BA pays victims in African child abuse case

Undisclosed fee to be given to children in East Africa
British Airways has agreed to pay victims of sexual abuse suffered at the hands of one of its pilots. The undisclosed fee will be given to children in East Africa.
Employee Simon Wood, 54, who was accused of assaulting the minors, committed suicide in 2013. Wood was hit by a train days before he was due to appear in a UK court charged with the abuse in Africa and the UK.
Lawyers for the affected families have claimed the airline is responsible due to the alleged victims being assaulted by Wood while he was on stopovers working for the company in the region. BA has agreed to the settlement but denied its liability for the offences.
A mother of two of the alleged victims, aged 9 and 16, claims the pilot took them all to the Intercontinental Hotel in Nairobi during stopovers in Kenya and gave them gifts. She described how he would bathe the children.
At the time of his death, Wood was facing charges of one count of indecent assault of a girl under 16, two counts of making indecent photographs of a child and a further count of possessing indecent images of a child.
In July 2014, an inquest ruled that Wood had taken his own life following the accusations, which featured allegations that he abused children in Africa while doing voluntary work for the UK-based airline. He is also alleged to have molested under-aged girls in schools and orphanages in Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania between 2003 and 2013.
TTG Digital / BBC

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