September 2017

Ex-staff member of Hampshire children’s home jailed for abuse

A former staff member at a children’s home has been jailed for 15 years for child abuse dating back to the 1980s.

Willy Gillham was sentenced at Southampton crown court after being found guilty of four counts of serious sexual offences against a boy under the age of 16.

The court heard the 64-year-old Gillham, from Deux-Sèvres in France, had committed offences including rape and indecent assault at the former Palmerston House children’s home in Romsey, Hampshire, during the 1980s.

The home had already closed down prior to the investigation conducted by Hampshire Constabulary’s Operation Marmion team.

Gillham was given an 18 month term of imprisonment for indecent assault, and a 15 year prison sentence for three counts of rape, to run concurrently. He will serve a minimum of 7 years before being considered for parole.