Op Klan: Two Doncaster men plead guilty to abusing young boys

14/10/2013

The CPS has today informed the court that they will accept the guilty pleas of Antony Marsh (from Hatfield) and Lee Davis (from Conisborough) and will not pursue the remaining 15 counts.

Marsh and Davis were charged with 69 counts of sexual offences against children. On 27 September they appeared before Sheffield Crown Court where they pleaded guilty to 55 of the offences put to them.

The CPS was given two weeks to decide whether to pursue the remaining charges through a trial.

Today the CPS has decided not to pursue the further charges to a trial but has asked that they lie on file.

District Senior Crown Prosecutor Chris Hartley said:

"We've spoken to the remaining victims and explained the current position. We've listened to their views and found that a trial for these offences would not be in their best interest. They have agreed with our decision.

"We also considered whether the sentencing options available to the judge in this case would be adversely affected. As both of the men pleaded guilty to conspiracy to share the details of the victims and Davis also pleaded guilty to rape the judge has the option to sentence both of them to a maximum of life imprisonment.

"I'm confident this is the right decision and in the best interest of the victims and the wider public. I'm pleased that we, together with South Yorkshire Police, have been able to build a case so strong that the victims have been spared the further worry of having to give evidence at court and that those responsible for such disgraceful offences against young boys will be sentenced for their actions."