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A man who killed three children he was babysitting and impaled them on garden railings has had his anonymity lifted.
David McGreavy, 62, was jailed for life in 1973 for the murders of four-year-old Paul Ralph and his sisters Dawn, two, and nine-month-old Samantha.
He killed them at their home in Gillam Street, Worcester, in April 1973.
In 2009 a judge imposed a ban on naming him during a hearing to protect him from other prisoners. The High Court has now overturned the ban.
In January, McGreavy made a request to be moved to an open prison and his lawyers had argued that would put his name back in the spotlight and his life at risk.
Justice Secretary Chris Grayling and media organisations argued the application was legally flawed and wrongly prevented the public from knowing the full facts of the case.
McGreavy was lodging with the family at the house in Gillam Street when he carried out the killings.
‘Monster of Worcester’
Paul had been strangled, Dawn was found with her throat cut, and Samantha died from a compound fracture to the skull.
The killings earned McGreavy the nickname the “Monster of Worcester”.
The anonymity ruling was made in 2009 during a hearing when McGreavy unsuccessfully challenged a ruling that he must remain in Category C prison conditions.
On Wednesday, Guy Vassall-Adams, representing the justice secretary and the media organisations objecting to the ban on naming McGreavy, told the court: “The full facts are exceptionally horrific by even the standard of
“The order restricted the media to saying they were ‘three sadistic murders’ but that doesn’t even give you the half of it.”
Lord Justice Pitchford, sitting in London with Mr Justice Simon, ruled the anonymity order must be discharged.
The High Court heard David McGreavy had been in prison for 40 years, during which time he had been seriously assaulted in 1975 and 1996 by fellow prisoners.
His counsel Quincy Whitaker told the court naming him would put him in more danger from other prison inmates.
Ms Whitaker told the court McGreavy had previously spent two years in an open prison until “hostile media coverage” led to him being returned to closed conditions “for his own safety”.
The court heard McGreavy was first transferred to category D open conditions in 1994 but the transfer to Leyhill Prison in south Gloucestershire broke down after other inmates learned of his offence.
Ms Whitaker said the triple killings were “notorious” but no concerns had been subsequently raised about his behaviour.
Name change possibleThere were “more than reasonable grounds” for a fair parole hearing that could mean him being returned to open conditions, which was a pre-requisite for release from custody, she said.
The judge held out the possibility that in future McGreavy could be allowed a change of name to protect him.
He said McGreavy’s ninth parole review was under way and a hearing could be held later this year.
Since 2007 McGreavy has made a number of failed bids to win parole, the court heard.
The Worcester MP at that time, Mike Foster, called for McGreavy to never be allowed back to the city and described the murders as an “absolutely vile crime”.
McGreavy is currently living in closed conditions in a vulnerable prisoners’ unit
- April 1973 – Murders Paul, Dawn and Samantha Ralph
- Jailed for life later that year
- 1994 – Transferred to open prison (category D) then back to closed prison conditions (Category C)
- 2007 – One of a number of bids for parole refused
- 2009 – Told he must remain in under closed prison conditions and anonymity order granted
- May 2013 – Anonymity order lifted with ninth parole review underway
PR guru Max Clifford repeated vows to clear his name today after he was charged with 11 historic counts of indecent assault against teenage girls.
The 70-year-old, famed for representing celebrities including Simon Cowell and Jade Goody, said he had received “tremendous support” from his clients as he labelled the allegations against him as “a load of nonsense”.
Clifford has been charged with offences linked to girls aged from 14 to 19 between 1966 and 1985 and will appear at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on May 28, Scotland Yard said.
Speaking outside his Surrey home today, Mr Clifford told reporters he would be “absolutely fine” once the truth emerged.
“I just find it hard to kind of accept, I suppose, that women 30, 40 years later, can make complaints like this and remain anonymous,” he told Sky News.
“Obviously it’s been horrible for my wife Jo, my daughter Louise, people close to me.”
