Ex head teacher's thanks to supporters after indecent assault acquittal

Richard Hilary

Richard Hilary

First published in News Daily Echo: Photograph of the Author by , Court Reporter

A 14-month-ordeal for a former Hampshire headmaster ended with two simple words yesterday – “not guilty”.

After retiring for three hours, the six men and six women of the jury unanimously cleared Richard Hilary of three charges of historic sexually abuse of a teenage girl.

Mr Hilary, 63, initially showed no emotion as the Winchester Crown Court jury delivered their verdict but as Judge Susan Evans QC said he was free to leave the dock, he mouthed “thank you” to them.

Smiling, he then shook hands with both dock warders but no sooner had he stepped out of the courtroom he burst into tears and had to be comforted by his barrister Alistair Wright.

Afterwards, Mr Hilary paid tribute to his wife, Sheila, apologising for the hurt he had caused her.

It is understood some 400 people, predominately former pupils, had intended to come to court to support him but he told them through a social network site he did not want them there.

But afterwards he thanked everyone for the ground swell of backing he had received.

In a statement to the Daily Echo he said: “I wish to thank everyone for the outstanding levels of support provided to me and my wife during what has been 14 months of hell. “Without the support of family and friends, especially my wife, I have little doubt I would not have survived the criminal proceedings I have faced.”

He then thanked former pupils, their parents, colleagues and school governors for their backing after the allegations were made public.

“I owe them a debt of gratitude and I am deeply touched by their support, which re-affirms my belief that throughout my career I have strived to do good and help everyone I could.”

Apologising to his wife, with whom he left court, he added: “I am desperately sorry that my wife has had to endure the past 14 months with me when many would not. I am very sorry for the hurt I have caused her. I am blessed she has forgiven me for that hurt.”

Jurors had heard how the former teacher met the girl – who 15 at the time – at the Farley Mount beauty spot near Winchester.

The victim, whose identity cannot be revealed, claimed he had sexually assaulted her three times when he was 28 and a teacher at Winchester’s Montgomery and Alamein School.

“It did happen,” she insisted to the court, rejecting suggestions she had made the allegations up. “I’m not the one living the lie. I thought it was my fault. I thought I was a silly girl.”

Hilary described it as “completely reprehensible” that he had deliberately not told the police the truth when he denied meeting the girl. But he later admitted he had met her on a few occasions outside school and had once kissed her.

The court heard from two colleagues of Mr Hilary who had worked with him at Winchester and at Chamberlayne School, formerly known as Weston Park Girls School who described him as “the best teacher” who was highly regarded by staff and children.

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6:44am Sat 24 May 14

Kirsty666 says...

Well done Sir knew you were INNOCENT X
Well done Sir knew you were INNOCENT X Kirsty666
  • Score: 16

6:56am Sat 24 May 14

Saintsincethe60s says...

I still can't understand the reasoning behind the system that states that the accused gets named, whilst the accuser remains anonymous even after a court case in which the jury believes they were lying.
I still can't understand the reasoning behind the system that states that the accused gets named, whilst the accuser remains anonymous even after a court case in which the jury believes they were lying. Saintsincethe60s
  • Score: 35

7:03am Sat 24 May 14

VOR666 says...

I agree. It is so wrong that an innocent man has been named and shamed, but a lying woman, who tried to ruin his life, marriage and career, gets the protection of anonymity. It really is not right.
I agree. It is so wrong that an innocent man has been named and shamed, but a lying woman, who tried to ruin his life, marriage and career, gets the protection of anonymity. It really is not right. VOR666
  • Score: 24

7:22am Sat 24 May 14

Kirsty666 says...

VOR666 wrote:
I agree. It is so wrong that an innocent man has been named and shamed, but a lying woman, who tried to ruin his life, marriage and career, gets the protection of anonymity. It really is not right.
All I can say is when there are over 1000 people to 1 saying how great a guy he is then that in itself is enough proof that she was lying. She should NOW be named and shamed and go through what Mr H went through. I would happily watch her in the dock for this.

But his reputation would never have been ruined to those that truly know him.
[quote][p][bold]VOR666[/bold] wrote: I agree. It is so wrong that an innocent man has been named and shamed, but a lying woman, who tried to ruin his life, marriage and career, gets the protection of anonymity. It really is not right.[/p][/quote]All I can say is when there are over 1000 people to 1 saying how great a guy he is then that in itself is enough proof that she was lying. She should NOW be named and shamed and go through what Mr H went through. I would happily watch her in the dock for this. But his reputation would never have been ruined to those that truly know him. Kirsty666
  • Score: 20

7:23am Sat 24 May 14

sarahrobinson/cook says...

400 sir? Try 1000!! Love you Mr. Hilary we never doubted you for a second ♡♡
400 sir? Try 1000!! Love you Mr. Hilary we never doubted you for a second ♡♡ sarahrobinson/cook
  • Score: 15

7:49am Sat 24 May 14

Kirsty666 says...

sarahrobinson/cook wrote:
400 sir? Try 1000!! Love you Mr. Hilary we never doubted you for a second ♡♡
That's the DE miswriting not Mr H lol 😃
[quote][p][bold]sarahrobinson/cook[/bold] wrote: 400 sir? Try 1000!! Love you Mr. Hilary we never doubted you for a second ♡♡[/p][/quote]That's the DE miswriting not Mr H lol 😃 Kirsty666
  • Score: 5

7:57am Sat 24 May 14

The Watcher says...

