January 2017

Dunstable man inflicted ‘abhorrent abuse’ on young children in 1980s and 1990s

AN elderly man from Dunstable sexually abused two children in the 1980s and 1990s, a hearing has found.

Charlie Jones, 77, from Maidenbower Avenue, was deemed unfit to stand trial due to health issues.

But a trial of issue relating to nine charges was heard at Luton Crown Court.

The jury found that four of those charges were proven and today, Jones was ordered to be placed in secure accommodation outside of the county and banned from having unsupervised contact with anyone under 16 years old.

Jones was proven to have indecently assaulted a seven-year-old boy over a period of four years in the early 1980s.

The other three charges related to the indecent assault of a girl in the 1990s. The girl was aged just five years old when the abuse started.