Head of strings is charged with rape

Head of strings is charged with rape


norman lebrecht

July 29, 2014

Malcolm Layfield, who was forced to resign last year as head of strings at Royal Northern College of Music during police investigations of historic sex offences, has finally been charged with one count of rape.

The charge relates to a woman of 18, allegedly assaulted in 1982 when Layfield was teaching at Chetham’s School of Music in Manchester. Layfield, 62, is due to appear at Manchester City Magistrates’ Court on 14 August 2014.

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  • Accuracy says:

    Malcolm Layfield was head of strings at the Royal Northern College of Music, not at Chetham’s. Nicholas Jones is head of strings at Chetham’s, and has been since 1997

  • Mike smith says:

    How on earth is anyone to get a fair trial based on the evidence after such a long time especially when there is so so much presumption of guilt flying about. I don’t know Mr Lay field but I suspect he’ll be having to try to prove his innocence beyond doubt rather than the prosection proving guilt beyond doubt which is what is supposed to happen in our judicial system.

    Even this article with it’s “finally been charged” reads with a presumption of guilt to me.