Paedophile vows to prove innocence

A CONVICTED paedophile today vowed to prove his innocence - sparking outrage from his Ipswich victim.Anthony Lowery, recently released from prison, is launching a campaign to highlight his case.

A CONVICTED paedophile today vowed to prove his innocence - sparking outrage from his Ipswich victim.

Anthony Lowery, recently released from prison, is launching a campaign to highlight his case.

In a letter to The Evening Star, the 63-year-old wrote: "There are many anomalies (in my conviction), which I have had to fight to get information on and I am continuing to accumulate facts that will eventually prove my innocence.

"Like all the drug dealers, pushers, pimps, petty muggers and burglars, besides all the violent aggressive or drunken individuals on the streets of Ipswich, I have served a sentence for my alleged crime, but unlike them I cannot get on with rebuilding my life.

"I cannot move about freely and am isolated from my old friends and family because I will not admit guilt to a crime I did not commit."

Lowery plans to launch a website detailing his grievances and has already posted flyers in the area where he used to live, Dillwyn Street West.

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This tactic was then replicated by the victim, who is now 22-years-old and trying to put the past behind him.

The man, who lives in south west Ipswich and whose identity as a sexual assault victim is protected, said: "I'm quite happy with my life now and want to get on with it but he won't let me.

"He keeps dragging up the past but I've got my family around me and that's what gets me through it."

His mother added: "My son is now finally settled after a rough few years and I don't want all this raked up all of the time. You can't let him get to you though because it will pull you down.

"I don't allow myself to get eaten up by hatred because it ruins your life. I'm not going to allow myself to become another victim."

Lowery, who is thought to be living in Norwich but has been seen a number of times in the Ipswich area, has offered a £1,000 reward for help in overturning his conviction.

He added: "The system has left me with nothing, not even my memories, so I am not about to give up the fight to clear my name.

"I have written to David Blunkett and asked to be allowed to take the lie detector test he is proposing. Although sent registered, to date I have no reply."

Lowery was sentenced in 1999 for indecently assaulting the young boy when he was 15 and for conspiring to pervert the course of justice. He also faced other charges of raping another youth, but was cleared.

What do you think of Lowery's campaign? Write to Your Letters, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN or e-mail eveningstarletters@eveningstar.co.uk or join the forum at www.eveningstar.co.uk

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