May 2022

Paedophile dies befor being sentenced

A paedophile who admitted sexually abusing children has died before his victims were able to see him face justice.

Anthony Dhiren Pulami – known at the time of the abuse in the 1970s and 80s as Tony Earnshaw – was due to be sentenced on Monday at York Crown Court for three counts of indecent assault and one of serious sexual assault, but died while remanded in custody.

The 76-year-old targeted one of the boys between 1976 and 1978, and the other between 1979 and 1985.

Both sets of offences happened in Scarborough.

Pulami used his involvement with motorcycles to gain their trust, groom and abuse them. He plied them with gifts and took them on days out before sexually abusing them.

One of the victims bravely reported the abuse to North Yorkshire Police in 2016. The other did the same in 2017.

Pulami had been living in Nepal and India.

A five-year inquiry to bring Pulami to justice was carried out by the force and he pleaded guilty at a hearing in January.

Pulami died while on remand at Hull Prison on April 28. Monday’s hearing at York Crown Court went ahead and the case was formally concluded.

Detective Constable Catherine Peet, of Scarborough and Ryedale CID said: “At the time when the victims made their reports to the police, the suspect was living abroad in Nepal and then moved to India.

Over these years, this case has required ongoing work with our Force Intelligence Bureau, the National Crime Agency and the Crown Prosecution Service’s Extradition Unit to progress the return of the offender.

“Following enquiries by the Indian authorities, Pulami was arrested in connection with these offences when he came back to the UK in September 2021. Neither of the victims had been able to share their traumatic experiences until the start of the police investigation many years later. Pulami’s crimes have deeply affected them throughout their life.”