#AceNewsReport – Mar.11: In a fitting tribute to the victim who died during the proceedings on Friday Cyril Ashton Rowe, 78, of Manor Road, Bournemouth, who was convicted in February at Bournemouth Crown Court of three counts of indecent assault against one victim between 1979 and 1981 was jailed…
Man jailed after terminally ill victim gives evidence using eye-tracking technology // Metropolitan Police
A retired vicar has been jailed having been convicted of historical child sex abuse after his victim gave evidence through eye-tracking technology.
He was sentenced on Friday, 10 March, at the same court to four years’ imprisonment.
The victim, who was between 9 and 11 years old at the time, gave evidence at court via a link from a hospice in Streatham.
He suffered from motor neurone disease and by blinking his eyes he was able to ‘speak‘ to the court via eye-tracking technology.
Rowe was charged on 6 September 2016 after being interviewed under caution in January the same year.
An investigation was launched by the Sexual Offences, Exploitation and Child Abuse Command after the victim informed members of his family who in turn contacted members of the diocese who informed the #police on 13 August 2015.
At the time of the offences, Rowe was a vicar at St Matthias Church in Stoke Newington. The victim attended the church as a chorister.
On Wednesday, 8 February 2017, Rowe was found guilty after a trial at Bournemouth Crown Court.
The victim died, aged 47, on the same day that the guilty verdict was returned. He never heard that Rowe had been convicted.
Investigating officer, Detective Sergeant Hannah Stewart, said: “It was extremely traumatic for the victim to relive his ordeal after so many years.
“Through his brave determination, his evidence – given to detectives during hours of meticulous interviews, and at court – enabled the conviction of Rowe for these serious sexual offences.
“This conviction is a fitting tribute to the courage of the victim, who sadly died during these proceedings.”
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