Verisona Law represent the brave individual who spoke out about her abuse at the hands of David Oliver - Former scout leader

A FORMER Scout leader who abused a teenage girl at Butchers Coppice has been spared a prison sentence.

David Oliver, of Coombe Gardens in Bournemouth, was convicted of six counts of indecent assault following a five-day trial at Bournemouth Crown Court.

Jurors heard the defendant, now 51, kissed and sexually assaulted his young victim on a number of occasions in the late 1990s.

The girl, who was under the age of 16, was targeted in the grounds around the Scout camp and an office at the site.

On one occasion, she was assaulted in Oliver’s car on the way to a camp in the New Forest.

The defendant was sentenced to two years in prison suspended for two years and ordered to complete an activity requirement and a two-year supervision order.

He will also be on the sex offenders register for a decade.

Charles Derham, head of the abuse team, attended the sentencing in the hope that he would witness justice. The sentence in his view is not proprtionate to the crime. The abuse has had a profound affect on the indivual in question, Oliver put her through the distress and trauma of a five day trial offering no evidence to dispute the allegations he faced.

Verisona Law have significant expertise in pursuing claims against the Scouts Association. We have an ongoing claim in respect of alleged sexual abuse at the hands of this former Scout leader at Butchers Coppice Scout Camp.
If you, or a loved one, have been affected by abuse whilst in the Scouts, please do not hesitate to contact our team of experienced lawyers who will be happy to speak to you about whether it may be possible to bring a claim.

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.

You can follow Charles on Twitter and Facebook.

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.

  • Child abuse claims
  • Claims against social services
  • Complex/Catastrophic Clinical Negligence claims

"Your help in pursuing and fighting my case is greatly appreciated, not by just myself but my whole family. Only through the progression of the case have I found it easier to talk about it and this has helped deal with something I had locked away since the day I left the school. It has allowed me to talk about my experiences far more openly and without the stigma of shame I had felt for so long.
Once again thank you sincerely for your time and patience in dealing with my case."

Abuse Survivor, St Georges School, Norfolk

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