A Southport man who molested two young girls when he was a teenager has failed in a bid to clear his name.
Barry John Pierce was aged about 15 when he committed the offences, which only came to light when they were reported years later.
His victims were aged just five and nine when they were targeted in the 1990s. Now 33, he was jailed for 12 months at Liverpool Crown Court in March 2013, after being found guilty of three counts of indecent assault and three of indecency with a child. Pierce, of Cypress Road, recently challenged his convictions at London’s Criminal Appeal Court, arguing he did not receive a fair trial.
He said the trial judge spent more time summarising the prosecution case than his defence, and claimed he had received death threats from relatives of one of his victims. But, dismissing his appeal, Lord Justice Davis said there was no reason to doubt the safety of the jury’s verdicts.
Sitting with Mr Justice Spencer and Judge Nicholas Cooke, he added:
“Ultimately, as we see it, there is no substance in this proposed appeal.”
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