Ruling due on Savile compensation

Published: Tuesday 16th December 2014 by The News Editor

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Scores of women who say they were sexually abused by television personality Jimmy Savile are waiting for a Court of Appeal ruling on the merits of a compensation scheme.

Three appeal judges are due give their verdict today after a charity which is the major beneficiary of Savile’s estate raised concerns about the scheme at a hearing in London last month .

Lawyers representing Jimmy Savile Charitable Trust said the scheme – agreed between the estate executor, the NatWest bank, and lawyers representing alleged victims – did not assess the ”validity” of claimants and lacked a ”process of evaluation”.

Appeal judges were asked to consider the case in the wake of rulings by a High Court judge.

Mr Justice Sales sanctioned the compensation scheme – despite objections from the trust – following a High Court hearing in London in February.

He also refused to order the NatWest to be replaced as executor.

Judges heard that Savile, who died in October 2011 aged 84, had been the subject of an ITV television programme broadcast in October 2012.

Savile, who worked at the BBC, had been accused of being a ”serial child abuser and sex offender” – and was alleged to have abused people in hospitals.

Following the broadcast, a ”large number” of people had come forward to make claims that they were abused by him.

Lawyers said the number of people making compensation claims after alleging they were abuse victims had risen above 200.

The BBC and the Department of Health were legally represented at the appeal court hearing.

A lawyer said the health department had received more than 60 compensation claims.

And judges were told that the BBC was also scrutinising claims.

Experts had initially put the value of Savile’s estate at around £4 million.

But in February, Mr Justice Sales said a ”range of expenses” had been incurred and the estate’s value had been reduced to about £3.3 million.

Published: Tuesday 16th December 2014 by The News Editor

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