"Since this incident I feel that my innocence was lost".
The man, who was never in the Boys' Brigade, was about 13 at the time of the abuse. He added: "I do have a small ounce of pity for him. He must be a very sick man. He must not have contact with children ever again."
He said that he had battled with drugs, drink and depression because of the abuse at the hands of the married church-goer and father-of-two. The man added that he had a "number of emotional breakdowns". He said that he hoped the conviction would "bring closure".
All the victims said that they had trouble dealing with everyday situations and coping with relationships. One said he could not cope being in the company of men, which had blighted his chosen career.
He said in a statement: "I keep my head down, I work in a dead-end job and at the end of the week I just take my pay."
The man has seen a psychiatrist and had anger management. He added: "I cannot stand being touched by a man in any way, anywhere." Wall was convicted of five counts of indecently assaulting four boys. The jury could not reach a verdict on a sixth charge involving a fifth complainant.
The court heard that the police's hunt for Wall's victims of pervert took their inquiries all over the world. Detectives were hampered by the passage of time and the lack of membership records for the Boys' Brigade from the 1980s and 1990s.
Officer in the case DC Sarah Ronayne had to rely on the memories of complainants and other boys to trace their former colleagues. Two of the five complainants happened to be living abroad – one on the other side of the world.
One was never a member of the Christian organisation and came forward independently after watching footballers complaining of abuse they had suffered as children. Wall stood trial in October last year but escaped justice when the jury could not agree on their verdicts.
The first complainant came forward in 2007 and Wall denied the allegation in an interview which lasted two and a half hours. But police decided to take no further action and the file was not passed over to the Crown Prosecution Service. The exact reason for that decision had not been revealed.
The second victim to contact police in 2014 spoke out after being trained about child protection as part of his job. Police launched Operation Sandor in August of that year.
Wall said he was arrested at his church on his 25th wedding anniversary. He only identified his tormentor as "David" from the Boys' Brigade, but DC Ronayne managed to identify Wall and trace the original complainant.
The 2007 complainant could not give evidence at the first trial due to personal problems, but spoke out at the second. DC Ronayne told the court during this trial that she tried to track down former Boys' Brigade members both as potential victims and to support the stories of existing complainants.
A press appeal could have found the victims far faster but would have given strength to Wall's claims that everyone was plotting together to tell lies against him. A key part of the prosecution's case was that most of the men had not known each other as boys and had come forward independently to tell similar stories.
The Boys' Brigade head office could confirm Wall as a leader but pointed the officer in the direction of the Plymouth branch for membership records. But they had been destroyed for the 80s and 90s.
DC Ronayne traced a former senior leader in the Plymouth Boys' Brigade who confirmed some of the names from his own memory. Days after the first trial, the original complainant from 2007 came forward to give a statement.
The fifth complainant also came forward weeks later in November last year after seeing a news report while living abroad of the abuse suffered by footballers as children. The man rang the NSPCC helpline after seeing Andy Woodward and three other players on the Victoria Derbyshire programme.
The show was later to win a BAFTA for news coverage.
Reporting by plymouthherald
Boys' Brigade leader jailed for seven years for child sex abuse Neil_Shaw May 26, 2017