Court hears deputy headteacher forced boy to eat food which makes him sick in historical cruelty allegations

Ipswich Crown Court has heard the allegations of historical abuse suffered by pupils at the hands of the deputy head of a Stowmarket boarding school where in one case, a pupil was made to eat food which he knew would make him sick.

The pupil, now aged 42, had informed Gerard West that tomatoes made him sick but was forced to eat them in front of the whole school, he told a jury at Ipswich Crown Court.

West, 71, of Martins Meadow, Gislingham, is one of four former members of staff from the now-closed Oakwood School in Stowmarket who are on trial accused of child cruelty. The offences, to which the men have all pleaded not guilty, are alleged to have been committed between 1974 and 1999.

Giving evidence, the former pupil said that West had been made aware that if he ate tomatoes he would be sick and had “begged” West not to make him eat them… Standing over him, West told the boy, aged about 10 at the time, that he should be grateful for the food provided for him and then stood by as the boy was sick, it has been claimed. West was also accused of physically assaulting the boy about once a month if he answered back or misbehaved…

The trial continues.

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