Pictured above: 2006 Peter Ball former Bishop of Lewes with his good friends Prince Charles and Camilla at a memorial for her father Bruce Shand
Paedophile Peter Ball remained a confidant of Prince Charles right up until 2012
30 July 2016
Disgraced bishop, friend to members of the royal family, jailed for a string of sex offences, Peter Ball has been given public funding for a legal team at the Government’s child sex abuse inquiry.
The decision to pay for lawyers, costing taxpayers up to £200 an hour, to defend the reputation of Peter Ball, the former Bishop of Gloucester and of Lewes, has outraged his victims.
Ball is the first convicted sex offender to be granted taxpayer funds, setting a precedent that could pave the way for dozens of paedophiles to get the same deal.
He received the legal funding because he “may be subject to explicit criticism by the inquiry”.
A lawyer close to the inquiry said: “I was really surprised Ball was given funding. The issue is about how he was allowed to get away with it by the Church not about his offending. He has already been investigated and pleaded guilty.”
Dame Alun Roberts @ciabaudo
Independent, my foot!
Lowell Goddard chair of the IICSA – her ex-husband, Sir Johnny Scott was a close friend of Camilla’s.
Dame Alun Roberts @ciabaudo
If he didn’t know, he’s hardly fit to be King …
Richard Scorer: My clients accept the PoW has many interactions with Church of England clergy. However our clients do not accept that he claims he was not aware that a caution means an acceptance of guilt.
Scorer claims senior leaders in the Church knew of Peter Ball’s offending but Lambeth Palace did not hand over letters to police: http://ow.ly/M5yK30l4wJe
Mr William Chapman: There’s a reluctance to trust the secular authorities to handle the matter and a willingness to forgive and reintegrate Peter Ball, no matter what he’d done
Elizabeth Hall, Nat Safeguarding Advisor, recommending a further review of Peter Ball information which should involve trying to find all files/documents
Both Michael Ball and brother Peter Ball were not shy about using the name of the Prince of Wales to seek to influence others. Bishop Michael Ball wrote to Lord Carey in Dec 1992 saying that his brother was receiving support from 2 Cabinet Ministers and Prince Charles Peter Ball often mention their friendship.
On 8 March 1993 Peter Ball received a caution for one count of gross indecency against Neil Todd. He resigned immediately. Peter Ball alleged to the Church of England shortly that he either did not wish to resign, and accepted a caution to avoid a trial.
“This Inquiry has been provided with details of allegations made by a total of 32 individuals. These all relate to an alleged abuse of power by Peter Ball for the purposes of his sexual gratification.”
The former Bishop of Lewes, Peter Ball was convicted of two offences of indecent assault, and an offence of misconduct
Peter Ball admitted when pleading guilty that he received sexual gratification from the deliberate manipulation of vulnerable young men, that the contact was consistent with grooming and that he abused his position as a Bishop in the Church of England
In January 1996, Ball was permitted by Archbishop Carey to preach at a particular public school and, to conduct confirmations at other specific schools later on in that year
(1) Why he was permitted to return to ministry in this fashion? (2) Why did no-one think to carry out some kind of risk assessment? (3) Whether or not senior clergy simply thought that Peter Ball’s pleas of innocence should be believed?
Prince Charles gives evidence to inquiry into Peter Ball
The Prince of Wales says he was aware that Peter Ball, who lived in Aller, near Langport, had been given a police caution, but claims he did not realise it amounted to an admission of guilt.
Details of Prince Charles’s relationship with Ball will be revealed at an inquiry into the case on Friday.
The next in line to the throne had “decades of correspondence” with Ball and occasionally sent him “small gifts of money”, according to the draft copy of his statement to the inquiry, The Times has reported.
The statement will add that Ball confided in him in 2009 that he had been involved in an “indiscretion” years previously, which he blamed on a person with a grudge.
Peter Ball abuse inquiry requests statement from Prince Charles
By Press Association
The Prince of Wales has been asked to give a witness statement to a public inquiry about a paedophile bishop who was jailed after abusing young men.
Peter Ball was sentenced to 32 months in 2015 for a string of offences between the 1970s and 1990s, and the handling of allegations against him is now being examined by the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA).
At a hearing on Wednesday, counsel to the inquiry Fiona Scolding QC said that statements had been requested from the prince and his principal private secretary.
According to a transcript posted on the inquiry website, she said: “We have also requested a witness statement from both His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales and his principal private secretary.
“The Prince’s solicitors have indicated their client’s willingness to assist us and have raised a number of important issues for us to consider.
“This has led to lengthy and complex discussions and we are currently considering the latest points they have raised. We hope to be able to provide an update to core participants on this in the next couple of weeks.”
Charles had exchanged a series of letters with Ball, the former Bishop of Gloucester, whose diocese covers Highgrove, the prince’s country home.
A spokesman for the prince told the Daily Mail last year that the correspondence contained nothing of relevance to the clergyman’s offending.
Lawyer Richard Scorer from Slater and Gordon, who is representing complainants at the IICSA, said: “It is imperative that the inquiry leaves no stone unturned in its efforts to establish how Peter Ball was able to evade justice for two decades.
