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Former hypnotist admits nine charges of indecent assault

By Brendan McDaid

Published 05/09/2007

A former Ulster hypnotist has pleaded guilty to nine charges of indecently assaulting two women.

Richard Tilley (68), whose address was given as care of Magilligan Prison, made the admission at a hearing in Londonderry Crown Court.

Tilley, who is currently serving a four-year jail term imposed in February 2006 for similar offences, worked under the name of Richard Glen.

At yesterday's hearing he pleaded guilty to one charge of indecently assaulting a female on dates unknown between January 1 and December 31, 2001 and also admitted a further seven similar offences of indecent assault.

Tilley also pleaded guilty to a ninth charge of indecently assaulting another woman on dates unknown from January 1 and December 31, 2000.

Judge Corinne Philpott said: "This man is already in custody for a number of similar offences."

In light of this, she asked the prosecution to provide a timescale of the previous offences for which Tilley has already been convicted.

She asked: "Did these two ladies learn about the offences because of the court proceedings, or did they know about and were they approached by police before the outcome of the last trial? There is a totality issue."

She added: "This does not mean there will not be an additional consecutive sentence."

Prosecuting QC Jackie Orr said that Tilley has already been placed on the Sex Offender's Register for life.

Ordering the defendant back before the Crown Court on October 1, Judge Philpott said: "I am making inquiries into when these matters came to light. I will look at these matters on October 1."

Tilley became the first person known to have been handed a Sexual Offences Prevention Order by an Ulster Crown Court, which effectively bans him from working as a therapist ever again, following his conviction last year.

He was jailed after admitting seven charges of indecent assault against three women between May 2003 and June 2004. A further 14 charges against seven more women were also taken into account before sentencing.

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