‘I hate him for what he did to my girl. He’s evil’ (17.08.07)

Leicester Mercury, 17th August 2007

Paedophile David Joy was jailed this week. Lee Marlow talks to the mother of one of his victims

It is more than a quarter of a century since David Joy sat on the sofa in Ann’s front room, drinking her coffee, soft soaping her with his easy charm, gaining her trust – while abusing her youngest daughter.
If she closes her eyes, she can still see him there, chatting, laughing – his off-white teeth peeping through the rat’s nest of his greying beard – and dazzling them with his scholarly intelligence.
David Joy was a popular figure in Barrow-upon-Soar in the late 70s.
He was a clever maths teacher fallen on hard times. His wife and three kids had left him. No-one knew why, when or where to, except that it was “a long way away” and he had little or no contact with them.
Mr Joy adopted the role of village uncle, the kind of easy-going chap you’d be pleased to have as a neighbour.
It wasn’t only Ann and her husband, George, who liked him. Everyone did. Especially the children. He was so good with children, they all said.
He was just so patient, remembers Ann.
“All the youngsters would play at his four-bedroom house in Cave Road. It was like a haven for them.
“There were games laid out in the lounge. They ran around the gardens and played hide and seek in the bedrooms.”
The house was like a pigsty, with toys and games scattered everywhere, yet David would sit back and smile.
He didn’t seem to mind, says Ann. He would just let the kids play. “I like to see them having fun,” he would say when parents wondered about the mess.
As Ann and many other parents would later discover, that was all part of his sinister plan. When the other parents had left, his camera would come out.
The girls, and occasionally boys, if he took a particular shine to one of them, then became his playthings.
Ann’s youngest child was no older than seven or eight when Joy took pictures of her with his camera – snaps which the disbelieving mum would later have to sift through with detectives to piece together a successful court case.
For months, Ann had absolutely no idea anything was wrong.
It was her eldest child, suspicious that Joy wasn’t what he seemed to be, who blew the lid off his seedy little world.
“Even then,” says Ann, “I wasn’t sure at first. I didn’t know what to do.
“I remember sitting there for hours that night, just thinking and thinking. I don’t think I wanted to believe it.”
After a long and miserable night, Ann decided she had to call the police.
They arrived mob handed the next day, took some statements, examined her daughter and treated Ann and her family “as if it was us who had done something wrong”.
They left, warning an angry George not to take the law into his own hands. Joy would get his justice in court, they said, reassuringly.
It seemed to take a long time for the case to come to court.
Ann assumed the police would tell them when the case was to be heard. They didn’t. Instead, she read about it in the Mercury.
Joy was given a suspended sentence. He walked out of court a free man and returned to his home in Barrow.
It was as if nothing had happened, says Ann.
Word spread quickly in Barrow and Joy’s house no longer chimed to the sound of young voices playing in his back garden.
People crossed the road to avoid him. Mums warned their sons and daughters to keep away.
He was shunned by the people who once trusted him – and yet, so were Ann and her family.
“It used to be a lovely, friendly place to live but it all changed after David Joy’s court case,” says Ann.
“We were made to feel, by some people at least, that we had brought shame on to the village, as if it was our fault, that perhaps we should have said nothing. We just tried to do the right thing.”
One night, Joy was attacked. A few weeks later, the downstairs windows of his four-bedroom council home in Cave Road were all smashed. Unsatisfied with the court’s notion of justice, people began dispensing their own.
Yet Joy remained unrepentant. As Ann and her family put the broken pieces of their lives back together, the man responsible for their misery reappeared.
“He knocked on my door one day, a few weeks after the case, and tried to justify it,” recalls Ann, still livid at the thought. Joy asked if she wanted to read about the group he helped lead, the Paedophile Information Exchange.
Ann told him, in no uncertain terms, she wasn’t interested and she didn’t want to see him again. Still, every year, he would send Ann’s youngest daughter a birthday card.
Charnwood Borough Council re-housed him not long after, to a third-floor flat in Russell Street, Loughborough – near a school and overlooking a playground – where he continued to abuse children and add to his grim portfolio of obscene pictures.
“I still saw him around,” says Ann. “I’d see him in Loughborough. We tried our best to bury the memory of him.”
How successful they were in banishing Joy’s legacy, Ann is not entirely sure. Her youngest daughter, now in her 30s, has never really learned to trust men again, she says.
As the years have rolled by, Joy has become the black cloud which occasionally drifts into their lives.
“We live with it, we get on with our lives, but it’s always there,” says George.
Ann had not seen him for years until she picked up Tuesday’s Mercury, with the grainy image of his police mug shot. He hasn’t changed one bit, she says.
“I look at his picture today and I hate him for what he did, but I also feel guilt – that I should have known better. I was so bloody naive.”
Yet, she sighs, he was just so convincing.
“We trusted him. He seemed like such a lovely man. He was a teacher. We had no reason to think he would do anything like that.”
This is Ann’s story. It’s one she has wanted to tell for 25 years, but, she says, no-one ever seemed interested. It feels good to get it all off her chest.
“He used to give interviews all the time,” she says.
“No-one has ever asked me. It’s like we’re the forgotten ones in all of this.
“I remember once, a few years after the case, there was a debate on a local radio station about child abuse.
Ann rang in to tell her story. “I spoke to the producer and he said ‘Your story is not suitable for us, I’m afraid’.
“That’s the way it’s been for us. I hope he does read this, wherever he is now. If he does, he probably won’t even flinch.
“He doesn’t think he’s in the wrong. I hope he never, ever comes out – because he won’t change. He’s evil.”

