Former Stowmarket music teacher gets five years in jail for sexually assaulting boy

Court report
Court report

A former Stowmarket music teacher and band leader has today been jailed a second time for sexually assaulting a boy.

Derek Cable, 74, formerly of Edgecombe Road, Stowmarket, and now of Hastings, East Sussex, had denied three offences involving the same victim almost 40 years ago.

It took a jury three hours, following a four day trial at Ipswich Crown Court, to find him guilty of all the charges.

The victim, a boy aged about 11 in 1975-76, accused Cable of following him into a storeroom on three occasions, indecently touching him and forcing him once to perform oral sex on him.

The boy, now a man in his 50s, said the offences had taken place during a music lesson and had caused him to take the ‘wrong path’ in life through drinking, drug taking and crime.

Cable, who pleaded not guilty to three offences of sexually assaulting a boy under 13, was today jailed for a total of five years.

In 2003, he was sentenced to four years imprisonment after being convicted, at Norwich Crown Court, of sexually assaulting five boys over a 13 year period. He served two and a half years of that sentence in custody.

Today, Cable was ordered to sign the sexual offences register for life. He will be made the subject of a Sexual Offences Prevention Order limiting his access to young children indefinitely.

Judge John Devaux said the offences represented a breach of trust and involved a child who had been considered vulnerable.

He said that while Cable had been convicted of serious offences for a second time, four former pupils had spoken during the week-long trial of him having been a ‘great motivator’ and good teacher in their opinion.