He added: “I think people know me for the person I am. They know there’s no way I have ever assaulted anyone in my life.”
Mr Clifford said his friends, family and clients had offered “tremendous support”, adding that he would continue to work as normal.
He said: “All of my clients have remained loyal. I’m working with all of my clients on a regular daily basis.
“I’m used to dealing with dramas, mostly other peoples.
“I faced up to what was potentially live threatening cancer five or six years ago and it was six months before I knew I was going to be OK.
“Most of my life I’ve lived under very bright blue skies…this is something I’ve got to face up with and I’ve got to deal with.
“If nothing but the truth comes out, I’m going to be absolutely fine.”
Mr Clifford was arrested in December as part of Operation Yewtree, the national police inquiry sparked by allegations of abuse against Jimmy Savile.
Yesterday he told the Press Association the allegations were “completely false” and he had been living a “24/7 nightmare” since his arrest.
Clifford has made a career of taking on some of the most talked-about celebrity stories in the last few decades.
The public relations veteran notably represented OJ Simpson and was behind the rumours that sparked the tabloid headline “Freddie Starr Ate My Hamster”.
Clifford said: “Since last December I have been living a 24/7 nightmare. A black cloud has been placed over me, obliterating the bright blue skies that I have been fortunate to live my life under for the vast majority of the past 70 years.”
The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) found that there was insufficient evidence to bring charges in relation to three other allegations made against Clifford.
Alison Saunders, Chief Crown Prosecutor for CPS London, said: “We have carefully considered the evidence gathered as part of Operation Yewtree in relation to Max Clifford, who was initially arrested on December 6 2012 over allegations of sexual offences.
“Having completed our review, we have concluded that there is sufficient evidence and it is in the public interest for Mr Clifford to be charged with 11 offences of indecent assault relating to seven complainants.”
The charges that he faces are:
:: One offence of indecent assault relating to a girl, aged 14, in 1966;
:: One offence of indecent assault relating to a woman, aged 18, in 1974/75;
:: Three offences of indecent assault relating to a girl, aged 15, in 1977/78;
:: One offence of indecent assault relating to a woman, aged 19, in 1978;
:: Two offences of indecent assault relating to a girl, aged 16 or 17, in 1981/82;
:: One offence of indecent assault relating to a woman, aged 19, in 1980/81;
:: Two offences of indecent assault relating to a woman, aged 18, in 1984/85.
Max Clifford’s statement in full:
“The allegations in respect of which I have been charged are completely false and I have made this clear to the police during many, many hours of interviews.
“Nevertheless a decision has been taken to charge me with 11 offences involving seven women, the most recent of which is 28 years ago and the oldest 47 years ago.
“I have never indecently assaulted anyone in my life and this will become clear during the course of the proceedings.
“I am naturally disappointed about today’s decision, particularly because of the distress it has caused my wife, Jo, my daughter, Louise, and all those close to me.
“However, at least I will now be in a position to fully consider all the evidence against me and to answer the evidence in public and ultimately clear my name in a court of law.
“Since last December I have been living a 24/7 nightmare. A black cloud has been placed over me, obliterating the bright blue skies that I have been fortunate to live my life under for the vast majority of the past 70 years.
“Fortunately I have and continue to receive wonderful support and understanding from those who knew me, those who know me, as well as people I meet everywhere I go.
“This has made this nightmare so much easier to cope with and I am extremely grateful for this as you can imagine.”
Later outside his home in Surrey, an emotional Clifford told reporters: “The allegations in respect of which I have been charged are completely false, very upsetting, very distressing, but completely false.
“I have made it clear to the police during probably around 25 hours of interviews since last December when I was initially arrested, that there’s absolutely no truth and substance in any of these allegations.”
He added: “I’m so grateful to the many people that I meet everywhere I go who have been so supportive to me and since this charge being announced in the last couple of hours I’ve literally had hundreds of calls to my office, to friends, to myself, to my wife, to family members, and everyone of them has been nothing but supportive.
