Ex-UEA criminal law lecturer jailed for child sex attacks

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Julian Myerscough arrested in Romania after absconding from court

Julian Myerscough

A former University of East Anglia (UEA) law lecturer has been jailed for 21 years for a string of child sex offences.

Criminal law specialist Julian Myerscough was found guilty of 11 offences, including two of raping a child under 13, following a trial at Ipswich Crown Court on Monday. The 57-year-old, originally from Bolton, was also handed an extended licence period of five years.

As reported by Legal Cheek, Myerscough was sentenced to three and a half years for possessing indecent images of children in September 2015 at Ipswich Crown Court. However, the former law lecturer fled the country midway through the trial so was never jailed for the offences.

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Myerscough was arrested in Ireland two days later but spent the next two years fighting extradition back to the UK. In August 2017, the High Court in Dublin ordered his release from prison as too much time had passed and he was now being unlawfully detained.

He then travelled to Romania, where he was arrested in July 2018 and brought back to the UK. It was at this point Myerscough was charged with a series of further offences.

Following his latest trial, Myerscough was found guilty of two counts of rape of a child under 13, four counts of indecent assault, four charges of sexual assault, and one count of ill-treating a child to cause unnecessary suffering.

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“I guess that’s the definition of…IRONYYYYYYYYY”


Criminal Barrister

I’m normally against the death penalty but I can honestly say I don’t think I could bring myself to have a problem with it being used on someone who raped a child under 13.

Anyone could end up killing in certain circumstances (eg in self defence, fit of rage, drunk etc) but it takes an act of supreme evil to rape a child.



If there was a referendum tomorrow I wonder if the public would agree?



All people who support the death penalty are ‘normally’ against it. Its very purpose is for extreme cases.



Bring back hanging for minor crimes (like vandalism).
Hanging, drawing and quartering for major, non-fatal crimes (like robbery).
Burning at the stake for major, fatal crimes (like murder).

Would be lol.


Common Lawyer

It’s an interesting debate.

The penalty for murder at common law is death by hanging.

This was superseded in the UK by statute- the Murder (Abolition of the Death Penalty) Act 1965.

If the act was repealed, the penalty for murder would default to the common law position as it is in some other common law jurisdictions.

The Judicial Committee of the Privy Council’s jurisprudence on the death penalty gives an idea of how the case-law would have evolved in England and Wales had the death penalty been retained.

In brief, the Common Law position is now essentially:

– Execution must be reserved for the “worst of the worst”.

– Executions must take place speedily (no more than 5 years after sentence as the “death row phenomenon” is cruel and unusual punishment).

– For execution to be lawful there must be no prospect of reform.

– Executing those who were under 18 or mentally ill or disabled is outlawed.

The death penalty itself does not constitute “cruel and unusual punishment” at Common Law.

The death penalty for child rape would present an interesting conundrum as no-one has died but the offence itself is arguably more heinous than murder.

British style hanging was much quicker and more humane than any of the scientific methods that the USA has come up with too.

15 seconds from the hangman entering the cell to the defendant being dead on the end of the rope. No ceremony, no long walk, no steps to climb- unbeknown to the defendant, the trapdoors were in the adjacent cell to the one he had been sleeping in.

Time to bring it back?

Perhaps, but only for the “worst of the worst”.


We’d clear up our knife crime issue in no time.


Yes. Because nobody ever got stabbed in the 1950s.


Oh they did, but it was far rarer than it was now as the threat of the noose deterred the carrying of weapons.


“Myerscough was sentenced to three and a half years for possessing indecent images of children in September 2015 at Ipswich Crown Court.”

Well then he’s a fool for taking indecent images of children into Ipswich Crown Court.



The death penalty is still in place, technically speaking, if you manage to commit regicide.

But yes, I can think of few people who could disagree with allowing the death penalty for this despicable individual.



Nope — sometimes comes up as a quiz question designed to catch people out because it was a long time completely getting rid of it, but the death penalty is no longer in place even for regicide, treason, or high treason or any other crime whatsoever, having been completely abolished in the Human Rights Act 1998.



Not even for arson in a Royal Naval dockyard.



Nope. That was shelved in 1971.



This guy was my lecturer at University.

At the time we thought he was the best thing since sliced bread. He was absolutely hilarious (an ex comedian, I think) and made criminal law so enjoyable to learn. One thing we did find uncomfortable was how much he joked about ‘kiddyfiddlers’, though it was fairly tongue-in cheek and aligned with his humour, so we never thought much about it, other than an initial wince at the concept.

To later find out what he was up to behind the comedian facade makes my skin crawl.



The fact that you read law at UEA should be the primary reason that your skin crawled.



Not a smart comment given that UEA is a respected academic institution. In particular, its law school has a pretty solid reputation and is evenly matched with many RG institutions.


Damian Warburton

UEA is presently 25/101 and several places above some notable Russell Group institutions (eg Southampton, Birmingham, Cardiff, Manchester, Liverpool, Warwick, Queens (Belfast):

Point proved I’m sure.

I would take a job there. I can teach criminal law. I hope that’s all I have in common with this odious character.


Damian Warburton

Although, evidently, what I can’t do is remember to properly close my parentheses.


Having studied at UEA, may I ask whether you managed to obtain a TC and work for a decent City commercial law firm?



@MagicMoments I trained in the City before moving into an international firm. I’m now about to go in-house at a rather large company. I’ve never experienced any prejudice against me based on my university. If anything, UEA is better ranking than the universities the majority of my peers went to. Plus we’re actually normal, fairly likeable people with decent social skills, and that goes surprisingly far in an industry full of egotistical twats and their hang ups 😉



Hear hear! To get into UEA you actually require the same grades as the majority of the other Russell Group universities.

I actually chose UEA myself over UCL, Birmingham and Liverpool because the people were a lot friendlier and far more down to earth. I know plenty of people from university who have since gone on to pursue successful careers in the City.



But otoh those less friendly, less down to earth Russell group lawyers never fucked any 11 year olds, so


Very naughty man. He did bad.



Understatement of the decade award right there.


52% of the British Population



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