* Aside from David Joy, the names in this story have been changed.

Thanks to Ian Pace ( ianpace.wordpress.com ) for sending this article.

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6 comments
  1. Troyhand said:

    http://www.leicestermercury.co.uk/stay-away-children/story-12034232-detail/story.html
    Leicester Mercury – November 19, 2008
    Stay away from our children

    A paedophile has been banned for life from going into any play area in Leicestershire or contacting any children.

    Police applied for court orders against 67-year-old convicted child molester David Joy after a parent spotted him in an alleyway next to a primary school.

    He had been out of prison for a few months after serving a sentence for making hundreds of indecent images of children.

    Joy, of Loughborough, faces arrest and up to five years in jail if he breaks the terms of the orders, imposed at the town’s magistrates’ court yesterday.

    Chairman of the magistrates, David Govier, told him: “We are making the orders for an indefinite period because of your convictions going back to the 1980s and evidence you continue to hold beliefs that put children at risk.”

    Andrew Logan, representing Leicestershire police, told the court Joy – a former teacher – had more than a dozen convictions for indecent assaults on boys and girls, as well as convictions for possessing indecent images of children.

    He said Joy was spotted by a parent standing in an alleyway outside Robert Bakewell Primary, Loughborough, on May 7.

    Joy, who will remain on the sexual offenders register for the rest of his life, is a former member of the notorious Paedophile Information Exchange, which campaigned for children to be considered as sexual beings in their own right.

    Peter Millward, representing Joy, said his client accepted the orders as he believed they would protect him against unfounded allegations.

    He said: “He was seen in the vicinity of the school, though it was unwittingly, as he tells me.”

    Mr Millward said although Joy had recent convictions for possessing child pornography, his last offence of indecent assault dated from the 1980s.

    In August last year, Joy was given an indefinite prison sentence after police raided his home and uncovered more than 1,100 images of children in magazines, books and on computers.

    Some of the images were in the worst – level five – category.

    Police also found photographs, believed to have been taken by Joy with a zoom lens, of young children in swimwear on beaches.

    However, the indefinite sentence was overturned by judges on appeal in December and substituted with a 12-month jail term.

    Yesterday, police applied for two sexual offences prevention orders.

    The first prohibits Joy from initiating or engaging in any kind of contact with children under the age of 16.

    The second bars him from going within two metres of, or lingering by, any play area in the county.

