Bernard Haunch- Jury out in teacher sex abuse trial

A jury has retired for a third day to consider its verdict in the trial of a former West Sussex school teacher who denies historic sexual offences against schoolchildren.

Bernard Haunch, 72, is accused of sexually attacking a girl and a boy in the 1970s and 1980s while he was a teacher at a rural school. Lewes Crown Court was told that although Haunch had always been sexually attracted to pre-pubescent boys he found the female body of any age repellent. Haunch, of Marlins Close, Sutton, south London, denies 16 offences, including rape and indecent assault, between June 1975 and September 1983. But he has pleaded guilty to indecent assault against a nine-year-old boy between July 1981 and July 1982, and indecency with a child between July 2 1981 and September 1 1983. Judge Michael Lawson QC told the jury he would accept majority verdicts on which at least 10 of them are agreed. The jury was sent home for the night and will resume deliberations at 10am on Friday If you were subject to abuse or you know of a friend or relative who was please get in touch in the strictest of confidence. Those who were subjected to abuse potentially have rise to a civil claim. Charles Derham crd@verisona.com 02392492472
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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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  • Claims against social services
  • Complex/Catastrophic Clinical Negligence claims

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