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Shirley Bassey backing singer William 'Billy' Nutt who ran pubs in Kent and lives in Maidstone convicted of paedophilia

A serial paedophile who once supported Shirley Bassey on tour has been convicted of sexual assaults.

William 'Billy' Nutt named his boat 'One Moment' - after one of his songs - but then used it to carry out some of the attacks on three young boys.

Singer Billy Nutt ran The Dog and Bear at Rough Common Picture: Chris Davey
Singer Billy Nutt ran The Dog and Bear at Rough Common Picture: Chris Davey

Now a jury at Maidstone Crown Court has convicted the 62-year-old of 21 sex offences, including rape, dating back to the late 1990s.

The offences happened in a variety of places, including on the boat, in a mobile home and at a gay club in the West End of London.

One of the victims told the jury how he struggled with the shame he felt because of the abuse.

Nutt, now of Week Street, Maidstone, but previously of Northfleet, has been remanded in custody pending a probation report to assess the danger he poses.

Judge Charles Gratwicke said the offences were "extremely serious" and warned him to expect "a considerable" jail sentence.

Nutt, who had denied all the charges, remained passive as the verdicts were delivered.

The former landlord, who grew up in Temple Hill, Dartford, ran The Providence Inn at Sandgate, Folkestone and The Dog and Bear at Rough Common, Canterbury.

He was convicted in 2015 and jailed for four years for sexually assaulting a four-year-old boy.

And in 2019 was jailed for nine months for attempting to engage in sexual communication with a child.

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