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Hertfordshire child rapist 'hid victims' compensation'

A Hertfordshire man jailed for 19 years for child sex offences has allegedly hidden money due to be paid to his victims, a court has heard.

During Thomas Glasheen's trial earlier this year it emerged he had been given £50,000 for being abused as a child.

The 50-year-old denied all 18 charges against him and said his victims' allegations were prompted by the money.

He will be subject to a Contempt of Court hearing at St Albans Crown Court on a date yet to be fixed.

Robbed elderly women

Glasheen, of Wood View, Hemel Hempstead, was convicted of rape, attempted rape, indecent assault and actual bodily harm against two girls.

The offences happened in the 1990s when they were aged nine to 14.

He was nearing the end of an eight-year prison sentence for robbing three elderly women of their handbags in Hemel Hempstead when the sexual assault allegations came to light.

At his sentencing in February, Judge Stephen Gullick said he intended to make a compensation order for the victims out of the £50,000 that Glasheen had received.

He told Glasheen: "I have no doubt you are a drunken and violent sexual predator.

"The emotional scars will remain with your victim forever."

Speaking at court earlier, prosecutor Isabel Delamare said four cheques, each for £10,000, had been taken out of Glasheen's account after his conviction.

His barrister David Stanton said: "The money was compensation he had received in Ireland as a result of being abused.

"He says that because of a confidentiality agreement he does not have to disclose that income and there are penal sanctions if he were to.

"The advice he has been given is that he should not disclose it to anyone."

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