Madeleine McCann investigation receives more funding AGAIN
13 Nov 2018
Police investigating the disappearance of Madeleine McCann have received a further £150,000 in government funding.
Madeleine was three when she was last seen while on holiday with her parents in Praia da Luz, Portugal, in May 2007.
The Metropolitan Police launched its inquiry in 2011 after a Portuguese investigation failed to make headway.
A total of £11.75m has been spent on Operation Grange to date. The new funding is for the six-month period until 31 March next year.
Detectives have been applying to the Home Office every six months for a grant to continue their work.
Dame Alun Roberts@ciabaudo
When it comes to child protection in Islington, Labour’s attitude is hypocrisy personified: Why no soul-searching as to what Margaret Hodge, Jeremy Corbyn and Keith Vaz knew about abuse on their Islington watch?
Islington child abuse survivors’ network reacts angrily to claims of ‘no organised abuse’ in Sandy Marks report
13 Nov 2018
An organisation acting for victims and survivors of abuse in Islington children’s homes has responded bitterly to a barrister’s conclusion that there was no evidence “organised” wrongdoing had taken place.
Two workers and eight survivors from Islington Survivors Network (ISN) were interviewed as part of the eight-month independent review by Sarah Morgan QC.
The agreed remit of Ms Morgan’s investigation had been to establish if former mayor Sandy Marks was involved in pro-paedophile groups in 1979 and 1980, as the Gazette reported last year, and whether or not it had an impact on her role overseeing children’s services as chair of the social services committee years later. In the end, her conclusions vindicated the Gazette’s investigation, but said Ms Marks did not appear to have been swayed professionally by her earlier affiliations.
The barrister also considered whether, in light of her work, there should be a re-opening of the 1995 White Report into the horrific abuse suffered by children in the council’s “care” between the 1970s and 1990s – or a fresh inquiry into allegations of organised abuse during that time.
Finally Ms Morgan concluded that neither was necessary, stating: “I did not see evidence of organised abuse.”
Instead, she said, she had found children were left vulnerable to abuse because of inadequate care.
It comes as a blow to Dr Liz Davies, the co-ordinator of ISN and the original whistleblower who helped expose the scandal in 1992 – when Ms Marks had political oversight of children’s homes through her social services role.
The social worker was incredulous after reading the report last week, saying she had supplied Ms Morgan with a 26-page dossier of evidence, including a substantial section on organised abuse.
She said: “Not a jot of my evidence is in the inquiry report. It’s so disrespectful and risks being professionally discrediting.”
Between May and November this year the number of people in touch with ISN, which is now two years old, leapt from 100 to 150, reporting abuse across 42 homes, foster placements and care facilities.
ISN, represented by solicitors’ firm Leigh Day, is working with Islington Council to establish a compensation scheme.
Dr Davies said there was greater urgency to the project now, as three people ISN was in touch with have died.
She said: “In the ’90s I saw the tip of the iceberg. Now, I have heard things from survivors and witnesses that not only validate what I’ve done but increase my knowledge of the extensiveness of the networks and the power of the perpetrators.
“If this report was limited, it should have been limited, without annihilating the work I have done over the last 27 years.”
Graduate research student Charlotte Russell, who also supports ISN and gave evidence to Ms Morgan, said: “The problem is this report is a floating island. The finding that Sandy Marks was a member of a pro-paedophile group is presented as completely dislocated from the fact that Islington was the centre of pro-paedophile groups and PIE [pro-paedophile group the Paedophile Information Exchange].
“Fragmented inquiries like this don’t get to the overarching questions of how PIE operated in Islington.”
In her report, Ms Morgan expressed misgivings about the parameters of her own review and who to interview for it.
A national government-sponsored review, the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA), is currently under way and Ms Morgan said those survivors who came forward to speak to her might have been better redirected to that resource.
She added that some did not appear to fully understand the purpose of the review, or its narrow scope. In response ISN has said it did explain the review’s terms of reference to survivors.
Islington Council and Sarah Morgan QC have been contacted for comment.
“Disappointed”: ISN survivors on the review
Eight people who endured horrific abuse as children under Islington’s care were interviewed in the town hall for Sarah Morgan’s report.
They did not have allegations to make about Sandy Marks, but wanted to explain their experiences to her as they believed it would help.
