Dance brothers committed to crown court on child sex charges

Two of Binny Day’s brothers accused of sex crimes against children have had their cases committed to Crown Court.

Maurice William Dance, 57, of Queens Road, Budleigh Salterton, has denied six offences of indecent assault involving two girls under 14.

Colin Edward Dance, 59, of Roseway, Littleham, has pleaded not guilty to six offences of gross indecency with a child under the age of 16.

Magistrates committed the pair to Exeter Crown Court at 10.30am on Tuesday, August 2, for a preliminary hearing.

At Monday’s court hearing, the pair were told their bail conditions remained the same, including a ban on entering Devon, except for court hearings and solicitors’ appointments.

They were told they must continue to reside at an address in Hampshire and report weekly to Alton Police Station.

Magistrates granted a request to amend Maurice Dance’s curfew conditions to 11pm until 6am.

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The court heard the self-employed lorry driver, based in Avon, had been suffering ‘huge financial difficulties’ adhering to the court’s original doorstep curfew times of 8pm to 6am.

Colin Dance was also told his curfew times could be relaxed to 11pm until 7am.

The court heard the original curfew of 7pm to 7am, made it ‘difficult’ to spend time with his wife, Helen, now he has been ordered to live out of county.

Maurice Dance, born on May 26, 1953, was wearing a light blue shirt with navy trousers, a blue tie with white polka dots, black shoes and a navy sports jacket as he stood before magistrates sitting at Exeter.

He spoke only to confirm his name and details, saying ‘yes’ when magistrates asked if he understood the charges put before him.

Colin Dance, wearing jeans, black trainers, a sky blue-coloured hooded top with the words California written in white lettering on the front, was supported in court by his wife, who was sitting in the public gallery.

He spoke to confirm his details and said he understood the charges set before him.

Colin Dance, born on September 18 1951, stands accused of committing gross indecency with a girl under the age of 16 between 1974 and 1980, in Exmouth.

His brother, Maurice, is accused of two charges of indecent assault of a girl under the age of 14, between 1987 and 1989. He faces four counts of indecent assault of another youngster under 14 between 1971 and 1972.

The two brothers were arrested in May as part of Operation Goodrich – which police described as an ongoing investigation into alleged historic sex offences.

As part of the same investigation, the remains of their sister, Belinda ‘Binny’ Day, were exhumed on April 12 from St Peter’s Churchyard, Budleigh Salterton, for police DNA analysis to take place.

Binny committed suicide in 1989, aged 27, by throwing herself off cliffs at Budleigh,