November 2016

Stourport sex offender admits charges

A STOURPORT pensioner who admitted a string of historic sex offences dating back almost half a century is being medically assessed to see if his health can stand up to prison.

William Mapp, of Layamon Walk, Walshes estate, Stourport on Severn, changed his pleas to guilty to five charges at the start of a trial at Worcester Crown Court.

The 86-year-old admitted two charges of indecent assault and three of gross indecency with a child.

All the offences involved the same boy who was then aged 15 and took place between November, 1968 and November, 1969.

“He has been nervous about coming to court to give evidence and explain what happened to him all those years ago,” Mr Kolodinsky told the court. “He is relieved there has been some recognition of the abuse he suffered as a child.”

He said the maximum sentence for the indecent assault offences was 10 years in prison.

Daniel White, defending, asked for a pre-sentence report and a medical report dealing with Mapp’s health and the potential impact of him going to prison.

Mapp entered the court using a wheeled walker and was allowed to sit at the back of the court rather than in the enclosed dock.

Mr White said he suffered from pulmonary hyper tension and was at risk of diabetes. He has osteo arthritis of the spine and five different kinds of heart problem requiring him to visit a cardiac specialist nurse at hospital every three weeks.

Judge Robert Juckes, QC, ordered the reports but warned Mapp they did not rule out a jail sentence as the offences crossed the custody threshold.

He was ordered to register as a sex offender and banned from any unsupervised contact with anyone under 16. Sentencing was adjourned until December 15.