Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Paedophile Must Serve Full Sentence after Appeal Fail

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Paedophile Must Serve Full Sentence after Appeal Fail

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Byline: Sophie Doughty Crime Reporter sophie.doughty@ncjmedia.co.uk

JAILED Feversham paedophile John Duncan has attempted to overturn his conviction and get his prison term cut.

The sex predator who was jailed for 15 years for abusing boys at the Newcastle special school has argued that he did not get a fair trial and that the sentence handed to him was excessive.

However, top judges have rejected his claims and thrown out the appeal bid and told him he must serve his full sentence.

Mrs Justice Swift said: "The evidence against Duncan was strong. He caused pain and suffering which cannot be measured. We do not consider that it is arguable that 15 years can be regarded as manifestly excessive".

Duncan, of Hyde Park Street in Gateshead, was convicted of abusing children at both Feversham and the Dr Barnardo's home at Shotley Park near Consett, where he began working as a social worker in 1977.

In 1986 he took-up a position at the now closed Feversham and lived on the school's site in Feversham.

Duncan, who bragged to his victims about being in the army, was promoted to the position of senior social worker in 1987 and by 1989 he was deputy head of care.

1987 and by 1989 he was deputy head of But the predator employed to care for the troubled youngsters was instead taking advantage of their vul-for the troubled youngsters was instead taking advantage of their vulnerability.

Duncan was locked up for nine years in 2001 after admitting sexually abusing two boys at Feversham School and Shotley Park.

But further attacks came to light and last year he was convicted after a trial of sex attacks against a further But further attacks came to light and last year he was convicted after a trial of sex attacks against a further seven boys at the two schools.

At London's Court of Appeal last week Duncan's legal team challenged the "safety" of his 2014 convictions on grounds that the jury heard prejudicial material concerning his admissions about the earlier offences. …

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