November 2017

Man and woman brought to justice in child abuse and human trafficking trial

A man and a woman have been found guilty in a child abuse and human trafficking trial involving girls aged between 13 and 15.

21 year-old Daniel Pusey of Money Lane, West Drayton and 40 year-old Diane Chilcott of Rutherwyk Road, Chertsey would lure in the teenagers before giving them alcohol and cigarettes.

This happened at Chilcott’s Surrey house making them even more vulnerable, before she would drive them to hotels in Staines, Twickenham, Tolworth and Heathrow.

There they were given more alcohol and cigarettes as well as drugs, before being sexually abused by Pusey.

The offences happened between January and February 2016.

“This was calculated exploitation of young teenage girls by individuals who clearly knew what they were doing.” said Richard Haycock, from Surrey Police’s Complex Abuse Unit.

“They supplied the victims with alcohol to make them even more vulnerable to sexual abuse.

“The offenders knew how old the girls were but continued to exploit them on a number of occasions and I commend the victims for their bravery in speaking to authorities and seeing the legal process through to the end, this has been a long and difficult journey for them.”

Pusey had been found guilty of 7 offences of sexual activity with a child in connection with this case during a trial which concluded in April 2017, however this could not be reported at the time for legal reasons.

Following a four week trial at Guildford Crown Court, Daniel Pusey was found guilty of four counts of facilitating travel to exploit.

Meanwhile Diane Chilcott was guilty of three counts of facilitating travel to exploit.

Christine Mission, from the Crown Prosecution Service, said: “The defendants claimed they had no intention of exploiting the girls and were not aware that another person would commit an offence against them.

“The prosecution sought to prove that this claim was a lie and the jury has now agreed.

“Contrary to some preconceptions, human trafficking is not just about people being moved in or out of the UK. Our wide-ranging laws also cover any travel within the country and they allowed us to successfully prosecute the defendants in this case.”

The defendants will be sentenced on 18 December at Portsmouth Crown Court.