“Twenty-eight years ago was this most recent (allegation), and 47 years ago was the oldest.
“That’s what I’m up against and that’s what I’ve now got to – with my legal team – face up to and sort out to clear my name.”
An extra 100 police officers are being brought in to tackle exploitation including paedophile rings as part of an overhaul of Scotland Yard’s sex crime teams.
The force’s rape command, Sapphire, is being merged with the child abuse unit as part of a larger overhaul within the Met.
Sapphire had a troubled past before it came under centralised command, with detectives at a unit in Southwark found to have pressured victims to drop charges to boost performance figures.
Today current head of the central Sapphire command Detective Chief Superintendent Mick Duthie (above) said officer numbers dealing with sexual exploitation including grooming gangs would be boosted.
He said: “It is in response to the children’s commissioner’s report that said significant numbers of young people are at risk of being exploited.
“I think (the risk) has always been there but we have not been as aware of it as we are now.”
This follows a case in Rochdale where nine men were jailed in May last year for grooming and abusing vulnerable teenage girls.
The majority of the 100 extra officers will be of constable rank, and the unit will lose Det Ch Supt Duthie, who will become head of homicide next month, and one superintendent.
He stressed that officers will retain their specialisms in terms of the types of crime they investigate.
“This is a high-risk area and we need to make sure that we’ve got the right people with the right training.
“There would be a danger if we were to use ‘omnicompetent’ officers. But we’ve made a conscious decision that this is a high-risk area, we need to have dedicated officers investigating dedicated types of crime.
“There will be separate rape teams and separate child abuse teams, we will be keeping the focus on specialisms.”
High-profile investigations such as Operation Yewtree, the inquiry sparked in the wake of abuse allegations against Jimmy Savile, will come under the new command.
Questions have been raised over whether the new unit should abandon the name Sapphire because of trouble in the past.
In February in its latest report on the Southwark Sapphire unit the police watchdog found that women had been pressured to drop rape allegations.
The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) said that these included a woman who had made a claim against Jean Say, who later went on to murder his two children.
The watchdog also found that Scotland Yard had failed to hold gross misconduct proceedings against three officers involved in the case of serial sex offender Kirk Reid. In fact two of them had been promoted.
Football coach Reid was found guilty of stalking and preying on 25 women over 12 years in the Balham, Clapham and Tooting areas of south-west London.
It emerged during his trial that police did not arrest him until four years after he was first named as a suspect and a separate IPCC inquiry was carried out into apparent blunders and failings.
The Met said that the officers had been dealt with “as appropriate” and that “substantial changes” had been made to the way the force dealt with sex crime.
Det Ch Supt Duthie said: “We’ve certainly had our ups and downs and unfortunately it seems that the downs get reported.
“We’ve spoken to our partners about whether we will change the Sapphire name and some are saying get rid of it, some are saying a lot of people know what Sapphire does and if you lose that you will lose some victims’ ability to contact police.”
A Metropolitan Police spokeswoman said that the name would not necessarily fit because it is associated only with rape investigations.
A Barnardo’s spokesman said: “Child sexual exploitation is a pernicious and hidden crime and forces need specialist training to spot the tell-tale signs of abuse and know how to look after its victims.
“This announcement comes at a time when Barnardo’s is seeing rising numbers of sexually exploited children at its services – up by 22% to 1,452 in the UK last year and 37% during the past three years.
“Barnardo’s has long campaigned for police and other agencies to commit to tackling child sexual exploitation and we welcome the announcement of extra police resources to this horrific crime.”
A “highly dangerous” man who raped a young girl in Peterborough and attacked three others in a night of terror has been jailed indefinitely.
John Hinton, 23, who described himself as “the devil”, preyed on the girls near Central Park in the early hours of June 5 last year.
Each was left fearing for her life, Peterborough Crown Court heard.
