Briton Douglas Slade ordered to pay five Filipinos compensation over sexual abuse
Five Filipinos who said they were sexually abused by a convicted British paedophile have been awarded more than £100,000.
The four men and a boy sued Douglas Slade for compensation, alleging he had abused them in the Philippines.
The court was told that the five had been abused between 2009 and 2015 and their ages now ranged from mid-teens to 20.
Slade, 77, was not convicted in the Philippines and has denied any wrongdoing.
However, Judge Mark Gargan said that, despite this, Slade had probably abused the five Filipinos.
He made five individual damages awards – £35,000, £25,000, £27,500, and two of £20,000.
The case is the first time foreign nationals have made such a claim against a Briton in a British civil court.
Solicitor Alan Collins, who works for law firm Hugh James and represented the five Filipinos, said the ruling could have wider implications.
“This landmark case is unprecedented for a High Court in London, showing how the legal system in England and Wales delivers justice for victims of sexual abuse whether they live in England or overseas,” he said.
“The judgement has finally provided a sense of vindication for the victims after Slade avoided justice for so many years through his lying and deception, and I’m sure this case will set a precedent for others in a similar situation to seek justice.”
Slade is from Bristol but is currently in a prison on the Isle of Wight.
He lived in the Philippines for many years but was arrested when he returned to England three years ago.
In 2016, he was convicted of abusing five boys in Britain between 1965 and 1980.
During the civil case in London, he gave evidence through a screen at his prison in Newport, saying he had not abused the five Filipinos and that they were lying.
The five Filipinos gave evidence through video link in Manila.
Detective Sergeant Paul Melton described the evidence given by the Filipinos as “harrowing”
He said: “Slade always thought himself to be beyond the reaches of justice.
“I maintain that no child will ever be safe in his company.
“He is without doubt the most dangerous and manipulative child sex offender I have ever encountered.”