Former Suffolk man, now 68, likely to be jailed for string of historic child sex offences

Neil Rolph appeared at Ipswich Crown Court today. Picture: GREGG BROWN

Neil Rolph appeared at Ipswich Crown Court today. Picture: GREGG BROWN - Credit: Gregg Brown

A former Suffolk man who absconded during his trial at Ipswich Crown Court on a string of child sex charges is facing a jail term when he is sentenced tomorrow, October 24.

David Gosling, 68, formerly of Clare, had denied a total of ten offences, including six of indecency with a child, two of indecent assault on a male person and two of buggery.

The offences date back to the 1970’s.

Today a jury cleared Gosling, now living in Manchester, of three offences of indecency with a child, but found him guilty of the rest of the charges after a week long trial. Gosling stopped attending court during the trial and was arrested in North Wales on Friday. Following the jury’s verdicts the court heard that Gosling was being brought back to Suffolk today.

Judge Martin Levett adjourned sentence until today and said a prison sentence was inevitable. He said he did not require a pre-sentence report on the defendant.

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