Jehovah's Witness guilty of sex charges

A SENIOR member of the Jehovahs Witness Congregation in Ipswich has been warned he could face a jail sentence after being convicted of two offences of indecent assault.

A SENIOR member of the Jehovahs Witness Congregation in Ipswich has been warned he could face a jail sentence after being convicted of two offences of indecent assault.

John Pickrell was today found guilty by a jury at Ipswich Crown Court of indecently touching a schoolgirl while giving her a piggyback on a beach and kissing another girl's foot.

Pickrell, 48, of Cedarcroft Road, Ipswich, has denied seven charges of indecent assault on the two girls.

Last week he was cleared of two of the offences on the direction of Judge Nicholas Beddard and today he was cleared of three others by the jury.

Sentence was adjourned for a pre-sentence report until the week beginning November 11.

Pickrell, who has no previous convictions, was released on bail but was warned by Judge Beddard that he could be facing a jail sentence.