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New Delhi/Mumbai: The Supreme Court on Friday upheld the session court’s 2006 conviction of two former British Navy officers Duncan Grant (67) and Allan Waters (63) who were sentenced to six years in jail for sexually abusing homeless minors at night shelters in Mumbai. A manager at the shelters, William D’Souza, 49, an Indian, had also been sentenced to three years for abetment.
The apex court’s verdict came exactly five years to the day of the session court’s verdict.
Grant and Waters, who had been freed by the Bombay high court in July 2008 after serving some jail time, will have to be re-arrested and serve the remainder of their prison terms. Waters has about a year left to spend behind bars and Grant about two years and 10 months. D’Souza is free as he has already served his sentence.
There was some confusion about the next course of action of Grant and Waters, as their lawyer indicated that they are in Cuffe Parade and might need to surrender to authorities on Monday.