Former JUDAS PRIEST Drummer Guilty Of Attempted Rape

Former JUDAS PRIEST drummer Dave Holland has been convicted of trying to rape a special needs youngster, according to the BBC News.

Holland was also found guilty of five charges of indecently assaulting the teenager.

The musician, who played with JUDAS PRIEST in the 1970s and 1980s, was convicted of the charges at Northampton Crown Court on Friday.

Holland, 55, of The Green, Stoke Bruerne, denied all the charges.

All the offenses took place at the drummer's Northamptonshire home between June and December 2002 when he was giving the 17-year-old drumming lessons.

Holland wept in the dock as the verdicts were read out, according to the Associated Press.

Judge Charles Wide asked for a pre-sentence report on the risk the former rocker posed to adolescent boys.

Prosecutors said the teenager, who had sometimes stayed overnight at Holland's house while taking lessons, wrote a letter to his parents in December 2002 describing the abuse.

"It revealed that things were happening at his drum teacher's house that shouldn't have been happening," said prosecution lawyer Maria Savvides.

Holland's co-accused, Spiros Laouitaris, 22, of Bourne Crescent, Kings Heath, Northampton, was earlier acquitted of three separate indecently assaulting the same teenager, who is now 18, but who cannot be named for legal reasons.

He was cleared of a fourth indecent assault charge on Thursday on the directions of Wide, who said there had been insufficient evidence.

Holland was convicted by the jury on majority verdicts.


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