Successful Settlement Of Claim For Abuse At Prep School

Publication Date19 October 2020
SubjectConsumer Protection, Criminal Law, Education, Crime
Law FirmLeigh Day
AuthorLeigh Day

The abuse was perpetrated by a music teacher called Paul Dowbekin. In October 2018, Dowbekin pleaded guilty to 14 sexual offences against eight boys, including Charlie, who were all under the age of 14 years-old at the time.

Dowbekin was subsequently jailed for over 10 years at Taunton Crown Court.

The settlement sum of '55,000 reflects the lasting nature of the trauma our client experienced. It impacted on his self-esteem and his ability to trust others. Sadly, the perpetrator's abuse of trust took away the love of music that Charlie had previously had.

Like many survivors of abuse, he carried the 'dreadful secret' of the abuse for years until he finally made a disclosure to the police. Charlie is relieved to have settled his civil claim and brought to an end the serial Court processes in which he has been involved.

Charlie said:

'The service provided by Leigh Day was incredibly helpful, both professional and supportive. Given the sensitive...

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