June 2018

Epsom child abuser jailed for 22 years

An Epsom man who indecently assaulted four boys has been jailed for 22 years.

62-year-old Robert Thomson was sentenced at Guildford Crown Court today (June 7) having previously been found guilty of 24 charges relating to the abuse of four boys between the 1970s and 1990s.

Thomson offended within his role as an instructor at the Thames Young Mariners from the mid to late 1970s into the 1980s, Boys’ Brigade Leader in Epsom from 1972 until 1980 and later as a foster carer from 1987 to 1997.

The four victims were children at the time of the offences.

At the conclusion of the trial His Honour Judge Jonathan Black praised the disclosure practices of the investigating officer Detective Constable Clare Long.

His victims says they attempted suicide following the incidents and they will never forgive him. 

‘I contemplated suicide’

Victim one

“I suffered from feeling very low and have both contemplated and attempted suicide. I have ended up in hospital before and had to be assessed by mental health professionals. It has made me feel unable to continue living because of how I was feeling and I struggled to see a way forward. Part of me feels like I am still that young boy, trapped in the time period of abuse.

I feel reassured knowing that Rob will be brought to justice for what he did to me, although it can’t change the impact it has had on my life from that point onwards.”

Victim two

I feel angry about what had happened to me, as I was just a teenage boy. I struggled to deal with the anger I felt at the time and this has continued to affect my relationships throughout my life.

Victim three

“I want to ensure there is no doubt in anyone’s mind just how much you affected my life in so many ways, over 20 years of pain which I would not wish on anyone. You damaged my life of which I have only one, your impact and impressions leave deeply disturbing memories which will haunt me forever.

In my mind you are a dangerous calculating predator who knew everything you were doing and did not care about the repercussions of your actions, I will never forgive you.”