A survivor who took part said: “It was a traumatic interview. It was difficult even to come into the building and I was a wreck when I came out.
“I was standing in the street in the soaking wet, bawling my eyes out. I had to call ISN straight after for support.”
One survivor queried the lack of follow-up calls to those distressed by the interview process, and asked why survivors had not been given a chance to speak informally, unrecorded – an offer extended to two staff at the council.
Several more tried to reach Ms Morgan to give their views; one was turned away due to their experience falling outside of the time frame, while another could not reach her in time as there was no phone number for the public to call.
Another survivor, who was hesitant about being interviewed, had agreed to speak but at the appointed time never received a call.
He said: “I was nervous about talking because it would drag up stuff, but I was happy to poke at an ant’s nest if it would help.
“I made sure I got up in time. It was hard work waiting for the phone call, and I sat there looking at the phone for about two hours.
“The next day she said she was sorry, but it just seemed that if it was that unimportant I shouldn’t really be talking.”
A different individual who was interviewed said they were disillusioned with the report’s findings: “The bottom line is it [organised abuse] has been denied for all these years and they’re going to keep it down now, because culpability has been admitted.”
Another said: “It brought back a lot of memories that have affected me since. I really thought we would finally be given a chance to speak and be listened to.
The process of speaking to Ms Morgan, one survivor reflected, had made them feel “like a child again, being questioned”.
She said: “It’s never over for us. We are still living it day in, day out. We are walking wounded.
“I’m just flabbergasted that she has come to this conclusion and not really looked at all the facts on the table. It’s really dispiriting. They used to call us liars as individuals; now they’re calling us liars as a group.”
“The service is broken”
On Wednesday evening last week, hours after Ms Morgan’s review was published, technical issues on Islington Council’s website meant scores of people – including survivors – struggled or failed to access it.
One ISN survivor wrote a poem about the ensuing frustration, reprinted here with their permission. It read:
The link Takes you to a notice Saying there is a problem With the service The service is broken
Cardinal Vincent Nichols with Pope Francis
Archbishop apologises over handling of abuse claims against Tolkien son
Church paid settlement to avoid disclosing knowledge of indecency in 1968, hearing told
12 Nov 2018
England’s most senior Catholic clergyman ordered lawyers not to disclose a complaint of child abuse made against JRR Tolkien’s son, an inquiry has heard.
Cardinal Vincent Nichols, who faces criticism over his handling of allegations against Father John Tolkien, apologised in a letter to the independent inquiry into child sexual abuse on Monday. Nichols, the archbishop of Westminster, was due to give evidence on Tuesday over his handling of the affair but pulled out due to illness.
The Catholic church knew that Tolkien, the eldest son of the acclaimed author of Lord of the Rings, posed a risk to children after a note was made in 1968 that he had told boy scouts to strip naked, yet he was allowed to continue working for decades, the hearing was told.
When more of Tolkien’s alleged victims contacted the church with civil claims in the early 2000s, after charges against him were dropped owing to ill health, Nichols, then the archbishop of Birmingham, told a lawyer acting on behalf of the diocese that he would “prefer not to disclose” the earlier complaint.
In reference to the Catholic church’s record of the 1968 incident, the hearing heard that a lawyer acting for the diocese wrote to Nichols in 2003: “You have said that the archdiocese would prefer not to disclose this document even if it means settling the action.”
Rather than revealing knowledge of the incident, the church settled with one victim, Christopher Carrie, who said he was abused by Tolkien at age 11 in the 1950s, by paying him £15,000 in 2003, the inquiry at Pocock Street tribunal hearing centre in London was told on Monday.
The inquiry heard that at least four other people made abuse allegations against Tolkien. It is understood that several civil claims over abuse committed by Tolkien have been settled by the church.
The Birmingham diocese, which Nichols ran from 2000 to 2009, was also criticised by a lawyer during the hearing for issuing press releases at the time of the settlement asking people to pray for Tolkien.
Richard Scorer, of Slater and Gordon, representing alleged victims of Tolkien, told the hearing: “It wasn’t settled because Archbishop Nichols wanted to ‘do the right thing’ by a victim of abuse. If you study the file, we suggest it is very plain that Mr Carrie’s claim, and those of other victims of John Tolkien, were settled for one reason and one reason alone – because in the absence of a settlement, the archdiocese would have been obliged to disclose that they had received a complaint, or possibly complaints in the plural, of sexual indecency by Father Tolkien in 1968.”
