Three days after the Supreme Court held Britons Duncan Grant, 67, and Alan Waters, 63, guilty of sexually abusing five boys at Anchorage — a shelter they ran in Colaba — in 2001, a sessions court sent them to jail to serve out the remainder of their six-year prison terms.
While Waters has served five years in jail, Grant has served three years and two months.
Grant and Waters were held guilty by a sessions court in 2006, but the verdict was overturned by the high court in 2008 as it felt the victims’ statements were unreliable.
Additional Sessions Judge DR Shirsao asked both Grant, and Waters if they had any grievances, to which Grant said, “We got the notice to be present before this court from our lawyer at 2 pm… We were leaving our residence when the police arrested us. We were in the course of surrendering but were not allowed to do so; it was turned into an arrest.”
Denying the charge, Senior Police Inspector, Colaba, Vinod Sawant said, “They were given enough time to surrender. What if they had fled? Who would be responsible then?”
Judge Shirsao directed Grant and Waters to also pay £20,000 (Rs 17 lakh) each as a fine for their crime.
The Supreme Court had last Friday also held William D’Souza, the Indian accomplice of Grant and Waters, guilty. D’Souza has already served out his three-year sentence.