    After the hearing, Det Sgt Richard Ingamells, of Leicestershire police’s public protection unit, said: “Today was a simple message.

    “We wanted to ask the court to give us more powers to manage his risk to children.

    “The orders will help us protect the most vulnerable people in society.”

  2. Troyhand said:

    http://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=2507&dat=19841115&id=msBAAAAAIBAJ&sjid=0KUMAAAAIBAJ&pg=6223,3105738
    Glasgow Herald – 15 November 1984
    Child-sex case men jailed

    Two child-sex campaigners were yesterday sent to jail, knowing they face a hate campaign by other prisoners. David Joy and Peter Bremner had tea thrown over them by inmates of the jail where they were held overnight before being sentenced.

    Sex offenders are often attacked by fellow prisoners, especially when their crimes involve children. Joy and Bremner both have previous convictions for indecently assaulting children and may have to apply for solitary confinement.

    Old Bailey Judge John Owen was told that the men, former executive committee members of the defunct Paedophile Information Exchange, had “an all-pervading and very great fear” of going to jail.

    After hearing pleas for leniency by defence lawyers, he sentenced Joy (43) to 18 months’ imprisonment. Bremner (45) was given six months. The judge told them: “Yours will not be easy lives from now on.”

    As their trial was ending, MPs joined a campaign to outlaw groups such as PIE, which advocated the legislation of sex between adults and children. It is being led by Mrs Mary Whitehouse and Tory MP Mr Geoffrey Dickens, who will hold talks with Home Secretary Mr Leon Brittan today.

    Joy, of Russell Street, Loughborough, Leicestershire, and Bremner, of Upper Clapton Road, East London, were both found guilty by an all-male jury of sending an indecent article through the post.

    Joy was also convicted of publishing an obscene article, but Bremner was cleared of the charge. Both were acquitted of incitement to commit various unlawful sexual acts with children.

    The prosecution arose from an article in PIE’s magazine Contact, which tried to dispel fears that sexual assault could cause physical damage to children.

    The prosecution told the jury that a third man, Stephen Smith (29) should also have been on trial. Instead he is in Holland, where he was freed by a court on Tuesday after a brief hearing of a British request for his extradition.

    Before handing out his sentences yesterday, the Judge paid tribute to Hamilton College headmaster Mr Charles Oxley, 61, who infiltrated PIE to expose its “despicable aims.” He was a key prosecution witness.

    Judge Owen told Joy and Bremner: “I shall do my best to curb the emotions which undoubtedly I feel and I believe most right-minded people would feel on reading magazines such as we have seen in this case.”

    Six years ago, Bremner was given a three-month jail sentence, suspended for two years, and fined £150 for indecently assaulting three boys, two aged eight and one aged five.

    Joy was given an 18-month jail sentence, suspended for two years, in 1980 for five cases of indecent assault on children.

    More than 30 MPs, including senior Tory back bencher Sir Bernard Braine, have pledged their support to the campaign to ban PIE and similar organisations.

    The first 12 MPs selected in today’s draw for private members’ Bills will be asked by Mrs Whitehouse to take up the campaign’s case.

  3. Troyhand said:

    http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=mcBAAAAAIBAJ&sjid=0KUMAAAAIBAJ&pg=3818%2C2889704
    Glasgow Herald – 14 November 1984
    Child sex men found guilty over article

    Two former leaders of the child-sex group PIE, the now defunct Paedophile Information Exhange, were yesterday found guilty of sending an indecent aticle through the post.

    But an all-male jury at the Old Bailey found Peter Bremner (44) and David Joy (43) not guilty of incitement to commit sexual offences against children.

    Bremner, of East London, and Joy, of Loughborough, Leicestershire, who were convicted over an article entitled Intercourse in the magazine Contact, are to be sentenced today.

    Joy was also convicted of publishing an obscene article. Bremner was found not guilty of this offence.

    After more than six hours deliberation the jury cleared both men of incitement, by means of the article, to commit sexual offences against children.

