Chris May prosecuted Roger Tester who was convicted by a jury after a nine-day trial of multiple historical child sex offences going back 45 years, involving the most degrading complaints, including bestiality. He had denied all offending.
The jury heard that the defendant had a previous conviction for indecent assault at about the time of these offences, but in evidence he claimed he had been innocent of that offence, and that he had only pleaded guilty because he had been paid to do so. Chris then called the original complainant in that case to give evidence in rebuttal to prove that it was the same defendant who had abused her.
Although aged 78, the defendant was sentenced to 22 years custody and a year’s extended licence.
Jose Olivares-Chandler defended. The case has been reported in KentOnline.
Chris is a heavyweight criminal barrister instructed in some of the most serious, and often high profile criminal cases either as the leading junior or sole advocate. Chris is ranked in Chambers and Partners and the Legal 500 for his criminal work.