Man faces prison for sex offences

A FORMER Wisbech dock supervisor faces prison after he was found guilty of assaulting a young girl multiple times over a six year period.

John Allen (63) formerly of St Edmund’s Drive, Emneth, now of Falklands Drive, Wisbech, who lost part of a leg following an industrial accident in 2009, was convicted by a jury at Cambridge Crown Court of 10 offences today (Wednesday).

Allen had denied four offences of indecent assault, eight offences of indecency with a child, and rape of a child under 13. The offences were alleged to have happened between 1994 and 2000 in Wisbech.

After a three day trial the jury found Allen guilty of the four indecent assaults, five of the indecency with a child charges and rape.

Jurors acquitted him of three indecency charges, one on the judge’s direction.

The prosecution alleged that the abuse happened about 20 times over six years, from when the girl was aged nine to 15. The complainant, now 27, first reported the incidents to police in September 2010 but only pursued a formal allegation in January 2011.

Allen, who has been married for 23 years, claimed that the incidents simply never happened and that they had been fabricated by the woman who had learned about his potentially large compensation payout from Wisbech Port Authority.

Allen underwent an operation to amputate his left leg below the knee in February this year due to complications with his limb. Since his accident in Wisbech docks, where he was a marine services supervisor, he has had 10 operations.

He had worked for the authority for 30 years. It accepted responsibility for the accident and he received his £250,000 compensation recently, the court heard.

Judge Jonathan Haworth adjourned sentence for reports until the week of October 22. He remanded Allen on bail but warned him he faced “a significant custodial sentence”.

He also ordered him to immediately sign the sex offenders’ register.