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DISGRACEFUL: Ex-soldier jailed for sex offences against children in Berkhamsted

 Published on: 13th September 2021   |   By: Court Reporter   |   Category: Uncategorized

A 75-year-old man was jailed for 12 months on Friday (September 10) for sexual offences against three children in Little Gaddesden, near Berkhamsted.

Former soldier Laurence Burman abused the boy and two girls, who were aged between eight or nine and 13, between 1969 and 1980.

Burman appeared for sentence at St Albans Crown Court (pictured) via a video link from Sheffield, having pleaded guilty to six sexual offences.

In a victim personal statement, the male victim said when he was a boy, he found Burman “extremely intimidating” as he was a tall, strong man.

He said he had never felt comfortable in his presence.

He added: “He has never apologised. He is a vile human being.”

One of the female victims described him as a predator who had abused her 50 years ago.

She said she had an “absolute hatred” for him.

Burman, of Beckside, Hibaldstow, Brigg, Lincs, had admitted indecency with a child and indecent assault.

Defending, Gordon Stables said: “He is an elderly man with deteriorating health.

“He is horrified that he committed these offences. Through me, he wishes to apologise to his victims – he understands it does not make things right.”

Mr Stables said Burman had served in the army for nine years and had difficulty adjusting to civilian life. He said his wife remained supportive.

Judge Michael Simon jailed him and said: “A particular significant aggravating feature is that there are three victims.”

He must register as a sex offender for five years.


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