Underwood woman accused of gross indecency with 14-year-old boy

An Underwood woman has appeared in court charged with a child sex offence as part of a linked case with two others accused of having sex with dogs and children.

Wednesday, 21st July 2021, 4:04 pm
Updated Wednesday, 21st July 2021, 5:41 pm
Antoinette Holroyd, of Underwood, appeared at Chesterfield Magistrates.

Antoinette Holroyd, of Alfreton Road, appeared at Chesterfield Magistrates Court last week facing a charge of gross indecency with a boy under the age of 14.

Two other defendants, whose cases are linked to Holroyd’s, also appeared alongside her in court.

Judith Button, 58, of Wingfield Road, Alfreton, faces ten charges of buggery with a dog between 1987 and 2004 and ten of penetrative sex with a dog between 2004 and 2019.

Buggery is historically referred to as a “crime against nature”.

It is an offense under both Common Law and statutes.

Although prosecution for buggery is rare, the punishment upon conviction can be a fine, imprisonment, or both.

The term is often used interchangeably with sodomy.

Meanwhile, David Twiname, 73, also of Wingfield Road, is charged with 28 offences including five of raping a girl under the age of 16, possessing extreme animal porn and indecent photos of children.

During the short hearing at Chesterfield Magistrates Court on Friday, July 16, the three defendants spoke only to confirm their identities and no pleas were entered.

Prosecutor Lee Shepherd told magistrates that the matters all three defendants were charged with were “tied together”.

A magistrate told them: “You have heard what’s been happening – this case will be sent to Derby Crown Court.”

All criminal cases start life in the magistrates’ court, but some will go up to the crown court for trial or sentencing if they are serious enough.

These include cases where the outcome would clearly be a higher sentence than the magistrates can pass, or because of reasons of unusual legal, procedural or factual complexity.

All three defendants were granted unconditional bail until August 12.

The Advertiser will report more on this case as it unfolds in the next few months.