Sundowners bar boss denies charges of sexual offences against children

Canterbury Crown Court

Sundowners LGBTQIA+ bar boss Duncan Bayles has appeared in court on charges of sexual offences against children.

Mr Bayles appeared at Canterbury Crown Court yesterday (October 16). The Crown Prosecution Service confirmed he faces 11 indecent assault on a male person charges; five indecency with a child charges and one charge of attempted rape.

Mr Bayles, aged 63, of High Street, Margate, denied the offences which are alleged to have taken place between 1987 and 1996.

He has been released on conditional bail until a hearing on May 31 with trial scheduled for October 2024.

Margate Pride has issued a statement signposting anyone who needs assistance to resources on its website.

The statement says: “We at Margate Pride are deeply committed to the values of respect, equality, and justice for all. We understand and respect the legal principle that every individual is presumed innocent until proven guilty.

“Upon learning about the allegations against Duncan Bayles, we believe it is of utmost importance to prioritise the safety and well-being of our community.

“We extend our heartfelt thoughts and love to anyone affected by this situation. It is our sincere hope that survivors receive the necessary support, counselling, and care they need during this time.

“Margate Pride will continue to focus on its mission to uplift, support, and celebrate the LGBTQIA+ community. For those seeking assistance or information, we invite you to visit our resources page which provides helplines and other valuable resources.

“We will not be making further comments at this time.”

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