September 2019

John Dickinson convicted of sex offences

A 66 year old former Hertfordshire resident was yesterday (Thursday 12 September) found guilty of eight counts of historic sex offences.

John Dickinson, of Kennington Park Road, London, appeared at Cambridge Crown Court charged with eight offences of sexual abuse on two children under the age of 14.

The offences were committed in Stevenage between 1973 and 1977 and started when the children were just two and four years old.

The offences came to light in 2017 when one of the victims disclosed the abuse she had suffered as a young child to the police.

The jury found Dickinson guilty unanimously, bar one count which was by 10 to 2 majority.

Pre-sentence reports were ordered ahead of sentencing on Friday 8 November.

During the eight-day trial, reference was also made to Dickinson’s previous convictions, including the murder of Susan Lowson in Stevenage in 1980 and subsequent arson at her flat.

Dickinson was sentenced to life imprisonment for this crime and was released on licence in 2014.

In February this year he was arrested by the Metropolitan Police in connection with a firearms offence and recalled back to prison.