Former Norwich care home boss set to go on trial on sex abuse allegations

PUBLISHED: 13:32 30 September 2019 | UPDATED: 13:39 30 September 2019

Douglas Hewitt in 1995. Photo: Archant Library

Douglas Hewitt in 1995. Photo: Archant Library

Archant Library

A former Norwich care home boss is set to go on trial in November on sex abuse allegations.

Joseph Douglas Hewitt, 79, was formerly the officer in charge at Woodlands Observation and Assessment Centre, off Dereham Road, in the 1970s and 1980s where children would be sent for assessment before being fostered or moved to another children's home.

Hewitt, of Snelsmoor Lane, Chellaston, Derby, has denied all charges and is due to go on trial at Norwich Crown Court on November 18

Edward Renvoize appeared for the prosecution and Tania Griffths, appeared for Hewitt, over a link from Preston Crown Court, for a pre-trial review of the case before the trial takes place later this year on the historic sex abuse allegations Hewitt faces.

Hewitt did not have to attend the short hearing which was held before Judge Andrew Shaw

The court heard that the trial is expected to last four weeks.

If you value what this story gives you, please consider supporting the Eastern Daily Press. Click the link in the orange box below for details.

Become a supporter

This newspaper has been a central part of community life for many years, through good times and bad, serving as your advocate and trusted source of local information. Our industry is facing testing times, which is why I’m asking for your support. Every single contribution will help us continue to produce award-winning local journalism that makes a measurable difference to our community.

Thank you.

Most Read

Comments have been disabled on this article.

Most Read

Latest from the Eastern Daily Press