publican jailed for 11 years for sexual offences across region
former publican who raped a woman and sexually or physically abused
three girls and two boys across three decades has this week been
jailed for 11 years.
Furneaux, 69, committed the offences while running pubs in Somerset,
Gloucestershire and Devon and continued even after he retired
to Spain on health grounds, Gloucester Crown Court heard on Monday
Ray Tully said the offences had taken place in Burnham-On-Sea,
Dursley, Bristol, Sidmouth and Spain.
Furneaux, whose last British address was in Exeter Road, Exmouth,
Judge Jamie Tabor QC told him: "Over the course of 30 years
your vile and bad temper and your rampant sexuality have cast
dark shadows over the families you have affected."
judge said there had to be a long prison sentence to reflect Furneaux's
abuse of his victims, despite him suffering from chronic obstructive
pulmonary disease and needing oxygen.
pleaded guilty to raping a woman twice between July 1975 and December
1984. He 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
of Furneaux's victims were among about 20 people sat in the public
gallery to see him sentenced.
Furneaux was arrested he denied all the allegations. He continued
to do so throughout the proceedings but then pleaded guilty at
the last hearing in April to 13 of the 20 charges against him.