Retired police officer guilty of historic sex offences


Staff reporter (Border Counties)

A RETIRED police officer from Pant has been found guilty of sexually abusing children in the 1960s and 70s.

Griffith Barker, pictured, was convicted at Liverpool Crown Court yesterday (Monday) of 23 counts of abusing two children when he worked for Merseyside Police.
The 79-year-old, of Primrose Lane, shook his head from side to side when the first guilty verdicts were returned, then stood with his head bowed in the dock.

Last week the court heard he abused his victims in a “sustained and systematic” manner while living in Knotty Ash.

One of Barker’s alleged victims, who is now a middle-aged man, approached police last year to make a complaint.
He described various forms of sexual abuse taking place between Barker and himself, when he was between the ages of six and 12, including being made to lie naked on top of a girl he claimed Barker also abused, although he was too young to be able to have sex with her.
He described the feel of Barker’s police uniform which he said he wore as he abused him: “I remember he had his police uniform on, the trousers. I remember the fabric was real thick black material.”
He added: “It was snatched opportunities. A rub here, a fondle there.”
The girl, now a middle-aged woman, also gave an interview to police in which she said: “I think there was lots of kissing, not the right sort of kissing if you know what I mean.”
She said the kissing led to “other things”.
Taking the stand last week the former sergeant categorically denied the allegations of gross indecency, indecent assault, indecency with a child and attempted rape.
Barker will be sentenced on Friday.

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