Five Filipinos sue British man over alleged abuse when they were children

9 October 2018, 14:27 | Updated: 9 October 2018, 16:09

A damages claim has been launched by five Filipinos who say they were sexually abused by a British national convicted of child sex offences in England. 

Four men and a boy are accusing Douglas Slade of abusing them in the Philippines.

Slade, 77, from Bristol is now in prison but was not convicted of any criminal offence in the Philippines and denies any wrongdoing.

Evidence is being analysed by a judge at a High Court trial in London, which is expected to finish later this week.

None of the five claimants can be identified in media reports, Judge Mark Gargan ordered.

It is believed to be the first time foreign nationals have launched such a claim against a Briton in a British court.

Slade had lived in the Philippines for many years, the judge heard and had returned to England three years ago.

He was arrested on arrival at Heathrow airport by police investigating allegations of child sex abuse in England during the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s.

Slade was handed a 24-year jail term by a judge in July 2016 at the end of a trial at Bristol Crown Court, where he was convicted of abusing five boys in Britain between 1965 and 1980.

Representing the five Filipinos, barrister Justin Levinson told Judge Gargan that one of his clients was now 20, three were in their late teens, while one was 14.

He accused Slade of abusing them in the Philippines between 2009 and 2015 when they were children.

While Slade had been prosecuted in the Philippines, he has not been convicted of any offence.

Mr Levinson said the five had suffered "personal injuries" as a result of Slade's sexual abuse and were seeking damages.

Each claimant hopes to win between £15,000 and £30,000, according to lawyers.

Slade denies abusing any of the claimants and has said their allegations are a fabrication.

The hearing continues.