Willy Gillham aged 64 years, an ex staff member of Palmerston House, Romsey, Hampshire has been jailed for 15 years for serious sexual offences against a boy in the 1980’s.

Willy Gillham from Deux-Sevres in France was sentenced at Southampton Crown Court after being found guilty of four counts of serious sexual offences against a boy under the age of 16 years. The offences included rape and indecent assault, which took place at Palmerston House.

An NSPCC spokeswoman commented, “Gillham’s victim was in a setting which should have been entirely safe. Instead they were betrayed in the worst possible way by someone who should have been protecting them from harm.

His victim may have waited a long time for justice, but it is in part thanks to their bravery that Gillham was brought before the courts; solid proof that it is never too late to speak out about past abuse.

Sexual abuse ruins childhoods and the devastating effects can last into adulthood without the right support. We hope the victim in this case has received the available help so they can move forward with their lives.”

DI Toby Elcock of Hampshire police said, “To come forward and speak to police more than 30 years after being subjected to such a horrific level of offending takes remarkable bravery and courage.

I have great admiration for the victim who helped bring this man to justice, and I hope this encourages other members of the community who have suffered in silence to make that step in speaking to our detectives.”

Jordans Solicitors have a specialist team with many years of experience in bringing civil cases against local authorities. We can ensure that your case is handled sensitively and you secure the best level of compensation for those responsible for your traumatic experience. We would encourage you to contact one of our child abuse lawyers if you need advice and assistance in pursuing a case.

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