Innocent until proven Guilty

  • And I guess it's pretty conclusive... although I wasn't given the source of this info.
    Very sad.

    LONDON - The former drummer for heavy metal band Judas Priest was convicted
    Friday of attempting to rape a teenager whom he was giving drum lessons.

    David Holland had denied assaulting the 17-year-old, who has learning
    difficulties, at the drummer's rural English home in 2002. The youth cannot
    be named for legal reasons.
    A jury at Northampton Crown Court found Holland guilty of one charge of
    attempted rape and five counts of indecent assault. A co-accused,
    22-year-old Spiros Laouitaris, was cleared of four counts of indecent
    Holland, 55, wept in the dock as the verdicts were read out.
    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 joined the hard-rocking British band in 1979 and stayed for a
    decade, through its most successful period. Judas Priest churned out a
    string of heavy-metal classics, including "You've Got Another Thing Coming,"
    "Living After Midnight" and "Hell Bent for Leather."
    Holland left the group in 1989. Leather-clad singer Rob Halford departed for
    a solo career in 1993 but announced last July that he was returning for a
    world tour and a new album.


    February 13, 2004

    LONDON (Reuters) - A former drummer with British heavy metal band Judas Priest was jailed for eight years on Friday for trying to rape a teenage boy he had been giving drum lessons.

    David Holland, 55, was convicted last month of attempted rape and five counts of indecent assault on the 17-year-old at Holland's Northamptonshire home in the English midlands where he had been teaching the boy.

    Holland played with Judas Priest from 1979 to 1989, recording heavy metal anthems such as "Living After Midnight" and "Breaking The Law."

    Courtesy of Reuters

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