Sex offence canoeist’s appeal fails

A PERVERTED canoeist who lured a vulnerable teenage boy into his car and groped him has failed in an appeal against his convictions.

Christopher David Price, 63, persuaded the 15-year-old, who was fishing off the beach in Eastbourne, to get into his vehicle after spotting him whilst canoeing in 2010.

He then drove him to another place, groped him over his clothing and attempted to undo his trousers.

When arrested, Price, of Boughey Place, Lewes, denied any wrongdoing but he was convicted of abducting a child and sexual activity with a child at Lewes Crown Court.

He was sentenced to a two-year community order, including attendance at a sex offenders programme, in July last year.

Lord Justice Stanley Burnton, Mr Justice Maddison and Judge Anthony Russell QC, sitting at London’s Criminal Appeal Court, presided over Price’s appeal bid to have those convictions overturned.

Lawyers for Price argued that DVDs found at Price’s home containing images of naked boys ought not to have been put before the jury as evidence.

It was said that the material unfairly prejudiced the trial against him.

But Lord Justice Burnton, delivering the court’s judgement, said, “It seems to us very clearly relevant that DVDs were in his possession which might demonstrate to the jury an interest in boys which was sexual.

“They would be entitled to infer from them that this appellant had an unusual and sexual interest in little boys.

“We are unable to say that the admission of the DVDs led to any unfairness in the trial and it doesn’t render the convictions unsafe,” the judge concluded.