A jury has found Joseph Henry Marshall, 85, guilty of three counts of indecent assault and two of gross indecency.

The abuse happened at the former Knottfield Children’s Home, where Marshall worked in the 1970s and 80s.

Marshall was cleared of three other counts of indecent assault and one of buggery.

The jury, made up of four men and three women, took just over three hours to each their verdicts.

The five guilty counts relate to offences against two boys under the age of 16. All four not guilty verdicts related to the third witness who died in an accident before the trial began.

After reaching their verdict the jury was told that Marshall had 13 previous convictions for indecent assaults, also dating from when he worked at the former Knottfield Children’s Home.

Defence advocate Collingwood Thompson QC told the court he accepted his client would now face a custodial sentence.

Deemster Bernard Richmond today agreed to delay sentencing until the new year as Marshall has several medical appointments he needs to attend and the Deemster would like to see those medical records before he passes sentence.

He told the court it was a ‘matter of mercy that was sadly lacking in him when he committed the offences that he did’.

In granting bail, the Deemster told Marshall: ‘I want you to be very clear, the fact that I have done that will not impact the sentence I will pass on you.’

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