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Married couple BOTH sentenced for sexual offences against children,

A husband and wife have been sentenced to prison for sexual offences against children which took place during the 1990s.

John and Mary Gillies, aged 65 and 60, of White Paddock, Maidenhead, were sentenced on Tuesday (19/11) at Reading Crown Court for a series of offences which took place between 1992 and 1996.

John Gillies was convicted on Monday (18/11) by unanimous verdict of four counts of rape, six counts of indecent assault and one count of buggery. He was sentenced to a total of 18 years’ imprisonment and made a registered sex offender for life.

His wife, Mary Gillies, was also convicted on Monday by unanimous verdict. She was convicted of one count of indecent assault and one count of cruelty to a person under the age of 16. She was sentenced to a total of four years and six months’ imprisonment and was also made a registered sex offender for life.

Their offences took place in Maidenhead against a girl and a boy who were both aged under 16 at the time.

John Gillies raped and indecently assaulted both victims. Mary Gillies joined in having sex in the same bed as them and also forced them to participate in sexual acts with her.

The victims were also made to watch pornographic films.

John and Mary Gillies were charged with the offences on 25 January this year.

Investigating officer Detective Constable Hannah Broughton, based at Slough police station, said: “The victims and witnesses in this case have had to endure a long and complex investigation, and an emotive three week trial.

“I am pleased that the jury have found both John and Mary Gillies guilty and I hope that this affords the victims a degree of closure.

“John and Mary Gillies weakened the free will and self-esteem of these young people so completely that their courage in facing them and giving evidence is all the more remarkable.

“Thames Valley Police will always do all it can to investigate these sort of offences, no matter how long ago they occurred, in order to bring the perpetrators to justice.”

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