The firm of solicitors are asking members of the public, witnesses and victims to come forward with any information that may help them pursue a claim for compensation against convicted Peter Wright.  Their client, 60 year old Tom Perry from Buckinghamshire who was sexually abused by Peter Wright when he was just a 12 year old school boy, has been fighting for justice for over ten years.  Mr Perry, who was sent to Caldicott at the age of 8 in 1963 says the sexual attentions by former headmaster, Peter Wright, began when he was vulnerable, missing family life and craving intimacy and kindness.  In 2003 the former headmaster was charged with 16 offences against five boys at Caldicott during the 1960s, but the ruling judge halted the case, on the grounds that it was an unfair trial due to the historical nature of the abuse, and set Write free. 

Peter Garsden, solicitor representing Tom Perry said: “I am delighted for all the victims of abuse at Caldicott who were abused by Peter Wright, convicted yesterday of various sex offences against former pupils. They will feel relieved that after many years, they have finally been believed and achieved some semblance of justice. Some of them, however, did not have the benefit of a conviction in their favour for legal and technical reasons. I act for one of them. We will now proceed with all speed to make claims for compensation against Mr Wright, and any others who may be involved. 

The school were, of course, guilty of ignoring complaints and misleading the authorities in the past that could have stopped the abuse from continuing. I am anxious for any former pupils or staff, who can give any useful evidence of what happened to come forward, even if they were not involved in the case. Any information will be of use to our civil case.”

The date for the sentencing hearing has not yet been confirmed but is thought to be taking place in February 2014.

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Notes to Editors:

For more information please contact:

Peter Garsden
QualitySolicitors Abney Garsden 
Managing Partner and President of ACAL (Association of Child Abuse Lawyers)
Office: 0161 482 8822
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QualitySolicitors Abney Garsden 
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About QualitySolicitors Abney Garsden:

  • QualitySolicitors Abney Garsden have a dedicated team of experienced abuse solicitors, specialising in child abuse claims for the victims of sexual, physical or emotional abuse. 
  • The firm have been representing victims of abuse since 1994.
  • Their specialised solicitors are members of a nationwide group called A.C.A.L. (Association of Child Abuse Lawyers).  
  • Peter Garsden, the firm’s principal, is the president and one of the founder members of ACAL and has substantial media experience.  

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