Predatory sex offender sentenced

A FORMER preacher from Goldsworth Park was jailed for four-and-a-half years on Thursday for multiple non-recent sexual offences.

Allan Cundick, of Merrivale Gardens, had been found guilty by a jury at a previous hearing on November 28 of six counts of indecent assault against two girls aged nine and 16 years between 1970 and 1992, contrary to section 14 of the 1956 Sexual Offences Act.

PREDATOR - Allen Cundick was jailed for four-and-a-half years for sexual offences

PREDATOR – Allen Cundick was jailed for four-and-a-half years for sexual offences

The court also heard that 78-year-old Cundick admitted two further counts of indecent assault against two other women – one aged between 46 and 47, and a second aged 21, between 1994 and 2004, also in contravention of the act.

He was also given a Sexual Offences Prevention Order at the Guildford Crown Court hearing on  Thursday.

Detective Chief Inspector Bex Smith, of the Surrey Police Public Protection Investigation Unit, said after the sentencing: “Cundick is a predatory sexual offender who used his position as a beacon of respectability and responsibility to abuse his victims. Today’s outcome demonstrates the severity of his offences.

“Cundick showed little remorse throughout the trial, and his refusal to admit his crimes meant that his victims had to appear in court. I would like to commend them for their bravery in giving evidence.

“This was a complex and lengthy investigation and I hope that today’s court result will go some way to providing the victims with the strength needed to put these incidents behind them and move on with their lives.”

“I would urge any victims or anyone who has concerns about potential sexual abuse, current or historic, to contact us so that the matter can be investigated.”

THE police can be contacted by dialling 101.

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