Back is sentenced for historic abuse cases

Many victims of an historic attack are left with the effects for years afterwards, but the fact that it was so far in the past is usually the reason preventing them coming forward.

I have written many blogs about how historic cases come to court by victims who either felt they couldn’t come forward due to the power their attacker had over them, which resonated with them to the present day, or that so much time had passed it would be difficult to gather any evidence. I have also experienced occasions when further victims have been traced and have been able to assist with the correct course of justice for their attackers – so for those thinking bravery goes unrewarded, this is quite untrue.

A recent case has again highlighted how both the age of an incident doesn’t matter and that by speaking out other victims can be located so that justice can still be done.

An investigation in to a former school teacher, Terrance Back, began following an allegation made by an ex pupil of the school where Back was working in the 1970s. Those allegations lead to the police uncovering further victims that had suffered at Back’s hands.

Now aged 71, Terrance Back, who worked at the Whitehall Junior School in Uxbridge and Kingsway Junior School in Watford, was investigated in 2013 following a complaint from a former pupil of the Whitehall Junior School. The allegation was in relation to gross indecency and indecent assault whilst the pupil attended the school in 1974.

Enquiries led the police to Kingsway School where they were able to trace two further victims, both of whom provided information to police. All accounts by witnesses appeared to carry some striking similarities and Back was arrested and charged on 8th September 2015 with indecent assault on a male child, who was aged 11 years at the time, as well as indecent assault on a female child, aged 7 at the time. Back was found guilty of these offences , however, found not guilty of gross indecency against another 7-year-old female.
He was sentenced at Isleworth Crown Court on Wednesday 13th July to 6 years.

Sadly, cases like these are becoming more widely read about, but at least one benefit is that the media able to expose these attackers and their horrific crimes. Just because an incident took place years, even decades ago, you can still make a claim. Some people feel seeking justice can also aid their recovery and many are entitled to compensation to enable them to get that help they need.

If you think you might have a case, the abuse team here at Verisona Law can help you to sensitively resolve your case.


Charles has considerable specialist experience in pursuing claims for compensation for those who have been abused in childhood. His specific expertise means that he is recognised locally, nationally and internationally for his work which has taken him all over the world including, USA, Australia and New Zealand.

He is also recognised for his significant involvement in the high profile litigation against St Georges School (Anglemoss Limited) and Cyntwell High School. These cases involved a staggering number of individuals who pursued those responsible whom despite heavily defending the claims brought against them settled by way of out of court settlements.

Charles regularly features in local and national press and he is often asked to provide his professional opinion and commentary on relevant abuse law issues and developments on radio and television broadcasts. Such broadcasts include BBC South Today, BBC Wales, ITV and ITN News.

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Charles obtained his Law degree at Kingston University, before successfully completing his Legal Practice Course. He trained and qualified with Verisona Law beginning his specialism in the field of child abuse claims. He received his higher rights of Audience in 2012 making him one of the youngest Solicitor-Advocates in the country who is able to represent his clients in the High Court. Charles is head of the abuse team who collectively have secured compensation for hundreds of victims of abuse.

He began diversifying in to other aspects of abuse law and his team are one of the very few in the country who specialise in claims against social services.

He is involved in complex group action litigation and also represents a number of individuals and who are pursuing private companies, local authorities and perpetrators in pursuit of their justice.

Charles has strong contacts with some of the most prominent barristers who advise on abuse claims including a number of QC’s. He also has robust connections with highly qualified expert witnesses he instructs in support of those who he represents.

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