Plymouth paedophile William Goad dies in prison
A Devon paedophile who is believed to have abused up to 3,500 boys has died in prison, the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) has confirmed.
William Goad, 68, from Plymouth died of “natural causes” overnight at HMP Albany, on the Isle of Wight.
The MoJ said: “As with all deaths in custody, the independent Prisons and Probation Ombudsman will conduct an investigation.”
Goad was jailed for life in 2004 for sexual offences over a 35-year period.
Goad, who ran shops and market stalls, was jailed for 14 serious sex offences and two counts of indecent assault following a court case in 2004 in which he was described as a “voracious, calculating, predatory and violent homosexual paedophile”.
Plymouth Crown Court was told he groomed his victims by offering them well-paid jobs in his shops and inviting them back to his home.
In 2010 one of Goad’s victims, Ray Zolla from Newquay, was awarded a six-figure sum in damages for the abuse he suffered as a teenager.
Goad did not admit abusing Mr Zolla during the criminal proceedings forcing Mr Zolla to take civil proceedings against him .
He told the BBC at the time the abuse had “totally consumed” his life and caused him to develop post-traumatic stress disorder.
After the case, Mr Zolla, said: “I have had a difficult and painful battle over many years to get what I have achieved today.
“It was really hard for me to be in the same room as him at trial. I could not bear to look at him.”
Goad was jailed for life, with a six-year minimum term, in 2004.