Sasha on Hugo Swire and “our beloved longtime helper, John Humphreys”

Last week former Mayor of Exmouth and District Councillor John Humphreys, who was also appointed an honorary Alderman in Dec 2019, was jailed for 21 years for a series of sexual assaults. Below we read how close he was to the Swires.

First, here is how the Judge described the assaults:

Judge Rose said the first victim had been no older than 13 years old when he was picked up by Humphreys outside toilets in St Andrew’s Road, Exmouth, and driven on three separate occasions to different locations for sex.

He said Humphreys, who had been ‘entirely responsible’ for the boy’s welfare to ensure he came to no harm, raped his victim orally and anally.

Judge Rose said Humphreys’ actions caused the male long-lasting psychological harm, lasting decades

The Judge said: “These were shocking acts of sexual violence. You targeted a particularly vulnerable victim.”

He added: “It must have been obvious to you that he was a vulnerable young boy that had a attended a location that was entirely unsuitable for him.

“You decided not to help him and ensure he came to no harm in that situation.”

The Judge said Humphreys inflicted ‘shocking acts of sexual violence’ on the same victim which culminated in raping the boy in a disused building on Woodbury Common.

Judge Rose said: “You instructed him to never talk about this and you told him that his life wouldn’t be worth living if he told.”

The court heard the second victim had been around the age of 15 and on work experience with Humphreys’s gardening firm when he was sexually assaulted multiple times by the defendant, who orchestrated time alone with the teenager.

Here is how Sasha describes the relationship between John Humphreys and the Swires

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