Ex-teacher, 74, jailed for five years for abuse

Derek Cable SUS-141114-141549001 Photo Courtesy of East Anglia Daily Press
Derek Cable SUS-141114-141549001 Photo Courtesy of East Anglia Daily Press

A former music teacher and band leader has today (Friday) been jailed for a second time for offences involving a boy nearly 40 years ago.

Derek Cable, 74, of Robertson Terrace, Hastings, had denied three offences involving the same alleged victim.

At the time of the offences Cable had been running a band which rehearsed at a school in Suffolk.

Following a four day trial at Ipswich Crown Court, it took a jury of seven woman and five men three hours to find him guilty of all the charges.

He was jailed for five years by Judge John Devaux.

In 2003 Cable 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.

The case heard this week at Ipswich Crown Court involved a boy during 1975-76 who alleged that Cable had followed him into a storeroom on three occasions, indecently touching the boy and forcing him once to perform a sex act.

The court heard that similar incidents had occurred during two more lesson.

The victim said the offences took place during a private music lesson and claimed that it had caused his life to take the “wrong path” through drinking, drug taking and crime.

Cable had pleaded not guilty to three offences of sexually assaulting a boy aged under 13.

Judge Devaux said the offences represented a breach of trust and involved a child who had been considered to be vulnerable. Cable was also ordered to sign on the sexual offences register for life and was made the subject of a Sexual Offences Prevention Order limiting his access to young children indefinitely.

Judge Devaux 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.