Reporter held (07.11.78)

Daily Mail, 7th November 1978

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  1. Troyhand said:

    Great find Murun! If this is the same slime who worked with the Azimuth Trust, then the trial hold in below article sadly makes more sense.

    http://www.bournemouthecho.co.uk/news/10863392.Sexual_abuse_case_against_ex_BBC_reporter_Clifford_Luton_is_put_on_hold_indefinitely/
    Daily Echo – 9th December 2013
    Sexual abuse case against ex-BBC reporter Clifford Luton is put on hold indefinitely

    THE case of a former BBC reporter accused of sexually abusing young boys has been put on hold indefinitely.

    Clifford Luton is charged with two counts of indecent assault against three alleged victims in the 1970s and ’80s, but he has been deemed unfit to enter a plea or stand trial due to age-related mental health problems.

    The 89-year-old was not present as Judge Harrow imposed a stay of proceedings at Bournemouth Crown Court yesterday.

    Prosecutor Kerry Maylin said: “Mr Luton faces two indictments concerning alleged indecent assaults against three males aged under-16 between 1971 and 1984, and additional counts relating to indecent images discovered when these charges came to light last year.

    “There have been concerns over his fitness to plead, and a defence psychiatric report was served to the Crown some time ago.

    “The Crown felt that bearing in mind the recent charge for indecent images we would engage our own report.

    “This too indicated that he was unfit to plead and to stand trial due to his age and deteriorating health.”

    She said any form of discharge would be inappropriate as the Crown believed there was enough evidence available that a jury might reach a guilty verdict, and she invited the judge to stay the case.

    Judge Harrow said: “I have read the case very carefully and understand the prosecution’s point of view.

    “Without having any disregard for the alleged victims in this case I am going to stay both indictments.”

    The case will lie on the court files. Luton, of Ashley Road, Poole, will not face the charges again unless he is deemed fit to plead in the future and the case is reactivated by either Judge Harrow or the Court of Appeal.

    Luton worked for the BBC in the 1960s and ’70s reporting on major issues for the time, including the troubles in Northern Ireland, the ‘cod wars’ with Iceland, the attempted kidnapping of Princess Anne, and the Lebanese Civil War.

    He also worked for the Daily Mail, for whom he interviewed infamous historian David Irving in the 1950s.

  2. Troyhand said:

    He’s charged also with possessing child sex abuse pictures, so he’s not so mentally unfit to stand trial, is he now?

    http://www.bournemouthecho.co.uk/news/10315571.Former_BBC_reporter_accused_of_sex_assaults_on_boys/
    Daily Echo – 27th March 2013
    Former BBC reporter accused of sex assaults on boys

    A FORMER BBC reporter appeared in court yesterday facing charges of indecent assault against boys under the age of 14.

    Clifford Luton, aged 88, arrived at Bournemouth Magistrates Court in a wheelchair yesterday morning to hear the charges against him, which date back to the 1970s and ’80s.

    The 88-year-old was also charged with 29 counts of possessing an indecent image of a child, including photographs in the most serious category.

    Luton, from Ashley Road in Parkstone, did not enter a plea to any of the charges.

    The prosecution told the court: “This is a case which both the Crown and defence agree should be under the jurisdiction of the Crown Court.”

    Luton worked for the BBC in the 1960s and ’70s reporting on major issues for the time, including the Troubles in Northern Ireland, the Cod Wars with Iceland, the attempted kidnapping of Princess Anne, and the Lebanese Civil War.

    In 1967 he chartered a plane to search for round-the-world sailor Francis Chichester, who had gone missing in a storm around Cape Horn.

    He also worked for the Daily Mail, for whom he interviewed infamous historian David Irving in the 1950s.

    Magistrates agreed to commit the case to Crown Court for May 21.

    Luton was released on bail under condition that he has no contact with children aged under-18, |with a small number of named exceptions under supervision.

  3. Troyhand said:

    Big surprise that Luton would be editor for a Nudist Camp magazine

    http://books.google.com/books?id=_NHiAAAAMAAJ&q=%22clifford+luton%22&dq=%22clifford+luton%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=WHgxU7-mMOTG0AHE3oGQBw&ved=0CDIQ6AEwAjgK
    Benn’s media, Volume 1 – 1993

    British Naturism
    Central Council for British Naturism, Assurance
    House. 35-41 Hazelwood Rd, Northampton,
    Northamptonshire NN1 1LL.
    Tel: 0604 20361, 0225 872329EDIT
    Fax: 0604 2301 76
    Personnel:
    CHAIRMAN, PUBLICATIONS BOARD: Alan
    McCombe EDITOR: Clifford Luton AD MGR:
    Rosemarie Digby
    Frequency: Quarterly
    Circulation: 12,000 (Publishers’ statement)

  4. A midshipman said:

    Interested in the date of the mail article 1978. My friends and I were abused by Luton a few years later. Makes you kind of angry that nothing was done earlier.Also that he felt safe enough to run his “charity” into the 80’s. Also horrible to imagine those photo’s and videos are still out there probably. Convict him and be damned.

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