Hollydale Children’s Home

Hollydale Children’s Home, Catford

Child sex fiend sent to prison

A RETIRED children’s home worker and music teacher from Deal who sexually abused two boys has been jailed for 12 years.

Andrew Chambers, 67, was sentenced at Black Friars Crown Court on Monday having been convicted last month of eight counts of indecent assault.

Predatory paedophile Chambers abused one of the boys, who was eight at the time, while working at the Hollydale children’s home in Catford between 1978 and 1983.

The victim, now 42, came forward with the allegations after seeing Chambers at a club in Deal.

As police carried out their investigations, a second man, now aged 38, came forward and claimed he too was abused as a child by Chambers, during music lessons.

Officers said vile Chambers would take his first victim out of his dormitory while the other children were asleep and abuse him in the night-duty bedroom.

Sometimes, he would take him to his home address, which he shared with his mother, and abuse him in his bedroom.

Police said Chambers groomed his first victim by shielding him from bullying at the home and regularly offering him money and sweets.

On April 28, Chambers was found guilty of three counts of sexual assault upon his first victim and five counts of indecent assault on his second.

Prosecutor Claire Ward said after sentencing: “These offences were committed against two victims over 30 years. They represent a gross breach of trust against children.

“Thanks to the courage of the victims in making statements and being prepared to give evidence, we have successfully managed to bring the perpetrator to justice many years after he had, no doubt, thought he had got away with it.

“Andrew Chambers is a predatory paedophile whose actions have impacted for ever on the lives of his victims.

“I hope that the sentencing provides them with some comfort and I would urge anyone who has suffered sexual abuse to come forward knowing that the police and Crown Prosecution Service will take you seriously.”

Children’s home boss who abused ‘hundreds’ of boys dies in suspected suicide on eve of trial

A retired care home boss accused of abusing hundreds of boys is suspected of committing suicide on the eve of his trial.

John Darby, 73, was found unconscious at his flat in Hunstanton, Norfolk, after failing to appear at court, and died yesterday.

Police believe the diabetic may have taken an overdose of insulin.

He was due to go on trial at Blackfriars Crown Court accused of gross indecency and indecent assault charges linked to ten victims.

Last year Darby pleaded guilty to 18 offences of making indecent images of children with videos, photographs and on a computer.

A Metropolitan Police spokesman said he also admitted one count of indecent assault on a boy aged under 16.

Detectives from the Met’s Child Abuse Command launched an inquiry after one of Darby’s victims ran into him in the street and attacked him.

After arresting both men they probed a series of claims linked to the former Hollydale Children’s Home in Catford, South London.

Several other men came forward to claim they were abused at the local authority home between 1971 and 1983 when Darby was in charge.

BRITAIN’S worst paedophile was buried in three minutes — with NO mourners.

Evil care home boss John Darby, 73, who abused hundreds of children, committed suicide on the eve of his trial.

Two council officials, an undertaker with three pallbearers and a Police Community Support Officer were the only people present at the Catholic church in Hunstanton, Norfolk, where Darby was a worshipper.

Diabetic Darby took a deliberate overdose of insulin two weeks ago.

He faced 38 counts of rape, gross indecency, indecent assault and possessing vile paedophile images.

He had already admitted 18 offences of making indecent images and an indecent assault on a boy under 16.

The charges involved 11 youngsters in Darby’s care at a home in Catford, South London, and went back almost 40 years.

Police found 400 pairs of kids’ underwear at his flat and 1,200 films of his abuse.

Last night one of Darby’s victims said: “He was evil and I hope he rots in hell.”

The Sun

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