EIGHT teenage boys who allege they were sexually abused by a convicted Burton paedophile while he was headmaster at a school in India are seeking compensation.
Lawyers have been instructed to pursue claims on behalf of the ex-pupils of Anglo-Kutchi Medium School in Gujarat, where Derek Slade, of Farm Road, Horninglow, worked in 2001.
Slade (pictured) was convicted of 13 separate offences following a five-week trial at Ipswich Crown Court in 2010. He is currently serving 21 years in prison.
He became involved in the funding and building of Anglo-Kutchi in 2001 using a fake passport and the name Edward Marsh.
The boys are claiming compensation from three defendants who they say owed them a duty of care because they ran the school which employed Slade.
The claim is being made against Derek Sawyer, former leader of Islington Borough Council and former chairman of the London Regional Courts Board, Abdul Osman, Labour Lord Mayor of Leicester, and the charity Help a Poor Child, which supported the school.
Alan Collins, partner at Pannone Solicitors which is representing the claimants, said: “We hope that anyone who was approached to donate monies to the school or assist financially in any way will come forward, as they may be able to provide information which may help the victims of Derek Slade.”
Derek Sawyer’s solicitor issued a state- ment which said Mr Sawyer ‘had no management responsibilities at the school and did not employ Mr Slade’ and that ‘he had no knowledge of any sexual abuse allegations at the relevant time, and obviously he utterly condemns any such behaviour’.
Mr Osman said: “If these acts are proved to have taken place, I condemn them absolutely.
“I was not responsible for employing Derek Slade nor for protecting children from him.
“Accordingly, if any proceedings are issued they will be defended.”
Slade was jailed after police raided his home in Burton in February 2010 and found 70,000 images of children, some from India and others from Africa.