Inside Phil Schofield and his brother Timothy's relationship
Inside Phillip Schofield and his brother’s relationship: Photos show siblings taking their mother to lunch and backstage at Dancing on Ice – amid questions over when ITV star will return to work
- Timothy Schofield, 54, was today found guilty of 11 counts of sexual offences
The conviction of Phillip Schofield’s brother for sexually abusing a teenage boy has placed fresh scrutiny on the relationship between both siblings – amid questions over whether the TV star will return to work.
Timothy Schofield, 54, was today found guilty of 11 counts of sexual offences against his underage victim – with whom he watched porn while performing a sex act.
Pictures have emerged showing the brother enjoying lunch with their mother and at a family party, while another shows Timothy backstage at Dancing On Ice in 2014.
It emerged in court that Timothy told Phillip in September 2021 that he performed a sex act with the boy a year before, according to a witness statement Phillip gave to the court.
Phillip told the trial that he and his brother did not have a close relationship because of a seven-year age gap and the broadcaster’s decision to leave home aged 10.
Phillip and his brother Timothy having fun in a photo booth at a family party in 2014
Another photo shared on social media shows the brothers enjoying lunch with their mother
Phillip Schofield pictured last week after taking time off work as his brother, Timothy, was in court
Timothy Schofield, 54, was today found guilty of 11 counts of sexual offences against his underage victim – with whom he watched porn while performing a sex act
The brothers grew up in Newquay, Cornwall together after the family moved there when Philip was 18 months old.
Their parents, Pat and Brian, fell in love with the region on their honeymoon and eventually decided to relocate there from Lancashire.
Philip once described his love for growing up in Cornwall in his autobiography, calling it a great place to grow up.
He said: ‘To grow up in the place where everybody else came on their holidays was lucky and then some. The beach was core to the life of the town, our family and my school friends, though I have a problem with sand.’
The TV star’s first job was working at an ice cream shop on Fistral beach.
Phillip said following the jury’s verdict today: ‘My overwhelming concern is and has always been for the wellbeing of the victim and his family. I hope that their privacy will now be respected. If any crime had ever been confessed to me by my brother, I would have acted immediately to protect the victim and their family. These are despicable crimes, and I welcome the guilty verdicts. As far as I am concerned, I no longer have a brother.’
In a statement to the trial read by prosecutor Robin Shellard during the trial, Phillip recalled how he received a phone call from his brother on September 12, 2021. It was a weekend and he asked if I was able to talk,’ he said. ‘Tim was in an extreme state of agitation.
‘He said that he was on the verge of killing himself. He said that his head was in a mess and everything was a mess. Tim was clearly very upset and I asked him if he could drive. Tim said yes he could, so I told him to drive to my home in London.
‘Around two hours or so later Tim arrived and I could see he was in a state of heightened agitation. It was distressing to see him in such a state. He was as angry as I’ve ever seen him. The conversation was about how angry he was. He was furious, angry, ranting and raving.’
Phillip tried to ‘change the conversation’ and asked what he was watching on TV and his brother was in ‘floods of tears’ as he described the series Pennyworth.
Phillip said it was usual for him to cry when telling stories but ‘this was crazy’. He went on: ‘We ended up having dinner and I was washing up. Tim was standing behind me and he said you are going to hate me for what I’m about to say. I said there’s nothing he could say that would make me hate him.
‘He said [the alleged victim and him] had their time together and last year watched porn and w***** on the sofa.
‘I turned and said, ‘What did you just say?’ ‘Schofield then said it ‘was a moment we were together’. Tim said it was just this time and I told him it should never happen again,’ Phillip said.
The defendant then started describing the body of the alleged victim, and Phillip shouted: ‘F***, stop!’.
‘I told him that this had to stop,’ the statement continued. ‘I just didn’t want to hear any of the details, but it sounded like it was just one time.
In 2014, Timothy shared a photo showing himself backstage at Dancing On Ice
Timothy Schofield told his TV star brother in September 2021 that he performed a sex act with the boy a year before, according to a witness statement Phillip gave to the court
‘I said I don’t want you to tell me any more. Regardless of how it happened, it must never happen again.
‘He said it was just [their] time. I said ‘What the hell is that?” Schofield said he never spoke with his brother about it again.
Describing the distance between the siblings, he said: ‘I don’t have a relationship with Tim like a brother because there are seven years between us and I moved away when he was 10.
‘I never spoke about what Tim told me ever again.’
Timothy, a police IT technician from Bath, had repeatedly blamed his actions on his ‘mental health struggles’ and suggested the complainant is ‘exaggerating’ what happened.
Meanwhile, his defence lawyer said that while he was guilty of ‘the most serious crimes in the court of public morals’ he had not committed a criminal offence.
But closing the case for the prosecution, prosecutor Robin Shellard said: ‘We are not dealing with morals but criminal abuse against a child.’
He added: ‘There are good reasons why society – and we here are all part of this society and the law which is founded because of society – treats those under 18 and those under 16 not as full adults.
‘Society tries to protect children from adults who want to abuse them and tries to protect children from themselves.’
Referring to the defendant’s claims of ‘exaggeration’, Mr Shellard said: ‘The problem for Mr Schofield is how restrained the boy is in his allegations.
‘Is that person motivated by hate and spite or is he saying things about what happened? We say the evidence shows the boy is not motivated by hate and lies.’
Timothy Schofield was convicted of three counts of causing a child to watch sexual activity, three of engaging in sexual activity in the presence of a child, three of causing a child to engage in sexual activity, and two of sexual activity with a child.
He will be sentenced at a later date.
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