Prisoner died of heart failure – Feb 2013

A PRISONER found collapsed in his cell died of heart failure, a coroner has been told.

Terrence Sharland, 76, died on February 13 after being admitted to Torbay Hospital.

He had been serving a period of imprisonment at HMP Channings Wood near Newton Abbot.

Jul 2010

Eight years for pensioner who abused boy

A pensioner has been sent to prison for eight years for raping a 15-year-old boy.

Terrence Sharland, 73, was convicted of two counts of raping the youth he ‘groomed’ for abuse over a number of years.

Following a three-day trial at Exeter Crown Court, the jury yesterday returned a majority guilty verdict on two of the eight charges Sharland faced.

But they were unable to come to a decision about five remaining rape charges and were discharged by the judge, bringing the trial to an end.

The jury returned just before lunch following more than five hours of deliberations. The victim and members of his family wept in the public gallery when the verdict was announced.

Afterwards police said the ‘traumatised’ victim, now an adult, and his family would be able to move on.

The previous day the jury had acquitted Sharland of indecently assaulting the boy when he was 11.

The trial had been told despite his marriage Sharland, of Mount Pleasant Road, Kingskerswell, was a ‘closet homosexual’.

Both prosecution and defence said the father-of-one hid his homosexual urges from his wife, family and still refused to acknowledge them in court.

He was accused of grooming a ‘kind, decent and sensitive’ boy so he could commit a series of rapes over a four-year period.

The jury could not decide on five of the rape charges relating to when the victim was between 12 and 14.

But they found him guilty of two specimen counts of rape when he was 15.

The jury was told that Sharland was a man of previous good character.

Judge Graham Cottle sentenced Sharland to concurrent terms of eight years for both convictions.