Published On: Wed, May 23rd, 2018

British Man – Keith Morris found guilty of raping two girls in Kenya

Source : BBC

An east Hull locksmith has been found guilty of the rape and sexual assault of two girls he met on a charity holiday to Kenya.

Keith Morris, 72, who went to east Africa to help poverty-stricken families, abused his power to rape and sexually abuse the girls on numerous occasions between January 2016 and February 2017.

He denied 13 charges including rape and sexual assault but was convicted following a trial at Leeds Crown Court.

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said he befriended the young victims’ families over the past 20 years, giving them money and gifts.

Morris, a retired locksmith of New Bridge Road, also financially sponsored several of the families, providing household goods, clothing, medical treatment and paying for their children’s education, the CPS said.

He would take groups of children out of the village for day trips and would buy them sweets, make-up, meals out and often invited them to stay in his hotel rooms.

The NCA said it was during these trips he had abused the children.

Victims praised for bravery

“After hearing this testimony and in light of the strong case put forward by the CPS, the jury have today found him guilty of these serious sexual offences.

“Thanks to the close partnership between prosecutors, including a CPS Criminal Justice Advisor in Kenya, the National Crime Agency and law enforcement officers in Kenya, the prosecution was able to bring the strongest possible case to court.

‘Retraction statements’

An investigation was launched after a hotel guest raised concerns, the CPS said.

He was arrested in February 2017 and during a search of his home, officers said they found a Dictaphone containing audio recordings of phone conversations in which he had asked his victims “to sign retraction statements stating the sexual abuse had not occurred”.

He also transferred money to associates in Kenya in exchange for help to prove his innocence, the NCA said.

The CPS said it had arranged for one of his victims to give evidence at his trial from Africa via video-link.

Morris was convicted of four counts of rape, three counts of assault by penetration, four counts of sexual assault and two counts of perverting the course of justice.

He is due to be sentenced in Leeds on 17 July.

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