Ex football coach Bob Higgins was found guilty of indecently assaulting a young male trainee at the Winchester Crown Court yesterday.
Higgins was charged with 50 counts of indecent assault against 24 teenage boys. He was found not guilty of one charge and the Jury were unable to reach a verdict on the other 48 charges.
The charges and conviction relate to the period between 1971 and 1996 when Higgins was a football coach for Southampton Youth Team and a youth manager for Peterborough United Youth Team.
After deliberating for 25 hours and 25 minutes the Jury found that Higgins was guilty of indecently assaulting a teenage boy in a car in 1980.
The Prosecution are seeking a retrial on the remaining charges, which is likely to take place next year. Higgins has been granted bail on the condition that he surrenders his passport.
Jordans Solicitors represent victims who have suffered abuse whilst participating in sporting activities and are representing victims of abuse by Bob Higgins. Where a person abuses their position of trust and commits an act of assault a claim may be possible. We would encourage anyone affected to report their allegations to the Police and contact Jordans to pursue a civil case.