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Derek Slade (St George’s School)

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West Sussex Gazette, 27 November 1986, p.9

In November 1986, Derek Slade was convicted of brutal physical assaults on boys aged 8 and 11, causing serious bodily harm. His victims were pupils at Dalesdowne School at Dial Post, Horsham, West Sussex, a private school he was the Headmaster of. Slade was jailed for 3 months. The sentence was reduced to a conditional discharge on appeal.

At his trial Slade’s defence barrister, Simon Coltart, called on Slade’s old schoolfriend to testify as to Slade’s character:

Islington councillor Derek Sawyer, a friend of school days, said Slade was a well-liked teacher. He believed corporal punishment was an effective aid to discipline.

Judge Peter Crocker said photos of the 11 year old boy’s bruised buttocks were sickening to look at.”

 

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East Anglia Daily Times, 1st March 2014

A former teacher is fighting an extradition battle with Suffolk detectives trying to bring him back to England over child sex abuse allegations.

 

The accusations date back more than 30 years and relate to the former St George’s School, near Stowmarket.

 

The ex-teacher involved is now based in France, which has meant a lengthy court process has ensued in a bid for him to return to Suffolk.

 

St George’s, which was in Great Finborough, has been at the centre of an ongoing police investigation since 2009. Since then officers have been investigating complaints by former pupils after setting up an inquiry codenamed Operation Racecourse.

 

Before relocating to Suffolk after the summer term of 1980, the school was based at Wicklewood, near Wymondham in Norfolk. The man fighting extradition is understood to have worked at both locations.

 

In 2010 St George’s former headteacher Derek Slade was jailed for a total of 21 years by Ipswich Crown Court.

 

The then 61-year was convicted of abusing 12 boys who were pupils at the school. They were aged eight to 13 when the abuse took place between 1978-83.

 

Slade, who was living in Burton-on-Trent at the time of his arrest, admitted 15 indecent assaults and five assaults on boys, along with 17 child porn offences involving 4,486 indecent images. He also admitted possessing a false passport. At his trial he was convicted of three offences of buggery, four other indecent assaults and six further charges of actual bodily harm.

 

Since his conviction Suffolk detectives have continued to investigate other allegations of sexual abuse.

 

As a result of their enquiries officers have been seeking to bring a man back from the continent. However, the former teacher has been fighting extradition for at least two years, it has emerged. He is understood to be a French national.

 

It is also understood there have been hearings before courts in France in an attempt to bring him back to Suffolk. However, the ongoing application made on behalf of Suffolk Constabulary has yet to come to a conclusion, as the man continues to resist extradition.

 

St George’s School and Wicklewood were private schools, which primarily catered for the children of service personnel.

 

Suffolk Constabulary declined to comment in relation to the extradition proceedings.

However, Lisa McGrann, a spokeswoman for the force, said: “Our enquiries in relation to alleged abuse at the former St George’s School in Great Finborough are ongoing.”

East Anglian Daily Times, 11th July 2012

by Colin Adwent

Alan Brigden twice tried to take his life in a bid to evade justice. On the first occasion he was discovered by a neighbour after taking an overdose of tablets.

Alan Brigden (also known as Morton), seated to the right of St George's School headmaster Derek Slade

Alan Brigden (also known as Morton), seated to the right of St George’s School headmaster Derek Slade

Then, as he was recovering, Brigden – who was known as Alan Morton when he taught Maths at St George’s – left hospital and tried to drown himself.

It can also be revealed that more than 20 years ago Brigden was investigated on suspicion of child sex abuse, but the Dutch authorities did not pursue the case.

At his first hearing before Ipswich magistrates following his extradition prosecutor Lorraine Irwin told the court: “Between arrest and extradition Netherlands granted conditional bail to the defendant.

“However, on October 25 (2010), come the extradition hearing, the defendant didn’t appear. It took police and prosecutors three days to locate the defendant.

“What happened to the defendant during that period was he attempted suicide, by taking an overdose of tablets. He was discovered by a neighbour and was taken to hospital.

“He walked out of hospital without permission or the knowledge of staff and jumped into a nearby lake. He was recovered from the lake and put back into medical care.”

Brigden had been living in Holland since 1990.

In 2004 he became a Dutch national and had a Dutch passport at the time of his arrest. Fighting an application for bail Miss Irwin added: “When arrested, his home address was searched and relevant photo images were found. A child’s underwear with name tape of one of the victims in this case was found at his (Brigden’s) address.

“Because of the number of images and literature found at the address the Crown says this defendant has a relevant interest in young children and therefore there is a danger that if granted bail he would re-offend.”