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Tom Somerset-How: I want to help after suffering years of abuse

Richard_Scope
Richard_Scope Posts: 3,614 Scope online community team
TW: This story contains content that may be upsetting.

By Nikki Mitchell & Christian Fuller
BBC News

Abused, left without sufficient food and drink and forced to live in squalid conditions. Tom Somerset-How had been living a nightmare of physical and psychological abuse at the hands of his wife and carer for four years.

Mr Somerset-How has spastic quadriplegic cerebral palsy and requires 24-hour care. In 2016, his wife Sarah Somerset-How hired George Webb as a live-in carer at their home in Chichester, West Sussex. But after the pair began an affair, they began to isolate Mr Somerset-How from his family for their own financial gain.

Following a trial, the pair were jailed for 11 years on Friday.


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  • Sandy_123
    Sandy_123 Scope Member Posts: 43,421 Disability Gamechanger
    Oh that was awful to read @Richard_Scope why didn't they just leave  together? I don't understand people like that. I'm so glad he finally got help with that situation. Before things got worse, what a brave man. Glad they got jail time, altho not long enough.
  • Richard_Scope
    Richard_Scope Posts: 3,614 Scope online community team
    I agree @Sandy_123

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  • Cplife
    Cplife Community member Posts: 55 Courageous
    @Richard_Scope  I’ve just read I really feel for this man I was in a domestic violence relationship with my ex husband many years ago now I have cerebral palsy and I do feel what I went through has had a lasting effect on my body. 
    I’m happy to say I am much happier now it has been a difficult thing to work through but I’m happy to still be here because there was times I didn’t think I’d come out alive 😊

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