Michael Robinson 65 of South Yorkshire has been found guilty of child sexual offences. All the offences relate to his time at Hazelwood Boys Home in Forrest Fields, Nottingham, in the 1980’s.
After a trial lasting 3 weeks Robinson was found guilty of 5 charges of indecent assault and 1 charge of taking an indecent photograph of a child. He has been sentenced to 8 years imprisonment and has been put on the Sex Offenders Register. He will not be able to work with children for the rest of his life.
Operation Equinox investigated Hazelwood Chidrens Home as part of their investigation into Nottinghamshire Children’s Homes going back to the 1950’s.
Judge Stuart Rafferty QC said;
“The victims had suffered a lifetime of embarrassment after being spanked while naked.”
He also commented that;
“people were heavily influenced by childhood experiences and said the marks you left were all negative.”
The Court heard that another victim was made to stand naked wearing a blindfold while being touched. A photograph of this was shown to others.
Robinson was cleared of 16 other offences, two of which were offences involving serious sexual assault.
Robinson has been put on suicide watch after the trial was delayed for one week as he “took the decision to kill himself.”
Jordans Solicitors are representing clients who suffered abuse whilst at Hazelwood. If you are affected by anything in this article we would advise you to report your experiences to the Police and contact us for advice about pursuing a civil compensation claim.
Jordans Solicitors successfully represent and secure compensation for numerous victims of abuse and are experts in overcoming the particular challenges that arise in these sensitive cases. Our abuse team can be contacted on 0800 9555 094 or you can request a call back and a member of our team will contact you.