Whilst I fully accept and respect the Court's decision, I do have to question the morality and integrity of a man charged with educating young people and particularly someone who held such an esteemed position as that of Headmaster.
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He has admitted deliberately lying to the Police and perhaps more worryingly, he admitted kissing a girl whilst in a position of trust and great responsibility. I presume that had this event occurred under more modern Acts Of Law (namely The Sexual offences Act 2000/3), then the admission of kissing a former pupil who was under the age of 18 may have resulted in a somewhat different outcome.
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A very sorry affair, where a professional adult really should have known better.
Whilst I fully accept and respect the Court's decision, I do have to question the morality and integrity of a man charged with educating young people and particularly someone who held such an esteemed position as that of Headmaster. . He has admitted deliberately lying to the Police and perhaps more worryingly, he admitted kissing a girl whilst in a position of trust and great responsibility. I presume that had this event occurred under more modern Acts Of Law (namely The Sexual offences Act 2000/3), then the admission of kissing a former pupil who was under the age of 18 may have resulted in a somewhat different outcome. . A very sorry affair, where a professional adult really should have known better. The Watcher
  • Score: -11

8:22am Sat 24 May 14

nowheregirl says...

And I'm guessing that you have never made a mistake in your life? If you read back on the other entries for this sorry affair, you'll notice that he admitted to his 'crime' in 1981 when she would have been 18. He said that he had not met her in the 70's which was the time frame the police gave him
And I'm guessing that you have never made a mistake in your life? If you read back on the other entries for this sorry affair, you'll notice that he admitted to his 'crime' in 1981 when she would have been 18. He said that he had not met her in the 70's which was the time frame the police gave him nowheregirl
  • Score: 13

8:23am Sat 24 May 14

Kirsty666 says...

The Watcher wrote:
Whilst I fully accept and respect the Court's decision, I do have to question the morality and integrity of a man charged with educating young people and particularly someone who held such an esteemed position as that of Headmaster.
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He has admitted deliberately lying to the Police and perhaps more worryingly, he admitted kissing a girl whilst in a position of trust and great responsibility. I presume that had this event occurred under more modern Acts Of Law (namely The Sexual offences Act 2000/3), then the admission of kissing a former pupil who was under the age of 18 may have resulted in a somewhat different outcome.
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A very sorry affair, where a professional adult really should have known better.
He said he was concentrating on the accusations at hand SO NO HE DIDNT LIE!
[quote][p][bold]The Watcher[/bold] wrote: Whilst I fully accept and respect the Court's decision, I do have to question the morality and integrity of a man charged with educating young people and particularly someone who held such an esteemed position as that of Headmaster. . He has admitted deliberately lying to the Police and perhaps more worryingly, he admitted kissing a girl whilst in a position of trust and great responsibility. I presume that had this event occurred under more modern Acts Of Law (namely The Sexual offences Act 2000/3), then the admission of kissing a former pupil who was under the age of 18 may have resulted in a somewhat different outcome. . A very sorry affair, where a professional adult really should have known better.[/p][/quote]He said he was concentrating on the accusations at hand SO NO HE DIDNT LIE! Kirsty666
  • Score: 4

8:45am Sat 24 May 14

Kirsty666 says...

The Watcher wrote:
Whilst I fully accept and respect the Court's decision, I do have to question the morality and integrity of a man charged with educating young people and particularly someone who held such an esteemed position as that of Headmaster.
.
He has admitted deliberately lying to the Police and perhaps more worryingly, he admitted kissing a girl whilst in a position of trust and great responsibility. I presume that had this event occurred under more modern Acts Of Law (namely The Sexual offences Act 2000/3), then the admission of kissing a former pupil who was under the age of 18 may have resulted in a somewhat different outcome.
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A very sorry affair, where a professional adult really should have known better.
And just to add to EVERYBODYS point who know him most of us have been in his office alone for one thing or another and oh yeah how many of us are crying wolf?????? Do some calculations the answer is 0.

There you go a maths lesson as well 😝
[quote][p][bold]The Watcher[/bold] wrote: Whilst I fully accept and respect the Court's decision, I do have to question the morality and integrity of a man charged with educating young people and particularly someone who held such an esteemed position as that of Headmaster. . He has admitted deliberately lying to the Police and perhaps more worryingly, he admitted kissing a girl whilst in a position of trust and great responsibility. I presume that had this event occurred under more modern Acts Of Law (namely The Sexual offences Act 2000/3), then the admission of kissing a former pupil who was under the age of 18 may have resulted in a somewhat different outcome. . A very sorry affair, where a professional adult really should have known better.[/p][/quote]And just to add to EVERYBODYS point who know him most of us have been in his office alone for one thing or another and oh yeah how many of us are crying wolf?????? Do some calculations the answer is 0. There you go a maths lesson as well 😝 Kirsty666
  • Score: 11

8:47am Sat 24 May 14

Kirsty666 says...

Not sure but I think I have upset the watcher for my TRUE comments lol
Not sure but I think I have upset the watcher for my TRUE comments lol Kirsty666
  • Score: 4

8:52am Sat 24 May 14

Sammyp123 says...

You know what your going to get people who don't know the man read the press "facts" and start forming opinions. He's been made to look like a monster when he's not. Most of what your reading is not factually correct at all!!! Over 1100 former pupils, parents and staff came forward to back this man it's only out of respect for his wishes we were not all at court. Made up for you Mr Hilary we all knew you were innocent. Hope you have a lovely quiet weekend and can start to get your life back together.
You know what your going to get people who don't know the man read the press "facts" and start forming opinions. He's been made to look like a monster when he's not. Most of what your reading is not factually correct at all!!! Over 1100 former pupils, parents and staff came forward to back this man it's only out of respect for his wishes we were not all at court. Made up for you Mr Hilary we all knew you were innocent. Hope you have a lovely quiet weekend and can start to get your life back together. Sammyp123
  • Score: 18

8:55am Sat 24 May 14

dadofmy3sons says...

