Liverpool karate instructor jailed for sexual offences

A Liverpool man has been sentenced to two years in prison for sexual offences.

Andrew Sherry, 80, of Mann Island, Liverpool, committed the offences while he was a karate practitioner and instructor. He was also ordered to sign the Sex Offender Register for 10 years.

Sherry was found guilty of: Indecent assault on a child under 16, related to an offence in the 1980s and four counts of sexual assault of a male, relating to offences against an 18-year-old in 2012.

He was sentenced on Wednesday, 1 May, after being convicted following a trial at Liverpool Crown Court in March.

Detective Constable Phil Youds said, “We welcome today’s sentencing, which follows a long and complex investigation into Sherry, who used his status in the karate community to take advantage of his young victims, at his home and a karate club.

“The repeated denials of Sherry has further prolonged the suffering of his victims, and I’d like to take this opportunity to praise their courage in coming forward and assisting our investigation, especially in light of others looking to discredit their experiences.

“For victims of such an appalling crime, the impact on them has been significant and long-lasting. I hope this sentence provides some comfort in knowing they did the right thing in reporting Sherry to police.

“If you have experienced any form of sexual abuse, please come forward and let us know so we can investigate.

“We take all such reports extremely seriously and if you can find the courage to come forward and speak to us we have specially trained officers who will treat you with sensitivity and compassion.

The Karate Union of Great Britain (KUGB) issued a statement, saying, “On 22nd March, 2024 the KUGB’s former chief instructor, Andy Sherry, was convicted at Liverpool Crown Court of five criminal offences of a sexual nature relating to two victims. The case has been adjourned for sentence.

“The KUGB is deeply saddened by the commission of these offences and by the impact on the victims.

“The KUGB’s safeguarding officer was contacted by Merseyside Police in August 2020 and liaised closely with them throughout their investigation. Their advice regarding proportionate safeguarding measures was immediately followed. These remained in place until Mr Sherry left the organisation in March 2021. He was charged with the offences in August 2021.

“Subsequently the KUGB commissioned a review of its governance and in light of its recommendations a Safeguarding Committee was established in May 2021. It is comprised of the Safeguarding Officer and two senior members of the executive committee and enhances the organisation’s safeguarding provision. It is responsible for promoting the best possible standards of safeguarding for children and vulnerable adults in all KUGB clubs and competition squads.

“The KUGB is committed to taking all reasonable steps to provide a safe environment for people of all ages to enhance their lives through the practice of karate-do. It recognises its duty of care to all members but in particular children and vulnerable adults and will continue to strive to create the positive circumstances in which they can flourish.”

If you are a child or young person suffering sexual or physical abuse, the following organisations can also provide help and support:

  • NSPCC – call 0808 800 5000 or e-mail help@nspcc.org.uk
  • Childline – call 0800 1111

If you’ve been affected by sexual violence of any kind don’t be afraid to tell someone, find the courage to come forward and get the help you deserve.

You can report rape, sexual assault and other sexual offences anonymously here: https://www.merseyside.police.uk/ro/report/rsa/alpha-v1/advice/rape-sexual-assault-and-other-sexual-offences/how-to-report-rape-sexual-assault-other-sexual-offences/

There is a lot of support available from specialist officers within Merseyside Police and through the Police and Crime Commissioner’s Victim Care Merseyside service delivered jointly by two registered charities.

In Liverpool, Sefton, and Wirral, support is provided by Rape and Sexual Abuse Support (RASA) Merseyside who are available on 0151 558 1801 and, in St Helens and Knowsley, by the Rape and Sexual Abuse Support Centre (RASASC) Cheshire and Merseyside who can be contacted on 01925 221 546 or 0330 363 0063.

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