Yes, the next stage will be him being sentenced but the awful thing is, due to his age and health I don't think he is going to be punished.... I honestly think he may walk away from court... That does not sit well.
I'm honestly, so grateful that these women have had the courage to come forward, hopefully there will now be more women believed and this will lead to a higher conviction rate for rape and sexual assault, not just against women but men too.
When he is sentenced it will be for the charges he's admitted in court.
My feeling is he's 85 and from what I've read, not in the best of health. I fear he may walk away with a suspended sentence... No matter what sentence he gets, it won't be enough imo, I have a dd who will be 9 in June so I'm rather affected by that iyswim.
Schlike, yes, let down kinda sums it up. Rh was another I was shocked by, the rest of the people arrested I've always felt something against them, never felt comfortable watching them on screen.
Over the last few days Ive seen and heard people question whether these historic cases should go ahead as it would be hard to prove such old abuse. This just goes to show that yes it is right that these men should be held for account, however long ago.
I hope now all theseamazing woman who had the courage to come forward and who were young children at the time, can feel that they have been heard and believed.
I really hope this news gives all the naysayers a long difficult pause for thought - like my colleague who was talking yesterday about how these women (in the Bill Roache allegations) should have done something about it at the time, and it's all getting a bit silly with bringing up all these old allegations.
I think it's really good news and I hope it brings some peace to the women (girls at the time of course) he abused. Vile man.
I agree that having his reputation so thoroughly destroyed and so near the end of his life will be a huge punishment for him, but I do think he deserves a custodial sentence as well.
I am saddened and disillusioned too. However I don't see much point taking up a prison place with him, and paying to feed and house him. He is sufficiently well-known that he is not a risk to the public - no-one is going to give him any opportunity to commit the crimes ever again.
He is shamed, shown to be a liar as well as a criminal and proven guilty in his lifetime. Justice is done, and he will not go to his grave laughing as did Jimmy Savile.