Eight former teachers appear in court accused of historic child cruelty and sexual abuse

Eight former lecturers have appeared in courtroom accused of kid cruelty and sexual abuse at a boarding faculty over greater than a decade.

The defendants have been charged in reference to the alleged intercourse abuse scandal at Rhydd Court School, in Worcestershire, between the late Seventies and early Nineteen Nineties.

Five males and three girls, aged between 51 and 82, appeared earlier than Worcester Magistrates Court yesterday.

They are charged with conspiracy to commit little one cruelty – to assault, ill-treat, neglect or abandon a baby to trigger pointless struggling or harm between 1979 and 1991.

Each additionally faces a sequence of different, particular person costs starting from indecent assault, conspiring to commit sexual offences and gross indecency.

The defendants spoke solely to verify their dates of beginning and addresses throughout the quick listening to the place no pleas have been entered or indicated.

76-year-old David Sykes (pictured outside magistrates court yesterday), of Rotherham, South Yorkshire, is accused of wounding or inflicting grievous bodily harm in an alleged assault said to have involved a perforated eardrum.

76-year-old David Sykes (pictured exterior magistrates courtroom yesterday), of Rotherham, South Yorkshire, is accused of wounding or inflicting grievous bodily hurt in an alleged assault mentioned to have concerned a perforated eardrum.

Half appeared by way of videolink and half attended the courtroom in particular person from houses throughout the nation, together with Worcestershire, the South West, Scotland and the East Midlands.

Anita Gunning, 59, of Plymouth, is charged with conspiring to indecently assault a boy underneath 14 and indecently assaulting the identical boy in a tent between 1987 and 1991.

She can also be accused of indecently assaulting a second boy underneath 14 between January and October 1990.

Cynthia Moore, 81, of Bude, Cornwall, is charged with conspiring to commit a sexual offence with a boy underneath the age of 16 between January 1990 and July 1991.

She additionally faces costs of conspiring to indecently assault a boy underneath 16 and little one cruelty between 1987 and 1991.

Marie Handy, 51, of Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire, is accused of indecently assaulting a boy underneath 14 between September 1987 and July 1991.

Michael Connor, 69, of Wakefield, West Yorkshire, is charged with two counts of assault occasioning precise bodily hurt between 1987 and 1991.

Marie Handy, 51, of Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire, was one of four defendants to attend Worcester Magistrates Court in person

Charmaine James, 62, of Buckie, Scotland, also attended the hearing in person

Marie Handy (pictured left), 51, of Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire, was one in every of 4 defendants to attend Worcester Magistrates Court in particular person; as was Charmaine James (proper), 62, of Buckie, Scotland

He additionally faces one depend of indecent assault and conspiring to commit a sexual offence and conspiring to commit indecent assault.

Terence Heath, 74, of Hanley Castle, Worcestershire, is accused of two counts of conspiring to commit a sexual offence and two indecent assaults between 1987 and 1990.

John Dixon, 82, of Skegness, Lincolnshire, is accused of conspiracy to commit little one cruelty, two costs of conspiring to commit a sexual offence, 4 sexual offences and 6 indecent assaults.

These offences cowl a interval between 1989 and 1991 and are mentioned by the prosecution to contain each adults and boys underneath 16.

David Sykes, 76, of Rotherham, South Yorkshire, is accused of wounding/inflicting grievous bodily hurt in an alleged assault mentioned to have concerned a perforated eardrum.

He can also be accused of indecently assaulting a boy underneath 16 between June 1987 and February 1990.

Charmaine James, 62, of Buckie, Scotland, is charged with gross indecency with a boy underneath 14 and two indecent assaults on a boy aged underneath 16 and a person aged over 16.

The costs comply with an investigation by West Mercia Police into allegations at a time when the premises was owned by the native authority.

Vincent Scully, prosecuting, mentioned: “I ask all these cases are sent forthwith to the crown court.”

Magistrates declined jurisdiction for the case. Unconditional bail was granted to all eight defendants till the subsequent listening to at Worcester Crown Court on August 31.