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Sex abuser sentenced 30 years on

A 65-year-old man is to be sentenced for sex offences committed more than 30 years ago.

Frank Newberry pleaded guilty to four charges of indecent assault after his victim, 13 at the time, reported the crimes to the police in 2002.

The victim said Newberry sexually assaulted her on many occasions when giving her lifts home from a riding school in North London.   Police had initially doubted they could track down the man.

The victim, now a 45-year-old successful businesswoman, only decided to come forward two years ago, contacting the police's Operation Sapphire team, which investigates "cold cases" and difficult sex case inquiries.   She told the police that since the age of 11 she spent most weekends with her sister at a riding school at Hollyhill Farm in Enfield.

Newberry, who began using the stables from 1972, offered her a lift home regularly and sexually abused her on each occasion when he pulled over in woods.

Because the allegations went back to the early 1970s and the stables no longer existed, police knew it would be difficult to trace Newberry, a married man who now runs a business selling vitamins for horses.

Eventually they found the retired electrician living in Bedfordshire and the grandfather was visited by detectives.   He pleaded guilty at Wood Green Crown Court in July and will be sentenced on Thursday.   The victim said she was too "upset and scared" to report the matter as a teenager.   "I was only a child and didn't know anything about sexual relations, I didn't understand properly what was happening to me.   "I beat myself up for years about the fact that I should have reported it earlier.   "From my own experience I would say that if they (victims of abuse) have the strength to come forward it will be a good thing for them," she added.   Detective Inspector Gerry McDonald, who was leading the investigation, praised the victim for coming forward.

He added: "She should be applauded for her courage and bravery for bringing her suffering to our attention, I only hope that this conviction helps her turn a chapter in her life and gives other victims the strength to come forward to police.   "The last thing Frank Newberry expected was for police officers to come knocking on his door after having evaded justice for over 30 years.

"Now he will be placed on the sex offenders register for the rest of his life and is facing a possible term of imprisonment".


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