The kissing incident was explained.
It has to be considered an innocent moment of no sexual content.
The man was headteacher to three of my sons and at all times he was a gentleman and acted with the interests of the boys before anything else. He was well known to pupils and parents and I had conversations about him many times with other parents of children of both sexes and he was always seen as a thoroughly decent and honest man.
It is no surprise that most of his former pupils regarded the accusation with derision and it was never in doubt in the minds of many of them that he was and is innocent.
A shame that this woman has brought this accusation and remains un-named, she must know why she made the accusation, not many other people understand her reasoning.
The kissing incident was explained. It has to be considered an innocent moment of no sexual content. The man was headteacher to three of my sons and at all times he was a gentleman and acted with the interests of the boys before anything else. He was well known to pupils and parents and I had conversations about him many times with other parents of children of both sexes and he was always seen as a thoroughly decent and honest man. It is no surprise that most of his former pupils regarded the accusation with derision and it was never in doubt in the minds of many of them that he was and is innocent. A shame that this woman has brought this accusation and remains un-named, she must know why she made the accusation, not many other people understand her reasoning. dadofmy3sons
  • Score: 15

8:57am Sat 24 May 14

vix1979 says...

couldn't have put it better!! Someone needs to learn to read! she WAS NOT 15 that's why he was NOT GUILTY !! She was 18 when it happened, and she also WAS NOT HIS FORMER PUPIL, he just happened to be a teacher AT THE TIME! NOT A HEAD TEACHER AT THAT TIME I MAY ADD!!
There are OVER 1000 supporters which all say nothing but praise for this inspirational man who had an impact on so may lives, 1000-1 work it out !!

Not one other alligation in 40yrs!! speaks volumes! now go away with your negativity #showingsupportforhi
lary
We all Love you Mr Hilary never doubted you for a second xx
couldn't have put it better!! Someone needs to learn to read! she WAS NOT 15 that's why he was NOT GUILTY !! She was 18 when it happened, and she also WAS NOT HIS FORMER PUPIL, he just happened to be a teacher AT THE TIME! NOT A HEAD TEACHER AT THAT TIME I MAY ADD!! There are OVER 1000 supporters which all say nothing but praise for this inspirational man who had an impact on so may lives, 1000-1 work it out !! Not one other alligation in 40yrs!! speaks volumes! now go away with your negativity #showingsupportforhi lary We all Love you Mr Hilary never doubted you for a second xx vix1979
  • Score: 15

9:22am Sat 24 May 14

sarahrobinson/cook says...

The watcher....go back and read the facts through the echo as it states it all in there WHAT he admitted to was a kiss in 1981 with an 18yr old not what that woman said...out of 1000s of girls he taught do you not think there would be at least 1 more come forward...WE ALL KNEW THE TRUTH WITHOUT A VERDICT
The watcher....go back and read the facts through the echo as it states it all in there WHAT he admitted to was a kiss in 1981 with an 18yr old not what that woman said...out of 1000s of girls he taught do you not think there would be at least 1 more come forward...WE ALL KNEW THE TRUTH WITHOUT A VERDICT sarahrobinson/cook
  • Score: 7

9:29am Sat 24 May 14

sarahrobinson/cook says...

Kirsty666 wrote:
sarahrobinson/cook wrote:
400 sir? Try 1000!! Love you Mr. Hilary we never doubted you for a second ♡♡
That's the DE miswriting not Mr H lol 😃
He was quoted as saying..so I am just replying to that quote...obviously know it's not actually him cos had a personal thank you :-)
[quote][p][bold]Kirsty666[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]sarahrobinson/cook[/bold] wrote: 400 sir? Try 1000!! Love you Mr. Hilary we never doubted you for a second ♡♡[/p][/quote]That's the DE miswriting not Mr H lol 😃[/p][/quote]He was quoted as saying..so I am just replying to that quote...obviously know it's not actually him cos had a personal thank you :-) sarahrobinson/cook
  • Score: 2

11:35am Sat 24 May 14

sparkster says...

Anyone making false allegations should be made to go through what this poor man has and be named, these people who lie have no idea how that can ruin the life of innocent people and can leave them with mental scars for the rest of their lives
Anyone making false allegations should be made to go through what this poor man has and be named, these people who lie have no idea how that can ruin the life of innocent people and can leave them with mental scars for the rest of their lives sparkster
  • Score: 7

11:56am Sat 24 May 14

thinklikealocal says...

Saintsincethe60s wrote:
I still can't understand the reasoning behind the system that states that the accused gets named, whilst the accuser remains anonymous even after a court case in which the jury believes they were lying.
A jury is charged with deciding on the basis of the evidence they hear if the defendant is guilty 'beyond reasonable doubt'. A not guilty verdict is not necessarily an indication that they believe the young lady was lying, simply that there was insufficient evidence to convict. Assuming the jury did their job properly that is. No one really knows the truth except the two people concerned.
[quote][p][bold]Saintsincethe60s[/bold] wrote: I still can't understand the reasoning behind the system that states that the accused gets named, whilst the accuser remains anonymous even after a court case in which the jury believes they were lying.[/p][/quote]A jury is charged with deciding on the basis of the evidence they hear if the defendant is guilty 'beyond reasonable doubt'. A not guilty verdict is not necessarily an indication that they believe the young lady was lying, simply that there was insufficient evidence to convict. Assuming the jury did their job properly that is. No one really knows the truth except the two people concerned. thinklikealocal
  • Score: 2

12:04pm Sat 24 May 14

ellieh1986 says...

Some narrow minded people even with not guilty some are still trying make him out as a monster. The women should be named aswell they are quick enough to broadcast names of people accused before theyve been through a trial. And as its been plastered over papers social network sites etc do u not think other people would have come forward if he was a monster. One person out of god knows how many thousands of students in the 12yrs of his career says something in itself. Let mr h get on with his life and stop trying make out hes still guilty after he was proven innocent. 18 is not a child end of.
Some narrow minded people even with not guilty some are still trying make him out as a monster. The women should be named aswell they are quick enough to broadcast names of people accused before theyve been through a trial. And as its been plastered over papers social network sites etc do u not think other people would have come forward if he was a monster. One person out of god knows how many thousands of students in the 12yrs of his career says something in itself. Let mr h get on with his life and stop trying make out hes still guilty after he was proven innocent. 18 is not a child end of. ellieh1986
  • Score: 6

3:35pm Sat 24 May 14

jolamb81 says...

