On 1st February 2013 Darren Purchase was convicted of 15 counts and acquitted of six counts by a jury following a 23 day trial at Worcester Crown Court before HH Judge Juckes QC.
Mr Purchase faced allegations of abusing nine victims, male and female and adults and children, since the early 1980s. His victims included a 13 year old boy and a seven year old girl. He was acquitted of raping one of the victims.
On 25th March 2013 Mr Puchase was sentenced to 20 years’ imprisonment with an extended licence period of five years. In passing sentence, the learned judge remarked that it was “a remarkable catalogue of sexual offending by any standards.”
The case has attracted national media attention: http://www.bbc.co.uk/