“If this means calling Prince Charles and other prominent establishment figures as witnesses then the inquiry should do so without fear or favour.”
2005 The wedding of Prince Charles and Camilla Shand attended by Bishop Peter Ball
Peter Ball ‘preached at the funeral of Camilla’s father’s in 2006, which indicates his standing in their household.’
Lord Louis Mountbatten former chauffeur Norman Nield exposed him
Edward Prince of Wales and his cousin Lord Louis Mountbatten “relax” in a canvas swimming pool on board H. M. S. Renown during their 1920 Empire Tour.
Lord Louis was a great grandson of Queen Victoria and the uncle of Prince Philip (consort of Queen Elizabeth II). Mountbatten was also a promiscuous bisexual who was famously rumored to have had an affair with Edward VIII (who was Prince of Wales at the time) when he accompanied him on his Empire tours (see photo above).
The Queen. Like any human being, she is subject to the influence of those around her. While he lived, Lord Mountbatten was a persuasive counsellor, and he formulated the plan for Prince Charles’s unusually rigorous education.
Lowell Goddard’s daughter Rebecca Scott was born in Lewes District in the county of Sussex 20/3/1970.
Both their parents (Johnny Scott’s & Camilla’s) were involved in the Southdown hunt;
Camilla’s father, Bruce Shand,the Master and
Walter Scott (Johnny Scott’s Father), Lowell Goddard’s former father-in-law, the chairman
Major BRUCE SHAND MC With his daughter CAMILLA
Camilla Parker-Bowles father was Master of the Southdown Hunt. Vice Lord-Lieutenant East Sussex 1974-92
Lowell Goddard’s former father-in-law, Sir Walter Scott was Chairman of the Southdown Hunt. In 1975 he was Deputy Lieutenant East Sussex.
IICSA Lowell Goddard’s daughter Rebecca Scott sits on a charity called Catwalk with royal family member Zara Phillips.
Ms Phillips, the Queen’s granddaughter and the daughter of Princess Anne, is a patron of the trust.
Lowell Goddard is a significant supporter of the CatWalk Spinal Cord Injury Trust
Catwalk Trust: Back row – Lisa Chittick, Charlotte Gendall, Georgie Falloon, Sharleen Workman, Zara Phillips, Rebecca Scott, Greer Draper, Paula Petrie
Front row – Leanne Parker, Catriona Williams, Pip McCarroll
The Queen supported Bishop of Lewes Peter Ball after his police caution. In 1994, when she was distributing Royal Maundy money in Truro, Ball was there with his brother, who was Truro’s bishop.
After lunch in the Chapter House, the Queen, who had been on the high table with local dignitaries, went across to Ball, held out her hand and said in the clearest of voices: ‘My love and encouragement, Bishop.’
Ceremonial: The Crown of Scotland is carried by The Duke of Hamilton – Rebecca Scott’s cousin
NZ judge confused by UK laws
31 July 2016
The New Zealand judge heading the UK’s historical child abuse inquiry has shocked barristers by admitting that she is confused by English law.
Dame Justice Goddard is set to earn around £5million (NZ$9.17m) as chairwoman of the inquiry after being appointed by Theresa May.
Some lawyer have expressed their concerns about the delays and Dame Justice Goddard’s handling of the inquiry.
During the preliminary hearings last week, she admitted she was ‘unsure of local law’, when police attempted to block details of an investigation going public, according to The Times.
Dame Lowell Goddard, the head of Britain’s inquiry into child abuse, has spent more than 70 days working abroad or on holiday in her first year in the role.
The inquiry has been beset by delays and controversies since it was first announced by the then home secretary Theresa May.
Baroness Butler-Sloss, stood down in July 2014 amid questions over the role played by her late brother, Lord Havers, who was attorney general in the 1980s.
Her replacement Dame Fiona Woolf resigned following a barrage of criticism over her “establishment links”, most notably in relation to former home secretary Leon Brittan, who died in 2015.
Mrs May officially reconstituted the probe under Justice Goddard in March 2015
Oct 14 2016
May ‘must have known’ about concern over Goddard
It would have been “inconceivable” for Theresa May to be unaware of concerns about the behaviour of the chairman of the child sexual abuse inquiry, a former minister claimed as MPs prepared to launch an investigation into the allegations.
The Times revealed today that Home Office staff and advisers received warnings about Dame Lowell Goddard’s offensive behaviour in her role as chairwoman of the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) but did not end her “catastrophic” leadership.
It is claimed that her aggressive and abusive conduct at times reduced the inquiry’s operation to “near paralysis”
A UK newspaper has accused New Zealand judge Dame Lowell Goddard of making racist remarks during her time as the head of an inquiry into child sex abuse.
The front-page report in The Times also makes unsourced claims Dame Lowell was aggressive and abusive, and allegedly suffered memory lapses.
British officials close to Prime Minister Theresa May have been accused of covering up the allegations of misconduct.
The Times says Home Office staff and advisors were told of Dame Lowell’s behaviour and she was warned by a senior official, but no further action was taken.
The article details two instances of alleged racism.
Last night Dame Lowell confirmed she had instructed London solicitors Carter Ruck to represent her over the claims.