Over a thousand members on facebook have joined a group that was set up to support mr hilary & his family during this traumatic time. That just goes to show what an impact he had on all our lives. Not just students but there families and work colleagues. I never believed the accusations for a second. I just hope mr hilary and his family can move on from this. I am so proud to of been part of weston park girls/chamberlayne park school and feel very lucky to have had the pleasure of knowing mr hilary. He truely is a legend :)
Over a thousand members on facebook have joined a group that was set up to support mr hilary & his family during this traumatic time. That just goes to show what an impact he had on all our lives. Not just students but there families and work colleagues. I never believed the accusations for a second. I just hope mr hilary and his family can move on from this. I am so proud to of been part of weston park girls/chamberlayne park school and feel very lucky to have had the pleasure of knowing mr hilary. He truely is a legend :) jolamb81
  • Score: 6

3:44pm Sat 24 May 14

Graeme Harrison says...

Kirsty666 wrote:
The Watcher wrote:
Whilst I fully accept and respect the Court's decision, I do have to question the morality and integrity of a man charged with educating young people and particularly someone who held such an esteemed position as that of Headmaster.
.
He has admitted deliberately lying to the Police and perhaps more worryingly, he admitted kissing a girl whilst in a position of trust and great responsibility. I presume that had this event occurred under more modern Acts Of Law (namely The Sexual offences Act 2000/3), then the admission of kissing a former pupil who was under the age of 18 may have resulted in a somewhat different outcome.
.
A very sorry affair, where a professional adult really should have known better.
He said he was concentrating on the accusations at hand SO NO HE DIDNT LIE!
Of course, he didn't. It's just that he's got a very selective memory and clearly meeting a pupil outside school hours (for entirely innocent purposes no doubt) and then slipping her some tongue (again, for entirely innocent purposes) is just the sort of thing anyone person charged with looking after children would be bound to forget.
[quote][p][bold]Kirsty666[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]The Watcher[/bold] wrote: Whilst I fully accept and respect the Court's decision, I do have to question the morality and integrity of a man charged with educating young people and particularly someone who held such an esteemed position as that of Headmaster. . He has admitted deliberately lying to the Police and perhaps more worryingly, he admitted kissing a girl whilst in a position of trust and great responsibility. I presume that had this event occurred under more modern Acts Of Law (namely The Sexual offences Act 2000/3), then the admission of kissing a former pupil who was under the age of 18 may have resulted in a somewhat different outcome. . A very sorry affair, where a professional adult really should have known better.[/p][/quote]He said he was concentrating on the accusations at hand SO NO HE DIDNT LIE![/p][/quote]Of course, he didn't. It's just that he's got a very selective memory and clearly meeting a pupil outside school hours (for entirely innocent purposes no doubt) and then slipping her some tongue (again, for entirely innocent purposes) is just the sort of thing anyone person charged with looking after children would be bound to forget. Graeme Harrison
  • Score: -7

3:46pm Sat 24 May 14

Graeme Harrison says...

vix1979 wrote:
couldn't have put it better!! Someone needs to learn to read! she WAS NOT 15 that's why he was NOT GUILTY !! She was 18 when it happened, and she also WAS NOT HIS FORMER PUPIL, he just happened to be a teacher AT THE TIME! NOT A HEAD TEACHER AT THAT TIME I MAY ADD!!
There are OVER 1000 supporters which all say nothing but praise for this inspirational man who had an impact on so may lives, 1000-1 work it out !!

Not one other alligation in 40yrs!! speaks volumes! now go away with your negativity #showingsupportforhi

lary
We all Love you Mr Hilary never doubted you for a second xx
Hmmmmm - a teacher creeping around after hours, meeting pupils that he doesn't teach, and then slipping his tongue in actually makes things better? Who knew?
[quote][p][bold]vix1979[/bold] wrote: couldn't have put it better!! Someone needs to learn to read! she WAS NOT 15 that's why he was NOT GUILTY !! She was 18 when it happened, and she also WAS NOT HIS FORMER PUPIL, he just happened to be a teacher AT THE TIME! NOT A HEAD TEACHER AT THAT TIME I MAY ADD!! There are OVER 1000 supporters which all say nothing but praise for this inspirational man who had an impact on so may lives, 1000-1 work it out !! Not one other alligation in 40yrs!! speaks volumes! now go away with your negativity #showingsupportforhi lary We all Love you Mr Hilary never doubted you for a second xx[/p][/quote]Hmmmmm - a teacher creeping around after hours, meeting pupils that he doesn't teach, and then slipping his tongue in actually makes things better? Who knew? Graeme Harrison
  • Score: -7

4:08pm Sat 24 May 14

Kirsty666 says...

Graeme Harrison wrote:
vix1979 wrote:
couldn't have put it better!! Someone needs to learn to read! she WAS NOT 15 that's why he was NOT GUILTY !! She was 18 when it happened, and she also WAS NOT HIS FORMER PUPIL, he just happened to be a teacher AT THE TIME! NOT A HEAD TEACHER AT THAT TIME I MAY ADD!!
There are OVER 1000 supporters which all say nothing but praise for this inspirational man who had an impact on so may lives, 1000-1 work it out !!

