Jonathan Digby Delorme Court of Appeal 18th January 1985

Please note that victims of abuse may be triggered by reading this information. The Sanctuary for the Abused [A] has advice on how to prevent triggers.  National Association for People Abused in Childhood [B] has a freephone helpline and has links to local support groups. Other useful sites are One in Four [C]  and Havoca [D]. Useful post on Triggers [E]  from SurvivorsJustice [F] blog. Jim Hoppers pages on Mindfulness [G]  and Meditation [H] may be useful.

Redaction

Some reports have had victims names redacted and some assault details redacted.

This is a difficult balance-  normally I would think that  I should not “censor” details but on consultation with various people I have taken the decision to redact. This is mainly to protect victims, their friends and relatives from unnecessary detail and to stop the gratification of those who seek salacious details.

In addition to the obvious “victims redaction” I have thus “assault redacted” across most of the spectrum of abuse. This may obscure sometimes the legal reason for the appeal, but should make no large difference to the vital information for researchers that these documents contain. That information is mainly names of the perpetrators, past addresses, the actual charges the perpetrators faced – on which newspapers are pathetically inaccurate and this information enables the links between people and places and abuse at various times to be ascertained.

If you think that the balance is not correct or that a particular redaction needs reconsideration, please say.

For An Index / Timeline of Court Appeal Documents on Cathy Fox Blog [1]

This post is relevant to Paedophilia around Piccadilly Part 4- Playland Trial and Cover Up [2]

[ 1985] EWCA Crim J0118-14

No. 5624/C1/84

IN THE COURT OF APPEAL

CRIMINAL DIVISION

Royal Courts of Justice

Friday, 18th January 1985
Before:

Lord Justice Watkins

and

Mr. Justice Peter Pain

Regina
v.

Jonathan Digby Delorme

(Transcript of the Shorthand Notes of Marten Walsh Cherer Limited,
Pemberton House, East Harding Street, London EC4A 3AS. Telephone Number: 01
– 583 7635. Shorthand Writers to the Court.)

MR. J. GOLDRING appeared on behalf of the Appellant.

JUDGMENT

(As approved by the Judge)

MR. JUSTICE PETER PAIN : On 4th October 1984, in the Crown Court at
Lincoln, the appellant pleaded guilty to buggery with a 15 year old boy and
was sentenced to 18 months’ imprisonment. He now appeals against sentence
by leave of the single Judge.

The facts of the matter were that on 12th March 1984, Boy 1 , a 15
year old homosexual boy, ran away from his home in Bristol and went to
Picadilly Circus, London in the hope of being picked up. He saw the
appellant and approached him. The appellant was in London on business and
offered to take the boy back to his hotel room. Between then and 30th March
the two of them commuted several times between the appellant’s home in
Lincoln and London. When in Lincoln they indulged in various sexual acts,
including buggery by the appellant on the boy, but not vice versa. When he
was in London the boy stayed in an hotel, paid for by the appellant, while
the appellant went abroad. The appellant also gave the boy money to live
on. He was aware of the boy’s young age from an early stage. When he was
interviewed he said he was sorry for the boy and he had wanted to help him.
The matter came to light because the boy eventually went home back to his
family and he then reported the matter to the police.

The appellant is a single man aged 37. He attended school in South Africa
until he was 17. He was in good employment, earning something in the
£15-20,000 range. He did have in the course of his life, although now it is
some time ago, an appalling diaster when, at a time when he was married,
his wife and two children were killed in a terrorist attack in Africa. At
the time of his offence his company was in difficulties.

We have looked at and considered a psychiatric report and the opinion there
expressed is that the appellant is not a person who is naturally a
“corrupter of youth”. That is a view which has occurred to us reading
through the papers. This is plainly the case of a boy who wanted to carry
on as a homosexual prostitute and who made the first approaches to the
appellant, who no doubt has certain homosexual tendencies, but who was
genuinely anxious to help the boy and behaved with incredible folly and
then sexual acts took place between him and this young boy. Therefore, it
is not the case, which one often meets with, of the offender who just
cannot leave young boys alone and has to be dealt with harshly. On the
other hand, it is a serious matter. The law now is not so severe as it was
when I was younger, but it still remains the fact that this sort of conduct
is contrary to the law and it has to be punished. It may well be that this
was a corrupt boy anyhow, but there would be no prostitutes if there were
no punters and therefore one has to uphold the law.

Looking at this matter carefully, what we are impressed by is the absence
of any element of corruption. There is a suggestion in the grounds of
appeal that the appellant’s excellent background ought to be taken into
account, but, having regard to the nature of this offence, we do not think
the background really has much to do with it and we put that on one side.
Having regard to the absence of corruption in this case, and having regard
to the fact that the appellant has been in prison since last October, we
feel that he has been punished sufficiently
and we note from the reports that it is very unlikely that he will offend
in this way again.

We shall therefore achieve his immediate release by quashing the sentence
of 18 months’ imprisonment, substituting that for a sentence of 12 months
and suspending three quarters of that in view of his background.

LORD JUSTICE WATKINS : Mr. Delorme, please stand up. You now know that you
are subject to a partially suspended sentence of 12 months.

THE APPELLANT: Yes, sir.

LORD JUSTICE WATKINS : The meaning of that is – and it must be plainly
understood by you – that if after your release today, and between now and
the termination of the twelve month term, you commit no further offence,
then no more will be heard about this, but if within that time you do
commit a further offence doubtless you will be punished for that and you
will have to serve the rest of this sentence. Do you follow?

THE APPELLANT: Yes.

LORD JUSTICE WATKINS : Very well. You may go.

Please note that victims of abuse may be triggered by reading this information. The Sanctuary for the Abused [A] has advice on how to prevent triggers.  National Association for People Abused in Childhood [B] has a freephone helpline and has links to local support groups. Other useful sites are One in Four [C]  and Havoca [D]. Useful post on Triggers [E]  from SurvivorsJustice [F] blog. Jim Hoppers pages on Mindfulness [G]  and Meditation [H] may be useful.

Links

Links

[1] Cathy Fox Blog 2015 May 8 [constantly updated] An Index / Timeline of Court Appeal Documents on Cathy Fox Blog https://cathyfox.wordpress.com/2015/05/08/a-timeline-of-court-and-ewca-documentation-on-cathy-fox-blog/

[2] 2015 May 6 Cathy Fox blog Paedophilia around Piccadilly Part 4- Playland Trial and Cover Up  https://cathyfox.wordpress.com/2015/05/06/paedophilia-around-piccadilly-part-4-playland-trial-and-cover-up/

[A] Sanctuary for the Abused http://abusesanctuary.blogspot.co.uk/2006/07/for-survivors-coping-with-triggers-if.html

[B] NAPAC http://www.napac.org.uk/

[C] One in Four http://www.oneinfour.org.uk/

[D] Havoca http://www.havoca.org/HAVOCA_home.htm

[E] SurvivorsJustice Triggers post http://survivorsjustice.com/2014/02/26/triggers-what-are-they-and-how-do-we-work-through-them/

[F] SurvivorsJustice Blog http://survivorsjustice.com/

[G] Jim Hopper Mindfulness http://www.jimhopper.com/mindfulness/

[H] Jim Hopper Meditation http://www.jimhopper.com/mindfulness/#cultivate

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