A woman who claims that Jehovah’s Witness elders failed to protect from abuse by a known paedophile, has won a six-figure pay out from the church.
The woman, known only in court as C, alleges that she was abused between the ages of four and nine in Loughborough by ministerial servant Peter Stewart. She claims that the church was made aware of allegations of abuse made against him in relation to another child in the religious community.
However, she says that despite this being acknowledged, Stewart was allowed to remain in the church performing duties because he told them that he had “repented” over the abuse. C says that this meant he was able to abuse her for four more years.
In 1995, he was convicted of rape in an unrelated case. In 2001, he died shortly before police arrived at his home to question him in relation to C’s allegations.