June 2011

Justice catches up with West Drayton paedophile

A PAEDOPHILE who abused his victim 24 times between 1965 and 1976 has finally been jailed- for eight years.

Harold Turner, 74, of Rowan Road, West Drayton, had been convicted of 24 counts of indecent assault against a young boy, and admitted 11 counts of possessing indecent images.

Turner, now retired, was a fleet manager for a haulage company and also worked as a security guard.

Isleworth Crown Court heard on Monday how the victim, now in his 40’s, initially made an allegation to police in 2001 but due to illness was unable to support an investigation. In 2009 the victim again contacted the police and the investigation was relaunched.

Detective Sergeant Andy Gunning, from the Met’s child abuse investigation team, said: “I believe there may be more victims of Turner and I hope that knowing that he has been put behind bars will encourage anyone else who has been affected to come forward.”