Retired businessman shocked when police went to arrest him for historic sex offences, court hears

PUBLISHED: 17:17 18 September 2017 | UPDATED: 17:17 18 September 2017

Allan Hammond, Steeple View, March Cambridgeshire.

Allan Hammond, Steeple View, March Cambridgeshire.

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A 78-year-old man accused of 11 counts of historic sexual abuse and one of child internet porn was visibly shocked when police went to arrest him, a court has heard.

Allan Hammond, of Steeple View, in March, pleaded not guilty to 12 charges against him, seven of which are indecent assaults against a child.

For some of the offences, the victim is said to have been as young as eight or nine-years-old.

He has also been charged with one count of rape on the same female, when she was of the age of consent and indecently assaulting another female under the age of 13-years-old by squeezing her bottom under her underwear.

Hammond is also on trial for charges of buggery and indecent against a boy under the age of 16-years-old.

Appearing at Chelmsford Crown Court today (September 18), John Caudel, prosecuting, told the jury that these offences spanned decades.

While the charges concerning the female victims are said to have taken place in the 1960s and 1970s, the alleged assault on the male happened between April 29, 1990, and April 28, 1991.

Mr Caudel also said Hammond faces a charge of making indecent images of children on his computer between June 23 and October 28, 2014.

Officers recovered two category A images – the highest grading – and one category B picture.

He added: “On October 29, police went to the defendant’s address at 8.45am and arrested him on suspicion of a number of offences [relating to the first victim]. He appeared physically shocked, and was taken to King’s Lynn custody suite.”

In May 2015, Hammond was arrested again for the alleged indecent assault against his second victim.

Two months later on July 21, the defendant was again arrested by police for the allegations concerning the male victim.

In interviews with the police, he denied all allegations against him.

Samuel Stein will be defending the defendant throughout the course of the trial, which is expected to last for two, maybe three, weeks.

The case is being overseen by Judge Christopher Morgan and the first witness is due to be called to the courtroom to give evidence tomorrow morning.

The charges are:

• Between March 12, 1966 and March 11, 1968 he indecently assaulted a girl under 13-years-old of age by touching her breasts and vagina.

• Between March 12, 1966 and March 11, 1968 he indecently assaulted the same girl by digitally penetrating her vagina.

• Between March 12, 1968 and March 11, 1971. he indecently assaulted the same girl by touching her breasts and vagina.

• Between March 12, 1968 and March 11, 1971 he indecently assaulted the same girl by digitally penetrating her vagina.

• Between March 12, 1968 and March 11, 1971 he indecently assaulted the same girl by digitally penetrating her vagina.

• Between March 12, 1971 and March 11, 1974 he indecently assaulted the same girl by digitally penetrating her vagina.

• Between March 12, 1971 and March 11, 1974 he indecently assaulted the same girl by digitally penetrating her vagina.

• Between March 12, 1970 and March 11, 1971 he raped a woman.

• Between August 12, 1960 and August 11, 1961 he indecently assaulted a girl (a second girl) under the age of 13-years-old by squeezing her bottom under her underwear.

• Between April 29, 1990 and April 28, 1991 he is charged with committing buggery on a boy under the age of 16-years-old.

• Between April 29, 1990 and April 28, 1991 he is charged with indecent assault against the same boy for masturbating his penis.

• Between June 23, 2014 and October 28, 2014 he is charged with creating indecent images of children on his computer.

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