The first of five days of hearings focusing on child abuse in the archdiocese of Birmingham – – the largest in England, stretching from Stoke-on-Trent to south of Oxford – – was told that as many as five people accused Tolkien of abuse.
Tolkien denied the allegations. He was investigated by police shortly before his death, aged 85, in 2003 but despite having sufficient evidence for a realistic prosecution, the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) dropped the case because Tolkien was suffering from dementia. After the case was dropped, Carrie made a civil claim against the church.
When, as an adult in 1993, Carrie had discovered that the priest was working in Oxfordshire, he had reported the allegations to the then archbishop of Birmingham, Maurice Couve de Murville. Jacqueline Carey, the counsel to the inquiry, told the hearing that in October 1993 Couve de Murville wrote to Carrie claiming to have investigated the complaint “as far as possible” but adding that “35 years makes it difficult to establish precisely what happened”.
He said he had interviewed Tolkien, then 76, who was “not in good health”, adding: “It may be of help for you to know that he is now going to retire and cease the active practice of his ministry.” He said Tolkien’s retirement was “perhaps … the answer you seek” but said the church would assist if Carrie wanted to report the matter to police.
In 2000 Carrie wrote to Nichols asking him to investigate the matter. In 2002 another complainant came forward to allege they had been abused by Tolkien, writing to Nichols: “Well I know for sure Mr Carrie is telling the truth because I too was abused myself. I know Father Tolkien is 84 years old and suffering from dementia but it is wrong for him to keep saying he never did these things – he did.”
Nichols advised the complainant to report it to the police. Police investigated Tolkien but the CPS decided after a medical assessment it was not in the public interest to proceed, the hearing was told.
Richard Horwell QC, representing the archdiocese of Birmingham, read out an apology written to the inquiry from Nichols saying: “Often in the past we failed to respond promptly and vigorously to the cries and accounts of victims. We followed our instincts in trusting those fellow priests who were in fact criminals. We put too much in our sense of duty to shield other Catholics from these horrors, putting what we saw to be the good of church before a search for the truth of what happened.”
Inquiry into child sexual abuse allegations against Greville Janner ‘pushed back to 2020’
8 Nov 2018
The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) has set aside three weeks in February 2020 to examine public bodies’ historical handling of the multiple allegations against the late Labour MP and peer.
That will enable up to 33 men to give their accounts of alleged abuse by Janner.
He was accused of 22 sexual offences against boys between 1963 and 1988 but died shortly before Christmas 2015, aged 87.
Three chances to put the politician on trial for child abuse were missed because of mistakes by the police or prosecutors, a retired High Court judge ruled in the weeks after his death.
Sir Richard Henriques said in January 2016 that the former Leicester MP should have been charged with offences against boys in 1991, 2002 and 2007.
A fourth Leicestershire Police inquiry – Operation Enamel – would have led to charges had the Labour politician not become severely ill with dementia and been deemed unfit to stand trial in late 2015.
Jim Torbett victims’ lawyer has ‘evidence’ Celtic knew about child abuse before the 90s
Patrick McGuire who is representing 10 former Celtic Boys’ Club players has questioned Celtic’s claims.
9 NOV 2018
A lawyer representing victims of pervert Celtic Boys’ Club Jim Torbett says he has evidence officials knew about the abuse before the 90s.
Patrick McGuire, whose Glasgow firm are representing 10 former Celtic Boys’ Club players, questioned Celtic FC’s claims about when they learned of the allegations.
He said: “When was it that Celtic Football Club knew, or ought to have known, about what was going on and when should that club have taken action? Was it in the 90s? I have evidence to the contrary.”
Torbett was jailed for six years on Monday for sexually abusing three boys over an eight-year period.
He was previously jailed for abusing boys in 1998.
The 71-year-old was said to have been booted out of the boys’ club in 1974 by then Celtic boss Jock Stein.
But he was allowed back after Stein left in 1980.
Bercow Uses Personal Veto to Block Vaz Investigation
We applied under the Freedom of Information Act to get papers relating to Mr Vaz’s trips abroad.