Not one other alligation in 40yrs!! speaks volumes! now go away with your negativity #showingsupportforhi


lary
We all Love you Mr Hilary never doubted you for a second xx
Hmmmmm - a teacher creeping around after hours, meeting pupils that he doesn't teach, and then slipping his tongue in actually makes things better? Who knew?
Read the articles completely you complete moron SHE WASNT A STUDENT OF HIS SHE WAS18 she lied not MR H
[quote][p][bold]Graeme Harrison[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]vix1979[/bold] wrote: couldn't have put it better!! Someone needs to learn to read! she WAS NOT 15 that's why he was NOT GUILTY !! She was 18 when it happened, and she also WAS NOT HIS FORMER PUPIL, he just happened to be a teacher AT THE TIME! NOT A HEAD TEACHER AT THAT TIME I MAY ADD!! There are OVER 1000 supporters which all say nothing but praise for this inspirational man who had an impact on so may lives, 1000-1 work it out !! Not one other alligation in 40yrs!! speaks volumes! now go away with your negativity #showingsupportforhi lary We all Love you Mr Hilary never doubted you for a second xx[/p][/quote]Hmmmmm - a teacher creeping around after hours, meeting pupils that he doesn't teach, and then slipping his tongue in actually makes things better? Who knew?[/p][/quote]Read the articles completely you complete moron SHE WASNT A STUDENT OF HIS SHE WAS18 she lied not MR H Kirsty666
  • Score: 3

4:13pm Sat 24 May 14

espanuel says...

Graeme Harrison wrote:
vix1979 wrote:
couldn't have put it better!! Someone needs to learn to read! she WAS NOT 15 that's why he was NOT GUILTY !! She was 18 when it happened, and she also WAS NOT HIS FORMER PUPIL, he just happened to be a teacher AT THE TIME! NOT A HEAD TEACHER AT THAT TIME I MAY ADD!!
There are OVER 1000 supporters which all say nothing but praise for this inspirational man who had an impact on so may lives, 1000-1 work it out !!

Not one other alligation in 40yrs!! speaks volumes! now go away with your negativity #showingsupportforhi


lary
We all Love you Mr Hilary never doubted you for a second xx
Hmmmmm - a teacher creeping around after hours, meeting pupils that he doesn't teach, and then slipping his tongue in actually makes things better? Who knew?
You seem to know a lot about slipping in tongues, I suppose you were in court listening to the evidence? I think you should control your tongue.
[quote][p][bold]Graeme Harrison[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]vix1979[/bold] wrote: couldn't have put it better!! Someone needs to learn to read! she WAS NOT 15 that's why he was NOT GUILTY !! She was 18 when it happened, and she also WAS NOT HIS FORMER PUPIL, he just happened to be a teacher AT THE TIME! NOT A HEAD TEACHER AT THAT TIME I MAY ADD!! There are OVER 1000 supporters which all say nothing but praise for this inspirational man who had an impact on so may lives, 1000-1 work it out !! Not one other alligation in 40yrs!! speaks volumes! now go away with your negativity #showingsupportforhi lary We all Love you Mr Hilary never doubted you for a second xx[/p][/quote]Hmmmmm - a teacher creeping around after hours, meeting pupils that he doesn't teach, and then slipping his tongue in actually makes things better? Who knew?[/p][/quote]You seem to know a lot about slipping in tongues, I suppose you were in court listening to the evidence? I think you should control your tongue. espanuel
  • Score: 6

6:16pm Sat 24 May 14

Kirsty666 says...

Graeme Harrison wrote:
Kirsty666 wrote:
The Watcher wrote:
Whilst I fully accept and respect the Court's decision, I do have to question the morality and integrity of a man charged with educating young people and particularly someone who held such an esteemed position as that of Headmaster.
.
He has admitted deliberately lying to the Police and perhaps more worryingly, he admitted kissing a girl whilst in a position of trust and great responsibility. I presume that had this event occurred under more modern Acts Of Law (namely The Sexual offences Act 2000/3), then the admission of kissing a former pupil who was under the age of 18 may have resulted in a somewhat different outcome.
.
A very sorry affair, where a professional adult really should have known better.
He said he was concentrating on the accusations at hand SO NO HE DIDNT LIE!
Of course, he didn't. It's just that he's got a very selective memory and clearly meeting a pupil outside school hours (for entirely innocent purposes no doubt) and then slipping her some tongue (again, for entirely innocent purposes) is just the sort of thing anyone person charged with looking after children would be bound to forget.
Just get over the fact HE WAS FOUND...............
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NOT GUILTY AS OVER 1000 people knew HE IS INNOCENT PRATS LIKE YOU OBVIOUSLY WOULD BE GUILTY!
[quote][p][bold]Graeme Harrison[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Kirsty666[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]The Watcher[/bold] wrote: Whilst I fully accept and respect the Court's decision, I do have to question the morality and integrity of a man charged with educating young people and particularly someone who held such an esteemed position as that of Headmaster. . He has admitted deliberately lying to the Police and perhaps more worryingly, he admitted kissing a girl whilst in a position of trust and great responsibility. I presume that had this event occurred under more modern Acts Of Law (namely The Sexual offences Act 2000/3), then the admission of kissing a former pupil who was under the age of 18 may have resulted in a somewhat different outcome. . A very sorry affair, where a professional adult really should have known better.[/p][/quote]He said he was concentrating on the accusations at hand SO NO HE DIDNT LIE![/p][/quote]Of course, he didn't. It's just that he's got a very selective memory and clearly meeting a pupil outside school hours (for entirely innocent purposes no doubt) and then slipping her some tongue (again, for entirely innocent purposes) is just the sort of thing anyone person charged with looking after children would be bound to forget.[/p][/quote]Just get over the fact HE WAS FOUND............... .................... .................... ...... NOT GUILTY AS OVER 1000 people knew HE IS INNOCENT PRATS LIKE YOU OBVIOUSLY WOULD BE GUILTY! Kirsty666
  • Score: 4

5:45pm Sun 25 May 14

mickey01 says...

why do we have all this crap at the school with the letting off of baloons etc when half of the chavs never even spent time at school !! free loaders
why do we have all this crap at the school with the letting off of baloons etc when half of the chavs never even spent time at school !! free loaders mickey01
  • Score: -2

11:47pm Sun 25 May 14

marnyba says...

