A man who was subjected to sexual abuse as a child has now been ordered to give his ex-wife half of the money he was awarded as compensation.
The now 47 year-old was given £175,000 by the Criminal Injuries Compensation Board back in 2002. The South Wales man was abused by a family friend between the ages of five and ten. He did not come forward about the ordeal until 1998 but fortunately the perpetrator was found guilty and sentenced to prison for three years.
However the man saw the compensation as “dirty money” and decided he would put it all into a trust which would be given to a charity of his choosing upon his death. The fund has since grown to around £200,000.
The fund has become the focus of divorce battle between him and his ex-wife. After 19 years of marriage, the couple split and she believed this fund should be treated as a matrimonial asset and divided accordingly.
At a Family Court hearing in Pontypridd, South Wales, Judge Stuart Batcup ruled in the wife’s favour. He ordered the husband to pay her £100,000 from the fund or be held in contempt of court and face a jail sentence.
After the ruling, the defiant husband told the media he would “fight it all the way and go to jail if necessary”. He said it was “shameful that she has even asked for the money, how can she get pleasure out of [his] pain and suffering?”
The decision “doesn’t seem right” he continued, because his wife “wasn’t the one who was abused”. He could not understand “how the courts can award [his] compensation to [his] ex-wife”, insisting that the ruling “doesn’t make sense”.