Clerks raised concerns – denied by the Leicester MP – that Mr Vaz had not abided by all the rules for trips. We wanted to know if those concerns ever become formal complaints.
If they did, did the liaison committee, which controls this process, do anything about it? This is clearly an area where, one could argue, the Freedom of Information Act should bite.
If the administration of MPs’ expenses is not covered by privilege, why should the administration of committee trips be? MPs are involved – but they oversaw expenses too. Could knowing which travel agent booked tickets for MPs be a route to power for a would-be tyrant? What is the threat to free speech?
Some months ago, Mr Bercow personally made the argument that this paperwork was all covered by privilege. But I looked forward to a tribunal when this could be tested.
A personal veto
Normally, this sort of determination can be referred to the Information Commissioner and then to the tribunals and courts to judge whether that finding is fair. My judgment is, if they did that, I had a reasonable chance of winning.
I suspect Mr Bercow agreed. That would explain why he has now used an unusual personal power to block any appeals.
This week, I was notified he has issued a “certificate” under section 34(3) of the Freedom of Information Act. This is, in effect, a personal release veto.
These sorts of vetos are supposed to be used sparingly – an emergency reserve power to guard sacred spaces if courts get it wrong.
That is because their use means I have no rights of appeal. The Information Commissioner’s view is that, since the certificate is genuine, that is the the end of the matter. Any appeal to the tribunals will automatically be discarded. I can ask a judge to review his decision, but it would entail looking at a decision taken by a parliamentary officer. That would hit privilege from another direction.
The net result is that the Speaker, who denies bullying, has made an order to hide information about the behaviour of his close personal friend, Keith Vaz, a man who also denies bullying – supposedly to protect MPs’ freedom of speech.
And then he has gone out of his way to use a personal veto to make sure no-one could even consider reviewing that questionable decision.
You can understand why staff are so suspicious about whether MPs will ever let themselves be judged by outsiders when it comes to bullying and harassment.
Harriet Harman – Legal Officer for NCCl – NCCL supported PIE (Paedophile Information Exchange) with close friend Margaret Hodge
‘If Sandy Marks did hold those views, I was not aware of them’. I see no paedophiles, said Margaret Hodge
Dame Alun Roberts @ciabaudo
‘If Sandy Marks did hold those views, I was not aware of them’. I see no paedophiles, said Margaret Hodge as she raised her telescope to her blind eye!
Gazette was correct about ex-mayor’s pro-paedophile past, top lawyer concludes
07 November 2018
A top barrister has confirmed former Islington councillor Sandy Marks’ past links to a pro-paedophile campaign group.
An independent review by Sarah Morgan QC, published on Wednesday, vindicates the Gazette’s revelations about Sandy Marks’ past links to radical campaign group Fallen Angels – whose publication 18 months ago triggered the lawyer’s probe.
It also confirms Ms Marks and then-colleagues at Islington would have been aware of allegations about the abuse of children in the care system before the horrific scandal emerged in 1992.
But it stops short of suggesting an inquiry into the abuse be re-opened, and asserts that Ms Marks’ involvement with campaign group Fallen Angels had “no impact” on her later oversight of children’s services.
Ms Morgan’s 127-page paper comes at the end of a review spanning eight months and involving thousands of pages of documents, as well as interviews with victims and survivors, with Ms Marks herself, and with the Gazette staff who originally worked on the story in May 2017.
It will make disappointing reading for the Islington Survivors Network (ISN), which is led by former social worker Dr Liz Davies – the original whistleblower into physical and sexual abuse taking place across Islington’s children’s homes in the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s.
The group hoped it would recommend the 1995 White Report into the scandal be reopened, as they believe it failed to uncover evidence of organised abuse rather than simply the poor management and negligence it did find.
In the report, Ms Morgan says Ms Marks’ work as chair of the social services committee, which covered children’s services, was likely not affected by her past involvement with Fallen Angels, a radical pro-paedophile activist group.
But she admits it doesn’t “sit easily” that “someone could be associated with an organisation so malign and yet, in the years following that association, it had no detectable impact on her conduct of a role in a public office which included the oversight of the welfare of children in care”.
Fallen Angels, a small, clandestine organisation centred on N19, had campaigned for the release of five men on trial for involvement with the Paedophile Information Exchange (PIE).
