South Reston main awaiting sentence for child sex offences

A South Reston man, due to be sentenced for child sex offences, saw the verdict delayed after he was admitted to the Princess Diana Hospital in Grimsby just an hour before he was scheduled to appear in the dock.

Ambrose Clifton, 71, had been due to be sentenced at an earlier hearing before being admitted to hospital. Clifton was detained in intensive care for a number of days before his condition improved and on Tuesday, following his discharge from hospital, he was brought before Lincoln Crown Court where Judge Michael Heath remanded him in custody to appear for sentence next week.

Clifton was found guilty last month following a jury trial of offences of rape, sexual activity with a child and inciting a child to engage in sexual activity together with both taking and making indecent photographs.

His barrister Michael Cranmer-Brown said that Clifton failed to attend court on November 19 as a result of illness rather than a drugs overdose.

He said medical records indicated Clifton was suffering from pneumonia.