September 2018

Lay preacher jailed for attacks on young girls in Hove in the 1970s

A lay preacher has been given an 11-and-a half year prison sentence for non-recent sexual offences against three girls in Sussex after an investigation by Sussex Safeguarding detectives.

Peter Ernest Bourne, 79, retired, of Moorefield Way, Great Stukeley, near Huntington, Cambridgeshire, was sentenced at Brighton Crown Court on Thursday (27 September), having been convicted on the same day after an eight-day trial on 14 counts.

These included one rape, five offences of indecency with a child, and eight offences of indecent assault, separately involving the three girls, all known to him, in Southwick, Hove and Worthing during the 1960’s and 1970’s while they were between the ages of 9 and 16.

He will be a registered sex offender for life.