I am Richard's elder cousin and I should like to thank all of you who posted comments here in support of Richard. I find your truthful, spirited comments deeply affecting. I was present in court for much of the time and I am glad to see that you have corrected a misleading paragraph in this article. With best wishes.
I am Richard's elder cousin and I should like to thank all of you who posted comments here in support of Richard. I find your truthful, spirited comments deeply affecting. I was present in court for much of the time and I am glad to see that you have corrected a misleading paragraph in this article. With best wishes. marnyba
  • Score: 4

9:06am Mon 26 May 14

Kirsty666 says...

marnyba wrote:
I am Richard's elder cousin and I should like to thank all of you who posted comments here in support of Richard. I find your truthful, spirited comments deeply affecting. I was present in court for much of the time and I am glad to see that you have corrected a misleading paragraph in this article. With best wishes.
When your taught by a fantastic man as he is you know deep down the truth had if not been for his caring of how students were doing a lot of us wouldn't have got through school the way we did and I'm very proud to know him as a lot of people are. We all believed and didn't need a jury to tell us not guilty.

But please let him know whatever the outcome of this trial had been last week he would have still had 100% support from us no matter what as he was there for us no matter what 😀
[quote][p][bold]marnyba[/bold] wrote: I am Richard's elder cousin and I should like to thank all of you who posted comments here in support of Richard. I find your truthful, spirited comments deeply affecting. I was present in court for much of the time and I am glad to see that you have corrected a misleading paragraph in this article. With best wishes.[/p][/quote]When your taught by a fantastic man as he is you know deep down the truth had if not been for his caring of how students were doing a lot of us wouldn't have got through school the way we did and I'm very proud to know him as a lot of people are. We all believed and didn't need a jury to tell us not guilty. But please let him know whatever the outcome of this trial had been last week he would have still had 100% support from us no matter what as he was there for us no matter what 😀 Kirsty666
  • Score: 3

1:50pm Mon 26 May 14

marnyba says...

That is wonderful kirsty666 and I will certainly make sure your message reaches Richard. The head teacher you describe is the cousin I have always known. All the very best for your future.
That is wonderful kirsty666 and I will certainly make sure your message reaches Richard. The head teacher you describe is the cousin I have always known. All the very best for your future. marnyba
  • Score: 2

2:17pm Mon 26 May 14

amelia75 says...

Maybe now you can get back to real life and maybe get a job ? where all you people have the time and effort to write on here and be on FB all day amazes me. The fact remains he lied in court and who says the women is a liar ? He met her end of,Id like to see the women of weston be so lenient and understanding had it been one of their daughters hypocrits spring to mind. And then to go and let balloons off hes not died !!!!
Maybe now you can get back to real life and maybe get a job ? where all you people have the time and effort to write on here and be on FB all day amazes me. The fact remains he lied in court and who says the women is a liar ? He met her end of,Id like to see the women of weston be so lenient and understanding had it been one of their daughters hypocrits spring to mind. And then to go and let balloons off hes not died !!!! amelia75
  • Score: -3

2:35pm Mon 26 May 14

Kirsty666 says...

amelia75 wrote:
Maybe now you can get back to real life and maybe get a job ? where all you people have the time and effort to write on here and be on FB all day amazes me. The fact remains he lied in court and who says the women is a liar ? He met her end of,Id like to see the women of weston be so lenient and understanding had it been one of their daughters hypocrits spring to mind. And then to go and let balloons off hes not died !!!!
I have 2 jobs and am a full time mother so SHHHHHHH
[quote][p][bold]amelia75[/bold] wrote: Maybe now you can get back to real life and maybe get a job ? where all you people have the time and effort to write on here and be on FB all day amazes me. The fact remains he lied in court and who says the women is a liar ? He met her end of,Id like to see the women of weston be so lenient and understanding had it been one of their daughters hypocrits spring to mind. And then to go and let balloons off hes not died !!!![/p][/quote]I have 2 jobs and am a full time mother so SHHHHHHH Kirsty666
  • Score: 4

2:50pm Mon 26 May 14

Dai Rear says...

thinklikealocal wrote:
Saintsincethe60s wrote:
I still can't understand the reasoning behind the system that states that the accused gets named, whilst the accuser remains anonymous even after a court case in which the jury believes they were lying.
A jury is charged with deciding on the basis of the evidence they hear if the defendant is guilty 'beyond reasonable doubt'. A not guilty verdict is not necessarily an indication that they believe the young lady was lying, simply that there was insufficient evidence to convict. Assuming the jury did their job properly that is. No one really knows the truth except the two people concerned.
Actually, because of the great time lapse it's unlikely that anyone at all knows "the truth". Have you never had the experience of having a friend say "Do you remember when we put WD40 on Mr Jones' chalk and he spent 10 minutes trying to write a sentence on the board?" and thinking "No I don't"?
Trivial example, but absolutely accurate and the biggest reason why we need a Statute of Limitations in the criminal law. The criminal law is a blunt instrument at best and simply USELESS at dealing with alleged transgressions from a time when half the population of this country weren't even born.
[quote][p][bold]thinklikealocal[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Saintsincethe60s[/bold] wrote: I still can't understand the reasoning behind the system that states that the accused gets named, whilst the accuser remains anonymous even after a court case in which the jury believes they were lying.[/p][/quote]A jury is charged with deciding on the basis of the evidence they hear if the defendant is guilty 'beyond reasonable doubt'. A not guilty verdict is not necessarily an indication that they believe the young lady was lying, simply that there was insufficient evidence to convict. Assuming the jury did their job properly that is. No one really knows the truth except the two people concerned.[/p][/quote]Actually, because of the great time lapse it's unlikely that anyone at all knows "the truth". Have you never had the experience of having a friend say "Do you remember when we put WD40 on Mr Jones' chalk and he spent 10 minutes trying to write a sentence on the board?" and thinking "No I don't"? Trivial example, but absolutely accurate and the biggest reason why we need a Statute of Limitations in the criminal law. The criminal law is a blunt instrument at best and simply USELESS at dealing with alleged transgressions from a time when half the population of this country weren't even born. Dai Rear
  • Score: 3

10:19pm Mon 26 May 14

amelia75 says...

