Binny Day’s brothers deny child sex charges

PUBLISHED: 15:02 20 May 2011 | UPDATED: 16:23 20 May 2011

Dance Brothers Maurice, left, and Colin entering Heavitree police Station. Ref exb 0966-20-11AW

Dance Brothers Maurice, left, and Colin entering Heavitree police Station. Ref exb 0966-20-11AW

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Colin and Maurice Dance, two of Binny Day’s brothers, have both denied committing sex offences against children. The brothers appeared before Exeter Magistrates’ Court today, Friday. The pair was granted conditional bail.

Two of Binny Day’s brothers have been released on bail after both pleading not guilty to sex offences against children.

Maurice William Dance, 57, of Queens Road, Budleigh Salterton, on Friday morning appeared at Exeter Magistrates’ Court, where he denied all six charges put before him.

Colin Edward Dance, 59, of Roseway, Littleham, pleaded not guilty to six offences of committing gross indecency with a child under the age of 16, between February 12, 1974, and February 11, 1980.

Maurice Dance, born on May 26, 1953, on Friday pleaded not guilty to two charges of committing gross indecency with a child under the age of 14, between 1987 and 1989.

He also denied two charges of indecent assault with a child under the age of 16, between 1987 and 1989, and a further two charges of indecently assaulting a child under the age of 16, between 1971 and 1972.

The brothers were both granted conditional bail, which includes a total ban on the pair entering Devon.

They will both appear back before magistrates at 10.30am on July 18, when the cases are expected to be committed to Exeter Crown Court for trial.

Colin and Maurice Dance were arrested by detectives on Wednesday as part of Operation Goodrich – which police describe as an ongoing investigation into historic sex offences.

The remains of their sister, Belinda ‘Binny’ Day, who committed suicide in 1989, age 27, throwing herself off cliffs at Budleigh, was exhumed on April 12 from St Peter’s Churchyard, for police DNA analysis to take place.

Magistrates told lorry driver Maurice Dance his bail had been granted on the strict conditions he resides at an address in Bristol given to the court.

He must also report to Nailsea Police Station on a weekly basis and must adhere to a curfew, preventing him from leaving the house between 8pm and 6am.

He was also told he must have no contact, directly or indirectly, with any witnesses involved in the case.

Maurice Dance was also banned from entering Devon, unless he had a pre-arranged meeting with his solicitor, or a court appearance.

He was banned from having unsupervised contact with children and told to surrender his passport within seven days.

Maurice Dance told the court: “I can surrender my passport today. It’s in the boot of my car. The car is in the police station, just down from the entrance.”

Self-employed taxi driver Colin Dance, born on September 18, 1951, was granted conditional bail, provided he resides at an address in Hampshire, given to the court.

He was also banned from entering Devon unless he had a pre-arranged meeting with his solicitor or for a court appearance.

Colin Dance was banned from operating as a taxi driver, but told he could retain his vehicle.

He was told to surrender his passport within seven days, issued with a curfew, banning him from stepping outside between 7pm and 7am, told he must report weekly to Alton Police Station and must not have any contact with witnesses.

Colin Dance, whose wife, Helen, was in the public gallery, thanked magistrates for releasing him on bail.

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