British Airways have agreed to pay an undisclosed sum to 38 alleged victims of pilot Simon Wood.
Wood, a former British Airways pilot, is alleged to have abused young children during stop-overs in East Africa, having first groomed them with British Airways branded products. The abuse occurred over a period of 13 years spanning 2001 to 2013 and came to an end only when Wood was charged with separate child abuse offences in the UK.
54 year old Wood attended schools and orphanages, even volunteering to spend a holiday in Africa providing help and donations raised in the UK. However it is alleged that it was under this pretence that he preyed on vulnerable young girls, sometimes as young as four, and subjected them to dreadful ordeals of abuse.
In the UK, Wood had been accused of indecently assaulting an eight year old girl that he met while volunteering in North Yorkshire in 2000. Having been arrested over this allegation, a search resulted in indecent images of African children being uncovered on Wood’s computers.
Due to appear in Court to face charges for the indecent assault and possession of indecent images, Wood was found dead in 2013. However the three-year legal battle that ensued resulted in British Airways agreeing to compensate the alleged victims of Wood.
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