Court Jails London Music Teacher, Pickett, For Sexual Assaults

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A professional recorder player and a music teacher at Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, 64-year-old Philip Pickett, has been jailed for 11 years for “exceptionally serious” sex attacks on two schoolgirls and a young woman in sound-proof practice rooms. Pickett from Lyneham, near Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire, was found guilty at the Old Bailey on February 10 of two rapes and two indecent assaults on his victims between 1979 and 1983.

Pickett has taught at Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London for almost for 25 years. During the hearing, the court heard how Pickett lured vulnerable learners into practice rooms, which were basically soundproof and no one could hear their screams as he shut the door, turned out the light and assaulted them. The charges were laid against Pckett after one of the victims alerted police after being prompted in light of the Jimmy Savile sex scandal.

During the hearing, Judge Charles Wide ordered two further indictments in relation to allegations by two women dating back to the 1970s lie on file and lifted reporting restrictions. According to the court documents, the first victim was 16-year-old at the time of the attack and reported Pickett to officers in Suffolk at the time. Consequently, the officers referred the complaint to the City of London Police. She attended the Guildhall School in 1978 as a sixth-form student to learn the recorder with Pickett. During a lesson he asked her to take her top off, suggesting she needed to work on her breathing, then ordered her to lie on the floor where he indecently assaulted her.

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