An NSPCC staff member who was suspended over his role as a
character witness in the case of a man found innocent of sexually
abusing children has been reinstated (news, page 7, 24 July).
Gerry Tissier, the charity’s head of media relations, will return
to work now an independent inquiry commissioned by director Mary
Marsh has finished. The inquiry was launched after a complaint from
the mother of one of three girls who had made allegations of sexual
abuse against their guitar teacher.
Tissier had testified at Southwark Crown Court as a character
witness for the teacher, Henry Bran, who was cleared of the charges
Marsh said Tissier’s evidence was “given in a personal capacity and
not as a representative of the NSPCC”.
She added his suspension was “a precautionary measure without
implication of fault”.