A SOUTH Yorkshire businessman can today ‘tell the world he is not a paedophile’ after being publicly cleared of fabricated child abuse allegations by Britain’s top family judge.
Dave Tune, a well-known South Yorkshire athlete has been caught in a bitter custody battle with his ex-partner, racehorse trainer and tipster Vicky Haigh. The case could not previously be reported because of a super-injunction.
But the little girl, now aged seven, who had claimed her father had sexually abused her, had been ‘coached’ by her mother, the High Court in London was told.
Victoria Haigh, who used to train in Bawtry, ‘manufactured’ sex abuse allegations about ex-partner David Tune and caused her daughter, now seven, to repeat them, said a senior judge.
Ms Haigh and an ‘investigator’ she used put ‘scandalous allegations’ into the public domain via email and the internet in breach of court orders,.
Sir Nicholas Wall, President of the Family Division of the High Court, said the allegations made against Mr Tune were untrue. Ms Haigh’s actions had been ‘wholly contrary’ to her daughter’s interests.
He said: “These proceedings have had a serious effect on the life of the father and have threatened the stability of the child.
“The father is entitled to tell the world, and the world is entitled to know, that he is not a paedophile, that he has not sexually abused his daughter and that the allegations made against him are false.”
The girl now lived with her father and was subject to a care plan organised by Doncaster Council.
Mr Tune, aged 40, who runs the Metres to Miles running gear shop in Epworth and is a dedicated long-distance runner, said: “I’m not going to comment further because everything was said in court.”
The judge ruled Ms Haigh, Mr Tune and Doncaster Council could be identified. The girl, referred to as X, should not be named.
Sir Nicholas said: “Allegations of sexual abuse were first made by the mother and not by X. These were false and the mother knew them to be false. X was coached by the mother to make allegations of sexual abuse against the father.”
Sir Nicholas said two judges at previous High Court hearings both found Mr Tune was not a paedophile and had not sexually abused his daughter.
Ms Haigh faces criminal proceedings in relation to the custody case later this year.