‘Dirty money’ to be given to wife

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AUK JUDGE has or­dered a man to give his es­tranged wife £100 000 (R1.7 mil­lion) from the com­pen­sa­tion he re­ceived for suf­fer­ing sex­ual abuse as a child.

An­drew Ker­slake, 47, was given £175 000 by the gov­ern­ment but re­garded it as “dirty money” and put it into a trust, to be given to a char­ity when he dies.

But as part of her di­vorce set­tle­ment, his ex-wife He­len Tip­pett, 42, ap­plied to a court in Wales to de­mand a share of the fund, claim­ing it was a mar­i­tal as­set.

Af­ter a hear­ing held in pri­vate, a judge ruled in Tip­pett’s favour and Ker­slake was given 24 hours to pay a lump sum of £100 000, or risk go­ing to jail for con­tempt of court.

How­ever, Ker­slake is not giv­ing the money eas­ily and has vowed to fight the judg­ment.

“I will fight it all the way and go to jail if nec­es­sary. He­len is money-grab­bing – she and her new man will spend it how they like. It’s shame­ful she has even asked for the money, how can she get plea­sure out of my pain?

“It doesn’t seem right – she wasn’t the one who was abused. I will do ev­ery­thing I can to de­fend the trust.

“The money was paid to me for what hap­pened long be­fore I met my wife. There is a prin­ci­ple here. I can’t un­der­stand how the courts can award my com­pen­sa­tion to my ex-wife. It doesn’t make sense.”

Ker­slake was mo­lested be­tween the ages of 5 and 10 by a fam­ily friend.

He fi­nally went to the po­lice in 1998 and his abuser was jailed for three years.

In 2002, Ker­slake was given the £175 000 by the Crim­i­nal In­juries Com­pen­sa­tion Board, which pays dam­ages to vic­tims of vi­o­lent crime. He set up the An­drew Ker­slake Trust to be used to help other vic­tims of preda­tory pae­dophiles.

By the time of the hear­ing, the fund had grown to £200 000 and the judge or­dered the money be split equally be­tween the pair.

Ker­slake, who waived his right to anonymity as a sex abuse vic­tim, was too ill to at­tend the hear­ing. How­ever, his ex-wife at­tended and “ar­gued she needed the money to buy a prop­erty for her­self and her two youngest chil­dren, even though she is liv­ing with a new part­ner”.

Ker­slake said: “My wife wanted to spend the lot, she wanted a beau­ti­ful house, she had all sorts of ways of spend­ing it. But to me it is dirty money. I was abused over 500 times, ev­ery Mon­day, Wednes­day, Fri­day and Satur­day, and noth­ing could com­pen­sate for that.”

Both Tip­pett and Ker­slake were mar­ried when the com­pen­sa­tion was granted.

Tip­pett was study­ing for a hu­man­i­ties de­gree at uni­ver­sity and while Ker­slake, who now walks with crutches af­ter hurt­ing his back in a fall, was rais­ing their four chil­dren.

Their 19-year mar­riage ended six years ago and Ker­slake has be­come es­tranged from his chil­dren, aged be­tween 7 and 22. He lives alone while Tip­pett works part-time in a church break­fast club.

The judge barred the me­dia from the court, claim­ing the pub­lic­ity was not in the in­ter­ests of the cou­ple’s chil­dren, who could read re­ports of the pro­ceed­ings on the in­ter­net.

Ker­slake has been given leave to ap­peal against the re­sult and a hear­ing will be held later this year. Tip­pett, on the other hand, re­fused to com­ment on the mat­ter.

‘How can she get plea­sure out of my pain?’

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