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BEHIND BARS: Man who worked for a Hemel firm jailed for sexual offences against children 

 Published on: 18th September 2021   |   By: News Bulletin   |   Category: Uncategorized

A 75-year-old man who used to work for a firm in Hemel Hempstead has been jailed for sexual offences committed against children in the 1970s.

Lawrence Burman, of Beck Side, Hibaldstow, Lincolnshire, was sentenced at St Albans Crown Court on Friday September 10.

He had pleaded guilty to four counts of gross indecency against a child and two counts of indecent assault against a child at a previous hearing.

The offences relate to three children – two girls and a boy – who were all aged between eight and 13 at the time they were abused by Burman, who was known as ‘Laurie’.

The court heard how Burman used to work as a lorry driver for a firm in Hemel Hempstead. In 1970, he carried out a sexual act in the presence of his male victim while they both sat inside his cab.

Burman went on to commit several offences in the village of Little Gaddesden – near Berkhamsted – against his two female victims between 1972 and 1978, with one offence also committed in Lincolnshire.

Detective Constable Laura Chillingworth, from Hertfordshire Constabulary’s Historic Child Abuse Investigation Team, said: “Burman arrogantly believed he would get away with his actions, thinking his victims would never reveal what happened to them. However, their courage in coming forward meant he did have to face the consequences of what he did all those years ago.

“On arrest, he denied the allegations and claimed his victims were lying, but later pleaded guilty to all charges.”

She added: “Child victims of sexual abuse never forget what happened to them. They have to learn to live with it, but understandably it often has a hugely negative impact on their self-esteem and their mental health.

“I hope the conclusion of this investigation and its outcome finally gives all three of them a sense of closure on the past.”

Burman was sentenced to 12 months in prison and will be on licence on his release.

Anyone in Hertfordshire who has experienced sexual abuse or sexual violence can contact the Herts Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC) for practical and emotional support. 

The centre can arrange face-to-face support, sexual health referrals, and provide forensic medical examinations for those who want them.

To contact Herts SARC, call the 24/7 helpline on 0808 178 4448 

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