March 2017

Man jailed for 12 years for raping and indecently assaulting boy

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Picture above taken in 2011 when Burnham lived in the London area

A FORMER judo coach has been jailed for 12 years for the sexual abuse of a boy in 2002, which only came to light in the last two years.

Wayne Burnham, 50, who went on to serve a three-year prison sentence, imposed in 2003 for sexual offences against other boys in County Durham, has remained at liberty living in Kent since his release on licence in 2005.

But, Durham Crown Court heard his latest victim only plucked up courage to inform police in 2015, having previously only told his mother.

Following Burnham’s arrest in Kent, in June 2015, he denied the allegations.

But, having pleaded not guilty to rape and indecent assault, he was convicted of both offences by a jury following a four-day trial at the court earlier this month.

Paul Abrahams, prosecuting, said as with his other victims, the boy was given cider and cannabis by Burnham, who also showed him male pornography.

The boy, who described the pain the offences caused him, was told not to report what took place and, for many years, heeded Burnham’s threat of violence.

But the court heard it caused him much anguish and, for a while went off the rails, abusing drink and drugs, and self-harming.

Susan Hirst, mitigating, said Burnham has been living a “law abiding life” in Erith, Kent, since his release from his previous sentence, during which he sought help to address his offending.

Jailing him, Judge Deborah Sherwin said his victim, “must have been terrified”, and appears to have struggled to come to terms with the ordeal, having suffered deep psychological harm.

Burnham must register as a sex offender for life and was made subject of a Sexual Harm Prevention Order, to run, “until further order”.

UPDATE: Now living in Ushaw Moor in Co. Durham

November 2003

Paedophile jailed for offences against boys

A sex attacker molested two schoolboys after the youngsters took cannabis and drink. 

Wayne Burnham kissed one of the teenagers and performed a sex act on both of them during separate incidents last summer. 

He staged two attacks in his garden shed and another after following one of the victims, aged 14 and 13, into his bathroom. 

Burnham, 37, from Eastern Avenue, Langley Park, near Durham, was jailed by Newcastle Crown Court for three years and ordered to sign the sex offender register for life after admitting five offences of indecent assault.

September 2003

Ex-judo coach admits sex abuse

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A FORMER judo coach faces a possible prison sentence after admitting indecently assaulting two boys.

Wayne Burnham is accused of carrying out the acts on the boys, aged under 16, between January and October last year.

He was arrested in October at his former home in Langley Park, County Durham.

The 37-year-old divorcee, now said to be living in Kent, came before Durham Crown Court yesterday.

He pleaded guilty to four counts of indecent assault.

The boys were not pupils at any judo class run by Burnham.

The prosecution did not proceeds with further charges, two of rape, one of indecent assault and two of a serious sexual nature, which Burnham denied.

Caroline Goodwin, for Burnham, asked for a report to be drawn up on him by the probation service, prior to sentence.

She told the court: “I apply for a report but he is well aware a custodial sentence is likely in this case.”

Judge Maurice Carr agreed to the request and asked the probation service to carry out a sex offender assessment as part of the report.

The case was adjourned and Burnham was bailed to an address in Kent, to return to the court in four weeks for sentence.

Judge Carr ordered Burnham to sign the sex offenders’ register and he will stipulate the length of the order when he returns to pass sentence.