Queen’s ex driver died before being charged with sexually abusing two boys in 70s


Driver Alwyn Stockdale, 81, was accused of abusing one boy in his Buckingham Palace quarters and another boy at a relative’s home.

The Queen’s former driver died before he was due to be charged with sexually assaulting two boys in the 1970s.

Alwyn Stockdale, 81, was accused of attacking a 10-year-old boy at his quarters in Buckingham Palace and a second boy at a relative’s home.

He was due to be to be charged with indecently assaulting one of the boys and with three offences of gross indecency in relation to the second boy.

Prosecutors had been told to press charges against the ex chauffeur but he died in hospital last week.


Buckingham Palace, London
Alwyn Stockdale, 81, was accused of attacking a 10-year-old boy at his quarters in Buckingham Palace [file image] (Image: Getty Images)

One victim, a man in his 50s, had come forward and told police he was sexually assaulted by Stockdale when he was 10-years-old, reports The Sun.

It took officers 19 months to track Stockdale down.

At the time of the alleged attack Stockdale lived in the Royal Household quarters at Buckingham Palace Mews.

He later resided in a cottage on the Windsor estate.

Another boy, said to be under 14, was allegedly attacked at the home of a relative in West Yorkshire.

The relative was also a royal servant but was unaware of the alleged crime.

A source said: “The victims are understandably upset that Stockdale will not face justice. They’ve lived with what he did all their adult lives.

“There are questions over why it took so long for police to identify and get round to questioning Stockdale.


He later lived in a cottage on the Windsor estate [file image] (Image: www.alamy.com)

“Given his age, it was a race against time to bring him to justice.

“But like Jimmy Savile and the MP Cyril Smith, he died before that could happen.”

A CPS spokesperson said: “Following a Metropolitan Police investigation into allegations of non-recent sexual abuse, the CPS authorised four charges against a suspect aged in his 80s.

“The suspect has since died and therefore no prosecution can take place.”

The Met Police said in a statement: “In November 2016 the Metropolitan Police received a historical allegation of gross indecency and indecent assault, alleged to have occurred in the 1970s at addresses in London and West Yorkshire.

“The allegations were investigated by officers from Operation Winterkey and after extensive research, a suspect, aged in his 80s was identified.

“He was interviewed in June 2018. A file was passed to the CPS in August 2018. The man interviewed under caution has now died.”

Buckingham Palace refused to comment.



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