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Vindication for abuse claimant



I’ve been vindicated – now I’ll sue police Jan 26 2005 By Steve Bagnall, Daily Post A NORTH Wales child abuse victim last night said he plans to sue police after he was cleared of benefits fraud.A jury yesterday found Steven Mes-sham not guilty of five false accounting charges at Chester Crown Court, after a five-hour deliberation.It was alleged he claimed around £33,000 in benefits despite having thousands of pounds in the bank.The 42-year-old from Buckley, Flint-shire, now wants to sue North Wales Police, claiming he had been victimised.Speaking after the trial, an emotional Mr Messham said: “I lost my home because of this and I have been beaten up.”Currently, I am just living here and there.”I have had constant sleepless nights. I have not gone out. My life has been a nightmare.”I had done nothing wrong. Justice was done here today and I have been vindicated.”The judge told me I should be allowed to get on with my life and he wished me all the best.”I will be taking legal action.”During the trial, Mr Messham insisted he was told he did not have to declare up to £40,000 savings – much of it compensation from abuse he suffered.In addition, life assurance he received when his wife died in 1992 was meant for a trust fund for his daughter, he said.After the verdict, Judge Stephen Clarke thanked the jury for their time.He said: “In the end the system seems to have worked.”Mr Messham, a child abuse victim, was chairman of Norwas – the North Wales Child Abuse Survivors support group.He was a key figure in lobbying for the setting up of a public inquiry into child abuse in care homesA North Wales Police spokeswoman said: “The court has recorded a verdict for Mr Messham, who now has to decide on his future.”Should he wish to make a complaint, then that is for him to do so, and we will deal with the complaint as and when it arrives.”

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