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Man found guilty of child sex abuse in Southampton

Thorold Road children's home Image copyright Southampton City Council
Image caption The Thorold Road children's home in Southampton has since been demolished

A man whose sexual abuse crime came to light during a police investigation into a former children's home has been found guilty of offences against a boy.

Stuart Murdoch, 54, committed the abuse in the 1980s, along with his then housemate Jack Jones.

In March Jones admitted abusing the boy as well as attacking two other boys at the Thorold Road children's home in Southampton.

Police said Murdoch did not work at the home and his victim was not a resident.

Murdoch was convicted of three serious sexual assaults and two indecent assaults following a trial at Southampton Crown Court.

He was released on bail to be sentenced, along with Jones, on a date to be fixed.

'Right verdict'

Hampshire Police said the charges arose from Operation Marmion, set up to review historical cases of child sexual exploitation.

Murdoch, of Tankerville Road, Southampton, was charged along with 57-year-old Jones, previously known as Eamond Tallon, who worked at the home.

Jones, from York, pleaded guilty in March to 14 offences against three boys, including serious sexual assault, gross indecency and indecent assault.

The pair once shared a home in Barnfield Close, Southampton, where offences against one of the boys were committed.

Det Insp James Park, who led the investigation, said: "It has been a difficult and brave thing for the victims to come forward and give their accounts.

"I am pleased for them that the right verdict has been reached."

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