July 2019

Child abusers given prison sentences totaling 42 years

A man and woman who showed “no remorse” after subjecting their victims to sexual abuse have been given prison sentences totaling 42 years.

Tony Chamberlain, aged 58, of Duffryn, Newport, and Angela Whitchurch, aged 51, of Bettws, Newport, were both convicted by a jury at the city’s Crown Court after a four-week trial earlier this month.

Another defendant – Brett Whitchurch, aged 38, also of Bettws – was also found guilty of a single charge of cruelty to a person.

Chamberlain was convicted of 17 offences, including four of raping a child, four of sexually assaulting a child, five of sexual activity with a child, three of engaging in sexual activity in the presence of a child, and conspiracy to sexually assault a child.

Angela Whitchurch was found guilty of two counts of aiding and abetting the rape of a child, one count of conspiracy to sexually assault a child, engaging in sexual activity in the presence of a child, and cruelty to a person.

Yesterday the three appeared at Newport Crown Court to be sentenced by Judge Daniel Williams, who criticised both Angela Whitchurch and Chamberlain for attempting to portray themselves as victims.

“You [Angela Whitchurch] hoped to portray yourself as a victim,” he said.

“You have no remorse and the truth is you have no conscience. You care for no-one but yourself and your sordid partnership in crime with Tony Chamberlain.

“[Chamberlain] the harm you have done is incalculable. You subjected your victims to humiliations.

“You, too, claim you are the true victim in this case. That is as much a parody of the truth as your theatrical attempts to demonstrate your physical frailties. You have no remorse.”

The court also heard from prosecutor Matthew Roberts, who said: “It was planned and orchestrated. It was a campaign.

“There was a failure to protect the victims of the offences.”

Weeping in the dock, Angela Whitchurch listened to her defence counsel Marianne Lewis tell the court the defendant had no previous convictions, saying: “She [has] never been in trouble with police and certainly has never experienced custody.”

Chamberlain was sentenced to 24 years in prison, and will be subject to a six-year licence when released. A sexual harm prevention order was also made.

Angela Whitchurch was sentenced to 18 years in prison, will serve 12 months on licence, and is also the subject of a sexual harm prevention order.

Brett Whitchurch was sentenced to four years in prison.

Newport man and woman guilty of catalogue of sexual abuse against children

A man and woman from Newport are facing lengthy prison sentences after they were found guilty of a catalogue of child sex abuse.

Tony Chamberlain, aged 58, of Swallow Way, Duffryn, and Angela Whitchurch, aged 51, of Livale Court, Bettws, were convicted after a four-week trial.

Brett Whitchurch, aged 38, also of Livale Court, was found guilty of a single charge of cruelty to a person.

A jury at Newport Crown Court convicted them on every count – a total of 23 between them all.

Chamberlain was convicted of 17 offences, including:

  • Four of raping a child

  • Four of sexually assaulting a child

  • Five of sexual activity with a child

  • Three of engaging in sexual activity in the presence of a child

  • Conspiracy to sexually assault a child.

Angela Whitchurch was found guilty of:

  • Two counts of aiding and abetting the rape of a child

  • One count of conspiracy to sexually assault a child

  • Engaging in sexual activity in the presence of a child

  • Cruelty to a person.

All three had denied the charges against them.

Matthew Roberts, who prosecuted with Nuhu Gobir, told the jury of six men and six women when he opened the case: “The complainants allege various degrees of abuse at the hands of the defendants.

“When each defendant was interviewed by the police, they all denied wrongdoing on their part.”

Chamberlain was defended by Mark Wyeth QC and Clare Wilks.

Angela Whitchurch was represented by her barrister Marian Lewis and Brett Whitchurch by his counsel Harry Baker.

Judge Daniel Williams had told the jury that the defendants have “mild learning disabilities” and that there would be regular breaks during the course of the trial.

He remanded Chamberlain and Angela Whitchurch in custody. Brett Whitchurch was granted conditional bail.

Sentencing was adjourned until Tuesday July 16, at Newport Crown Court.