Ten new claims against Cyntwell High School teacher under investigation

Ten new possible claims against a city teacher dating back to the 1960s and 70s are being investigated with eight of the potential laimant's instructing Verisona. It comes after seven former pupils who say they were abused by their art teacher at a Cardiff school have received around £350,000 in payouts. David Leighton avies was convicted of sexual offences against three 15-year-old boys in 1977 and died shortly after his release from prison in 1980. Those attacks took place away from the school, which had closed in 1972. The seven men have been receiving the payouts since 2011 for abuse allegedly suffered at the former Cyntwell High School, in Ely. The alleged abuse is said to have happened in the 1960s and 1970s and ranges from sexual touching to rape. BBC Wales has now reported that Davies taught at Glyn erw High after yntwell closed, and some of the allegations relate to his time there. One of the men who contacted lawyers after the story was broadcast said he was sexually abused by avies both at Glyn Derw and at his home. “It made me withdraw back into myself and my schooling went downhill,” the man told the BBC. He said it made him feel like he always wanted to run away and added: “And the pressure of that meant I couldn’t wait to leave school and actually start work and basically run away from everybody and everything.” In a statement last year, Cardiff council said: “Claims have been received by ardiff council with regard to alleged sexual abuse relating to Cyntwell High School dating back to the 1960s and 1970s, while under the responsibility of one of ardiff council’s predecessor authorities. “The claims were settled out of court by the council’s insurers, with no admission of liability.” If you or somebody you know were 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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Having completed her degree, Lisa started work for Verisona Law in November 1999 in the Personal Injury department as a Trainee Litigation Clerk and since then has developed extensive skills in relation to personal injury litigation and case preparation.

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