A couple from Gloucester who were friends of serial killers Fred and Rose West have been found guilty of sexually abusing ten children.

David and Pauline Williams were put on trial at Exeter Crown court for a number of sexual related attacks on teenagers.

The couple became close friends with the West’s whilst living in Gloucester during the late 1980s.

The Williams took part in a series of sexual assaults, which involved six girls and four boys being subject to beatings and rape related taunts.

Altogether, they denied 46 charges of sexual and physical abuse dating between 1989 and 2004, and will be sentenced later next month.

David and Pauline Williams were close personal friends of serial killers, Fred and Rose West. PHOTO: Mid Devon Gazette
David and Pauline Williams were close personal friends of serial killers, Fred and Rose West. PHOTO: Mid Devon Gazette

The court revealed that relations with young victims began in the late 1980s, where David would assault the teenagers whilst Pauline urged him on.

David began to boast in court of his close connection to the Wests, who were regular visitors in the 56-year-olds Prince Albert pub.

The Gloucester based building has since been shut down after the couple moved to Exeter in the early 1990s.

Following the life sentencing given to their close friends Fred and Rose West, the couple decided to move to Devon.

They then became owners of another pub in in Exeter, where they continued to assault teenagers in what ended as a 15-year-period.

Judge Erik Salomonsen granted the husband and wife bail pending sentence, but assured a long jail sentence would await the couple.

“You have been convicted of appalling behavior that you meted to these children over a long period of time.” Salomensen said.

The judge went on to confirm David was guilty of ten rapes, 13 indecent assaults which included five acts of gross indecency.

Pauline Williams, 52, may receive a reduced sentence, but was still found guilty of two rapes and five indecent assaults.

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