Victims left in limbo after Masterton man's death

TALIA SHADWELL
Last updated 15:49 13/08/2014
Godfrey Ball
HISTORIC CHARGES: Godfrey Ball, 78.

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Victims accusing a former bus driver and scout master of historic sexual assaults have been left in limbo by the Masterton man's death.

A statement from Wairarapa police released today says the alleged victims expressed shock at the death of Godfrey Ball - also known as Geoffrey Ball - who was found dead at his Masterton home last Thursday.

The 78-year-old was facing charges in relation to the abuse of three young boys between 1964 and 1985.

He was to face 12 representative charges, including indecent assault and doing indecent acts in relation to the three boys he allegedly abused in Wellington while they were aged between 7 and 16.

Wairarapa police said today they had received a significant response from the public after Ball was charged.

They were still investigating the case while Ball was before the courts - as there were at least 14 further potential victims whose identities had not yet been confirmed. 

However police said they were working through the next investigative steps following Ball's death.

Officer in charge of the case Detective Damian Doocey said when the victims were first advised Ball has died they had little to say as they were struggling to understand what that meant for them. They expressed shock as they wanted to see Ball held accountable in court.

"We are continuing to provide whatever support we can to help them as they come to terms with what has now occurred," Doocey said.

Before he died, Ball was granted bail but not name suppression in Masterton District Court and was required to reappear in court to plead next month.

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