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Jury in a Child Abuse Criminal trial Discharged after Failing to Reach a Final Verdict
Fri 27th Apr 2012 Clinical negligence
The Huddersfield Daily Examiner reports that the jury in the criminal trial of a former assistant headteacher at William Henry Smith School near Brighouse, has been discharged after failing to reach a final verdict.
Blake Lapthorn has been instructed by two former pupils at this school.
Prosecutors say that a re-trial is likely. The allegations originate from former pupils at the school, who were placed there the late 1970s and early 1980s.
Malcolm Johnson, senior solicitor at Blake Lapthorn and author of "Child Abuse Compensation Claims" said:-
"Claims involving allegations of abuse against care institutions are often surprisingly successful, even though the abuse itself occurred many years ago. This because the courts take the view that if an institution employs someone to look after children, then they will be strictly liable for any abuse perpetrated by that employee. However it is crucial that such claims are brought as soon as possible, as failure to do so can prejudice any chances of compensation."
Malcolm is also a founder member of the Association of Child Abuse Lawyers, an organisation set up to help survivors of abuse obtain just compensation.
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