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.


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