After raping the final victim, a 15-year-old girl who cannot be named for legal reasons, he asked her on a date and bragged about attacking two other women earlier that night.
John Lloyd-Jones, representing Hinton, described how his client had “extremely dark and disturbing fantasies”.
After his arrest, he wrote dozens of pages of disturbing diary entries while being held inprison.
Describing the attacks, prosecutor Jonathan Seely said: “The defendant engaged in a series of serious sexual attacks on young women, culminating in the most serious rape and assault of a 15-year-old.”
The attacks began shortly after midnight when Hinton assaulted two friends before chasing one of them, pinning her to the ground and attempting to pull her clothes off.
He only fled when he was disturbed by residents living nearby, the court heard.
After attacking the two friends, Hinton followed another young woman.
“He approached her from behind and put a hand over her mouth,” Mr Seely said.
“She started to scream out and yell ‘rape’.
“He stopped and ran off when a vehicle passed by.”
Mr Seely said that in the final incident, the girl had been walking alone when Hinton approached from behind and punched her to the ground.
Mr Seely said: “She fell unconscious and when she came round he told her to shut up or he would kill her and ordered her to come with him to the park.
“He threatened to slit her throat before he raped her.
“She believed if she tried to run away he would kill her.
“The attack lasted about 20 minutes.”
Afterwards he showed her a magic trick and said he would like to start a relationship with her, he added.
Hinton, of Wesleyan Road, Peterborough, appeared in court via video link from HMP Peterborough, after admitting rape, attempted rape, sexual assault, causing actual bodily harm, wounding and assault by beating at an earlier hearing.
Mr Lloyd-Jones, mitigating, said Hinton had been diagnosed with a personality disorder and posed a high risk to the public.
But experts had decided he was not appropriate for detention under the mental health act.
“This was one night of madness by somebody who has been a witness and victim of serious physical and sexual abuse as a child,” he added.
Judge Nic Madge imposed an indeterminate sentence for public protection and said Hinton should serve at least six years in jail.
He said: “There is a serious risk of danger to the public by further offences by you.
“You will be released only when it is no longer necessary for you to be detained for the protection of the public.”
Comedian Freddie Starr has been rearrested over further allegations of sexual offences.
The entertainer answered bail today and was arrested for a second time over additional claims.
Scotland Yard said that a man in his sixties had been “further arrested on suspicion of sexual offences in connection with further allegations made to Operation Yewtree”.
The investigation is the national inquiry sparked after allegations of abuse were made against Jimmy Savile.
It has been split into three strands – allegations against Savile, those against Savile and others, and those against others.
Starr was originally arrested under the “Savile and others” strand, but the re-arrest was not linked to Savile.
He has denied any wrongdoing.
An osteopath from Surrey who sexually assaulted five male patients over a 12-year period was given an “unduly lenient” 18-month jail term, the Court of Appeal has said.
Three appeal judges increased Mark Piraino’s prison term to four years at a hearing in London, after a plea from a senior Government legal adviser.
Piraino, 40, of Redhill, Surrey, was originally sentenced by a judge at Guildford Crown Court in February. Jurors – who were told that two victims were aged 13 and 15 – had convicted him of a series of sex offences following a trial.
Lady Justice Hallett, who headed the panel of appeal judges, said Piraino “carried on offending” until he was “preying on quite young boys”.
She said appeal judges decided to impose a four-year term after concluding that the 18-month sentence was “not simply merciful” but “unduly lenient”.
“We understand how devastating the news of our decision will be to the offender’s family,” said Lady Justice Hallett. “However we have a duty to the individual complainants and to patients or clients up and down the country who are entitled to trust that healthcare professionals behave appropriately when they are at their most vulnerable.”
Lady Justice Hallett said Piraino’s oldest victim was 31 and added: “He simply carried on offending over a very long period. His offences escalated until he was preying on quite young boys.”