Ms Morgan wrote: “Fallen Angels, the organisation, and those who spoke for it, of whom I am satisfied Sandy Marks was one, expressed support for […] an abolition of age of consent laws, and for what was described as the right to sexual self-determination for all, irrespective of gender and age.”
The report concluded that despite her previous claims to the contrary, Ms Marks had been associated with the Fallen Angels at the time of a conference hosted by the International Gay Association (IGA) in Spain in April 1980.
At the conference the Angels had distributed two papers. In her appraisal of them, Ms Morgan said: “I find it impossible to understand how the warped and distorted thinking evidenced by the writing had ever found a place in mainstream debate.”
It also found Ms Marks had “more likely than not” been present at a meeting of another group, Conspiracy Against Public Morals (CAPM), in September 1979, in which campaign tactics on behalf of the PIE defendands were discussed.
In deciding whether Ms Marks’ involvement with the Fallen Angels influenced her role on Islington Council between 1982 and 2001, Ms Morgan noted: “I did not find evidence that Ms Marks appeared to be exercising control and direction in relation to children and their placement in care.”
As both chair and member of the social services committee, Ms Marks was at meetings where decisions were taken to send certain children to different homes.
But Ms Morgan “did not see any meeting at which those making the decision amended or overrode the care plan to substitute a different or other home.”
She added that Ms Marks’ involvement in two staffing committees didn’t extend to direct recruitment; she had no sole decision-making power or ability to dispense cash as chair of the capital-wide London Borough Children’s Regional Planning Committee; and that she found in two decades’ worth of meeting minutes “a good deal about Sandy Marks’ conduct that was positive and demonstrated what appeared to me to be a legitimate concern for child welfare”.
In conclusion, she says: “I did not find anything which suggested to me that Ms Marks was carrying out duties on any committee or sub-committee or any combination in a way which was affected by [her] involvement in Fallen Angels.”
Ms Morgan also considered whether Ms Marks’ past could have affected the White Report, or the 13 internal investigations that preceded it.
After interviewing one of its two authors, Kate Hart, she finds it “unlikely” Ms Marks was involved in commissioning the White Report or identifying its terms of reference.
She notes, though, that the other author, Ian White, has since died, and that, astonishingly, “it had not been possible to find the papers from Ian White and Kate Hart’s working in on the White Inquiry and so they were not available to me”.
Regarding the investigations into organised abuse that took place prior to the White Report, “from the extensive documents [Ms Morgan saw], Sandy Marks had no involvement with or connection to any of the investigatory meetings held, nor was she included on any circulation list of any to the minutes of those meetings, nor was she included in any of the correspondence”.
Ms Hart told Ms Morgan that knowledge of Ms Marks’ past “would have had an impact on their inquiry and some of their recommendations”, particularly around the personnel processes that allowed Ms Marks to become a councillor so soon after her involvement with Fallen Angels.
And, she added, “she and Ian White would have raised the question of whether someone with that past association was a fit and proper person to hold a position as an elected member of the council”.
But the possible differences in the White Report’s methodology weren’t sufficient to recommend reopening it, Ms Morgan concluded.
Islington Council’s response
We accept all the report’s conclusions and expectations,” said council leader Richard Watts, “and have sent a copy of the report to the Independent Inquiry on Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA), and will continue our enduring commitment to help survivors with specialist psychological support and housing.
“We have apologised before for the council’s failure to protect vulnerable children in its care in the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s, and today we repeat that apology. Today’s report again sets out starkly the failings in Islington’s children’s homes up to the early 1990s, which were utterly horrifying. As acknowledged in today’s report, the council today is a very different organisation. Protecting children from harm is our top priority.
“We are also committed to supporting survivors of child abuse and have put in place a package of support for survivors, which includes access to psychological support and counselling, personal advice on issues such as housing, access to benefits and individual support.”
Survivors of abuse in Islington who would like to access help and support could contact email@example.com, he added.
How Sandy Marks responded to the allegations
Sandy Marks was confronted by the Gazette with allegations about her past links to pro-paedophile groups in May 2017.
Initially she said she did not remember the period in question. But when shown a key piece of evidence, a grainy black-and-white photograph unearthed in minutes from the IGA conference in 1980, she accepted it showed her as a young woman.
