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.

Lisa has specialised in childhood abuse and social care negligence for the last 8 years and has extensive experience in relation to civil abuse litigation, CICA claim maximisation and Redress Scheme claims. She offers a sympathetic and professional approach to her clients’ problems and advises on funding options (including insurance and Conditional Fee Agreements.)

Since 2018 she has travelled around the country to see clients who were failed by Lambeth Council during their childhood in order to collate evidence for submission to the Lambeth Children’s Home Compensation Scheme. Lisa’s style of working is tailored to providing emotional support whilst applying the specialist legal expertise required to ensure her client’s have the best evidence for making a successful claim.

Lisa is able to access key psychiatric and social care experts to obtain evidence and therapy recommendations for clients. She can direct clients to treatment providers if required. Often such treatment costs can be claimed as part of the compensation process. This is a priority to ensure her clients have the best opportunity to make positive steps into the future. Lisa excels in applying questions to psychiatric experts to clarify and ensure they have a deeper understanding of the case issues where required. She is also experienced in negotiation to maximise outcome according to specific scheme terms.

For the last year and half, Lisa has been leading the firm’s participation in the National Abuse Inquiry specifically relating to the IICSA Lambeth investigation acting on behalf of 6 core participants. Such work involved the preparation of core participant applications, section 40 funding applications, detailed consideration of social care record evidence, witness statements preparation, attending preliminary hearings for consideration on the extent of other key party involvement, detailed work on documentary disclosure evidence from the council, police and other core participants to identify deep seated failings within the past care and policing systems, cross referencing, and work with counsel on composing Rule 10 questioning of corporate and police witnesses giving evidence at the IICSA Lambeth hearing. Lisa also accompanied a key core participant giving evidence to the IICSA hearing providing support and understanding to ensure her client’s evidence was sensitively taken into account when the panel make recommendations to protect children in the future. Questions were raised on the effectiveness of the current Serious Case Review system and how this has been operating within police and council’s across the country, something which has also been identified whilst working on specific civil cases. The hope is that improvements in the child protection mechanisms can ensure the safety of children in future.

Lisa also specialises in CICA claims, an area of work which has increased significantly following the lifting of the pre 1979 same home abuse rule which facilitated many victims being able to finally achieve justice relating to serious childhood abuse.

Lisa also has extensive particular experience in running civil claims relating to foster carer abuse, abuse in private/public/approved school institutions, church abuse, and abuse linked to gymnastics.

Her extensive knowledge of the Civil Procedure Rules, skills in evidence gathering and analysis of liability and causation, and experience in risk assessment and settlement negotiation make her a valuable asset to clients and colleagues alike.

Lisa has more than 20 years’ experience of dealing with Personal Injury matters ranging from road traffic accidents to workplace injury and liability.

Lisa is fluent in German and Persian. She also has experience in Civil Litigation regarding Debt Recovery, Breach of Contract, and Insolvency Law

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Lisa studied ‘Contract Law, European Law and Employment Law’ as part of her degree in BA (Hons) Business Administration. She has also studied other business subjects, including accounting.

Having completed her degree, Lisa started work for Verisona Law in November 1999 in the Personal Injury department as a Trainee Litigation Clerk and since then has developed extensive skills in relation to personal injury litigation and case preparation.

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