British Airways to Compensate 12 Kenyans Assaulted by Pilot
It is reported that among the minors molested between 2003 and 2013 were 12 Kenyan girls, with the total number of victims said to be 38.
International reports further indicate that the 54-year-old pilot, Simon Wood, sexually assaulted girls aged 5-13 in hotels, orphanages and schools during his stop overs in the East African countries.
The UK Airline agreed to pay up an undisclosed amount of money to the victims but maintained its distance from the gruesome acts of the pilot.
“The allegations against Simon Wood have been shocking and horrifying. Though we do not bear any legal responsibility for Simon Wood’s actions, we recognise the impact they had on his victims and the distress and suffering they caused. This recognition is reflected in the agreement we have made with the victims’ representatives, ” British Airways stated.
A mother of two victims said that Wood took her two girls (9 and 16) to Intercontinental hotel, where he pampered them with gifts bathed them before taking them out.
Wood, who died on August 18, 2013, after being hit by a train, had been charged with one count of indecent assault of a girl under 16, two counts of making indecent photographs of a child and one count of possessing indecent images of a child.
The pilot’s death, which was said to be suicidal, came 11 days before he could take plea in court.