Solicitor General Oliver Heald appeared in person to ask the Court of Appeal to increase Piraino’s sentence.
Mr Heald, Conservative MP for Hertfordshire North East, said after the hearing: “I felt the original sentence didn’t reflect the number of victims, period of offending or the appalling breach of trust. I am pleased the court agreed with me.”
A prison that houses hundreds of sex offenders has been criticised by inspectors for not running any programmes to tackle their dangerous attitudes and behaviour.
Although a third of prisoners at HMP Moorland, in South Yorkshire, are sex offenders, no treatment programme is available and “too many” of the criminals are released without completing one, HM Inspectorate of Prisons (HMIP) said.
Despite the fact almost half of the 325 sex offenders were found to be in denial of their behaviour, there was no formal strategy to manage them and most went unchallenged, the unannounced inspection found.
Chief Inspector of Prisons Nick Hardwick said the prison – the scene of a series of riots in November 2010 – had seen some improvements but its learning and skills provision had slipped backwards.
He said: “”We found that Moorland had made some progress and was dealing with considerable uncertainties. That said, the pace of progress was disappointing and there remained much to do, some of it fundamental.”
The report said that the “very limited” provision for sex offenders was “of particular concern”.
HMIP found some evidence of sex offenders being moved to a prison to access a sex offender treatment programme but the overall number transferred was low.
The report said: “Although a third of the population were sex offenders, no sex offender treatment programmes (SOTPs) were delivered, hindering prisoners’ progress.
“A significant proportion of those currently waiting to do an SOTP would be released without having a chance to complete it and have their offending behaviour addressed.”
In its recommendations, HMIP said “attitudes, thinking and behaviour” programmes to address sexual offending and sex offenders in denial should be provided.
HMP Moorland, home to one of Ben Kinsella’s killers Juress Kika and Sean Mercer, murderer of 11-year-old Rhys Jones, holds up to 1,000 adult and young adult prisoners.
The prison has endured a period of upheaval, according to the Inspectorate, as 300 places damaged in the 2010 riots were restored, new accommodation was opened and more than 300 sex offenders and 250 foreign national prisoners were added to the population.
Moorland is expected to be taken over by private firms Sodexo, Serco or MTC/Amey in the next few months.
HMIP judged the overall safety of the jail to be reasonably good, although it did find too many prisoners had safety concerns and there was evidence of a bullying problem.
The prison also scored poorly for purposeful activity, with more than a third of prisoners locked up during the working day doing nothing.
Mr Hardwick warned: “The need to deal with these problems, and improve outcomes for prisoners, should not be lost in the transit to the private sector.”
More than 250 prisoners were moved from HMP Moorland to other jails after three consecutive nights of rioting in November 2010.
The disturbances spread to an adult unit at Moorland after two nights of riots at the young offenders institution on the same site.
A Prison Service spokeswoman said: “The delivery of the sex offender treatment programme will be included in the new contract for HMP Moorland when a private provider is due to take over the running of the prison at the end of the year.
“Our strategy across all prisons is to focus treatment on medium and high-risk sexual offenders, and we are currently working to reallocate resources accordingly.
“We also provide specific interventions tailored to an individual’s risk and need, including violence reduction programmes and courses that robustly challenge offending behaviour.
“Meeting the treatment needs of sex offenders is not a straightforward case of simply knowing the number of sex offenders – for example many sex offenders deny their offence, and in such cases a treatment programme may be of limited or no value. However, treatment programmes are not the only form of intervention.”
Andrew Neilson, director of campaigns at the Howard League for Penal Reform, said: “There is room for major improvement but we have grave doubts that transferring control of the prison to a private security firm, focused primarily on maximising profits for shareholders, will deliver the changes needed.”
A consultant clinical psychologist asked to assess the risk a convicted child sex offender posed to his eight-year-old son has come under fire from a High Court judge.
