Former head, Malcolm Ford guilty of raping girl

A former primary school headmaster is facing a lengthy prison sentence after being found guilty of raping and indecently assaulting a young girl. Malcolm Ford, 66, regularly sexually abused the youngster over a period of about three years, a court was told.

The offences happened more than 20 years ago, but the victim did not make a complaint until this year. Ford, who at the time was head of he Heys Primary School in Ashton under Lyne, ameside, had admitted four offences of indecently assaulting the girl when she was 14 or 15, and had admitted similar offences against two other girls of similar age. None of the girls involved had ever been a pupil at his school. He had vehemently denied four charges of indecently assaulting the youngster when she was under 14, and denied ever having sex with her. But a jury at Manchester’s Minshull Street Crown Court found him guilty of the assault charges and all four counts of rape. Ford will be sentenced later this month. The court heard that Ford, who lived in Henrietta Street, Ashton under Lyne at the time, had begun by fondling and touching the youngster. He went on to rape her on up to four occasions. Guy Mathieson, prosecuting, said the four counts of indecent assault represented many such incidents over a long period of time. He told the court Ford, now of Bell Street, Southport, had accepted sexually touching the girl, but insisted it had never happened before she was 14. When told of the allegations of rape, Ford had denied them. Giving evidence in court, Ford claimed the girl had lied about the rapes and exaggerated everything else. But he told the jury: “I’m glad she did tell the police. I behaved very badly towards her. I am ashamed of myself, and I should be ashamed of myself.” His victim, who gave evidence in court from behind a protective screen, said she had known what he was doing was wrong from the start, but did not know how to stop it. She said of the first time he raped her: “I felt sick. I remember closing my eyes and gritting my teeth.” We understand that it is not unusual for those who were subject to abuse to come forward later in life. he law surrounding this situation is complex and Verisona’s historic abuse team have the requisite specialist knowledge to be able to deal with any potential claims. If you or somebody you know were subject to abuse at any time whilst at the school or at any other institution please do not hesitate to contact Charles Derham our specialist child abuse solicitor. We will treat any communications with the strictest of confidence. Format former primary school headmaster is facing a lengthy prison sentence after being found guilty of raping and indecently assaulting a young girl. Malcolm Ford, 66, regularly sexually abused the youngster over a period of about three years, a court was told. he offences happened more than 20 years ago, but the victim did not make a complaint until this year. Ford, who at the time was head of he Heys Primary School in shton under Lyne, ameside, had admitted four offences of indecently assaulting the girl when she was 14 or 15, and had admitted similar offences against two other girls of similar age. None of the girls involved had ever been a pupil at his school. He had vehemently denied four charges of indecently assaulting the youngster when she was under 14, and denied ever having sex with her. But a jury at Manchester’s Minshull Street rown ourt found him guilty of the assault charges and all four counts of rape. Ford will be sentenced later this month. he court heard that Ford, who lived in Henrietta Street, shton under Lyne at the time, had begun by fondling and touching the youngster. He went on to rape her on up to four occasions. Guy Mathieson, prosecuting, said the four counts of indecent assault represented many such incidents over a long period of time. He told the court Ford, now of Bell Street, Southport, had accepted sexually touching the girl, but insisted it had never happened before she was 14. When told of the allegations of rape, Ford had denied them. Giving evidence in court, Ford claimed the girl had lied about the rapes and exaggerated everything else. But he told the jury: “I’m glad she did tell the police. I behaved very badly towards her. I am ashamed of myself, and I should be ashamed of myself.” His victim, who gave evidence in court from behind a protective screen, said she had known what he was doing was wrong from the start, but did not know how to stop it. She said of the first time he raped her: “I felt sick. I remember closing my eyes and gritting my teeth.”

We understand that it is not unusual for those who were subject to abuse to come forward later in life. he law surrounding this situation is complex and Verisona’s historic abuse team have the requisite specialist knowledge to be able to deal with any potential claims. If you or somebody you know were subject to abuse at any time whilst at the school or at any other institution please do not hesitate to contact Charles Derham our specialist child abuse solicitor. We will treat any communications with the strictest of confidence.

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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.

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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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