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26th May, 2019

Jury unable to reach verdicts on remaining charges against disgraced former Warwickshire Police sergeant

Editorial Correspondent 15th May, 2019 Updated: 15th May, 2019

DISGRACED former Warwickshire Police sergeant Timothy Lively could face a re-trial over a string of allegations he sexual abused teenagers.

A jury was unable to reach verdicts on 14 charges faced by the 60-year-old who had denied 26 charges, including the alleged abuse of boys as well as girls, dating from the mid-1970s to the summer of 1986.

The jury, which deliberated for almost 60 hours over the course of 12 days at Warwick Crown Court, found Lively not guilty of nine of the charges in relation to four boys.

But the now successful businessman was convicted of two charges of indecently assaulting a girl in the late 1970s and one offence of indecency with a child in relation to the same girl.

Lively, of Old School Mead, Bidford-on-Avon, was not at court when the trial resumed on Tuesday as he was unwell.

Judge Anthony Potter Lively asked the jury whether, given longer, and with no pressure of time, they believed they would be able to reach any further verdicts, which the jury foreman said they would not be able to.

So Judge Potter discharged the jury.

Asked by the judge whether the prosecution would be seeking a retrial of the remaining counts, prosecutor Rosina Cottage QC indicated it was ‘likely’ there would be a retrial.

Judge Potter adjourned the case for Lively to attend court and until Thursday (May 23) for the prosecution to decide whether it would seek a retrial and on what counts.

During the trial Miss Cottage said Lively had committed the offences he was convicted of at a time when he was a serving Warwickshire Police officer or, before that, a cadet, and he had also carried out voluntary work at a children’s home.

They had involved him touching the girl’s breasts on a number of occasions, initially when she was under the age of 13, and continuing after she was 13.

In addition, on several occasions when she was aged between ten and 12, he had forced her to carry out a sex act on him.

The jury’s not guilty verdicts had been on nine charges in relation to four boys Lively was alleged to have abused.

But they were unable to reach verdicts on nine further indecent assault charges he faced in relation to two of those boys and four others, as well as two allegation of having sex with one of them.

They were also unable to reach verdicts on allegations Lively indecently assaulted two other girls and raped one of them on multiple occasions when she was under 16.

The jury heard a complaint was first made in 1986 by a man who alleged he was abused by Lively in the late 1970s and early 1980s.

Although no charges resulted at the time from that man’s original complaint, there was an internal tribunal which Miss Cottage said led to Lively being dismissed from the force in 1988.

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