Crown Prosecution Service to drop some charges in Richmond child abuse scandal

The Met Police paedophile unit has suffered a set back in its long running investigation into historic child abuse in Richmond after the Crown Prosecution Service has decided to drop some of the charges.
A story in Exaro News mainly by my colleague Mark Conrad reveals that the CPS have done a U-turn by changing their mind over four out of the 18 charges against 71-year-old John Stingemore,the former deputy manager of Grafton Close children’s home in Richmond on Thames, and 66-year-old Roman Catholic priest, Tony McSweeney.
It is dropping the charge against Stingemore of conspiracy with persons unknown to commit buggery, along with two counts of indecent assault. But Stingemore, still faces six charges of indecent assault against five boys aged between 11 and 15, and two counts of taking indecent images of a child.
The CPS is also understood to have changed its mind about prosecuting one charge of indecent assault against McSweeney. McSweeney still faces one charge of indecent assault against a boy aged between 11 and 15, three counts of making indecent images of a child, one of taking indecent images of a child and a further count of possessing indecent images of a child.
The decision has left the witness bewildered at his treatment by the CPS, and he is seeking an explanation as to why prosecutors are dropping the charges when they had decided to bring them only four months ago.
He said: “I am devastated. It has taken me years to reach this point. The police knocked on my door when they sought information, and now this.” He is asking the CPS to review its decision.”
Curiously the CPS told him no other witnesses have said they were sexually assaulted at Elm Guest House, an assertion contradicted by another witness who says he gave the police a statement saying he was sexually abused there.The situation is about as clear as mud.

2 thoughts on “Crown Prosecution Service to drop some charges in Richmond child abuse scandal

  1. So the Elm or 27 Rocks Lane as we knew it will remain undisturbed for another 30 years. It is obvious to those in the know why powers do not want anybody, including honest coppers and the courts potentially opening up 27. David you know I have been with this one from 2001 and what happend to me is mirrored in the treatment of a victim now, the only difference is they got a letter when I got ignored and then told to shut up by an investigator working for the IPCC. What I am prepared to do if given access to the Police again as per the conditions attached to my last face to face meeting with them is to reluctantly name to them (to and them alone) the former senior MI6 officer who explained to me he had read the paper files on the politicians who had abused children at the Elm and other places. Those files are held at Thames House the home of MI5. Asked why he had read them his reply was they were our responsiblity when they went abroad. That last point alone should be of interest to the Police bearing in mind some current lines of enquiry.


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