pensioner Peter Sheppard found guilty of sex abuse
Burnham-On-Sea pensioner has been found guilty of six counts of
sex abuse by a jury at Taunton Crown Court this week.
Sheppard, 75, from Love Lane in Burnham, had denied four charges
of indecent assault on a young girl, which allegedly took place
between 1992-1994, and one charge of gross indecent assault on a
child under 14.
also denied a charge of indecency with a child, aged between 7-8,
which is said to have taken place during the same dates.
also denied a charge of indecently assaulting a different girl aged
between 12-16 years old between 1991 and 1996.
the trial at Taunton Crown Court, pictured above,
the jury was told that Sheppard had abused and groped his first
victim when she was aged around seven or eight. The prosecution
said the abuse had carried on for several years.
court also heard how Sheppard's second victim had been horrified
when he forced her to put her hand on him, screaming to leave her
Sheppard claimed his accusers were attention-seeking and had tried
to stitch him up.
jury found him guilty on all counts. Those in the court said that
when the verdict was delivered he shook his head with his hands
shielding his eyes.
is due to take place on Friday March 23rd and bail has been denied.
NSPCC spokesman said after Friday's verdict: "Sheppard preyed
on two young and vulnerable girls for his own sexual gratification.
His victims will have endured years of emotional turmoil since the
abuse, and they must be praised for their bravery in giving evidence
can ruin childhoods and have a lasting impact into adulthood, without
the right support. Hopefully, this conviction will help these women
take a step forward in their lives."
need to ensure that people who have been abused feel confident to
come forward, safe in the knowledge that they will be believed and
their voices heard no matter how much time has passed."
NSPCC runs a 24-hour helpline for adults who need support on 0808
800 5000. Help for young people is also available via Childline
on 0800 1111.