Couple jailed over historic child abuse

04/05/2017

A couple convicted of 18 counts of historic child abuse have been imprisoned for a total of 21 years.

Roy Stannard, 74, and his wife Valerie, 73, denied abusing children between the 1960s and 1980s at a time when they were living in Stoke Newington.

They were both found guilty of child cruelty on 28 March after a trial at Snaresbrook Crown Court, relating to five victims.

Roy Stannard was also found guilty of multiple indecent assaults against a girl, groping her and asking her to do sexual acts to him. Roy Stannard also punched one of the children and beat him regularly. He was sentenced to 12 years in prison, of which nine years related to the sexual offences, and three years for the child cruelty.

Valerie Stannard held a child's hands over a gas flame, put a lit newspaper down his trousers, and soap down his throat.  She tied another to a chair and shut him in a cupboard. She was sentenced to prison for nine years.

They were sentenced today [4 May] at Snaresbrook Crown Court.

London CPS reviewing lawyer Amee Patel said: "Valerie and Roy Stannard inflicted years of psychological and physical abuse on their victims.

"They both dismissed these allegations b ut witness testimony from their victims, now in their 60s, led to these convictions.

"Their actions have led to immeasurable ongoing harm to these individuals who suffered at their hands. I hope today's sentences can help them move on from the pain they experienced as a result of these crimes all those years ago."

Notes:

Roy Stannard [24/08/1942] was found guilty of three counts of cruelty to a person under 16, four counts of indecent assault and two counts of indecency with a child.

Valerie Stannard [23/02/1944] was found guilty of nine counts of cruelty to a person under 16.