August 2018

Evil husband and wife both jailed for “reign of terror”

A former lorry driver and Boscombe fish shop worker has been jailed for 27 years after being found guilty of a horrific catalogue of child abuse offences.

A Crown Court judge described William Clark as a “violent bully” who “revelled in physical assaults” and added: “The sentence I pass will inevitably result in you spending much, if not all, of your life in prison.”

The 67-year-old stumbled in the dock and muttered under his breath as Judge Stephen Climie handed down the sentence.

He had been found guilty of five offences of multi-incident child rape, four charges of cruelty to a person under the age of 16 and one of cruelty, leading to an assault following a two-week trial at Bournemouth Crown Court.

His wife, Sonia, 73, of the same address, received a 14-month jail sentence after being found guilty of two offences of cruelty to a person under the age of 16.

The court heard William Clark, a grandfather, degraded and humiliated his victims during what Judge Climie described as “a reign of terror” in the 1970s and 80s.

Moving victim impact statements were made to the court during the sentencing hearing.

The judge said a “significant degree of planning” went into Clark’s offences and said there was very little mitigation, apart from his age.

The couple used to work for Greenslades, running a wet fish shop in Boscombe.