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Leigh Day investigate alleged assaults by BA Pilot

Leigh Day is acting for Kenyan children allegedly abused by a British Airways pilot from Hertfordshire.

Simon Wood

2 September 2013

Leigh Day are currently acting for a number of Kenyan children allegedly abused by a British Airways pilot from Hertfordshire who was found dead after being charged with child abuse offences in the UK.

It is alleged that First Officer Simon Wood, 54, molested youngsters during stopovers in Kenya whilst flying for British Airways.

Leigh Day have confirmed that they are working with the police to determine how many children were abused and the extent to which this extended to victims in the UK as well as Kenya and Uganda.

Martyn Day,  senior partner at Leigh Day, said: "We are currently investigating how Mr Wood was allowed to have such access to these Kenyan children and also the extent of the allegations against him in relation to his actions in the UK."

"Given the length of time and the numbers of children he came into contact with, it's becoming horrifically clear that Mr Wood had access over many years to hundreds of vulnerable children."

Mr Wood was due to appear in court last Friday (30th August) charged with one count of indecent assault of a girl under 16, two counts of making indecent photographs of a child and one count of possessing indecent images of a child, but was found dead on August 18 after being struck by a train.

Mr Day confirmed that Leigh Day was currently representing 12 alleged victims in Kenya, adding: "It is believed the number of those who may have been abused may be far greater in Kenya, Uganda and the UK."

The mother of one alleged victim told the Daily Mail that her daughter was abused at a five-star hotel in Nairobi and that the girl, now 14, had since threatened suicide. "I trusted him completely because he seemed so good and so kind. I trusted him with everything, even with my daughter," she said.

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