170 former pupils say that they were victims of a brutal regime which went unchecked for thirty years at St WIlliams School, where it is alleged that a catalogue of sexual and physical abuse took place.
Whilst the Supreme Court's decision is seen to be a landmark for securing liability for the cases of abuse at the school, it will not bring the closure that victims like Lance Basnett need.
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Sandiford, a former legal secretary originally from Redcar, was convicted of drug smuggling offences and sentenced to death in 2013.
Durham Crown Court heard that one of the male victims suffered a triple-fractured jaw, while left lying in the gutter, unconscious.