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Ex-drummer jailed for sex attacks
David Holland
Holland has been jailed for eight years for the sex attacks
The former drummer of rock band Judas Priest has been jailed for eight years for the attempted rape and indecent assault of a special needs youngster.

David Holland, who played with the band in the 1970s and 1980s, was convicted of the charges last month.

Holland, 55, of Stoke Bruerne, Northamptonshire, was sentenced at Northampton Crown Court on Friday.

He was convicted of attempted rape and five indecent assault charges.

At Holland's trial, the jury heard the sex attacks on the 17-year-old took place at the drummer's rural home between June and December 2002.

You planned this abuse by grooming his parents and him
Judge Charles Wide
Sentencing Holland, Judge Charles Wide QC said the teenager was a boy with a very troubled past.

"You planned this abuse by grooming his parents and him through the careful construction of the opportunity to abuse and the common factors of detaching a boy from his parents by giving him cigarettes, alcohol and porn."

Judge Wide added: "You must never work with children again."

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