Serving life: A court drawing of Dwayne Best

A teacher who was brutally assaulted by a 15-year-old pupil accused the school where the attack took place of ‘putting her in the way of a rapist’.

The 32-year-old, who cannot be identified, said Westminster City School should have warned her that it was unsafe for her to be in her classroom alone after lessons.

The woman was attacked by powerfully-built Dwayne Best as she marked books after school – within a week of starting her job in September, 2004.

Best is serving a life sentence after being convicted at the Old Bailey.

Miss X sued the governing body of the school over her ‘truly horrifying’ ordeal. She has reached a secret settlement in the damages action.

Her counsel, Neil Block QC, told Mr Justice Foskett at London’s High Court that her allegations of negligence against the school were on the basis that there had been a previous less serious sexual assault on a cleaner.

Best also had the ‘most appalling’ documented history in and out of school, displaying a belligerent and aggressive attitude.

Speaking after the case, Miss X said she had decided to bring a civil case because she thought the school should be held to account for their failings.

‘They really failed. They let me down and I do hold them responsible for putting me in the way of a rapist.’

She said that the school had a duty of care to its employees under health and safety law which had not been followed.

The school should have carried out a risk assessment after the cleaner had been attacked, Miss X said.

‘Nobody warned me. On a basic level that’s what it comes down to, if they had warned me, I wouldn’t have been there in the classroom.


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