John Aspin – of Knowsley Road, Southport

Guest house owner found guilty of raping boys with his boyfriend

June 30th update of sentence of John Aspin….

Evil guest house owner who raped boys with his husband jailed for 15 years

John Aspin and Bill Bryant, who has since died, plied one victim with drugs and alcohol and raped another in a hotel basement

A former Southport guest house owner who raped two vulnerable boys with his husband was today jailed for 15 years.

John Aspin and Bill Bryant, who has since died, plied their first victim with drugs and alcohol before a “sinister” threesome.

The pair then took the second boy to the basement of a friend’s hotel, where they subjected him to “violent sex” against his will.

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Aspin, 66, of Knowsley Road, Southport, claimed he had never even met the second child, but was convicted of nine sexual offences after a trial.

The OAP covered his face with his hand before waving to more than a dozen supporters in the public gallery when he was sent down.

Judge Neil Flewitt, QC, said: “I can’t overlook the reality of this case, that while you and William Bryant lived lives to the full, your victims’ lives were ruined.”

John Aspin, 67, of Knowsley Road, Southport, jailed for 15 years after he was found guilty of raping two boys with his husband Bill Bryant.

Bryant was initially charged with seven indecent assault offences and would have stood trial alongside Aspin, but he died in August last year.

Liverpool Crown Court heard the attacks happened in the 1970s and 1980s, when the children were 14 and Aspin aged between 26 and 33.

Ben Jones, prosecuting, said the victims were unknown to each other but made similar allegations about the Nirvana guest house owners.

The first boy visited the hotel one night when Aspin plied him with drinks, before he started rubbing his leg and kissing him.

Aspin told the frightened child “don’t worry, don’t panic”, adding “you know you’re probably gay don’t you?” then made him perform sex acts.

The victim said a few days later at the hotel both paedophiles gave him more drinks and said he could stay the night.

He told the jury they got into his bed, adding: “They put poppers up my nose and my head was spinning. I felt dizzy and spaced out”.

Judge Flewitt said one of them performed a sex act on the victim before they both raped him in a “violent sexual attack”.

He said: “He has been profoundly affected by the sexual abuse and mental cruelty which he suffered at your hands and the hands of your partner.

“That is a burden he has carried for many years and which I have no doubt he will carry for the rest of his life.”

The second victim was getting changed in toilets when Aspin came in and indecently assaulted him.

The boy felt “excited” but also “nauseous and scared” and Aspin performed a sex act before Bryant came in and did the same.

Judge Flewitt said: “That was his first sexual experience with a man and he was afraid of anybody finding out he was gay.”

On another occasion, the boy said he “wanted to show he was mature and able to cope with being gay” and suggested going to their hotel.

Judge Flewitt said: “You said he couldn’t but said you had a friend with a hotel with a basement where you wouldn’t be disturbed.”

He said Aspin held the boy while Bryant raped him, which was “a very cruel way of having sex with someone”, before Aspin tried to rape him.

Judge Flewitt said: “He cried out in pain and said I can’t, I’m sorry, I can’t do it.

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John Aspin as Dame Edna Everage warned he faces a lengthy jail term after being convicted of seriously sexual assaults on two boys

“Your response to that was to tell him he was “f***ing useless”. He felt he had let you and himself down.”

The judge found the boy was “far too young to have consented in any meaningful way”.

The victim said he believed his problems with alcohol and a suicide attempt stemmed from his childhood trauma.

Mark Tomassi, defending, said for 40 years Aspin had been “dedicated and skilled, working as a well-qualified nurse closely assisting doctors in theatre”.

He enjoyed a lot of success, was happily married to Bryant and they carried out “extensive charity work” together.

Mr Tomassi said: “He was an openly gay, flamboyant, promiscuous young man and he has gone too far and gone so far as to commit criminal offences and now must pay the price for it.

“It is a very heavy day for him, as it is for the victims.”

Judge Flewitt ordered Aspin to sign on the Sex Offenders Register for life.

http://www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/news/liverpool-news/evil-guest-house-owner-who-13266531

 

Guilty….

John Aspin faces prison but Bill Bryant died before he could be brought to trial.

Bill Bryant and John Aspin held a charity 65th birthday event at the Royal Clifton Hotel in Southport to raise money for the Copmmunity Link Foundation charity in Southport.

