Danesbury School abuse
The Hertfordshire press have today reported on two of our clients who are suing Hertfordshire County Council for the suffering they underwent as victims of alleged sexual abuse, carried out by a deputy head teacher when they were former pupils of Danesbury School in Bengeo, Hertford.
Police have confirmed allegations were made about Malcolm Hill, former deputy head teacher at the now non-operational school between 2009 and 2012, but the force failed to gather sufficient evidence to make an arrest.
Speaking to the Hertfordshire press about the Danesbury School abuse, one man, who cannot be named for legal reasons spoke about his experiences of abuse at the hands of Malcolm Hill. Commenting, the man who is now in his 50s was sent to Danesbury when he was 12 because of a court ruling that his mother was not capable of looking of after him, said: “There is no doubt my childhood ended when I went there. It lives with me every single day. It’s messed me up completely. I suffer from serious bouts of depression and post-traumatic stress whenever I have to talk about it again. We used to run away all the time and nobody used to ask us why. Perhaps if I get some sort of closure, I might be able to in the future. I want to get rid of this, I want to be able to enjoy my life, and I want to be a better person.”
Deborah Corcoran, who is handling the case, said: “The clients I represent have suffered immensely over the years as a result of what Malcolm Hill did to them. Allegations about Hill in the 90s appear not to have been properly looked into.”
Anyone who has any information about Malcolm Hill and Danesbury school should contact Deborah Corcoran, solicitor, at Simpson Millar on 0345 357 9200.
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