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Senior Tory's half-brother pleads guilty to sex offences

Napier admits abusing boys between 1967 and '72

The half-brother of a senior Conservative MP pleaded guilty yesterday to a string of historic sex offences against young boys.

Charles Napier, 67, who is related to Maldon MP John Whittingdale, admitted 28 indecent assault charges and one indecency offence on a child at London's Southwark Crown Court.

Napier, of Newland in Sherborne, Dorset, admitted abusing 21 boys under the age of 16 between September 1967 and April 1972.

Wearing glasses and dressed in a checked shirt with a tweed blazer, Napier said "guilty" as the court clerk read each of the charges to him.

The court heard he faces a further two separate indecent assault charges involving two other boys, for which he has yet to enter pleas.

Napier was remanded in custody as Judge Nicholas Loraine-Smith adjourned sentencing to December 23.

The judge said: "It will enable those victims who wish to be here to be alerted and they can be here."

Mr Whittingdale refused to comment when contacted yesterday.

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