A former Southport guest house owner was today warned that he faces a lengthy jail term after being convicted of serious sexual assaults on two boys more than three decades ago.

John Aspin and his partner Bill Bryant, who has died since the allegations came to light, raped the boys during sordid threesomes, a jury was told.

Aspin, 67, of Knowsley Road, Southport, showed no reaction when the jury found him guilty of nine charges and acquitted him of two other offences, but female supporters in the public gallery broke down in tears.

Aspin had been on bail during the two and a half week trial but after the unanimous verdicts were returned by the jury of seven women and five men Judge Neil Flewitt, QC, remanded him in custody.

He said that he wanted a probation report to assess any risk of dangerousness that Aspin may pose in the future.

Bill Bryant and John Aspin held a charity 65th birthday event at the Royal Clifton Hotel in Southport to raise money for the Copmmunity Link Foundation charity in Southport

The judge told Aspin: “I am not going to sentence you until June 30 so there can be a probation report prepared to allow me to decide the type of sentence you will have to face. You know you face a lengthy prison sentence.”

Aspin was convicted of three offences of indecently assaulting one victim and two of offences of buggery when the boy was 14 and two offences of indecently assaulting the other victim and two of buggery when he was also 14. He was cleared of another offence of indecent assault and buggery on the first boy.

During the trial the jury, who took nearly nine hours to agree their verdicts, heard how 67-year-old William Bryant, who lived with Aspin, would also have also been on trial but he died last year. He had been charged with seven indecent assault offences.

Ben Jones, prosecuting, said that a key feature of the prosecution case was that the two victims were unknown to each other and there was similarity in their allegations.

He said that one boy told how he was abused numerous times over five years but had particular memories of four incidents.

The victim said that both men regularly touched his privates and kissed him. The second incident he particularly recalled happened when he was 14 at the Nirvana guest house in Southport that the two men owned.

He was in the bar drinking with others and after everyone went to bed Aspin sat next to him and started to rub his leg and kiss him. Aspin said that the boy was “probably gay” and sexually abused him and also got the boy to perform a sex act on him.

Mr Jones claimed that two or three days later he was again at the guest house and after they plied him with drink they said he could stay the night. While in a double bed Aspin had poppers put under his nose which made him feel “dizzy and spaced out”.

The two naked men then allegedly performed oral sex on him and raped him.

Mr Jones said that when the boy was 16, after “grooming using emotional pressure, direct threats or financial incentives to keep his mouth shut” the final incident happened at a party at the men’s new home in Knowsley Road.

They told him to stay with them overnight in their room and he did not dare say no, although he did try. They promised not to touch him but after they stripped off they produced poppers again and made him touch them sexually before he was allegedly raped by Bryant.

Mr Jones told the jury that the other alleged victim had been aged between 13 – 15 when. One one occasion he was getting changed in the toilets when Aspin came in and sexually molested him and while he was performing a sex act on the boy Bryant came in and allegedly did the same thing.

The next incident happened in the mid 1980s at the Floral Hall, Southport, when he was still 14, and the two men approached him. They invited him to premises about five minutes walk away and both men raped him.

Later that year the boy, who was coming to terms with the realisation that he was probably gay, had sex with Bryant. He did not tell anyone about what had happened but a reunion invitation in 2015 brought the memories flooding back and he rang the police.

Mr Jones said that although the two alleged victims had completely different personalities and gone on to lead very different lives the effect of their childhood experiences “is so very similar.”

John Aspin as Dame Edna Everage warned he faces a lengthy jail term after being convicted of seriously sexual assaults on two boys

The former dancer had revealed, “I have finally realised that i was a victim of child abuse. I was raped. I look back at that boy and start crying. Thinking about what happened makes me feel like a scared 14-year-old… my anger is so great, I fear it. I have become reclusive and tense.”

The other alleged victim’s abuse came to light while his mum was being spoken to about another matter and she mentioned he had made a sexual complaint about the two men some years before.

When interviewed the man, who regards himself as “a man’s man”, revealed that he had gradually told his wife about the abuse but had not told others as he did not want to be thought gay.

He said: “I really struggle with myself emotionally and hate the thought of anyone thinking I am weak because I didn’t protect myself as a child against Bill and John.”

He said that he had felt “angry and frustrated for years.”

Aspin strenuously denied all the allegations and told the court that he had never even met the second victim.
http://www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/news/liverpool-news/guest-house-owner-found-guilty-13156718

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