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    101-year-old Ralph Clarke guilty of child sex offences - BBC News

    A 101-year-old man - thought to be the oldest person convicted in British legal history - has been found guilty of historical child sex offences.
    Jurors found Ralph Clarke from Erdington, Birmingham, guilty of 21 counts of abusing two girls in the 1970s and 80s.
    He admitted nine charges relating to a young boy part-way through his trial at Birmingham Crown Court.
    Clarke said he was "immune to feelings" following his arrest last year.

    Clarke, of Holly Lane, who was born in March 1915, sat impassively as the unanimous verdicts were delivered.
    Judge Richard Bond said he needed to "ponder with care" the sentence and added: "The reality is that he's so old it's unlikely he'll be released back into the community."
    He said the public would be "horrified" if Clarke was not sent to prison.
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    The court had made some special arrangements for the 101-year-old former lorry driver.
    He didn't have to sit in the dock and had an intermediary to help him hear proceedings. The court only sat until lunchtime each day to allow Clarke to rest.
    But prosecutors said he was "lucid" with an "excellent memory".
    Clarke did admit some of the offences he was charged with relating to one of the three victims but described his actions as "something that happened" for which he showed no real remorse.
    At the start of Clarke's trial, prosecutor Miranda Moore QC said the defendant was arrested after two of his victims walked into a police station in Aug
    just last year.
    Before the case was opened by Miss Moore, the judge informed the jury there would be occasions when Clarke left the hearing without permission for personal reasons.

    Det Con Emma Fennon from West Midlands Police's historical sexual offences team described the crimes as "horrific offences" and said Clarke showed no remorse.
    When questioned on the merits of taking a 101-year-old man to court, she said: "The day that not prosecuting someone who hurts a child is not in the public interest, we may as well all pack up and go home."
    Det Con Fennon added that his age was "no defence to what he has done".
    She said: "The nature of what he did to his victims has robbed them of their childhood."
    Clarke had told the jury the offences against the schoolboy were "something that happened".

    The court heard he abused the girls at his home in Erdington, in the cab of his works truck and in his garden shed after placing them on a work bench.
    His victims reported the offences to West Midlands Police in August last year after seeing Facebook posts celebrating Clarke's 100th birthday.
    Investigations revealed a catalogue of abuse spanning many years.
    Clarke admitted two counts of attempting to commit a serious sexual offence, two of indecency with a child and five indecent assaults on the boy.
    The retired lorry driver was remanded in custody and is due to be sentenced on Monday.

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    I'm amazed he can remember it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sabang View Post
    I'm amazed he can remember it.
    If they have sent him to prison at his age, there will be a lot of old criminals who are uneasy now. It was once generally thought that old crimes would be forgotten and the culprits would escape. Not anymore.

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    Jimmy Page must be shitting his pants.

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    How much extra is it going to cost to look after this inmate?

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    Quote Originally Posted by wasabi View Post
    How much extra is it going to cost to look after this inmate?
    Hopefully, he will go the way of this pervert :

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    Quote Originally Posted by wasabi View Post
    How much extra is it going to cost to look after this inmate?
    Probably much the same as it costs to look after any other given that at that age he likely is pretty expensive for the NHS anyway.

    Doubtful he will be residing at her majesty's pleasure for very long even if he lasts long enough to make it to his sentencing hearing.
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