Leslie Paul sentenced to 13 years imprisonment for sexual offences at children’s home

14/01/2016

Leslie Paul, 64, was sentenced today at Blackfriars Crown Court to a total of 13 years imprisonment for a number of sexual offences committed between 1979 and 1988. These offences were committed while Paul worked as a carer at South Vale Children's Home in Lambeth. The victims were aged 10 to 13 years old at the time of the abuse.

The abuse mainly took place at the children's home but also at Paul's flats in Herne Hill and Finsbury Park. On one occasion one of the victims was taken to a house where he was abused by three other unknown men, as well as Paul.

Sally-Anne Russell, CPS London reviewing lawyer, said: "Leslie Paul is a prolific and predatory offender who preyed on boys who were under his care.

"He took advantage of his victims' vulnerability and his position of trust at the children's home. Paul relied on his belief that his victims would not be taken seriously if they reported the abuse due to their troubled backgrounds.

"The abuse has had a profound impact on the victims who were terrified while in Paul's care and have been left traumatised by what happened to them.

"Paul has had numerous opportunities to admit to these offences but he has continued to deny responsibility for his vile actions, resulting in his victims having to relive their experiences in court.

"I would like to thank all those who gave evidence for the prosecution in court. Their evidence was vital in securing these convictions and bringing this man to justice."

Convictions

Leslie Paul was convicted of 15 counts of indecent assault on a male person, one count of aiding and abetting indecent assault on a male person and one count of indecency with a child.