July 2019

Former butler to the Queen sexually abused boy

A former butler to the Queen left a young child distressed and unable to sleep after sexually abusing him.

Andrew Lightwood, 57, who used to work in the royal household, unbuttoned his trousers and exposed himself to the boy before touching him sexually during the prolonged incident.

Sentencing him at Cardiff Crown Court, Judge Niclas Parry said: “To the outside world, you were an upstanding moral person, but that hid a dark reality.”

The court heard the incident happened in the Bridgend area on February 4.

Nigel Fryer, prosecuting, said the defendant unbuttoned his trousers and performed a sexual act on himself.

The victim, who cannot be named for legal reason, described Lightwood exposing “his privates”.

Prosecutors said the defendant then put his hand down the child’s trousers and touched him sexually.

The victim later described the incident lasting for more than eight minutes, until he told Lightwood he needed to go to the bathroom and managed to get away.

Mr Fryer said the boy told his mother what happened and she called the police straight away.

In a victim personal statement, she said he cannot sleep and gets “angry and frustrated”.

She said: “What [Lightwood] did to him will stay with him for the rest of his life.”

The mother said her son is now “very insecure” and has had counselling. She added: “I want my old son back.”

In another statement, his school teacher said he has been “subdued” since the incident, which is out of character.

The boy was examined by a paediatrician, who found he was sore and swollen, suggesting the defendant had been “rough” with him.

Mr Fryer told the court the child was “disturbed” by what happened.

Lightwood, who used to work as a verger – or caretaker – in a monastery, was arrested and denied everything.

His LinkedIn account shows he was a butler in the Royal Household at Buckingham Palace from 1978 to 1984 in which time he is understood to have worked for the Queen and Princess Anne.

The prosecutor said: “He worked within the Queen’s household as a butler. He was seen as an extremely respectable, upstanding member of society.”

Lightwood, from Cefn Glas in Bridgend, admitted engaging in sexual activity in the presence of a child and assaulting a boy by sexual touching.

Lightwood was jailed for 28 months and the judge imposed a 10-year Sexual Harm Prevention Order. He will also have to register as a sex offender for that time.