Bak­ery heir Gregg cell plot to win his

HE IS LAUNCH­ING A SEC­OND BID TO HAVE HIS CON­VIC­TION AND SEN­TENCE OVER­TURNED

Sunday Sun - - News - By Chris Knight chris.knight@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

Re­porter SHAMED bak­ery heir Colin Gregg is launch­ing a sec­ond prison cell plot to try and earn his free­dom.

The son of the founder of the Greggs bak­ery em­pire is fight­ing for the sec­ond time to clear his name af­ter be­ing jailed for sexually abus­ing young boys.

Pae­dophile Gregg was put be­hind bars for 13-and-a-half years in March af­ter be­ing found guilty of nine counts of in­de­cently as­sault­ing four vic­tims.

The for­mer char­ity boss mo­lested the boys, who were aged be­tween just 11 and 14, from the early 1960s un­til the 1990s.

Gregg was sen­tenced in New­cas­tle af­ter be­ing found guilty by a jury at Leeds Crown Court, and the for­mer pub­lic school head teacher will be 82 by the time he can ap­ply to be re­leased on li­cence.

But hav­ing had one at­tempt to try and ap­peal his con­vic­tion and sen­tence turned down, Gregg has now re­newed his ap­pli­ca­tion in a last-ditch at­tempt to clear his name.

The Court of Ap­peal con­firmed it had re­ceived an ap­pli­ca­tion from Gregg against both his con­vic­tion and sen­tence.

An ini­tial re­quest for per­mis­sion to ap­peal had been pre­vi­ously re­jected by a judge, but Gregg has made this sec­ond bid to over­turn his con­vic­tion.

A Court of Ap­peal spokesper­son con­firmed: “Mr Gregg has been granted leave to ap­peal sen­tence and has re­newed his ap­pli­ca­tion for leave to ap­peal con­vic­tion fol­low­ing re­fusal by the sin­gle judge.

“The mat­ter is not yet listed for hear­ing.”

Colin Gregg - the court heard that the wealthy scion of the Greggs bak­ery em­pire dis­guised his twisted predilec­tions un­der a ‘cloak of re­spectabil­ity’ as he abused his young vic­tims over a num­ber of years

Gregg, of Home­farm Steading, in Gos­forth, New­cas­tle, stood mo­tion­less in the dock at New­cas­tle Crown Court as he was sen­tenced on March 30.

On­look­ers in the packed pub­lic gallery wept as the “so­phis­ti­cated, preda­tory pae­dophile” fi­nally faced jus­tice.

Hand­ing down the sen­tence, Judge Robin Mairs said: “The dam­age you caused will last and has lasted much longer than any sen­tence I can im­pose on you.

“You were trusted with the care of young boys and abused that repeatedly in the most hor­ren­dous fash­ion. “The im­pact on them is life long. “You have, as I have said, not a shred of re­morse or not a pine of con­science for what you have done.”

Judge Mairs added: “This was so­phis­ti­cated preda­tory be­hav­iour, you are a so­phis­ti­cated preda­tory pae­dophile.”

Mar­ried grand­fa­ther Gregg en­joyed great wealth and priv­i­lege and had repeatedly used his rep­u­ta­tion ‘as a cloak of re­spectabil­ity’ to sexually abuse young boys, the court heard.

Gregg had also forced his vic­tims to en­dure the per­sonal tor­ture and agony of fac­ing him in court to give ev­i­dence af­ter deny­ing all charges.

Dur­ing his trial, he claimed he was the vic­tim of a po­lice witch-hut and al­leged the com­plainants were look­ing for com­pen­sa­tion.

But the jury at Leeds Crown Court found him guilty of sexually abus­ing young boys.

As well as 13-and-a-half years in prison, Gregg - who founded the North East Chil­dren’s Can­cer Run - has been banned from work­ing with chil­dren and was or­dered to sign the Sex Of­fend­ers’ Reg­is­ter for life.

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