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SEX KILLER SUES FOR CARE ABUSE

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A convicted child sex murderer is suing Leicestershire CC for being abused while in the council's care, leading to ...
A convicted child sex murderer is suing Leicestershire CC for being abused while in the council's care, leading to his own offence.

Peter Bastin (37) is claiming£50,000 in damages for alleged physical, psychological and sexual abuse while in homes run by social worker Frank Beck and two other council employees during the 1970s. Mr Beck died in prison in 1994 while serving five life terms for the sexual abuse of children.

Months after leaving care in 1978, Mr Bastin was convicted of the buggery and murder of a 10-year-old boy. He claims his actions were a consequence of the abuse he suffered.

Mr Bastin claims Leicestershire was negligent in the management and administration of its homes. The council has accepted that it had common law duty to protect Mr Bastin from suffering personal injury, but does not admit the extent of the abuse alleged nor a direct link to Mr Bastin's crime. The council also says the case has been brought outside the statutory time limit.
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