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Sentencing today 7th September, 2018. Click here to reach news addition below.

Crown Court at Bradford (UK), 5th September, 2018

Today Jeffrey Kirby (61) of the Halifax area of West Yorkshire was found guilty of historic sexually-related offences by a jury following 10-plus hours of deliberation. Of five complainants, the jury found Mr Kirby was not guilty in one case.

At the time of the offences Mr Kirby lived close to the border between the Halifax and the Calder Valley parliamentary constituencies.

Mr Kirby denied that any of the offences of which he was accused had ever occurred.

Mr Kirby further told the jury he did not think there had been any collusion among his accusers, and that he had no idea why he was accused.

There were 13 counts on the indictment against Mr Kirby. He had pleaded not guilty on all counts. On one count the jury was unable to reach a verdict.

His Honour Judge Burn thanked the jury, and dismissed them. Sentencing will be at a later date.

The Officer in the case is Detective Sergeant John Moore, who reports to Detective Chief Inspector Dave Shaw. Both are from West Yorkshire Police, and are based in Halifax.

This news report will be taken offline on 30th September, 2018, and the name of the defendant removed at that time before the news report is transferred to the magazine Science, People & Politics.

Helen Gavaghan. News report above published circa 16.30 on 05.09.2018.

7th September, 2018. HHJ Burn today sentenced Mr Jeffrey Kirby (61) of the Halifax area of West Yorkshire in the UK to 10 years for the crimes of which he was convicted on Wednesday of this week (See news report above). Prosecutor, Miss Drake, told the judge her instructions were to not pursue a retrial on the Count on the indictment about which the jury was unable to reach a verdict, consequentially a not guilty verdict was formally entered on that count.

The Court heard pleas on behalf of the defendant, and victim impact statements. Judge Burn said the police work had clearly been competent and diligent. HG