DEAD MAN BELIEVED TO BE FRIEND OF GOAD
former Plymouth man with links to Britain's worst paedophile
William Goad is believed to have been found dead in France.
The man, known as Eddie Pratt, was
found hanged at Loudeac, Brittany, on Friday morning. It is
believed he left a suicide note which read 'Ha Ha'.
Formal identification has yet to take place. But the dead
man is believed to be the same Eddie Pratt that Devon and
Cornwall Constabulary were investigating over a string of
child sex abuse allegations.
Plymouth police launched a hunt for 56-year-old Pratt when
he was named by some of Goad's victims as they were giving
He was then exposed as being one of Goad's accomplices in a
Panorama programme on the BBC
Web counselling urged for inmates
of Plymouth paedophile William Goad who are in jail could be
helped by counselling over the internet.
Emotion, set up to support Goad survivors, is writing to
prison governors, asking them to allow victims access to its
Goad, 60, was
jailed for life last October after sexually abusing young
boys over a 40-year period.
Most of Goad's victims have criminal records and Operation
Emotion hopes that counselling could stop them re-offending.
Paedophile Jail Appeal
The Court of Appeal has refused to increase the minimum
jail term to be served by a Plymouth man, thought to be
Britain's most prolific paedophile.
Members of a support
group for victims of sexual abuse had hoped William Goad,
60, would be behind bars for 18 years, after abusing boys
BBC News Reports.
The following is a
statement from Devon & Cornwall Police following Panoramas -
'Crime Wave' broadcast on 6 February 2005.
"Originally, only one
allegation was made to the Police concerning Goad. The
victim was interviewed in depth and based on the evidence
obtained Goad was convicted of indecent assault. A
subsequent allegation by the same victim some years later
lead to officers visiting and revisiting potential witnesses
to pursue a more serious allegation.
1998, two further allegations had been received, and
officers visited and re visited the potential victims in an
effort to obtain vital evidence from them to pursue the
investigation. The tenacity of officers involved in the
investigation eventually lead to Goads arrest and charge,
overcoming difficulties with the victims and amount of time
that had passed.
"Some victims were
reluctant to assist the police - others lead lifestyles (as
a result of being sexual abuse victims) where drug taking
made interviewing them very difficult. On one occasion, a
victim was interviewed a number of times over two years
before his evidence could be recorded."
ATTACK ON SEX BEAST IN JAIL
Sex beast William Goad
suffered serious facial injuries after he was beaten up in
his prison cell, the Evening Herald can reveal. An inmate at
HMP Parkhurst on the Isle of Wight - where Goad is serving
life for abusing scores of young boys over a period spanning
three decades - has been charged with trying to kill the
60-year-old. Anthony James Hawkins, aged 23, is charged with
attempting to murder the Plymouth paedophile. Christopher
Terrance Egan, aged 39, is charged with grievous bodily harm
with intent in relation to the same incident. Both are due
to appear before Isle of Wight Magistrates on January 18.
Goad - branded Britain's worst paedophile - needed 20
stitches to his face following an incident inside his prison
cell. The alleged assault took place on Sunday, January 2
and Goad was taken to St Mary's Hospital on the island. He
has since returned to the prison's hospital wing. Detectives
from Hampshire CID were called in to investigate the alleged
assault. A spokeswoman for Hampshire Constabulary said:
"Goad suffered injuries about the head and needed 20
stitches to his face. He was taken to St Mary's Hospital.
"Two men have been charged in connection with the incident
and are due to appear before Isle of Wight Magistrates on
January 18." A Home Office spokeswoman for the Prison
Service confirmed the incident happened on January 2.
POLICE PROBING CLAIMS OF ABUSE -
07 February 2005
Police who caged Plymouth paedophile William Goad today
confirmed investigations were continuing into two named
alleged sex offenders linked with the city pervert. The news
came after Devon and Cornwall Constabulary came in for heavy
criticism in the BBC documentary Panorama broadcast last
Claims were made that police did not effectively follow up
allegations made by Goad's victims years ago that other men
were involved, during his reign of terror in which he
sexually abused young boys.
Two men were named, one of whom was traced by the programme
and who said he was unaware that allegations had been made
A paedophile has been ordered to pay
£50,000 towards the cost of
bringing him to justice.
William Goad, of Ford
Park Road, Plymouth, pleaded guilty to 14 counts of serious
sexual assault and two counts of indecent assault.
The 60-year-old was
sentenced on Monday for the offences which took place on
young boys over a 30-year period. He was told on
Tuesday to pay £20,000 towards prosecution costs and £30,000
towards his defence team's costs.
TV claims prompt
Police are to
investigate alleged abuse by two paedophiles linked to
jailed Plymouth man William Goad after claims in a BBC
Goad, 60, was jailed
for life last October after sexually abusing young boys over
a 40-year period.
Ray Zola, one of
Goad's victims, told Panorama he had told police about
another abuser, but they said they did not have resources to
follow it up.
Devon and Cornwall
Police said they could now follow up Mr Zola's claims.
Eight years' jail for sex priest
A Roman Catholic priest has been jailed for a total of eight
years at Cardiff crown court for a string of sex offences.
Father Joseph Jordan, 42, of Barry, south Wales, pleaded
guilty to six charges of indecent assault committed between
February 1987 and February 1989.
The attacks happened while Jordan was a teacher in Sutton in
Surrey and in Doncaster before he joined the priesthood, the
Following the trial, there was a call for the Archbishop of
Cardiff, Most Rev John Aloysius Ward, to resign by a former
south Wales priest, Ambrose Walsh.
PEN' FLY POSTERS SPARK POLICE WARNING
Police are probing the distribution of
fly posters which make claims about an alleged paedophile in
a Westcountry resort. Officers say they are anxious to speak
to the author of the material which has been posted through
letterboxes in the King's Ash area of Paignton.
Det Con Dave Sherfield, of Torbay Police's public protection
unit, warned: "We don't want people taking matters in to
their own hands thinking they have a right to do so.
"If there are concerns they should contact us and we will
investigate and take appropriate action if necessary."
He confirmed that his team had received two reports of
notices being circulated in the town over the last few days.
No names are mentioned, but the anonymous author of the
piece does list an address and make claims over the sexual
orientation of the occupant.
WEBSITE JUDGE STRUCK OFF
A shamed crown court judge who trained in Plymouth has been
thrown out of the legal profession for downloading child
pornography from a paedophile website.
David Selwood, aged 71, was spared jail last year after
police found 75 photographs of naked boys aged between eight
and 14 on his home computer.
The father of four, who studied in Tavistock, had personally
pleaded not to be struck off the Roll. He told the
Solicitors' Disciplinary Tribunal in London he had sentenced
many others for similar crimes and found the pictures
'unpleasant and repugnant'.
IS IT TIME TO CHANGE LAW?
Sex abuse victims and city MPs have backed a Plymouth mum
who is calling for changes in the law to prevent her
daughter's sex attacker living near their home.
Yesterday, the Evening Herald revealed how Colin Ernest
Frederick Morton had moved back to live in the same area of
the city as his victim.
Morton was convicted of indecently assaulting the girl, who
cannot be named, in 2001. He was sentenced to a three-year
community rehabilitation order, which included a condition
that he stay away from his victim's home.
But the order expired this month and now Morton has returned
to his mother's home.
Empower Parents to protect their children
believe it is every parent's right to have controlled access
to information about individuals in their neighbourhood,
including convicted child sex offenders who may pose a risk
to their child.
cases this access should be also given to responsible
members of the public who have a responsibility for the care