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Thursday, September 27, 2012
A FORMER Wisbech dock supervisor faces prison after he was found guilty of indecently assaulting a young girl multiple times over a six year period.
John Allen, 63, formerly of St Edmund’s Drive, Emneth, now of Falklands Drive, Wisbech, who lost part of a leg following an industrial accident in 2009, was convicted by a jury at Cambridge Crown Court of 10 offences.
Allen had denied four offences of indecent assault, eight offences of indecency with a child, and rape of a child under 13. The offences were alleged to have happened between 1994 and 2000 in Wisbech.
Allen told the jury he was “gobsmacked” when he learned of the allegations, and felt “shocked and sick.”
He said the complainant had known of his pending compensation payout – he was awarded £250,000 recently – and she had “hinted for money.”
Psychologist Wendy Large said that during her therapy sessions with Allen after his accident, he said something had happened, but the girl had “over-dramatised” it.
Allen claimed that during a confrontation in 2010, the complainant told him: “I’m going to get you.”
The complainant denied she made up the allegations because she was after Allen’s money.
“No, I am saying it because I have carried it around for ten years and I want to get it off my chest,” she told the jury.
After a three day trial and eight hours deliberation by the jury, Allen was found guilty of four indecent assaults, five charges of indecency with a child, and rape.
Jurors acquitted him of three indecency charges, one on the judge’s direction.
The prosecution alleged that the abuse happened about 20 times over six years, from when the girl was aged nine to 15.
Allen, who has been married for 23 years and still lives with his wife Wendy, claimed that the incidents simply never happened.
Allen underwent an operation to amputate his left leg below the knee in February this year.
Judge Jonathan Haworth adjourned sentence for reports until the week of 22 October. He remanded Allen on bail but warned him he faced “a significant custodial sentence”.
Allen was ordered to immediately sign the sex offenders’ register.