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Former Headmaster on Trial Charged with 50 Counts of Assault

Jack Mount, the former headmaster of Brookside School in Shropshire, appeared at Birmingham Crown Court back in January where he denied a total of 50 historic child sex charges dating back to the 1950s.

Charges

The 96 year old has been charged with nine counts of rape, twenty counts of indecent assault and seven counts of indecency with a child, plus fourteen other counts.

The offences took place over a period of more than two decades, between 1953 and 1979, around the areas of South Shropshire, Birmingham and Barnsley. In total, seventeen alleged victims have come forward, both male and female, and were aged between seven and thirteen at the time of the offences.

Trial

Born in 1919, Mount now suffers from Parkinson’s disease and it was speculated earlier in the year that court officials will have had to make special provisions to put him on trial. Such allowances include the trial being held closer to his home in Devon and also the possibility that the court may only be able to sit for half a day at a time.

Recorder of Birmingham Judge Melbourne Inman QC released Mount on bail and said at the time:

“This matter came before me in November [2014] and I considered all of the submissions.

“In my judgement the case should be tried nearer to where Mr Mount resides.

“I put a full account together before Christmas but I haven’t been told where it will be tried.

“So I am not setting a date now. Adjourning this case, unusually, I can’t give a specific date but will try to get a trial date set as soon as possible.”

Mount denies the charges and the case continues.

Sexual Abuse – Expert Advice

Hampson Hughes Solicitors specialises in directing sexual abuse claims in a considerate and compassionate manner. Our Abuse & Criminal Injuries Department is headed by Greg Neill, an expert in this area and a member of the ACAL.

If you have been a victim of abuse relating to this case, please contact our Head of Abuse & Criminal Injuries, Greg Neill, directly on 0151 242 1069 or 07702 256 291 or you can email via gregneill@hh-law.co.uk for free initial advice on the next steps in taking legal action.

Source: Mirror Online; Mail Online

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