Mr Justice Baker said the opinions of Roy Shuttleworth (above) were “naive”, “complacent” and “unreliable” – and his assessment of risk “worthless”.
The judge said Mr Shuttleworth’s “reluctance” to accept the man’s convictions as a factual basis for an assessment was a “dereliction of his duty as an expert witness”.
His criticism came in a written ruling following a hearing in the Family Division of the High Court in London.
The judge had been asked to decide whether the man’s “parental responsibility” for his son should be terminated after he had been convicted of sexually assaulting two of his former partner’s daughters.
He decided that the man’s parental responsibility for the boy should be terminated.
Mr Justice Baker said the man had pleaded guilty to a total of 10 sexual offences against the two girls – when they were both aged under 10.
He said the man had been given a four-year jail term and a judge had said when passing sentence that the circumstances relating to one of the girls involved “particularly despicable exploitation”.
Mr Justice Baker said he had asked Mr Shuttleworth to assess whether the man posed any risk to the boy in the light of the criminal convictions – and had considered his views as part of evidence presented at the High Court hearing.
The judge said Mr Shuttleworth was a clinical psychologist “with considerable experience of conducting assessments of children, adolescents and their families”, and had been instructed in family court proceedings many times.
“His assessment of this father was based on his reading of the court papers and medical records, and an extensive examination and interview of the father,” said Mr Justice Baker, in a written ruling published on a legal website.
“In his assessment, Mr Shuttleworth stated that ‘there is no evidence that he has any sexual deviations’ and concluded (contrary to the observations of the sentencing judge) that there had been no escalation of his sexual offending.”
The judge said Mr Shuttleworth had “concluded”: ‘I do not believe that he would be a risk to a child from a sexual point of view.
“There may be more doubts if he was looking after a girl because of the convictions, however there is no indication that he ever had any particular interest in a male…
“While I do not believe there is any evidence that he is a risk, his recent behaviour, particularly in prison, indicates that he is fully willing to enter into any programme which might involve him proving his parental skills.”
When “invited to consider specifically” the risk to the boy, Mr Shuttleworth had said: “Even if he’s had sex with children, I’ve come across a lot of paedophiles who do not abuse their own children.”
The judge went on: “Mr Shuttleworth added that ‘there’s an assumption that people who are paedophiles are unable to control their impulses’.
“He said that he found the father to be a very warm and caring man who cares very much for his children.”
Mr Justice Baker said he had listened to Mr Shuttleworth’s evidence with “increasing concern”.
“I regret to say that I have found his opinions naive, complacent, unreliable and at times misleading,” the judge added.
“His reluctance to accept the convictions as the factual basis for his assessment was a dereliction of his duty as an expert witness.
“His statement in his report that there was no evidence of any ‘deviations’ was simply untenable given the existence of the convictions for 10 offences of sexual abuse.
“His various statements about paedophiles … run contrary to all the understanding about the dangerous and deceitful behaviour of paedophiles which this court has come across many times over the years.
“His assessment of risk was, in my view, worthless, and I reject it.”
Mr Justice Baker said the boy’s mother had applied for a court order terminating her former partner’s parental responsibility.
He said it was “very unusual” for parental responsibility to be terminated by court order.
But the judge said the boy had an “overriding need … to security within his family”.
Mr Justice Baker delivered the judgment in London. He said he had listened to evidence at a hearing in Bournemouth, Dorset.
He said the children and parents involved could not be identified.
Three men are to be sentenced after being found guilty of murdering a convicted child rapist in Dorset.
Geoffrey Reed (above), 57, was hit with an object like a hammer and then stamped and kicked on in his ground floor flat in Bournemouth by half brothers Stuart and Lee Wareham and Benjamin Walter.
The trio will serve life sentences for the murder and will be told the minimum terms they will serve before they are eligible for parole.
Frail Reed, who allowed the men to stay or visit his flat, suffered “enormous injuries” with fractures to his head, ribs and sternum and a broken neck, the trial at Winchester Crown Court was told.
