Rapist in custody after hospital release

A convicted child rapist was today (Tuesday) remanded in custody to await sentence.

Ambrose Clifton, 71, had been due to be sentenced at an earlier hearing but was admitted to hospital just an hour before he was scheduled to appear in the dock.

Clifton - a former Brookenby Parish Council chairman - was detained in intensive care for a number of days before his condition improved and today, following his discharge from hospital he was brought before Lincoln Crown Court where Judge Michael Heath remanded him in custody to appear for sentence next week.

Clifton, of South Reston, near Louth, was found guilty last month following a jury trial of offences of rape, sexual activity with a child and inciting a child to engage in sexual activity together with both taking and making indecent photographs.

His barrister Michael Cranmer-Brown said Clifton failed to attend court on November 19 as a result of illness rather than a drugs overdose. He said medical records indicated Clifton was suffering from pneumonia.