November 2016

Ex-Leyton Royal British Legion man admits 30 sex attacks on young girls


A former British Legion volunteer has admitted carrying out dozens of sex attacks on young girls over a period of more than 20 years.

Roy Leonard Darvill, 79, of The Crescent, Walthamstow, pleaded guilty to 30 charges of indecent assault at Snaresbrook Crown Court today (Monday, November 14).

Darvill’s string of offences were committed over a 24-year period, beginning in 1974 and being carried out at regular intervals until his final attack in 1998.

One of the girls involved in the case may have been just two years old when she was first attacked. The oldest of his victims was only 15.

The pensioner, who arrived in court riding on a mobility scooter and wearing a remembrance poppy pin, was told he is facing jail despite issues surrounding his age and health.

Judge Sandy Canavan, presiding over the case, told Darvill: “You have pleaded guilty to incredibly serious offences.

“You should be under no illusion whatsoever- you are looking to receive a relatively long custodial sentence.”

Darvill had served as the club secretary of the Royal British Legion’s Leyton branch as recently as 2013.

He has been bailed on the condition he has no contact with his victims until December 14, when he will be sentenced.