After the murder Stuart Wareham, 26, boasted in a letter from prison that “there’s one more paedo off the street so he can’t prey on anymore little kids”.
During the four-week trial the jury were told that Stuart Wareham had found some paperwork detailing that Reed had served 10 years for four counts of rape on two vulnerable victims – one of them a child – after the men had met in a bail hostel.
The prosecution said this was a motive in the murder and also that the men wanted Reed’s benefits but when he died he only had £2.56.
The men launched the fatal attack on June 7 last year and the trio put eight-stone Reed in a suitcase that the jury saw Stuart Wareham on CCTV carry one-handed out of the flat.
Stuart Wareham then asked his sister to drive him and Benjamin Walter, 22, to their grandmother’s house in Lytchett Matravers – 13 miles away – and said there was a dead dog in the suitcase he wanted to bury there, the court heard.
Meanwhile Lee Wareham, 33, left the house with several bags and dumped Reed’s clothes while the other men buried him in a shallow grave.
Another man Danny Anderson was living in the flat and he called police three days later fearing the men had killed Reed. Specialist dogs found him buried in woodland.
During the trial each man blamed each other for the killing.
Coronation Street star Bill Roache today said he was “very sorry” over his controversial comments on the victims of paedophiles which seemed to suggest they were being punished for past sins.
Roache, 80, who has played Ken Barlow in the ITV soap for more than 50 years, had told New Zealand’s One News that the public should not be judgmental but be “totally forgiving” of people who have committed child sex crimes.
In a statement, the actor today said: “I would like to say that I am very sorry for any offence that has been caused as a result of my comments.
“I would never say that victims of sexual offences are in any way responsible for the abuse they have suffered and I offer my deepest apologies if anything I have said has been misunderstood in this way.
“I had no intention of causing any kind of distress as a result of my interview and I offer my utmost sympathies to anyone affected by sexual offences and paedophilia.”
His comments drew stinging criticism from the National Association for People Abused in Childhood (Napac), which called them an insult to abuse victims.
Roache caused outrage with the interview in which the furore around the Jimmy Savile sex abuse revelations were discussed.
Former DJ Savile has now been exposed as one of the country’s most prolific paedophiles who may have abused hundreds of children.
Roache said in the interview: “If you accept that you are pure love, and if you know that you are pure love and therefore live that pure love, these things won’t happen to you.”
Interviewer Garth Bray commented: “To some people that sounds perhaps like you’re saying victims bring things on themselves – is that what you’re saying?”
Roache replied: “No, not quite, but and yet I am, because everything that happens to us has been a result of what we have been in previous lives or whatever.”
Roache went on to call for anonymity for all those accused of child sex offences because of the stigma they faced even if innocent.
He said: “Paedophilia is absolutely horrendous. Paedophiles should be sought out, rooted out and dealt with.
“But there’s a fringe of people who, particularly pop singers, they have these groupies, these girls, who come, they’re sexually active, sexually mature, they don’t ask for their birth certificate, they don’t know what age they may be.
“But they’re certainly not grooming them and exploiting them, but they can be caught in this trap.
“These people are instantly stigmatised, some will be innocent, some will not, but until such time as it’s proven there should be anonymity for both.”
He added: “If someone has done something wrong, the law will take its course.
“But even so, all of them, whether they are proven guilty or not, we should not be judgmental about anybody, ever.
“We shouldn’t go around condemning, unforgiving. We should all be totally forgiving about everything.”
Dr Jon Bird, from Napac, condemned Roache’s “hippy-dippy” spiritualist beliefs, saying child sex abuse left people with horrific physical and mental scars.
“Abuse is a crime. The rape of a child is an appalling crime and the long-term effects we hear about include suicide,” he said.
“There is a whole range of terrible consequences that are life-long.
“This is a real insult, it is horrible. I think a lot of people will be deeply offended by what he said.”