    Judge John Owen said he wanted to think about the sentences overnight.

    Mr Roy Amlot, prosecuting, had alleged the article was obscene and amounted to an incitement to commit sexual offences with children.

    Both men had been members of PIE’s executive committee – Bremner using the name Roger Nash and Joy David J – and had therefore been responsible for what appeared in Contact.

    Bremner, an electrician, Joy, a former teacher, and a third man, Steven Smith (29), a former Home Office security guard, had been the most active members of PIE in mid-1982, when the article appeared.

    Both men, while admitting serving on the executive committee, denied responsibility for Contact.

    Bremner, the only defendant to go into the witness box, admitted being a paedophile since the age of 13, but said Contact had been produced by Smith. Bremner also told the jury PIE was no longer functioning. It had “folded” in August.

    Mr Stephen Leslie, for Joy, said Smith was the “powerhouse and engine room of PIE” and the lifeblood of Contact, which he edited and had printed. Smith was not in the dock with the other two. Mr Amlot told the jury he was now in Holland.

    Mr Amlot read the Intercourse article to the jury. In it the writer attempted to dispel fears of physical harm to children arising from intercourse.

    Headmaster Charles Oxley, 61, who has a school at Hamilton, told the court he had infiltrated PIE with the aim of exposing it and frustrating its “disgusting aims to obtain social and legal acceptance of adult sex relations with children.”

    He had joined under the name “Dave Charlton” and was invited to two executive committee meetings. In an attempt to keep the location of their meetings secret, members telephoned a number at the Home Office to discover where the executive would meet next. This was the work number of Smith, known on PIE as Steven Adrian.

    Mr Oxley had passed on to Scotland Yard all the information he gleaned from his undercover activities. He described Smith as “the driving force of PIE” and told the jury he had worked on paedophile material while at the Home Office.

    In Assen, Holland yesterday the Dutch prosecutor advised a court against approving extradition to Britain for Smith, because he said it was not certain that his alleged offences are punishable under Dutch law. Smith has sought the help of Amnesty International in a bid to gain Dutch asylum.

  4. Troyhand said:

    http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/122528526
    The Canberra Times – Thursday 15 November 1984
    Paedophiles acquitted, MPs want law changed

    LONDON, Wednesday (AAP). — British MPs want the laws changed after two members of the Paedophile Information Exchange were cleared yesterday of incitement to commit sexual offences against children.

    The MPs, led by Mr Geoffrey Dickens (Conservative) will meet the Home Secretary, Mr Brittan, tomorrow to ask that PIE be outlawed and the law tightened to prevent similar groups operating again in Britain.

    “The group is an evil cancer in our society and if we are to protect our children. Parliament has got to act,” Mr Dickens said.

    In the Old Bailey yesterday, Mr Peter Bremner. 44, and Mr David Joy,. 43, were each cleared by an all male jury of four charges of incitement to commit sexual offences against children. They were found guilty, of sending an indecent article through the post.

    Mr Joy was found guilty also of publishing an obscene article in the PIE magazine, Contact.

    They were detained in custody for sentencing by Mr Justice Owen today.

    Mr, Bremner had told the court during the six-day hearing that children as young as four could make up their own minds about sex with adults. PIE wanted the age of consent abolished and replaced with civil laws.

    He said PIE was no longer functioning. but Mr Charles Oxley, who had infiltrated PIE with the knowledge of Scotland Yard and who gave evidence during the trial, said he believed it was still operating.

    Meanwhile, a Dutch public prosecutor has recommended that a British request for the extradition of the leader of PIE, Mr Steven Smith, be turned down.

    Mr Smith was to have stood trial with, Mr Joy and Mr Bremner but Judge Leo Meijers said in Assen Court yesterday that incitement to commit a crime was not the same as actually committing the crime and was not against the law in Holland.

    He said Mr Smith had written about the subject of sex with children but was not on trial for actually having had sex with children. A verdict on his case will be announced in 14 days.

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