Christoher Killick was convicted yesterday at the Old Bailey of two historic sexual offences against disabled victims. He will be sentenced at the end of January. Alison Saunders, Chief Crown Prosecutor for CPS London, said:
“The Crown Prosecution Service is determined to achieve justice for all.
“I would like to pay tribute to the victims and witness in this case for their patience and determination in giving evidence in this trial. Without them, Christopher Killick would never have faced the consequences of his actions. He subjected these men to appalling acts of sexual violence when he knew their disabilities meant they were unable to stop him. He is a very dangerous and manipulative man.
“During the trial we were faced with a unique and challenging set of circumstances but in bringing this case we have shown our belief that justice should be secured for every member of our society who needs it. I would encourage victims to come forward, whatever their circumstance in life, with confidence that we will do all we can to seek justice for them.”
As the witnesses in this case were wheelchair-users and could not communicate without the use of voice machines or the help of intermediaries, the CPS asked them what additional support they may need. As a result the following actions were taken to ensure an effective trial:
- A pre-trial hearing was held with the judge so that court arrangements, such as how frequently there would be breaks to prevent the experience becoming too tiring, could be decided in advance;
- We arranged for extra BLISS symbols to be designed to enable the complainants to answer questions from prosecution and defence counsel in more detail;
- We applied for a screen so that the complainants did not have to see the defendant when they gave evidence;
- When transport systems were badly affected by snow we arranged overnight accommodation for the complainant who was giving evidence at the time, with adjoining accommodation for his carers.
Christopher Killick was convicted at the Central Criminal Court of buggery between 1990 and 1992 and of sexual assault in 2005. He was acquitted of rape.