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Former Brookside School head teacher faces sex abuse charges

Published November 7, 2014 by misty534


A former head teacher has appeared in court accused of 32 historic sex attacks against 12 children.

Jack Mount is accused of committing the offences in Birmingham, Shropshire and Yorkshire between 1954 and 1979.

The 95-year-old is the former head of privately-run Brookside School near Craven Arms in Shropshire.

Mr Mount, from Paradise Lawn in South Molton, Devon, has Parkinson’s disease. He denies the allegations and is due to formally enter a plea in January.

The charges consist of nine counts of rape, six of gross indecency, nine of indecent assault and eight allegations of other sexual offences.

He is alleged to have committed the offences against six girls and six boys.

One offence was allegedly committed in Barnsley and then West Riding in the mid-1950s. Three are said to have occurred in Birmingham between 1957 and 1962.

The remaining 28 charges relate to allegations of sexual abuse against boys and girls in south Shropshire between 1967 and 1979.

Mr Mount appeared at both Birmingham Magistrates’ Court and Birmingham Crown Court earlier. He was granted unconditional bail.


Birmingham sex attacker loses appeal against jail sentence

Published July 22, 2013 by misty534


John James Twamley will only be released from prison when he is considered no longer a threat to the public.

A Birmingham sex offender who preyed on lone women late at night and tried to pull the clothes off a teenage schoolgirl in an alleyway, has failed in an appeal against the open-ended jail sentence he was handed.

John James Twamley, 26, of Grendon Road, Maypole, pounced on a 15-year-old girl when she left a party to make a phone call, dragging down her trousers and underwear, and pulling her into an alleyway.

She forced him away from her, but he left his DNA at the scene after committing a sex act while standing and laughing at his terrified victim.

The horrific attack came just two months after Twamley had cornered a 21-year-old woman as she walked home from a pub in Yardley, dragging her to the ground and pulling down her trousers.

She fought back and Twamley ran off, but she was left with “life-changing” effects, including shattered confidence, poor sleep and emotional problems.

The pervert admitted two sexual assaults and one assault by penetration, and was jailed indefinitely at Birmingham Crown Court in October 2011.

His imprisonment for public protection (IPP) sentence is almost identical to a standard life term because he can only be freed when – and if ever – he is considered safe back on the streets by experts.

Sentencing him, the crown court judge said he considered Twamley a “significant” risk of “serious” harm, justifying an open-ended prison sentence.

On Friday he appealed against the sentence and the five-year stretch he must serve before he can even apply to the Parole Board for release.

A sentence which included a definite release date, then an extended period of supervised licence, would have been enough to protect the public, his defence team pleaded with appeal judges.

But Lady Justice Hallett said: “This man knows the devastating impact on victims and yet he goes out and is clearly a sexual night-time predator.”

Rejecting the appeal, Mr Justice Jay said: “This offender was likely to be difficult to treat, and there was no material in his favour to suggest he could be safely managed in the community.

“The judge was entitled to be of the view that the risk was unlikely to have reduced to an acceptable level by the time the appropriate custodial term had expired.”

Upholding the minimum term, he added: “These were two night-time offences, perpetrated in a predatory manner. Although undoubtedly a severe sentence, we have concluded the minimum term of five years cannot be challenged in this court.”

Twamley can only be freed after serving five years if he is considered safe. The majority of prisoners on IPP sentences serve much longer than their minimum terms.


Birmingham Mail


Man, 85, on multiple child sex charges

Published July 5, 2013 by misty534


OAP denies ten separate offences against a number of alleged victims aged under 16

An 85-year-old Birmingham man is to stand trial after being charged with multiple child sex offences, including rape.

Arthur Webley is charged with ten separate offences against a number of alleged victims aged under 16.

He is the father of Bishop Derek Webley, a former chairman of West Midlands Police Authority.

The pensioner is due to appear next at Birmingham Crown Court on September 23 for a pre-trial review in connection with the case.

His trial has been provisionally set for October 7.

The octagenarian is charged with one count of rape, attempting to rape contrary to Criminal Attempts Act, two counts of sexual intercourse with a girl aged under 13 contrary to Section 5 of the Sexual Offences Act.

He is also charged with two counts of attempting to have sexual intercourse with a girl under 13, sexual assault contrary to Section 3 of the Sexual Offences Act and three counts of indecent assault contrary to Section 14 of the Sexual Offences Act.

Mr Webley was arrested by West Midlands Police and first appeared at Birmingham Magistrates Court on March 15. He attended further court hearings in connection with the charges in April and June.

The 85-year-old pleaded not guilty to the offences at Birmingham Crown Court last month.

It is understood the charges relate to offences allegedly committed between the late 1990s and last year.

Mr Webley’s son Derek Webley is known as a district bishop for the New Testament Church of God.

Last year he stepped down from his long-standing role as chairman of the West Midlands Police Authority to join the race to become the region’s first elected police and crime commissioner.

He stood as an independent candidate in the ballot in November, but lost out to Bob Jones.


Birminham Mail