August 2018

Man jailed after abuse

A man who raped a girl and carried out acts of cruelty against a boy has been jailed for 15 years.

Brian Gillard, 75, raped the girl multiple times and indecently assaulted her over a prolonged period of 15 years in the 1970s and 1980s.

The offences were committed in Basildon.

Gillard, now of Pentewan Road in St Austell, Cornwall, also physically and mentally abused a boy, over the course of ten years in the 1970s and 1980s.

The offences were reported to police in May 2017.

Gillard initially denied a number of charges but on the first day of his trial at Basildon Crown Court on July 9 he pleaded guilty to cruelty to a child or young person, indecent assault on a girl, gross indecency with a child on multiple occasions, three counts of rape of a girl under 16 and one count of rape of a girl under 16 on multiple occasions.

He was jailed for 15 years on Thursday, August 9.