Victims of abuse seek damages
VICTIMS of Derek Cable, a youth band leader and teacher jailed for four years for abusing children, are seeking damages from Suffolk County Council.
In September 2002, Cable, from Stowmarket, was convicted of abusing five boys aged between 10 and 14 in a 13-year period while he was a music teacher at Stowmarket Middle School and leader of the Stowmarket School Concert Band.
Cable later retired to Singapore but was was apprehended after former pupils enticed him to a band reunion – a ruse set up by one of his victims as a way of getting Cable back into the UK.
Cambridge-based solicitors Andrew Grove and Co, who specialise in damage claims from victims of child abuse, have sent a letter before action to the council.
Andrew Grove said: “We have got six claimants looking for damages.
“We have sent a formal letter of before action to Suffolk County Council as the employer of Derek Cable and they have since referred it to Nottingham-based Browne Jacobson solicitors.
“Victims have faced emotional, behavioural and social damage from what happened to them.
Mr Grove said a claim would be issued to the county court shortly and is asking anyone who may have witnessed or be victims of Cable’s abuse to call him on 01223 367133.
A victim of Cable, who wished to remain anonymous, said: “He wrecked my life.
“I was 14 years old and dicovering life when I was sent to live with my school teacher.
“There was so much more I could have done with my life if I hadn’t been left in his care.”
A Suffolk County Council spokesman said: “A formal claim has been received and passed to our insurers and the case has now been referred to solicitors acting on our behalf.
“It would be inappropriate to comment further on the investigation at this stage.”
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