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You could in principle, but I'm afraid you are out of time.
This is basically a person injury claim for which you have 3 years to issue.
Even if you put it on the basis of assault you would still only have 6 years.
If he is dead then he can't be reported to the police and, also, historical prosecutions do not attract good results.
You can apply to extend limitation but its pretty rigidly enforced I'm afraid.
Do remember that I can only give you my opinion.
Another lawyer may have a different opinion. Litigation needs at least 2 parties and neither goes to court expecting to lose.
Nonetheless, one of them does, even though they have been told by their respective legal advisers that they have a good chance of success.
If there was a black-and-white answer to every legal problem there would be no need for anything to ever proceed to court.
The ultimate decision comes from a county court judge in a civil case or from the magistrate in a criminal case heard in the magistrates court or the jury in Crown Court.
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