101-year-old man found guilty of historical child sex offences

Ralph Clarke outside court Credit: ITV News Central

A 101-year-old man thought to be the oldest defendant in British legal history, has been found guilty of committing historical child sex offences against three children.

Ralph Clarke, who was born in March 1915, admitted part-way through his trial to nine sexual offences committed against a young boy in the 1970s.

The former lorry driver, of Holly Lane, Erdington, Birmingham, was found guilty of 21 charges relating to two young girls in the 1970s and 1980s and not guilty of one.

Clarke had previously told a jury at Birmingham Crown Court that the offences against the schoolboy were "something that happened" and said he was "immune to feelings", following his arrest last year.

He claimed the women − now in their late 40s − were serial liars but a jury at Birmingham Crown Court today (15 Dec) deemed he was lying in a bid to cover up his sex attacks and found him guilty on all counts.

His victims plucked up the courage to report the offences to police in August last year having seen Facebook posts celebrating Clarke’s 100th birthday.