John Clark accused of 26 indecent assaults but is this a case of mistaken identity?

John Clark, now 79, has pleaded not guilty to offences alleged to have been committed against four pupils while was the music director at the preparatory school. He is charged with 24 counts of indecent assault and two counts of buggery. The defence does not contest that the abuse of the four boys took place, but has raised a strange defence claiming Clark was not the abuser. A rather unusual approach, it seems, by the defence is that they allege the four independant complainants all simply have the wrong man. It has been put to them they they were abused but by a now deceased former member of staff Laurie Paine, the assistant organ master who during the course of his employment at Aldro School was was caught with another boy before being fired from his job. hese four brave individuals have come forward and are trying to obtain closure and justice for the sordid and horrific crimes that they suffered, but are met with a spurious claim by the defence of mistaken identity. With reflection on the huge number of individuals Verisona Law have spoken to regarding abuse as a child, we cannot fathom that four independant witnesses can all have the wrong man. We simply believe that the defence are hoping to muddy the waters enough to cast doubt on the case. A distasteful approach that hopefully does not succeed. If you or a loved one have been subject to abuse 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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