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Former Hammersmith Odeon manager found guilty of child abuse

By | Published on Monday 16 June 2014

Philip Leivers

Former Lincolnshire councillor Philip Leivers has been found guilty of molesting a schoolgirl while he was manager of the Hammersmith Odeon in the 1970s.

Leivers was accused of abusing the girl from 1975, when she was nine, until she was fourteen in 1981, when her family moved away from London. The court heard that he gave the girl free tickets to see shows at the Odeon, now the Hammersmith Apollo. He resigned from East Lindsey District Council when he was formally charged last year.

On Friday, a jury at Snaresbrook Crown Court found Leivers guilty of three counts of indecency with a child, though he was acquitted of seven counts of rape, four counts of indecent assault, and one count of indecency with another child.

Leivers was bailed until 7 Jul, when he will be sentenced. At the sentencing hearing, the prosecution will also announce whether or not they will go ahead with a retrial for four other charges, upon which the jury did not reach a verdict.