UK courtroom: Jehovah’s Witnesses not chargeable for rape by elder Lalrp


LONDON — The U.Okay. Supreme Courtroom dominated Wednesday that the Jehovah’s Witnesses group isn’t chargeable for an elder who raped a member of his congregation greater than three many years in the past.

The choice overturned rulings by decrease courts that awarded 62,000 kilos ($77,500) for the emotional hurt suffered by a Welsh girl who was raped in 1990.

Elder Mark Sewell was sentenced to 14 years in jail for raping the lady in his dwelling after the 2 had been out proselytizing.

The Supreme Courtroom dominated that the idea of vicarious legal responsibility — typically used to carry an employer liable for the reckless actions of an worker — didn’t prolong to the Witnesses within the case, as a result of it didn’t move a two-stage check.

Whereas the courtroom stated the elder could possibly be thought-about an worker of the non secular group, the rape at his dwelling wasn’t inside the scope of his duties for the congregation.

“The first motive that the rape came about was not as a result of Mark Sewell was abusing his place as an elder, however as a result of he was abusing his place as a detailed buddy of (the sufferer),” Justice Andrew Burrows wrote.

4 different justices on the Supreme Courtroom agreed unanimously with Burrows in favor of the Watch Tower and Bible Tract Society of Pennsylvania, the New York-based charitable arm of the Witnesses non secular actions, and the Barry Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses.

Legal professional Thomas Beale, who represented the sufferer, stated the ruling was “devastating for our shopper, who has proven nice bravery and dedication.”

Whereas it was loss for his shopper, Beale stated the ruling could possibly be useful for others as a result of it clarified that a company could possibly be held liable for acts by volunteers, which has been the topic of disagreement within the courts.