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Friday, 1 February 2013


A victim of a barrister who was jailed for sexually abusing boys spoke of his anger that the European Court of Human Rights had awarded his abuser more than £5,000 in compensation and costs.

David Meek waived his right to anonymity to protest over the money received by his abuser, Rupert Massey, who had complained that the case against him took too long to come to court.
Oxford-educated Massey, 59, who practised as a barrister in Dorset, was jailed in 1999 for six years for assaults on boys in the 1970s and 1980s.

However, he has received a payout of £5,496 after the European Court found he had suffered "distress and frustration" because of the "unreasonable" length of proceedings against him.
Massey befriended Mr Meek, who was eight years old, and two other boys as they played on the beach at Branksome, Dorset. The lawyer, who is now out of jail, lured the children to his home where he sexually abused them.

He was arrested in 1995 after one of the children complained to police. He was charged in 1997 and in 1999 he was convicted of 16 offences of indecent assault against the three boys.
Mr Meek, a builder who said that the European Court's ruling "defied all logic and justice".

He had tried to challenge the judgment, but was told there were no grounds for doing so.
Mr Meek, who has received £6,000 from the Criminal Injuries Compensation Board, said he hoped that by speaking out, he could prevent the court making similar awards. He said nobody had considered the stress he had endured when he had to give evidence at Massey's trial, where the Barrister had denied the charges. He too had been affected by the adjournments, he added.

"Where was the European Court when I was sitting at home tearing my hair out because of yet another adjournment in the case?

"The people that matter, the victims, the police and the prosecutors, were never consulted over his claim for money and that can't be right."

The National Association for People Abused in Childhood (NAPAC) also criticised the payout, calling it "perverse".

A spokesman said: "My reaction is one of bewilderment. Everybody has rights. But when people commit offences against children I struggle with the fact these people have the same rights as the rest of us.

"By pleading not guilty he [Massey] made it a lot worse for his victims.

"This man made them take the stand at his trial and go through the pain and heartbreak of having to relive the most awful things in front of a court."

Judges at the court in Strasbourg were told that the length of time between Massey's arrest and the case coming to trial was so great that his human rights were breached.

The court upheld Massey's claims, awarding him £2,750 damages and £2,750 in legal costs.
In its judgment, the court said: "It is reasonable to assume that the applicant suffered some distress and frustration exacerbated by the unreasonable length of proceedings." How many none lawyers who have waitied years for their trial get a payout ? answer none.


FORMER child star of TV's Grange Hill told of the secret abuse he suffered at the hands of Rupert Massey a showbiz lawyer.

Mark Eadie spoke out when jailed Rupert Massey planned an appeal against his conviction for 16 indecent assaults.

The ex-actor, who has fought depression and a breakdown, was too ill to testify against Massey at the trial in Wolverhampton.

In the late 70s, Mark was Andrew Stanton in Grange Hill - getting into scrapes with Tucker Jenkins, played by EastEnder Todd Carty. He met Massey at 14 and was invited to Bournemouth, where the lawyer lived.

Mark, now 35 and married with children, said: "He recognised I was vulnerable and in need of cuddling." He said the abuse began almost immediately.

Massey, who found him acting roles, expected him to share a double bed and swim naked in the sea.

When Mark learned Massey was under investigation and recalled: "I began to realise he was an animal. I fell apart."

Massy is part of an Elite Paedophile Ring connected to the BBC, the Police and Jimmy Savile which is currently under investigation, WIll he be interviewed about his buddies?

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