Scots child sex abuse victim raped by council foster carer awarded record £1.75m damages

A man who was raped and sexually abused as a child by his evil foster carer has been awarded a record-breaking £1.75m in compensation.

The man, who cannot be named for legal reasons, launched a civil case against Glasgow City Council, who placed him in the care of his abuser between 1983 and 1988.

He was previously awarded a £1.3m settlement by Lord Brailsford for the “loss, injury and damage” – including PTSD – which he suffered as a result of the abuse.

But the brave survivor’s anguish was compounded when the council’s legal team appealed the amount – claiming that he would always have ended up suffering after being in care from the age of 21 months.

Lawyers for Glasgow City Council initially argued that the man’s injuries did not warrant compensation of that amount

The appeal was eventually dropped and the new settlement figure agreed but the victim has yet to receive a direct apology from council chiefs for his ordeal.

The abuser, who has not been named, was jailed for 10 years in February 2019 after being convicted of lewd, indecent and libidinous practices and indecent assault against the victim.

The 52-year-old’s lawyer, Laura Connor, who specializes in pursuing civil justice for survivors of historical abuse, has welcomed the long overdue settlement.

The partner at Thompsons Solicitors said: “For child historical abuse claims, we understand that this is the highest settlement amount given and I very much hope that it paves the way for others to follow.

“One thing which has encouraged the purser to be motivated to pursue the case throughout was the fact that Glasgow City Council have never acknowledged the abuse.

“They have still not apologized to him directly for what has happened. That continues to be a significant issue for him.

“We have been pursuing the case for a number of years and the council, through their solicitors, did admit liability but only once there was a criminal conviction secured.

“They then defended the value of the case and questioned our evaluation throughout. Their view was that the abuse could not have had the impact which the pursuer and our expert said it did.

“Instead, they tried to lead contrary evidence which led to a court hearing. The hearing was focused on the value of the case and what award should be made.

“It was very encouraging for all survivors that Lord Brailsford accepted the purser’s position at proof and accepted that an individual can be very significantly impacted throughout their life as a result of abuse they have suffered in childhood.

“One of the arguments which the council made was that being in the care system anyway was always going to have a negative impact and tried to reduce the level of award which was due on that point as well.

“We then had the opinion issued which was of course welcomed but we were aware that an appeal may follow and it did.

Laura Connor of Thompsons Solicitors
Laura Connor of Thompsons Solicitors

“They continued to argue that in this case the purser, with the injuries that he has, did not merit that level of compensation.

“They did appeal the decision but that was dropped and they subsequently negotiated a settlement figure of £1.75m which was reflective of the purser’s injuries and the losses that he has suffered throughout life and will continue to suffer throughout life as well as the interest which is applicable to these types of historical cases.”

She added: “The judgment acknowledged the life-long impact of childhood abuse on the purser and indeed on other survivors.

“But I’m really not sure if the defenders are realizing that yet and these delays can add to the injuries already suffered.

“It’s part of society, part of our legal system, that when a person is injured in any way, there is an onus on them to pursue the claim and to provide evidence.

“It’s a difficult process to go through. It’s very important that the correct expert solicitors are involved in any case like this and to work with the pursuer throughout the case and provide them with the support that they need.”

Glasgow City Council have been contacted for comment.

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George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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