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Doncaster paedophile rapist dies in town prison

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A Doncaster paedophile has died in jail after serving less than 12 months of a 10-year sentence.

Alan Willis was convicted of historic sex offences against young girls while working as a mobile greengrocer in the Balby area of Doncaster in the 1970s.

The 62-year-old defendant was already suffering from ill health when he was jailed for 10 years and six months at Sheffield Crown Court on April 15 last year.

Willis, of Alverley Lane, Balby, was convicted of two indecent assaults on a seven-year-old girl, three counts of indecency with a child, and 10 indecent assaults on a nine-year-old girl.

He was also convicted of the rape of the nine-year-old girl in 1972 when she was aged 11.

The trial was told the offences took place during the school summer holidays of 1970 at a farm where he worked on Alverley Lane in Balby, and during his rounds working on a fruit and vegetable van in the summer of 1972.

The offences were reported to South Yorkshire Police in September 2012.

Investigating officer, DC Sharon Row, said after his conviction: “These were horrific crimes on two innocent young girls who were robbed of their childhood and had to endure years of emotional turmoil. I hope his victims can gain some sort of closure and begin to get on with their lives.”

Willis retired from the family’s mobile greengrocery business because of poor health when it ceased operating in 2008.

Their van covered thousands of miles a year serving customers in Balby, Warmsworth, Hexthorpe, Hyde Park, Intake and Edenthorpe.

He died in HMP Doncaster on April 5.

The cause of death is believed to be natural causes.

An inquest into his death was adjourned by the coroner for further enquiries.

 

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