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Last Updated: Thursday, 19 June, 2003, 17:54 GMT 18:54 UK
Care home abuser wins appeal right
A former care home boss jailed for cruelty and serious sexual abuse of children has won the right to appeal against some of his convictions.

James Littlewood, 59, of Wrawby, Lincolnshire, was jailed for 13 years in May 2002 at Grimsby Crown Court.

The charges related to the time he was working at two care homes in North Yorkshire - one of which the St Camillus School, near Tadcaster, was run by the Leeds Catholic Rescue Centre.

The Court of Appeal ruled on Thursday he can challenge three of the 15 counts.

'Inconsistent verdicts'

Littlewood physically and sexually abused youngsters when he was a warden, deputy manager and manager at the homes for troubled children.

But his barrister John Lodge told three appeal court judges that the trial jury had returned "inconsistent verdicts" on the counts under appeal.

Mr Lodge also said fresh evidence had come to light.

Appeal judge Lord Justice Rix ruled there was an "arguable" case the convictions being challenged were unsafe and should be overturned.

No date has been set for the full hearing of Littlewood's appeal.

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