faces 11 year jail term after admitting sexual offences
69-year-old man with severe lung disease, who may have less than
two years to live, has this week been warned by a judge to expect
an 11-year jail term after admitting a list of offences including
rape, indecent assault and child cruelty - including one offence
publican David Furneaux, formerly of Dursley, Glos, but now of
Exeter Rd, Exmouth, Devon, suffers from chronic obstructive pulmonary
disease and needs oxygen because his lung capacity is only 25
who has also worked in building demolition, has recently been
living in Spain for the benefit of his health but returned to
the UK this week to stand trial on a total of 20 charges.
jury was selected yesterday and the trial - involving offences
committed in Dursley, Sidmouth, Burnham-On-Sea, Bristol and Spain
- was due to get underway on Tuesday.
when the case resumed, defence barrister Paul Grumbar asked the
judge, Jamie Tabor QC, if he would give an indication of the maximum
sentence he would pass if Furneaux were to plead guilty.
judge said he would not pass a maximum of more than 11 years.
After talks with his barrister Furneaux returned to court and
admitted 13 charges, denying 7 others.
Ray Tully said the pleas were acceptable and the 7 outstanding
charges could lie on the court file without being proceeded with.
Grumbar asked for an adjournment for medical reports to be prepared
and he requested bail pending Furneaux's sentence in six weeks
Judge Tabor refused bail - although he allowed Furneaux half an
hour to make arrangements with his brother Robert, who accompanied
him to court, for a supply of oxygen and medication to be brought
into the building to hand over to prison warders.
charges Furneaux admitted involved a woman, three girls and two
boys. He pleaded guilty to raping the woman twice between July
1975 and December 1984.
also admitted five offences of indecent assault on a girl between
January 1974 and November 1978, two offences of sexually assaulting
another girl in July last year, cruelty to that girl and two boys
aged under 16 between July 1975 and May 1985 and indecent assault
of another girl between August 1987 and June 1989.
today's hearing Mr Tully said the offences had been committed
at locations across Gloucestershire, Somerset, Devon and Spain
at times when Furneaux was living and working in those areas.