The jury considering a series of historic sexual offences against former Bryn Alyn childrens’ home owner John Allen resume their deliberations this week.
The jury at Mold Crown Court in North Wales first retired at 11.48am on Wednesday and spent time Thursday and Friday considering their verdicts.
Allen, 73, of Foxglove Avenue in Needham Market near Ipswich, Suffolk, denies a total of 40 charges of indecent assault and other sexual offences against 19 boys and one girl between 1968 and 1991.
Mr Justice Copeland told the jury to put the matter out of their minds entirely over the weekend and they would return on Monday morning.
Operation Pallial, set up in 2012 to look at historic sex abuse allegations, led to a number of complainants coming forward with allegations of abuse against Allen.
Eleanor Laws QC, prosecuting, said police, social workers, local authorities, financial institutions and the Welsh Office had been “taken in” by the “highly articulate and intelligent” John Allen and persuaded he was credible and trusted.
Attempts were made to discredit the complainants by suggesting they were seeking compensation but Miss Laws reminded the jury that 11 of the 20 complainants were not seeking compensation.
Vicky Milner, a senior fee earner with Jordan’s Solicitors who is dealing with a number of cases involving abuse victims from Bryn Alyn, said: “It is a matter for the jury whether the evidence given was strong enough to convict John Allen but it is my hope on seeing some of the history of what went on in Bryn Alyn brought before the courts again, it encourages others who have not yet come forward to do so and tell their story.”