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Teacher raped by boy wins damages

The teacher, whose identity is being protected
The victim never taught again after she was raped

A teacher who was raped by a pupil will receive an undisclosed payment from her London school in compensation for the "truly horrifying" attack.

The teacher at Westminster City School was attacked by powerfully-built Dwayne Best, then 15, in September 2004.

At London's High Court she argued that Best, the main suspect in a previous sexual assault at the school, should have been excluded prior to the rape.

The school insisted the rape could not have been foreseen or prevented.

The teacher, who cannot be named, was raped within a week of starting her job as she worked alone in a classroom after school hours.

On Monday, her counsel Neil Block QC told the court it was a "sustained and terrifying sexual assault" which left her unable to work as a teacher.

The court was told the teacher was unaware that a cleaner had been sexually assaulted three months previously - an attack linked to Best.

Westminster City School
Westminster City School was founded in 1594

She insisted that had she been aware of the attack she would never have worked late in her classroom.

Best had a "most appalling" behavioural record in and out of school, and was said to be belligerent and aggressive.

Mr Block QC added: "Best should have been excluded much sooner than happened, which was after this incident."

The judge, Mr Justice Foskett, said the attack was "truly horrifying" and made worse by Best's refusal to plead guilty for several months.

He was sentenced to be detained for life after pleading guilty at the Old Bailey in May 2005.

Although the teacher and the governing body of Westminster city School agreed to keep the sum of compensation secret it emerged that the school will pay her legal costs.

The teacher and her lawyers refused to comment on the case.

A spokesman for Westminster City School said: "It was a highly unusual case which could not have been foreseen by the school - neither was this incident the fault of the school."



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