20 August 2013
Our Child Abuse Solicitors discuss arrest of former teacher
Malcom Layfied, a former teacher at Chetham’s School of Music (“Chetham’s”) has recently been arrested on suspicion of rape. It has been reported that he was arrested on Wednesday 7th August 2013 on suspicion of raping 3 girls between the ages of 16 and 18 in the 1980s and early 1990s. Greater Manchester police have confirmed that they arrested a 61 year old man on suspicion of raping 3 girls between the age of 16-18 in the 1980s and 1990s.
Layfield taught strings at Chetham’s before moving to the Royal Northern College of Music (“RNCM”) in Manchester. Chetham’s school of Music has been at the centre of a wide abuse investigation since the former head of music was convicted in February 2013.
Layfield is the fourth person to be arrested as part of the inquiry. Wen Shou Li was arrested in February 2013 on suspicion of rape, Duncan McTier was arrested in May 2013 on suspicion of indecent assault and in June 2013 another unnamed teacher was arrested on suspicion of indecent assault and attempted buggery.
More information regarding the investigation into music school abuse can be found here.
The Guardian has revealed that 39 music teachers have been identified as potential suspects and that of those 10 are being proactively investigated, 5 are thought be deceased, 12 related to third party reports and a further 12 relate to matters they are unable to pursue any further or that will be passed to another police department. The 10 that are being proactively investigated have or have had connections with Chetham’s, RNCM and/or have taught privately. It is reported that more than 30 woman have come forward to allege abuse by music teachers.
Slater and Gordon have acted for several victims of abuse at another well known music school in the past and are currently instructed in relation to claims of abuse at a number of prestigious music schools. Our specialist abuse team are keen to hear from anyone who has been affected by the above or has knowledge of abuse at any other music school. Please call our specialist abuse team on 020 7657 1658 for free confidential advice.