Update: Lawman is now dead

January 2009

Pensioner guilty of sex attacks 

Pensioner Richard Lawman has been warned to expect a prison sentence after a jury found him guilty of seven sexual assaults on a mother and her daughter.

But the sexual predator was allowed a week of freedom to make arrangements for his wife, who has difficulty walking before he is taken back into custody.

The jury at Northampton Crown Court took four and half hours to decide Lawman, 66 of Fern Road, Rushen was guilty of three counts of indeceny with a child, three indecent assaults and an indecent assault on a child. 

Lawman remanined emotionless in the dock as the jury foreman returned guilty verdicts for all seven counts against him. 

The father of one of the victims broke down in tears as he sat in the public gallery

During the five day trial, Lawman claimed the victims had made up the claims.

The daughter and the woman both gave evidence against Lawman. The mother came forward to police to report the offences after she found a note from her daughters failed suicide attempt detailing the sexual attack 

It then came to light, Lawman had a previous conviction for indecent exposure in 1978 – which he claimed was a mistaken identitiy – of which he pleaded to anyway. 

Hi wife was not at the hearing, but had given evidence about her husband, and how she genuinely believed he could not been guilty because of his christian faith. 

Lawman will be sentenced at Leicester Crown Court