Paedophile who set up infamous 1970s child abuse campaign group must pay £100,000 to four Filipino men and boy over sex assault claims in landmark case
- The five alleged that they were abused by Douglas Slade in the Philippines
- Slade, who comes from Bristol but is now in prison, was not convicted of any criminal offence in Philippines and denies wrongdoing
- Lawyers say it is the first time that foreign nationals have made such a claim against a Briton in a British court
- Slade was given 24-year jail term in July 2016 at end of trial at Bristol Crown Court, after being convicted of abusing five boys in Britain during 1965-1980
Five Filipinos who say they were sexually abused by a Briton convicted of child sex offences in England have won a historic damages claim.
The five – four men and a boy – alleged that they were abused by Douglas Slade in the Philippines.
Slade, who comes from Bristol but is now in prison, pretended to be a high-ranking naval officer when living in the Philippines but was actually a petty officer and worked as a caterer in the Royal Navy in the 1960s and 70s, a judge heard.
Five Filipinos who say they were sexually abused by Douglas Slade (pictured), a Briton convicted of child sex offences in England, have won a historic damages claim. A judge has ordered Slade, now 77, to pay more than £100,000 compensation in total
The five – four men and a boy – alleged they were abused by Douglas Slade in the Philippines. Slade, who comes from Bristol but is now in prison, was not convicted of any criminal offence in the Philippines and denies wrongdoing. (Above, Slade in the Philippines in 2015)
He was not convicted of any criminal offence in the Philippines and denies wrongdoing.
Now, Slade, 77, has been ordered to pay more than £100,000 compensation in total.
Judge Mark Gargan published a ruling today after analysing evidence at a recent High Court trial in London.
He said none of the five claimants could be identified in media reports.
Lawyers say it is the first time that foreign nationals have made such a claim against a Briton in a British court.
‘This landmark case is unprecedented for a High Court in London, showing how the legal system in England and Wales delivers justice for victims of sexual abuse whether they live in England or overseas, ‘ said solicitor Alan Collins, who works for law firm Hugh James and represented the five Filipinos.
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‘The judgment has finally provided a sense of vindication for the victims after Slade avoided justice for so many years through his lying and deception and I’m sure this case will set a precedent for others in a similar situation to seek justice.’
Judge Gargan heard that Slade had lived in the Philippines for many years.
He returned to England three years ago and was arrested on arrival at Heathrow by police investigating allegations of child sex abuse in England during the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s.
He was given a 24-year jail term by a judge in July 2016 at the end of a trial at Bristol Crown Court, after being convicted of abusing five boys in Britain between 1965 and 1980.
Barrister Justin Levinson, who represented the five Filipinos, told Judge Gargan that two of his clients were now 20, two were in their late teens, and one was in his mid-teens.
He said Slade had abused them in the Philippines between 2009 and 2015, when they were children.
Lawyers say it is the first time that foreign nationals have made such a claim against a Briton in a British court. Slade (above) was prosecuted in the Philippines but not convicted of any offence
Slade was prosecuted in the Philippines but not convicted of any offence.
Mr Levinson said his clients had suffered ‘personal injuries’ as a result of Slade’s sexual abuse and wanted damages.
Slade denied abusing any of the five claimants and said their allegations were fabrication.
Judge Gargan also heard that Slade pretended to be a high-ranking naval officer when living in the Philippines.
Slade had been a petty officer and worked as a caterer while serving in the Royal Navy in the 1960s and 70s.
But in the Philippines he described himself as a lieutenant commander, Judge Gargan was told.
Slade, who ran a food service business, also said he was widowed and had children but neither was true.
He told the judge during a High Court trial in London in October: ‘It is a story I used to use in the Philippines.’
Judge Gargan heard that during the 1990s Slade let ‘young boys’ use his swimming pool in Angeles City. He had also sponsored a local school basketball team.
‘The defendant’s motivation in each case was not wholly altruistic,’ said the judge in his ruling. ‘He liked watching boys take part in sport. In my judgment, this was because he had a clear sexual interest in young boys.’
The judge said Slade brought photographs of naked boys back with him when he returned to the UK.
He added: ‘On the balance of probability, I am satisfied that these claimants were abused by the defendant.’
Judge Gargan said Slade had also been in an organisation called the Paedophile Action Liberation Group in the 1970s.
‘This was an organisation which campaigned to legalise sex with children,’ said the judge.
‘The defendant accepted that he had acted as secretary at a meeting, but said that this was a ‘one-off’ when the usual minute taker was absent, and that his role was limited to campaigning for the reduction in the age of homosexual consent from 21 to 16 (its current level).
‘He said he did not know what paedophile meant and had been appalled at some of the ideas supported by other members of the group.
‘I am quite satisfied that the defendant knew exactly what the group’s aims were and that he supported them.’
What was the Paedophile Information Exchange?
The Paedophile Information Exchange was founded in 1974 and campaigned for sex between children and adults to be legalised.
Members of the group have been linked to notorious child sex abuser Jimmy Savile.
Douglas Slade was a founder member of the group.
The Sunday People exposed members of the Paedophile Information Exchange in 1975
He was first exposed as a paedophilia advocate and dubbed one of the ‘Vilest Men in Britain’ by newspapers which caught him telling fellow sex attackers, ‘if you want to have sex with children don’t bottle it up – do it’.
Slade’s trial heard how he bragged about his prominent position in the paedophile network and ran a helpline to give advice to ‘distressed’ men on how to abuse children who resisted them.
When Slade fled to the Philippines in the 1980s he made money through a business supplying food to hotels and restaurants, while exploiting the country’s poverty and corruption to continually abuse young boys.
In 1995, he was warned he faced up to 40 years jail after being arrested at his previous home in Angeles City for allegedly molesting three boys aged 12 and 13.
But the charges were dropped after Slade boasted on camera how he could pay off the prosecutor or pay the children’s families to drop the charges in return for money. He said his lawyer would discuss terms with the families ‘like Michael Jackson discussed terms’.
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