Robert Bryan successfully concludes series of prosecution trials against prolific child rapist

30 August 2016

Robert Bryan, acting for the prosecution, recently concluded a series of three trials culminating in the sentencing of a serious sexual offender. Detective Constable David Baker, the lead officer, described the matter as "the most horrific examples of child abuse I have had any dealings with." The first trial dealt with offences in the Philippines; the second related to possession of images; and the third involved offences over the internet.

The defendant, sixty year old David Shepherd, filmed himself raping children and directing live sex shows involving children as young as 17-months-old using internet messaging services, and recorded himself committing serious sexual offences, including rape, against young children.The former pub landlord was found guilty of facilitating child sex offences, raping children, paying for child sex, making indecent videos of children and holding 20,211 indecent films and images of children. The judge described him as an "arrogant, manipulative and devious man" with a "deeply engrained interest in children whose ages were in single figures". Shepherd was sentenced to 28 years and told he must serve at least 14. For more information see press links below.

1. ITV

2. BBC

3. The Guardian