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Music promoter Mervyn Conn is jailed for 15 years for raping girl, 15, in Wembley

PUBLISHED: 13:55 21 October 2016 | UPDATED: 13:56 21 October 2016

Mervyn Conn has been jailed for 15 years

Mervyn Conn has been jailed for 15 years

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A millionaire music promoter has been jailed today for raping a 15-year-old girl at a country and western festival at Wembley Arena.

Mervyn Conn, from Wimbledon, also raped a 16-year-old girl during the attacks which both took place in 1970s and 80s.

The 82-year-old, who has worked with The Beatles, Johnny Cash and Dolly Parton, was convicted of two counts of rape on a girl under 16 and one count of rape on woman over 16 at Kingston Crown Court on Tuesday.

Today he was sentenced to 15 years but must serve at least seven before he is eligible for release.

He must sign the sex offenders register for the rest of his life.

Conn was arrested at Gatwick Airport in July last year after his victims come forward.

He was bailed before being subsequently charged in February this year.

He had denied any wrongdoing.

Detective Constable Ashley Lees, who led the investigation, said: “I am very pleased with the outcome of the trial. I’d like to pay tribute to the victims who have had to recount very traumatic details of offences as part of this case and the strength they have shown during the investigation.

“Historical allegations of this nature are treated seriously by the Met and I hope this result encourages others to have the confidence to come forward if they have been victims of historical sexual abuse.”


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