Today a jury at Oxford Crown Court found William Duxbury guilty of 15 child sex offences and acquitted of one offence.
I was saddened to hear that not only did Duxbury defend these cases to trial causing significant emotional strain on those who made the allegations against him, but defended the claims on the basis that there was collusion with a view to obtaining compensation.
This is not the first (and no doubt not the last) time I have heard a defence focussed on civil claims for compensation. The disingenious argument that a number of independant individuals have made up spurious claims with a view to receiving compensation simply does not wash. This is of course substantiated with the jurys unanimous decision of guilt on 15 counts.
Of course those who were involved in the proceedings and as a result a conviction have the right to bring a claim for damages but I cannot believe that this was their sole purpose for putting themselves through such pain and anguish. I would opine that there are simpler ways to make a quick buck?
I would be interested to hear from those involved and whether they have in fact begun the process of civil claims for compensation, if they have not then this is something that they should seriously consider.
Whilst no amount of money can put things right, turn back the hands of time nor provide complete justice. It often enable individuals to obtain help or therapy but also seek closure from those responsible for employing Duxbury.
If any of those involved would like to discuss matters and the viability of pursing a civil claim then please do not hesitate to contact me in the strictest of confidence.
Below is a selection of organisations/instutions/bodies we are frequently instructed to pursue.
Private schools, boarding schools, local authority schools, closed schools, hospital schools.
The Scouts Association, St Johns Ambulance, MIND, the Children’s Society, Barnados.
- Football trainers, judo teachers, dance instructors, swimming instructors, holiday activity centres, nurseries, youth clubs.
Local Authorities/Ministry of Defence
- County Councils, Borough Councils, City Councils, ILEA, cadets, navy/ army (forces).
National Health Service Trusts/Commissioning Boards/GPs
- Hospitals, Disability care centres, children’s care providers.
- Convicted perpetrators, acquitted perpetrators.
- Respite care, full time children’s home, part-time children’s homes.
- Roman Catholic Church, United Synagogue, Sisters of Nazareth, Jehovah’s Witnesses, Christian Brothers Order.
- Permanent carers, temporary carers
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