man jailed for 10 years after indecent assaults
Burnham-On-Sea pensioner who was the long-running bandmaster of
a local marching band is this week starting 10 years behind bars
after being convicted of indecently assaulting young boys over
Peter John Halls, 71, has been found guilty of 18 counts of assault
against boys under sixteen.
The former bandmaster of the Red Pythons Youth Marching Band,
which was formerly the Burnham and Highbridge Scout and Guide
Band, had denied all the charges.
All the attacks originally took place during the 1980s and six
victims recently came forward after expressing their fears that
he could re-offend. Mr Halls was found guilty following a trial.
Speaking after the trial, the officer on the case, DC Katherine
Gillett, praised the courage shown by the witnesses and added
that he hoped the sentence would encourage others who have been
abused to come forward.