On 6th October, Willy John Germaine Gillham was convicted at Southampton Crown Court for charges of sexual abuse committed in 1982. Mr Gillham was found guilty of abusing an 11-year-old boy whilst he was resident at Palmerston House, Botley Road in Romsey, Hampshire. Palmerston House was a children’s home that has since closed down.
Mr Gillham was brought from France to face trial for offences that occurred more than 30 years ago. The 64 year old was sentenced to a total of 15 years for four counts of serious sexual offences against an under-16-year-old.
An NSPCC spokesperson commenting in the Guardian, said: “[Gillham’s] victim may have waited a long time for justice, but it is in part thanks to their bravery that [he] was brought before the courts; solid proof that it is never too late to speak out about past abuse.
Paul Durkin specialist child abuse solicitor acting for a victim of Mr Gillham commented: “I am keen to speak to anyone that went to Palmerston House and who can provide assistance and corroboration.”
More coverage of the story can be found here: Willy Gillham carried out horrific crimes at Test Valley children’s home – Andover Advertiser
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