George Anthony Selway Court of Appeal 12th December 1988

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.

This particular case is unredacted.

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

This post is relevant to my Staffordshire Pindown Operation Thor post [2]

[ 1988] EWCA Crim J1212-1

No. 4478/A2/88

IN THE COURT OF APPEAL

CRIMINAL DIVISION

Royal Courts of Justice

Monday, 12th December 1988
Before:

Lord Justice Taylor

Mr. Justice McKinnon

and

Mr. Justice Brooke

Regina
v.

George Anthony Selway

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

MR. S. REDMOND appeared on behalf of the Appellant.

JUDGMENT

(As approved by Judge)

LORD JUSTICE TAYLOR : On 7th July, 1988, in the Crown Court at Stafford,
this appellant pleaded guilty to eight counts of buggery and was sentenced
to ten years’ imprisonment concurrent on each count. He now appeals against
that sentence by leave of the single judge.

The offences occurred at a boarding school where the appellant was employed
as child care officer. That fact has only to be stated for the gravity of
this case to be immediately understood. The offences occurred between 1980
and 1987. Over this period of some six to seven years the appellant
committed offences against eight different boys. The boys were aged between
ten and 15. Initially the appellant’s approach was to visit the school
dormitory and to approach a boy, touch his penis and then eventually ask
for anal intercourse. The offences occurred in the school dormitory, in the
school toilets, in the appellant’s living quarters and also on occasions
when the boys were on trips such as scouting activities or holiday camps.
There was evidence of masturbation and other activity.

The case was opened by the Crown on the footing that these were not
specimen counts, but that they represented (except for the first count) all
the activity of this appellant against the eight boys in question. Count 1
was the exception. That was a single count, but it related apparently to
two separate occasions. In all, therefore, nine offences were committed
with eight boys over the six or seven year period. The Crown did not adopt,
in opening the case, evidence which was available that there had been
threats or, in one instance,
violence and, therefore, the learned judge did not deal and was quite right
in not dealing with the case otherwise than on the basis that the boys
were, as the appellant suggested, willing to take part in what occurred.

The boys did not complain of the offences. The matter came to light when a
letter from a boy who had left the school to a boy who was still at the
school was intercepted and the contents of that letter indicated something
of what had been occurring.

When the appellant was initially interviewed, he denied any involvement,
but later on he did admit these offences. He is a man of 53. He has no
previous convictions and he is a married man with adult children.

The submissions which have been made to us, ably and succinctly by his
counsel, Mr. Redmond, fall under four heads: first of all, as to the
context in which these offences occurred, Mr. Redmond submits that nothing
happened outside the school, that the appellant desisted from the offences
some 12 to 18 months before the matter came to trial and that no complaint
was made by the boys. Secondly, he submits that the appellant was of
previous good character, not merely in the sense that he had not previously
been convicted, but he was a man who held some position in his local
community, there was a good record of voluntary work and there were before
the court a number of testimonials from people who had become aware of what
he had done and nevertheless wished to speak on his behalf. Thirdly, Mr.
Redmond submits that this is a case in which insufficient
allowance was made for the pleas of guilty which the appellant tendered.
His attitude has been one of remorse and preparedness to admit what he had
done. Thereby he avoided a trial, avoided the boys having to give evidence
and displayed his own contrition. Fourthly and finally, Mr. Redmond submits
that this court should consider the appellant’s age and his future if this
ten year sentence were to stand. He is now 53 years of age and we are told
that, on the basis of the sentence as composed, the earliest date of his
release would be 1995, by which time he would be beginning his seventh
decade.

We have considered the circumstances, As the learned judge said, when
passing sentence, this was a very bad case indeed. Not only were there a
number of boys who were submitted to buggery, but that was done by someone
who bore the title “child care officer” and who was in post expressly to
look after the boys. He abused that position of trust abominably and he
must therefore expect that he will serve a very substantial sentence.

Having said that, we think that there is force in the submissions which
have been made by Mr. Redmond and, in all the circumstances, we consider
that the sentence of ten years was somewhat too long. We propose to reduce
the sentence on each count from one of ten years to one of eight years,
those sentences to be concurrent, so that he will serve a sentence of eight
years and not ten. To that extent, this appeal is allowed.

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

[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] Cathy Fox blog 2015 Apr 14 Pindown, Operation Thor and the Cover up of Child Sexual Abuse in Staffordshires Childrens Homes https://cathyfox.wordpress.com/2015/05/14/pindown-operation-thor-and-the-cover-up-of-child-sexual-abuse-in-staffordshires-childrens-homes/

[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

This is all written in good faith but if there is anything that needs to be corrected please email cathyfox@bigfoot.com

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7 Responses to George Anthony Selway Court of Appeal 12th December 1988

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  3. Jeremy says:

    8 years??? That’s just plain crazy in this instance! 7 years is a par sentence for ‘normal rape’ between a man and a woman. To say that this only warrants one more year when so many under-age children are involved; breach of trust etc. etc., is just unacceptable. The appellant had a damn nerve to appeal the sentence in the first place. Looks to me like something stinks here at the Appeal Court.

  4. Stephen atkins says:

    Totally disgusting there’s more boys got abused at lovely hall than they think i was a pupil there

  5. Stephen atkins says:

    He was a dirty man Mr selway some of the things he done. Is Cathy fox on Facebook

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