November 1999

Home-owner child abuse conviction

A former supervisor at two children’s homes in north Wales has been jailed for five years for indecently assaulting boys in his care in the 1970s. 

During a 10-day trial last month at Mold Crown Court, Richard Leake denied abusing boys and said his victims were simply making it up to get compensation. 

But since being convicted of 14 charges of indecent assault he has made a full confession at Altcourse Prison. 

Sentencing him, Judge Roger Dutton said it was a pity Leake was not man enough to own up in the first place. 

Some of his victims, now men in their 30s, had broken down while giving evidence. 

Leake, 58, sexually assaulted boys in his care while working as a supervisor at Bersham Children’s Home in Wrexham and later as principal at Ystrad Hall in Llangollen. 

He was ordered to register as a sex offender for life and pay £36,000 in costs. 

July 2000

A social worker who abused two boys at an Islington Council children’s home in the 1970s was sentenced to four years’ imprisonment earlier this week.

Michael Taylor pleaded guilty at London’s Snaresbrook crown court to seven counts of indecent assault at Gisburne House.

When he left Gisburne House he became deputy superintendent of Bersham Hall children’s home in North Wales where he repeatedly assaulted two 11-year-old boys in his care.

Taylor was arrested after the people he abused, now adults, went to the police. He was previously convicted of two indecent assaults in 1980. His name will be added to the sex offenders’ register.