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Ex-Scout leader (89) is jailed for child sexual abuse

By Richard Vernalls

An 89-year-old former teacher and Scout leader has been jailed for seven years for "awful" abuse of two of his pupils.

Peter Farrands, also a former church minister, told one of his victims the young boy was his "special lad" as he abused him in a classroom at the Folville Junior School in Leicester during the 1980s.

His other young victim was abused as he stood at the front of the class and read a book, but Farrands was careful to ensure the other pupils could not see his assault.

Sentencing a frail-looking Farrands, Judge Simon Hammond said that the attacks were "awful, awful offences" on vulnerable youngsters which had left the victims "tormented" into adulthood.

The judge was "moved" by the witness testimony of one of the men for whom the effect of abuse "has been frankly devastating", he added. The other youngster was Robert Gibb, who said after sentencing at Leicester Crown Court: "There's no forgiveness."

The 49-year-old, who has waived his right to anonymity, said: "If he had been a younger man, he'd have got longer.

"He did wrong to me and I think the sentence is adequate."

Farrands was convicted last month by a jury of five counts of indecent assault against both his victims during the 1970s and 1980s.

Some of the abuse happened at school, but also while both boys were out on organised trips along the canal accompanied by the then Scout master.

Mr Gibb was aged 10 or 11 when a three-year period of abuse started in 1976 while he was a pupil at the school in the Braunstone area of the city.

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