Kirsty666 wrote:
amelia75 wrote:
Maybe now you can get back to real life and maybe get a job ? where all you people have the time and effort to write on here and be on FB all day amazes me. The fact remains he lied in court and who says the women is a liar ? He met her end of,Id like to see the women of weston be so lenient and understanding had it been one of their daughters hypocrits spring to mind. And then to go and let balloons off hes not died !!!!
I have 2 jobs and am a full time mother so SHHHHHHH
Congrats
[quote][p][bold]Kirsty666[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]amelia75[/bold] wrote: Maybe now you can get back to real life and maybe get a job ? where all you people have the time and effort to write on here and be on FB all day amazes me. The fact remains he lied in court and who says the women is a liar ? He met her end of,Id like to see the women of weston be so lenient and understanding had it been one of their daughters hypocrits spring to mind. And then to go and let balloons off hes not died !!!![/p][/quote]I have 2 jobs and am a full time mother so SHHHHHHH[/p][/quote]Congrats amelia75
  • Score: 1

7:57am Tue 27 May 14

Kirsty666 says...

amelia75 wrote:
Kirsty666 wrote:
amelia75 wrote:
Maybe now you can get back to real life and maybe get a job ? where all you people have the time and effort to write on here and be on FB all day amazes me. The fact remains he lied in court and who says the women is a liar ? He met her end of,Id like to see the women of weston be so lenient and understanding had it been one of their daughters hypocrits spring to mind. And then to go and let balloons off hes not died !!!!
I have 2 jobs and am a full time mother so SHHHHHHH
Congrats
Thanks. But I think you need to think before you act with a statement of go get a real job!!
[quote][p][bold]amelia75[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Kirsty666[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]amelia75[/bold] wrote: Maybe now you can get back to real life and maybe get a job ? where all you people have the time and effort to write on here and be on FB all day amazes me. The fact remains he lied in court and who says the women is a liar ? He met her end of,Id like to see the women of weston be so lenient and understanding had it been one of their daughters hypocrits spring to mind. And then to go and let balloons off hes not died !!!![/p][/quote]I have 2 jobs and am a full time mother so SHHHHHHH[/p][/quote]Congrats[/p][/quote]Thanks. But I think you need to think before you act with a statement of go get a real job!! Kirsty666
  • Score: 1

8:24am Tue 27 May 14

Dai Rear says...

amelia75 wrote:
Maybe now you can get back to real life and maybe get a job ? where all you people have the time and effort to write on here and be on FB all day amazes me. The fact remains he lied in court and who says the women is a liar ? He met her end of,Id like to see the women of weston be so lenient and understanding had it been one of their daughters hypocrits spring to mind. And then to go and let balloons off hes not died !!!!
It's unlikely anyone "lied". They all did their best I'm sure, but it was DECADES ago. What we're talking here is bad law-an hysterical response to the alleged misdeeds of Saville- a perfect example of a Witch Hunt. How sad that the 3 Party leaders are young professional politicians with so little experience of life, and so timorous that they've not the courage to tell CPS to stop this kind of travesty.
[quote][p][bold]amelia75[/bold] wrote: Maybe now you can get back to real life and maybe get a job ? where all you people have the time and effort to write on here and be on FB all day amazes me. The fact remains he lied in court and who says the women is a liar ? He met her end of,Id like to see the women of weston be so lenient and understanding had it been one of their daughters hypocrits spring to mind. And then to go and let balloons off hes not died !!!![/p][/quote]It's unlikely anyone "lied". They all did their best I'm sure, but it was DECADES ago. What we're talking here is bad law-an hysterical response to the alleged misdeeds of Saville- a perfect example of a Witch Hunt. How sad that the 3 Party leaders are young professional politicians with so little experience of life, and so timorous that they've not the courage to tell CPS to stop this kind of travesty. Dai Rear
  • Score: 0

10:32am Tue 27 May 14

amelia75 says...

Kirsty666 wrote:
amelia75 wrote:
Kirsty666 wrote:
amelia75 wrote:
Maybe now you can get back to real life and maybe get a job ? where all you people have the time and effort to write on here and be on FB all day amazes me. The fact remains he lied in court and who says the women is a liar ? He met her end of,Id like to see the women of weston be so lenient and understanding had it been one of their daughters hypocrits spring to mind. And then to go and let balloons off hes not died !!!!
I have 2 jobs and am a full time mother so SHHHHHHH
Congrats
Thanks. But I think you need to think before you act with a statement of go get a real job!!
I would imagine you need to think to. Theres being supportive and then theres being really silly !!
[quote][p][bold]Kirsty666[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]amelia75[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Kirsty666[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]amelia75[/bold] wrote: Maybe now you can get back to real life and maybe get a job ? where all you people have the time and effort to write on here and be on FB all day amazes me. The fact remains he lied in court and who says the women is a liar ? He met her end of,Id like to see the women of weston be so lenient and understanding had it been one of their daughters hypocrits spring to mind. And then to go and let balloons off hes not died !!!![/p][/quote]I have 2 jobs and am a full time mother so SHHHHHHH[/p][/quote]Congrats[/p][/quote]Thanks. But I think you need to think before you act with a statement of go get a real job!![/p][/quote]I would imagine you need to think to. Theres being supportive and then theres being really silly !! amelia75
  • Score: -1

10:34am Tue 27 May 14

amelia75 says...

