In March 2016, Jack Jones previously known as Eamond Tallon admitted abusing two boys and attacking two boys whilst he worked at Thorold Road, Southampton in the 1980’s.

The Police have been investigating alleged abuse at Thorold Road Children’s Home as part of Operation Marmion which was established to review historical cases of sexual exploitation.

As part of the investigation into the home, another man’s sexual abuse crime has come to light. Stuart Murdoch aged 54 did not work at Thorold Road but shared a home with Jones in Southampton. He also abused boys with Jones and the home their shared together is where his offences against one of the boys was committed.

Yesterday at the Southampton Crown Court, Murdoch was convicted for three serious sexual assaults and two incidents of assault. Jones has pleaded guilty to fourteen offences against three boys including gross indecency, serious sexual assault and indecent assault.

Murdoch and Jones are both released on bail to be sentenced on a date to be fixed by the Court. Detective Inspector James Park said, “It has been a difficult and brave thing for the victims to come forward and give their accounts. I am pleased for them that the right verdict has been reached.

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