Trial of former headmaster of Brookside School, Shropshire halted


June 23, 2016 | By David Greenwood |

June 23, 2016 | By David Greenwood |

This June, the trial of former headmaster, Jack Mount, who was facing over 50 charges relating to sex offences against children, has been halted due to his ill health.

Jack Mount was the headmaster and owner of Brookside School, a privately-run school in Craven Arms, Shropshire. Brookside School opened in 1965 and closed in 1985.

After a series of hearings, during which the jury was unable to reach a verdict for several of the charges, the Court ruled that due to his poor health Mr Mount was no longer fit to stand trial.

He had numerous charges brought against him including rape and indecent assault which he denied. The alleged abuse spanned many years with over 100 individuals making complaints to the police.

Whilst we understand this will be extremely disappointing for complainants, this decision does not stop individuals from pursuing civil claims for compensation.

We understand this is extremely disappointing for complainants. Unfortunately, we are unable at this time to pursue civil claims as Brookside School which was owned and manged by Jack Mount has no assets.  It is possible however to pursue a Criminal injuries Compensation Claim.*

Switalskis Solicitors has a dedicated and experienced team of child abuse lawyers. Please be assured that any communication you have with us will be conducted in the strictest of confidence. To speak to a member of our team about your case call 0800 138 4700.

*This article was amended on 22/09/2016 to reflect the fact that civil claims cannot be pursued against Brookside School at this time.

David Greenwood

David Greenwood leads our child abuse compensation team. He is an award-winning Solicitor with a national reputation in his field and a prominent campaigner for the rights of victims of childhood abuse. David's profile

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