Former Chaplin to HM the Queen and minister at St Congan’s church, Turriff, Cannon Dr Stephen Palmer has been jailed for over three years for six counts of indecent assault.
Portsmouth Crown Court heard the assaults, which took place in the 1970’s when Palmer was assistant curate at Holy Rood in Stubbington, would happen after Palmer’s wife had taken their children to school. Palmer would wait until he was alone with the female, who was 17 at the time, before assaulting her, telling her that no one would believe her if she told anyone.
Palmer resigned from his positions on Turriff and District Community Council and the Turriff Town House committee in October 2014 after he was charged with the assaults, stating that he would be he will be spending more time south for family and personal reasons.
Judge Nigel Lickley QC told Palmer
You’ve shown or expressed little remorse for the charges against you
Palmer will have to serve around 2 years of his sentence before he could be considered for parole.
There is no suggestion that Palmer had committed similar crimes during his time in Turriff.