occasions even brutal.’
He continued: ‘You have continued to try to prevent the offences from coming to light, and it’s only the determination of Marina Narayan which has brought a properly prepared and presented prosecution to come before a jury to consider.’
Judge Loraine-Smith handed Ball a eight-month suspended sentence after noting that she had ‘loved’ the girls and been ‘bullied’ into hiding the abuse by Entecott.
‘You were clearly very much under the influence of your sister,’ he said.
‘You loved them and they loved you, it’s a huge pity that you chose to conceal the truth about John Hudson to the police in September 1999.’
Endecott and Ball’s family members screamed abuse at Mrs Narayan, who sat in the jury bench as the sentences were passed.
A group of around four relatives screamed ‘rot in hell’ and ‘it’s a disgrace’.
Earlier prosecutor Toby FitzGerald said: ‘Allegations made by the second girl in 1979 were brushed under the carpet by the authorities at that time and they did not proceed.
‘In 1999, 20 years later, a complaint was made by both victims to the police and there was a police investigation.
‘These defendants in this case, June Entecott and Brenda Ball, were keen that Entecott’s husband was never brought to trial.’
In April 1979, Mrs Narayan, now 50, reported Mr Hudson to a teacher but it was ‘brushed under the carpet,’ the court heard.
In 1999, she and Largan, now aged 60, complained to police, but following witness statements from both Entecott and Ball he was not prosecuted.
Mr FitzGerald said: ‘It is the Crown’s case that the defendants in this case were keen that Entecott’s husband was never brought to trial: neither in 1979, 1999 or indeed to the day he died in 2008.
Entecott’s half-sister Brenda Ball
Ms Largan waived her anonymity and spoke out about the way she had been subjected to abuse from Entecott in a victim impact statement.
‘She treated me like she hated me,’ she told the court.
‘She just wanted to hurt me, she just wanted to do whatever she could do to make my life a misery – physically, mentally and verbally.
‘It was a living hell for me. I had always felt intimidated by her.’
Speaking after the sentencing hearing, Mrs Narayan came forward to slam Lambeth Council and the Met for failing to take her allegations seriously in the past.
She said: ‘I have waived my anonymity rights in the hope that my story will give other victims of abuse the courage and inspiration to seek their own justice.
‘I have battled for decades to achieve this result.
‘It was 1979 when I first spoke out about the abuse and as a 13-year-old child I was branded a liar.
‘Lambeth Council and the police, the very authorities whose job it was to protect me, let me down abysmally.
‘I would like to take this opportunity to thank DC Elaine Hutton and her team, together with the CPS, for their tireless efforts in bringing my case to court.’
Mrs Narayan said she had now ‘got a sense of peace’, but added she was ‘sorry Ball was dragged into it because she was very kind to me’.
Entecott, of Chatham, Kent, was jailed for four-and-a-half years for doing an act tending to pervert the course of public justice and one charge of child cruelty.
She was cleared of a second child cruelty offence.
Ball, of Orpington, Kent, was handed an eight-month sentence suspended for 12 months for doing an act tending to pervert the course of public justice.