Mervyn Dyer jailed in respect of sexual offences whilst working at St Mary’s Junior Sailing Club during the late 60s

December 30th, 2013

A FORMER choirboy who was sexually abused at a Gosport church’s sailing club more than 40 years ago says he has got justice as the man who ‘stole his innocence’ was jailed earlier this month.

Steve Hammond, 57, a manager at BT, had never spoken of the abuse he suffered as a teenager until he went on a child protection course for the same sailing club he had been ‘groomed’ at decades earlier by Mervyn Dyer. Having waived his right to anonymity after Dyer, 66, of Newport Road in Gosport, was sentenced this month, Mr Hammond told The News that the training course had been the catalyst that led to him telling his wife and the police what happened to him at St Mary’s Junior Sailing lub during the late 60s.

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