Dai Rear wrote:
amelia75 wrote:
Maybe now you can get back to real life and maybe get a job ? where all you people have the time and effort to write on here and be on FB all day amazes me. The fact remains he lied in court and who says the women is a liar ? He met her end of,Id like to see the women of weston be so lenient and understanding had it been one of their daughters hypocrits spring to mind. And then to go and let balloons off hes not died !!!!
It's unlikely anyone "lied". They all did their best I'm sure, but it was DECADES ago. What we're talking here is bad law-an hysterical response to the alleged misdeeds of Saville- a perfect example of a Witch Hunt. How sad that the 3 Party leaders are young professional politicians with so little experience of life, and so timorous that they've not the courage to tell CPS to stop this kind of travesty.
Im pretty sure you would remember meeting someone in a park and touching them dont you ? he said he didnt even know her first off ??
[quote][p][bold]Dai Rear[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]amelia75[/bold] wrote: Maybe now you can get back to real life and maybe get a job ? where all you people have the time and effort to write on here and be on FB all day amazes me. The fact remains he lied in court and who says the women is a liar ? He met her end of,Id like to see the women of weston be so lenient and understanding had it been one of their daughters hypocrits spring to mind. And then to go and let balloons off hes not died !!!![/p][/quote]It's unlikely anyone "lied". They all did their best I'm sure, but it was DECADES ago. What we're talking here is bad law-an hysterical response to the alleged misdeeds of Saville- a perfect example of a Witch Hunt. How sad that the 3 Party leaders are young professional politicians with so little experience of life, and so timorous that they've not the courage to tell CPS to stop this kind of travesty.[/p][/quote]Im pretty sure you would remember meeting someone in a park and touching them dont you ? he said he didnt even know her first off ?? amelia75
  • Score: 0

3:29pm Tue 27 May 14

Dai Rear says...

amelia75 wrote:
Dai Rear wrote:
amelia75 wrote:
Maybe now you can get back to real life and maybe get a job ? where all you people have the time and effort to write on here and be on FB all day amazes me. The fact remains he lied in court and who says the women is a liar ? He met her end of,Id like to see the women of weston be so lenient and understanding had it been one of their daughters hypocrits spring to mind. And then to go and let balloons off hes not died !!!!
It's unlikely anyone "lied". They all did their best I'm sure, but it was DECADES ago. What we're talking here is bad law-an hysterical response to the alleged misdeeds of Saville- a perfect example of a Witch Hunt. How sad that the 3 Party leaders are young professional politicians with so little experience of life, and so timorous that they've not the courage to tell CPS to stop this kind of travesty.
Im pretty sure you would remember meeting someone in a park and touching them dont you ? he said he didnt even know her first off ??
I might remember it. I might think I remembered it. In any event it's not how proper criminal law works. I am as well aware of the agenda as you; "He is male, therefore ipso facto a perpetrator; she ipso facto a victim" Do you remember other times when wearing glasses or attending synagogue meant you were an enemy of the state? Well that's where we've declined to now. It doesn't make me very proud.
[quote][p][bold]amelia75[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Dai Rear[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]amelia75[/bold] wrote: Maybe now you can get back to real life and maybe get a job ? where all you people have the time and effort to write on here and be on FB all day amazes me. The fact remains he lied in court and who says the women is a liar ? He met her end of,Id like to see the women of weston be so lenient and understanding had it been one of their daughters hypocrits spring to mind. And then to go and let balloons off hes not died !!!![/p][/quote]It's unlikely anyone "lied". They all did their best I'm sure, but it was DECADES ago. What we're talking here is bad law-an hysterical response to the alleged misdeeds of Saville- a perfect example of a Witch Hunt. How sad that the 3 Party leaders are young professional politicians with so little experience of life, and so timorous that they've not the courage to tell CPS to stop this kind of travesty.[/p][/quote]Im pretty sure you would remember meeting someone in a park and touching them dont you ? he said he didnt even know her first off ??[/p][/quote]I might remember it. I might think I remembered it. In any event it's not how proper criminal law works. I am as well aware of the agenda as you; "He is male, therefore ipso facto a perpetrator; she ipso facto a victim" Do you remember other times when wearing glasses or attending synagogue meant you were an enemy of the state? Well that's where we've declined to now. It doesn't make me very proud. Dai Rear
  • Score: 0

9:49am Wed 28 May 14

Kirsty666 says...

amelia75 wrote:
Kirsty666 wrote:
amelia75 wrote:
Kirsty666 wrote:
amelia75 wrote:
Maybe now you can get back to real life and maybe get a job ? where all you people have the time and effort to write on here and be on FB all day amazes me. The fact remains he lied in court and who says the women is a liar ? He met her end of,Id like to see the women of weston be so lenient and understanding had it been one of their daughters hypocrits spring to mind. And then to go and let balloons off hes not died !!!!
I have 2 jobs and am a full time mother so SHHHHHHH
Congrats
Thanks. But I think you need to think before you act with a statement of go get a real job!!
I would imagine you need to think to. Theres being supportive and then theres being really silly !!
When a man has been found innocent and there are idiots like yourself still slandering him people who know him such as myself WILL continue rising to his defence until these childish comments stop from yourself and others I will not stop.
[quote][p][bold]amelia75[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Kirsty666[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]amelia75[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Kirsty666[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]amelia75[/bold] wrote: Maybe now you can get back to real life and maybe get a job ? where all you people have the time and effort to write on here and be on FB all day amazes me. The fact remains he lied in court and who says the women is a liar ? He met her end of,Id like to see the women of weston be so lenient and understanding had it been one of their daughters hypocrits spring to mind. And then to go and let balloons off hes not died !!!![/p][/quote]I have 2 jobs and am a full time mother so SHHHHHHH[/p][/quote]Congrats[/p][/quote]Thanks. But I think you need to think before you act with a statement of go get a real job!![/p][/quote]I would imagine you need to think to. Theres being supportive and then theres being really silly !![/p][/quote]When a man has been found innocent and there are idiots like yourself still slandering him people who know him such as myself WILL continue rising to his defence until these childish comments stop from yourself and others I will not stop. Kirsty666
  • Score: 2

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