Myles Bradbury, former consultant paediatric haematologist at Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge has today been sentenced to 22 years imprisonment. In sentencing the Judge said “I have never come across such a grotesque betrayal of your Hippocratic oath."
Bradbury pleaded guilty in September 2014 to 25 sexual offences against boys. The assaults, which took place between 2009 and 2013, relate to 18 boys between the ages of 10 and 16 who had been entrusted to his care. He is known to have used a ‘spy pen’ which contained a hidden camera so that he could film his victims whilst carrying out medical examinations, which the court heard were “purely for his own sexual gratification”.
Not only were Bradbury’s victims very young at the time of the abuse, they were also extremely vulnerable, with many of them suffering from serious, life-threatening illnesses. They, and their families, placed a huge degree of trust in Bradbury, who instead chose to betray and deceive them in the most shocking way.
One of Bradbury’s victims said in a statement read to the court that the ordeal had left him “anxious” about visiting the doctor because he didn’t know who he should trust. Another victim said that the abuse has resulted in him suffering from “regular nightmares”.
Whilst today’s sentence is a reflection of the severity of his heinous acts and abuse of trust for many of the victims and their families sadly it will not end the psychological trauma they have suffered and the Judge indeed addressed this when sentencing stating that he had no doubt Bradbury had caused "serious psychological" harm to his victims.
Slater and Gordon are representing victims in this case. The fundamental area of law in a case of this nature is one of vicarious liability. On the face of the evidence, Bradbury committed the offences during the course of his employment which means his employer at the time he committed the offences may be held responsible. We have a dedicated team who have experience in bringing claims against the medical profession and are currently representing a number of victims of Dr Bains and Dr Bates.
Slater and Gordon’s team of Abuse Claims Lawyers are representing victims in this case. As part of the process of bringing a civil claim in relation to childhood sexual abuse, we often seek expert guidance from a psychological expert. The expert will consider the effects the abuse has had on the victim and will suggest any treatment they are likely to need in the future. This information will then be used in quantifying the amount of compensation the victim will be entitled to as part of their claim.
Slater and Gordon Lawyers have considerable experience in bringing claims for compensation against the medical profession and are currently representing a number of victims of Dr Bains and Dr Bates and have been invited to comment on today’s sentence in the media.
If you have been the victim of abuse and you would like to speak to a specialist Abuse Claims Lawyer we are more than happy to speak to you free of charge. For a free consultation call freephone 0800 916 9046 or contact us online and we’ll be happy to help you. Any communication will be dealt with in the strictest confidence.
Jessica Standley is a Personal Injury Solicitor at Slater and Gordon Lawyers in central London specialising in Abuse cases.
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