Prince Philip’s aide cleared of sex abuse: Jury take just 40 minutes to acquit former assistant of grooming girl during the 1970s
- Benjamin Herman, 80, accused of grooming schoolgirl while he worked at Buckingham Palace in the 1970s while an equerry to Prince Philip
- Prosecution told court he had ‘taken advantage’ of the girl, who was lonely
- Mr Herman was cleared of three counts of indecent assault on a girl under 13 and one count of indecency towards a child
A jury took just 40 minutes to clear Benjamin Herman, 80, (pictured leaving court) who was accused of grooming the schoolgirl in the 1970s
A former aide to the Duke of Edinburgh has been cleared of sexually assaulting an 11-year-old girl.
A jury took just 40 minutes to clear Benjamin Herman, 80, who was accused of grooming the schoolgirl while he worked at Buckingham Palace in the 1970s.
Mr Herman was a major in the Royal Marines at the time but was on secondment as an equerry, or personal assistant, to Prince Philip.
The prosecution told Blackfriars Crown Court he had ‘taken advantage’ of the girl, who was lonely and craving adult attention.
The woman, now 54, said he once drove her to Buckingham Palace.
Edmund Gritt, prosecuting, said that the grandfather had ‘taken advantage’ of the young girl, who was lonely and bullied and craving adult attention.
He kissed her ‘passionately’, groped her and made her attempted to make her carry out sexual acts on him when she was between the ages of 11 and 14, he told the court.
‘Between 1971 and 1974, he held the post of equerry to the Queen’s husband Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh,’ Mr Gritt told the court during the trial.
‘He managed the Duke of Edinburgh’s official diary and accompanying him on official business. His office was in Buckingham Palace.
The woman, now 54, came forward in the wake of a 2012 Savile documentary exposing the former presenter as one of Britain’s most prolific paedophiles.
The prosecution denied that she had ‘latched on’ to the Savile story and said she could describe his house and family had told friends and colleagues about the abuse before the broadcast.
Asked why the Savile revelations had prompted her to go to police, she said: ‘I was very upset. I felt I couldn’t suppress it any longer.’
The prosecution told Blackfriars Crown Court (pictured) he had ‘taken advantage’ of the girl, who was lonely
Asked why she hadn’t gone to the police earlier, she said: ‘I made up my mind that I would never speak about it. I felt ashamed, I felt guilty, I felt dirty. I’ll take my dirty little secret to my grave, I thought.’
The woman said he told her about his job and said that he often looked after Prince Edward and Prince Andrew and played football with them.
Herman ‘emphatically denied’ the allegations.
He claims that his work as equerry kept him out of the house all day, that it was not possible to drive to Buckingham Palace forecourt and that he had never even met the alleged victim.
His barrister, Nerida Harford-Bell, confirmed that he had been found not guilty after just 40 minutes of jury deliberation.
Yesterday he was cleared of three counts of indecent assault on a girl under 13 and one count of indecency towards a child between 1972 and 1974.
Mr Herman was cleared of three counts of indecent assault on a girl under 13 and one count of indecency
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