Swaylands School

Swaylands School, Penshurst, Kent

Three men jailed over sex abuse

Three men have been jailed for 28 indecent assaults against boys at a school for vulnerable children.

Former care workers Colwyn Baker, 71, David Hennessy, 74, and Nigel Putman, 62, abused youngsters at the now-closed Swaylands School in Penshurst, Kent, between 1963 and 1979.

Baker was sentenced to 20 years in prison for 20 offences.

Hennessy was jailed for 12 years for six offences and Putman sentenced to three years for two offences.

BBC 27/05/15

Former care workers jailed for sex offences

Former care workers at the now-defunct Swaylands School in Penshurst near Tunbridge Wells have been jailed for a total of 35 years for historical sex offences against pupils spanning three decades.

ITV 28/05/15

Sex abuse trial of former Swaylands School workers Colwyn Baker, David Hennessy and Nigel Putman hears defence arguments

A jury hearing the trial of three former child care officers accused of sex abuse at a residential school for boys has been warned to beware of money being a “significant motivator” for alleged victims.

Sarah Elliott, QC for one of the defendants – Colwyn Baker – said thousands of pounds had been paid out in compensation after her client was sentenced in 1994 for sex offences committed at Swaylands School in Penshurst.

Kent Online 05/03/15

Three former teachers at a Kent school denied a total of 57 charges involving 22 boys when they appeared in court today.
The trio are alleged to have abused pupils at Swaylands School, in Penshurst, between 1963 and 1993.
In the dock at Maidstone Crown Court were Colwyn Baker, of Morningside, Edinburgh; David Hennessy, of Westfields, Narborough, Kings Lynn, Norfolk; and Nigel Putman, of Kings Road, Slough, Berkshire.


Man arrested over abuse at Swaylands School in Kent

A 70-year-old man has been arrested over historic sex offences at a school for children with behavioural difficulties in Kent.

The offences are alleged to have taken place at Swaylands School, Penshurst, between 1967 and 1993.

The man, from Lancashire, was arrested as part of an investigation into previously unreported child abuse at the school.

In 1993 two men were convicted of six offences at Swaylands.

Kent Police said three other men were arrested in 2012 during the latest investigation.

They are a 72-year-old from Norfolk on 18 July, a 69-year-old from Edinburgh on 11 July and a 60-year-old from Berkshire on 5 December. All three are on police bail.

An additional three suspects identified during the latest investigation have died.

Police said about 20 victims had been identified and were located in the UK and abroad.

Det Ch Insp Paul Fotheringham said: “This is a complex inquiry, where we have traced many people and records spanning a number of years.”

Swaylands School was set up in 1942 and between the mid-1960s and 1994 was operated and managed by the London Borough of Barnet.

It taught pupils with learning, emotional and behavioural difficulties, aged between seven and 19 years old.

BBC News 13/03/13


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