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Teacher Prosecuted for Allegations Made by a Pupil

Mr B faced allegations of sexual touching against a pupil he taught at a highly respected private school.  These allegations initially arose within an internal school investigation and Mr B was suspended but re-instated.  The allegations were then made to the police, leading to a further investigation and period of suspension.  Eventually, after more than a year, Mr B was charged, and Mowbray Woodwards were instructed to defend the ensuing Crown Court trial.

There had been extensive internal school and external police investigations.  As disclosure was prised out of both the police and school it became apparent that serious concerns over the credibility of the complainant had been expressed at all levels.  Substantial additional defence investigations of teachers and pupils who had not been part of the police investigation painted an entirely different picture of both the defendant and the complainant.  Through a painstaking dissection of the evidence the true chronology of reporting emerged, and the influence of persons and factors around the complainant became clearer.

Thus a proactive approach to the case generally and disclosure in particular lead to evidence being presented to the court that the police had simply failed to follow up on.  For a professional to face false allegations that go right to the heart of their character is an enormous burden to carry.  Yet it is against that background that Mr B was able to focus, with us, on the principle that with determination and expertise the truth could be outed.

After over 18 months of investigation and court process, it took a jury just 45 minutes to unanimously acquit Mr B of all charges.  Reporting of the trial was avoided and Mr B was able to resume his family and professional life.

Mr B faced a case where everything was on the line – his reputation, liberty, profession, career and family.  Mowbray Woodwards accept responsibility for conducting such cases where the overall stakes are as high as they could ever be.

For a further article on this case, see Who Would be a Teacher?

To contact the team please call 01225 485700 or email confidential@mowbraywoodwards.co.uk 

 

Sports Coach Accused of Historic Sexual Offences

Mr G had worked as a sports coach to athletes for over 30 years, including working with a number of high profile and very successful individuals over the course of his career.

He initially faced a single historic allegation from a male he had coached as a boy.   During protracted investigations the police systematically contacted other persons coached by the defendant and put together a case of systematic abuse of those in his care.

The defendant faced a number of challenges relating to the recovery of evidence of events from the quite distant past.  Training records and diaries had been lost, travel logs and locations were lost or incomplete and witnesses could not be traced.

Mr G admitted that he had committed certain historic offences.  The principle challenge that he faced was that by no means all the allegations being made were true or accurate, but the media coverage around his investigation and prosecution was in danger of creating a storm of assumption that everything said by every person was correct.

The matter was eventually settled by negotiation in court.

The case involved the management of substantial documentation and records by the specialist litigation team at Mowbray Woodwards, in both paper and digital format.

To contact the team please call 01225 485700 or email confidential@mowbraywoodwards.co.uk     

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