African girls to sue British Airways over alleged sexual abuse by pilot




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LONDON (Reuters) – Girls and young women who allege they were sexually abused by a British Airways (BA) pilot African schools and orphanages plan to sue the airline, a law firm representing them said on Wednesday.

Lawyers argue that BA should be held responsible for the actions of First Officer Simon Wood who carried out the alleged crimes during stopovers , Uganda and Tanzania.

Wood, 54, found dead after being hit by a train August 2013, two weeks before he due in court on charges of indecent and making indecent photos of a child.

“We allege that Wood able to abuse the , by reason of employment with the airline, in particular involvement with the airlines’ community relations work,” said Nichola Marshall, a lawyer at Leigh Day which is representing 16 alleged aged from eight to 20.[eap_ad_2]

“The schools and orphanages that our clients attended were all in receipt of charitable donations from the airline, and Wood played a key role in administering those donations, on behalf of British Airways.”

A team from the law firm would meet with other possible in and Uganda in the coming weeks, she said.

“We were shocked and horrified to hear the allegations against Simon Wood, which appear to relate to involvement in child-related activities entirely outside the scope of employment with British Airways,” BA said in a .The case will be heard in a London court.[eap_ad_3]