This afternoon at Croydon Crown Court, the judge of the case on which we have awaited resolution for three months, finally gave her verdict. Thirty years.
Nigel Clayton is in all likelihood going to spend the remainder of his life behind bars for the terrible campaign of abuse he perpetrated against many young boys and men for nearly forty years. The judge’s summing up was scathing and poignant, declaring that she found him to be a perpetual liar and a selfish predatory rapist. After pronouncing sentence, Clayton, for the first time in the case, declared that there was something he wanted to say in response. The prison officers who were with him dragged him off on the beginning of his last journey outside of prison walls, without allowing him another word.
As Clayton is now 73, it is almost certain that he will never be freed to terrorise again.
I for one am incredibly grateful to the judge and the court that this has happened. The police have put out a request to anyone else who feels they may have been abused by this man to come forward. I believe there may still be others who will have a chance to tell their story, armed with the courage to do so from the strength and certainty of today’s verdict.