A WOMAN has told of her anger following her stepfather’s death days before he was due to appear in court charged with sexually abusing her as a child.
Lisa Golds learnt Ronald Trippier – a retired Hampshire police chief inspector – died on the eve of his court appearance after her mum read about it in The News.
Grandmother Mrs Golds contacted police in October – more than 30 years after she says she was abused by 87-year-old Trippier – in the wake of the Jimmy Savile scandal.
Now the 50-year-old from the Portsmouth area, has waived her right to anonymity in a bid to alert others and encourage more victims to speak out.
Telling of the moment she learnt of her stepfather’s death, Mrs Golds told The News: ‘I was really shocked and angry.
‘I was absolutely furious because I wanted him to go to court.
‘I wanted people to know that he was a chief inspector in the police and it doesn’t matter how old he is, he can’t get away with it.
‘Why shouldn’t he become accountable for his actions?
She added: ‘It does affect me.
‘It has periodically affected me over my life.
‘You live your day-to-day life as it is, getting on with work and home but there are low periods and I have suffered from depression for many years.’
Trippier, of Northern Parade, Portsmouth, was facing four charges.
He was accused of three counts of indecently assaulting Mrs Golds, who was aged under 16 at the time, between 1973 and 1977.
Trippier, who served as a police officer in Totton, had also been charged with one count of gross indecency.
He was due to appear at Southampton Magistrates’ Court on two previous occasions, in February and then March.
But on each occasion the case was adjourned.
Trippier died on March 19 – nine days before he was due to appear at the court.
Mrs Golds added: ‘Since the Jimmy Savile thing came out I had it in the back of my mind that I wanted to contact the police.
‘I’ve always wanted to do it but I’ve always known in the past that he had a lot of clout being a chief inspector and I thought I would never be believed.
She added: ‘The Savile thing brought it to the fore again.
‘I was driving home from work one week last year.
‘I was just turning right at Kingston Crescent in Portsmouth – he was crossing over the crossing and he had a walking stick and it was just like a flashback. I thought “I have got to do something”.
‘I came home that night and said “I have got to do this”.’
‘I sat and composed a letter to the police.’
Mrs Golds said she then spoke to police about her allegations. Trippier was later charged.
She said she has previously written a letter to her stepfather.
In it, Mrs Golds said she wrote ‘exactly how she felt’, and kept a copy of the letter which she handed to the police.
She added: ‘I want to raise awareness for other people.
‘I want them to know that they can report these crimes.
‘The police aren’t anything to be worried about, they are really good at that sort of stuff.
‘I want other people to be able to get the help they need.
‘Even though I’m 50 now it still affects my life, but I can get the help I need, if I need it.’
‘One of my regrets is that I didn’t get help earlier.’
Help and advice
Call Treetops Sexual Assault Referral Centre in Cosham on (023) 9221 0352 from 8am to 6pm daily.
The centre offers help and support to anyone aged over 13 who has been a victim or rape or sexual assault in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight.
Call PARCS (Portsmouth Abuse and Rape Counselling Service) on (023) 9266 9513.
Alternatively call (023) 9266 9519 for the service for young people, or email email@example.com
n Aurora New Dawn offers safety, support, advocacy and empowerment help to survivors of domestic abuse and sexual violence. Call (023) 9247 2165 or visit aurorand.org.uk