Vicarious liability for sexual assault yet again: JXH – Law & Religion UK

Posted January 3rd, 2024 in Church of England, damages, news, sexual offences, vicarious liability by sally

‘In JXH v The Vicar, Parochial Church Council and Churchwardens of the Parish Church of Holcombe Rogus [2023] EWHC 3221 (KB), JXH claimed damages for injury and harm caused by two sexual assaults committed in the period 1979-1981 by Vickery House. The claim was brought against the parish, House having been the incumbent at the time the assaults took place. The parties were agreed that the sexual assaults had taken place, that JXH had suffered damage, including mental harm, and that the appropriate damages award would be £12,000. At the time the assaults took place, BXB was living in a “quasi-monastic” community in a cottage in the parish with two other two young men, supervised by House.’

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Law & Religion UK, 3rd January 2024