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Renowned Suffolk harpist and former supply teacher jailed for sexually assaulting schoolboy

27 February, 2018 - 16:33
File photo dated 31/1/2018 of world-renowned harpist Danielle Perrett who is due to be sentenced at  Ipswich Crown Court alongside her ex-fiance Richard Barton-Wood  for separately indecently assaulting a schoolboy in the 1980s while he was in his early teens. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Tuesday February 27, 2018. See PA story COURTS Harpist. Photo credit should read: Joe Giddens/PA Wire

File photo dated 31/1/2018 of world-renowned harpist Danielle Perrett who is due to be sentenced at Ipswich Crown Court alongside her ex-fiance Richard Barton-Wood for separately indecently assaulting a schoolboy in the 1980s while he was in his early teens. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Tuesday February 27, 2018. See PA story COURTS Harpist. Photo credit should read: Joe Giddens/PA Wire

A world-renowned Suffolk harpist who has performed for the Queen and her ex-partner, a former supply teacher, have been jailed for a combined total of nine and a half years for sexually abusing a schoolboy in the 1980s.

File photo dated 30/1/2018 of Richard Barton-Wood who is due to be sentenced at Ipswich Crown Court alongside world-renowned harpist Danielle Perrett for separately indecently assaulting a schoolboy in the 1980s while he was in his early teens. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Tuesday February 27, 2018. See PA story COURTS Harpist. Photo credit should read: Joe Giddens/PA Wire File photo dated 30/1/2018 of Richard Barton-Wood who is due to be sentenced at Ipswich Crown Court alongside world-renowned harpist Danielle Perrett for separately indecently assaulting a schoolboy in the 1980s while he was in his early teens. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Tuesday February 27, 2018. See PA story COURTS Harpist. Photo credit should read: Joe Giddens/PA Wire

Danielle Perrett, 59, was sentenced alongside her ex-fiance Richard Barton-Wood, 68, for separately indecently assaulting the boy while he was in his early teens.

They had both denied all charges but were convicted following an earlier four-week trial at Ipswich Crown Court.

Perrett, of Bridge Street, Alpheton, was found guilty of six counts of indecent assault and sentenced to four years and nine months in prison.

Renowned harpist Danielle Perrett has been jailed for more than four years for sexually abusing a schoolboy in the 1980s. Picture: SUFFOLK POLICERenowned harpist Danielle Perrett has been jailed for more than four years for sexually abusing a schoolboy in the 1980s. Picture: SUFFOLK POLICE

Barton-Wood, of Church Street, Wymondham, Norfolk, was found guilty of seven counts of indecent assault and of one count of attempted indecent assault.

He was also sentenced to four years and nine months in prison.

Judge Rupert Overbury, sentencing, told the defendants they had been regarded as “pillars” in their communities before the jury’s guilty verdicts, “one of you a teacher and dedicated employee of the museums service who gave time to his community; the other a world-famous harpist with a reputation for kindness and integrity”.

Richard Barton-Wood, 68, has been jailed for sexually assaulting a schoolboy in the 1980s. Picture: SUFFOLK POLICERichard Barton-Wood, 68, has been jailed for sexually assaulting a schoolboy in the 1980s. Picture: SUFFOLK POLICE

He continued: “Both of you had a darker side of your character. A side that manifested itself in the systematic abuse of a teenage boy.”

Their accuser, now an adult, had told jurors that Barton-Wood had worked as a substitute teacher at his school.

He said Barton-Wood sexually assaulted him on sailing trips and camping trips, and that on separate occasions Perrett took his virginity and performed sex acts on him.

The pair had said the allegations were untrue, the incidents did not happen and that their accuser was trying to blackmail them.

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