Ex caretaker jailed for more sex offences

Robert Bambury ANL-141104-142437001
Robert Bambury ANL-141104-142437001

A former Clare Middle School caretaker who was jailed for seven sex offences committed in the mid 70s to mid 80s, went on to commit further attacks on a Scottish island.

Robert Bambury, 75 formerly of Clare, and now of Wright Close, Stowmarket, was in April jailed by Judge John Devaux at Ipswich Crown Court after being found guilty of seven charges of indecent assault.

This week he has been jailed for a further four years as he sexually abused two little girls on a Scots island decades after molesting their mother.

Former school caretaker Robert Bambury, 75, is now serving a total of eight years, including the earlier attacks.

One Scottish victim said: “I’ve spent my whole life trying to convince myself that it wasn’t real, that it was a dream. But it was real.”

Bambury persuaded the sisters – aged five and six when the abuse began – to get into his bed or sit on his knee.

The court heard he took off their pyjama bottoms and performed depraved acts.

The married father-of-five admitted lewd and libidinous practices and behaviour at his home on the Isle of Arran on various occasions between April 1998 and August 2005.

Jo Cunningham, prosecuting, said the offences came to light after the girls, now aged 20 and 21, gave statements to police.

They were too scared to come forward as children, Mrs Cunningham told Kilmarnock Sheriff Court.

One of Bambury’s Suffolk victims told police about the offences following an emotional discussion with her daughter, who later gave a statement about her own abuse to Scottish police.

Ipswich Crown Court heard Bambury touched one victim in the guise of a game, and on another occasion in a swimming pool.

Bambury claimed he had a seven-year affair with one girl but that this started when she was 16. He insisted the claims were untrue and could not understand why the women had made them up.

The Suffolk jury was unable to reach verdicts on on three further alleged indecent assaults and two counts of indecency with a child.

They found him not guilty of rape and three other charges of indecent assault at the hearing on April 11.

Fraser Alexander, defending at Kilmarnock Sheriff Court, said Bambury expected “a lengthy custodial sentence” having already been jailed for the earlier offences.

Bambury was ordered to serve both four-year sentences consecutively. He is already subject to a Sexual offences Prevention Order and was placed on the Sex Offenders Register indefinitely.