Paedophile back in jail after India court ruling


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A PAEDOPHILE is back behind bars in India after his acquittal for abusing homeless boys in a Mumbai shelter was overturned.

Alan Waters, a retired naval officer from Portchester, and his friend Duncan Grant, a charity worker, were freed in 2008 by judges at the city’s High Court, who cited a ‘lack of evidence provided by the prosecution’.

But the acquittals were quashed last week by the country’s Supreme Court, which ordered them to serve the rest of their six-year jail terms and pay damages and fines imposed.

Waters, 63, and Grant, 67, who had to remain in the country pending the appeal, were rearrested by Indian police and are being held in custody before returning to prison today.

Grant has already served three years and two months, while Waters has served five.

The pair were found guilty in 2006 of carrying out the abuse at the Anchorage shelter in Mumbai.

Grant, from Hampstead, north London, had set up Anchorage Shelters, a home for street children accommodating around 90 boys, and Waters, was a frequent visitor.

Officers launched an investigation after a complaint from a 15-year-old boy about repeated sexual and physical abuse by the pair. Four other boys also made similar complaints.