18 October 2013
Malcolm Layfield, Former Teacher at Chetham Rearrested on Rape Allegation
Malcolm Layfield, a former teacher at Chetham’s School of Music (“Chetham’s”), has been rearrested following a further allegation of rape. Layfield was arrested yesterday following a further allegation of rape and indecent assault of a woman between 1988 and 1991 when she was aged between 18 and 21.
Layfield was initially arrested earlier this year on 7th August 2013, in connection with alleged rape of 3 girls between the ages of 16 and 18 in the 1980s and early 1990s. Layfield taught at Chetham’s before moving to Royal Northern College of Music (“RNCM”). Following his arrest, Layfield resigned from his position as Head of Strings at RNCM. He has now been bailed until 18th February 2014 whilst further investigations are carried out.
Chetham’s has been at the centre of a growing abuse investigation since the school’s former Head of Music, Michael Brewer, was convicted in February 2013 of indecently assaulting a teenage pupil. Sadly, his victim Frances Andrade, committed suicide after giving evidence at his trial. For more information regarding the investigation into the school see
Obtaining Justice for Victims of Abuse at Music Schools and Child Abuse Lawyer on BBC News Discussing Abuse Allegations at Chetham’s School of Music.
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