December 2016

Stourport pensioner locked up for sex offences


AN ELDERLY Stourport man has been jailed for indecently assaulting two boys nearly 50 years ago during a ‘harrowing’ sex case.

Former Scout master William Rex Mapp, aged 86, admitted two counts of indecent assault against two different victims in the late 1960s.

The complainants were aged 15 and 17 at the time but are now both in their 60s.

Mapp of Layamon Walk, Stourport, who walked with the aid of a frame and appeared stooped, had to be helped into the dock and could only follow proceedings with the help of a hearing aid.

The second offence related to an isolated assault on another victim, aged 17.

Stefan Kolodynski, prosecuting, said matters first came to light in February 2015 when one of the complaints contacted police after discovering the defendant was still alive.

The complainant, then 17, had been receiving a driving lesson from Mapp when he pulled over into a layby and began rubbing his leg.

Later Mapp was described as ‘frog marching’ the complainant to a perimeter wall before sexually assaulting him. After this assault the complainant had nothing further to do with the defendant.

He reported matters to police after a conversation with a former work colleague who referred to ‘sexy Rexy’. The complainant had assumed Mapp had died.

Mapp initially denied knowing the complainant when interviewed by police.

However, he named another boy which led police to make contact with the second complainant who was 15 at the time.

It was revealed Mapp would pay this second complainant ‘handsomely’ for odd jobs (£20 to £40 per week).

Mr Kolodynski said one of the assaults took place inside a church when Mapp came up behind the defendant, unzipped his trousers and indecently assaulted him. This happened on two more occasions.

Mapp had claimed what happened with the 15-year-old was ‘consensual’ and was ‘sexual experimentation’.

He said: “Only an immediate custodial sentence sufficiently reflects the seriousness of the offences.”

For the indecent assault on the 17-year-old he imposed a sentence of 20 months and for the assault on the 15-year-old he imposed a sentence of 30 months, to be served concurrently.

A sexual harm prevention order was made which restricts Mapp’s contact with those aged 16 or under for the next 10 years. He must also sign the sex offender’s register for 10 years.

The complainant who was 17 at the time watched Mapp jailed from the public gallery. After the hearing he said: “I have got justice today after all these years.”

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.