Basil Burton accused of child abuse spanning five decades

A man sexually assaulted two girls in alleged crimes that spanned five decades, a court was told. Basil Burton, pictured, is accused of seven sexual offences against the girls who were both aged around eight or nine at the time the offences were allegedly committed. Southampton Crown Court was told how one of the alleged victims first confided in friends and then a teacher at school that she had been sexually assaulted by Burton in 2006 and again between 2009 and 2010. It was while police were investigating those allegations that a second victim came forward with allegations dating back to incidents sometime between 1964 and 1967 at an address in ibden Purlieu. Prosecutor Michael Forster told the jury how both complainants gave similar accounts of what had happened to them, including claims that Burton, 80, had kissed them on the mouth and made them touch him indecently. Mr Forster said in police interview Burton had denied that any of the incidents had happened and it would be up to the jury to decide where the truth lay. child under the age of 13, two counts of indecency with a child and indecent assault. We will update as to the progress of this case. If you have been the victim of physical or sexual abuse, or believe that somebody in your care might have been abused then there may be rise to a civil claim for compensation. Charles Derham 02392446920

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.

Charles is a member of the Association of Child Abuse Lawyers.

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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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  • Complex/Catastrophic Clinical Negligence claims

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