Support Worker - Graham Gilmour on trial for indecent assault offences - Gregg School and Lakeside School

SUPPORT worker indecently sexually abused two boys while employed at different Hampshire schools, it was alleged. Graham Gilmour, 44, faces 24 allegations of sexual abuse of the boys who were attending Gregg School, Southampton, and Lakeside School, a special education needs unit at Chandlers Ford, more than a decade ago. Jurors have been told how the teaching assistant began supporting one of the youths after he was being bullied at Greggs. Prosecutor Robert Bryant told Southampton rown ourt that the boy had learned Gilmour was gay and sent him a text because he thought he was also gay. Gilmour asked him to talk about it. hings progressed between the pair and they started kissing in the library. Gilmour later performed other sexual acts on the pupil, not only in the same room but also at his father’s home when Gilmour went there to give him extra lessons, it was alleged. Mr Bryant alleged his father later overheard a conversation between the youth’s boy friend and his brother and told him he should go to the police. “That was how the police became involved,” the barrister explained. That friend had also recalled seeing Gilmour in a Southampton pub about a year before the police involvement, and told him he knew what he had been doing. “He says at that point the defendant said he was sorry for what he had done.” In relation to the charges surrounding the second boy, Mr Bryant said the abuse began after after a maths class. Other acts took place in a spare building and in Gilmour’s car. The boy’s mother told jurors how he revealed Gilmour had done something to him but didn’t want to talk about it and she respected his wishes. But later, while they were at Millbrook’s Megabowl, he noticed Gilmour there with a group but kept staring at him. When Gilmour was alone, she introduced herself to him and told him she knew what he had done because her son had told her. “I told him that if it wasn’t for him, I would have reported you to the police. “He turned around and said ‘sorry’. I said ‘you will be’ and he walked away.” Gilmour, of Junction Road, Poole, has pleaded not guilty to the charges and is expected to give evidence on Monday.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.

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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