Elderly Northamptonshire couple deny charges of historic sex abuse

Snaresbrook Crown Court
Snaresbrook Crown Court

An elderly couple who now live in Northamptonshire have been accused of sexually abusing nine children during the 1960s and 1970s.

Joseph Joseph, 76, is said to have raped and indecently assaulted girls and boys as young as 13 in east London.

His wife Doreen, 81, allegedly aided and abetted his abuse of three of the victims and failed to report it to police.

Mrs Joseph is also accused of physically mistreating the nine children.

They both appeared at Snaresbrook Crown Court on Thursday, July 30, to plead not guilty to a total of 31 counts.

Mr Joseph, wearing a grey blazer, blue jeans and blue shirt, sat in the dock while his wife remained outside the dock in a wheelchair.

He pleaded not guilty to 10 counts of rape, 11 of indecent assault and three counts of unlawful sexual intercourse between 1967 and 1977.

His wife denied three counts of aiding and abetting indecent assault and eleven counts of cruelty to a person under 16.

His Honour Judge William Wilkinson said: “Your trial will take place – somewhere – on October 26, I know not where.

“You must attend your trial, and if you do not, this case is capable of being tried and found against you in your absence.”

Both Mr and Mrs Joseph, of Gravely Street, Rushden, were released on conditional bail to attend a six to eight-week trial scheduled for October 26.

The trial will take place either at Snaresbrook Crown Court or Northampton Crown Court.