Burnham Scout leader loses Appeal Court bid in London
Burnham-On-Sea Scouts leader David Burland - who was jailed last
year for his abuse of children - has failed to convince Appeal
Court judges that his trial was unfair.
55, was jailed for 15 years with an extended six-year licence
period last February after being found guilty
of 18 counts of indecent assault, 12 of sexual assault, two of
indecency with a child and one count of indecent exposure over
a 23-year period.
week, he challenged his convictions at the Criminal Appeal Court
in London, where his lawyers argued that they were 'unsafe' because
the judge had misdirected the jury.
lawyers claimed the judge had an effect on the jury as one member
declared she did not agree with the verdicts.
his appeal was dismissed by three of the UK's top judges, who
said the juror's dissent had come too late and there was no basis
to challenge the guilty verdicts, coming after the jury had been
discharged and left the building.
Justice Treacy said: "There is no basis upon which this jury's
verdicts are open to challenge, therefore the convictions are
safe and the appeal is dismissed."
offences, which related to three boys and a girl, were committed
between 1987 and November 2010 when he worked in the Scout movement
in the Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge area. He was immediately
suspended when the allegations emerged and the Scout Association
said he would not work with the organisation again.