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Pair jailed for historic sex offences

Pair jailed for historic sex offences

Mary Gillies (left) and John Gillies

Update November 21, 17:21

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."


A pair of sex offenders from Maidenhead who abused child victims in the early Nineties have been jailed.

John and Mary Gillies, of White Paddock, Woodlands Park, were sentenced at Reading Crown Court on Tuesday.

John Gillies, 65, was jailed for 18 years after being convicted of four counts of rape, four counts of indecent assault on a female, two counts of indecent assault on a male and one count of buggery.

He was acquitted of one count of gross indecency and one count of indecent assault on a male.

Mary Gillies, 60, was jailed for four years and six months for one count of cruelty to a person under 16 and one count of indecent assault on a male person.

She was acquitted of one count of gross indecency with a child and one count of indecent assault on a male. She was acquitted of one count of buggery earlier in the trial.

A third defendent, Martin Choules, 61, of Harrow Lane, Furze Platt, was acquitted of buggery, the only charge he faced, earlier in the trial.

John and Mary Gillies, who had denied the charges, were convicted by a jury on Monday following a three-week trial at Reading Crown Court.

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