Ex-children's home worker jailed

A FORMER children's home employee has been jailed for 12 years for sex assaults against two young brothers.Sixty-three-year Jan Gillett continued to be in denial of his appalling behaviour which has left two brothers with “deep emotional and mental scars”.

A FORMER children's home employee has been jailed for 12 years for sex assaults against two young brothers.

Sixty-three-year Jan Gillett continued to be in denial of his appalling behaviour which has left two brothers with “deep emotional and mental scars”.

Gillett, of The Street, Occold, near Eye was convicted at Ipswich Crown Court of six sexual assaults against two boys more than 30 years ago.

The jury found him guilty of indecently assaulting one of the boys when he was aged between four and seven.

The abuse of the other boy began when he was just four or five and continued until he was as old as 15.

Gillett was convicted of one count of indecently assaulting this boy when he was aged four or five, two specimen counts of indecent assault including oral sex when the boy was aged between eight and 15, one count of buggary and one count of a further serious sex assault.

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Christopher Morgan prosecuting said Gillett's behaviour had resulted in both victims “suffering traumatic harm and ongoing serious mental health problems”.

Greg Perrins mitigating said Gillett was once employed at an Oxfordshire children's home after these offences had been committed and there had been no complaints about his behaviour during the time he worked there.

References were handed into the court from former children's home residents and officials describing Gillett as “gentle, kind and cheerful”.

Mr Perrins said his client was of previous good character and suffered with angina, mobility problems, incontinence and mental fragility.

Judge John Holt said: “You're victims' mother's partner states 'in my opinion the aftermath of what he did 30 years ago are deeply affecting them today. The emotional and mental scars cut deep.' The pre sentence report reveals you are in denial and accuse your victims of making up the allegations.

“It is clear you must go to prison and a sentence will have to be a long one given the number of counts.”

The court made a sexual prevention order and Gillett was told to sign the sex offenders' register.

He was jailed for seven years for buggary, two years consecutive for the other serious sex assault, two years consecutive for the two specimen counts, one year concurrent for indecent assault and one year consecutive for indecently assaulting the other boy making a total of 12 years.