She said: “I could pretend it’s not me – terrible haircut. But that’s a picture of me.”
The next day she said the Fallen Angels were “something stupid” she had been involved in, and she had not understood their message at the time.
On the eve of publication she changed her story again, denying the allegations, saying the photo wasn’t her, and that the ‘Sandy Marks’ listed as a contact for the Angels at the conference could be someone else.
When interviewed by Sarah Morgan QC in March 2018, she said she could not recall involvement with Fallen Angels.
But Ms Morgan pointed out the contact details listed against Ms Marks’ name include her own work address with Islington Community Housing in Hornsey Rise.
The photograph later proved a crucial area of dispute; a lengthy character reference submitted for Ms Marks asserted the woman in the photo had had professional styling, “which would have been beyond her means”.
These claims were dismissed by Ms Morgan, who concluded “on the balance of probabilities” Ms Marks had indeed been at the conference with the Angels.
Before the report was published a final submission from Ms Marks, dated September 25, was received, in which she said she had suffered “enormous distress and personal loss at these baseless accusations.”
Tomorrow’s front page: an independent lawyer finds Sandy Marks WAS involved in pro-paedophile campaign groups less than two years before she was elected as an Islington councillor, as we revealed 18 months ago
Cassandra Cogno @CassandraCogno
The address given for paedophiles & paedophile activists to write to at the IGA 1980 conference was the same address as that listed for Islington Community Housing (according to Kelly’s Postal Directory for 1980) where a Sandy Marks worked so does Veness mean this ICH?
Celtic Boys Club founder Jim Torbett guilty of abusing boys
5 Nov 2018
Celtic Boys Club founder Jim Torbett has been jailed for six years after being convicted of sexually abusing three boys over an eight-year period.
Torbett, 71, was found guilty after a trial at the High Court in Glasgow. He had denied the charges.
Two victims had been in his under-14s football teams, while the third was abused by Torbett at the age of five.
Lord Beckett told Torbett: “Yours is some of the most corrupting behaviour I have ever heard of in these courts.”
He added: “Your depraved conduct towards innocent children has blighted their lives.”
The judge told Torbett that Celtic Boys Club had given opportunities to hundreds of aspiring young footballers.
But he added: “You used the club as a front for child sexual abuse.”
There were tears in the public gallery as the verdict was announced, and emotional scenes in the foyer of the court as those affected by the case embraced each other.
Jurors had heard that Torbett, of Kelvindale, Glasgow, targeted the schoolboys between August 1986 and August 1994.
His victims included youth players Kenny Campbell and Andrew Gray, who had waived their right to anonymity.
Mr Gray died last year, but statements he gave to police before his death were read out during the trial.
The third victim said he had been abused as a five-year-old when he visited the Trophy Centre in Glasgow, which was owned by Torbett.
A paedophile ring ‘may have been operating out of Quarriers Village children’s home’ says former resident
David Whelan who was abused there as a child believes he was being groomed to be passed on.
2 NOV 2018
A man who was sexually abused at a children’s home in the 1970s has spoken of his belief a paedophile ring may have been operating inside the facility.
David Whelan, who waived his right to anonymity, said he believed he was being groomed to be “passed on” while he was at Quarriers Village children’s home in Renfrewshire.
The witness, who stayed at the facility between 1969 and 1974, was abused at the home. He was 11-years-old when he went to the orphanage.
Speaking at the Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry in Edinburgh on Friday, he said: “I believe I was being groomed to be passed on.
“At the time, you try and understand what was going on here, try to read what’s going on here.
“I’m as clear as daylight – I was going to be passed on.
“I just wonder if there was a paedophile ring operating out of Quarriers, with some former residents.”
The late-19th century development consisted of dozens of orphan homes which were run by “house mothers” and “house fathers”.
In 2002, John Porteus was convicted of sexually abusing David while in his care.
The offences took place in the village on a number of occasions.
David also spoke of physical and emotional abuse he suffered at the hands of others.
This involved him being beaten with a “military parade” baton, a belt and being told he was unwanted by his parents.
Other alleged abusers cannot be named for legal reasons.
It was heard punishment also included hair-pulling and being made to stand outside in a shed, sometimes until dawn.
David spoke of strict rules and carers who would lash out with violence, often leaving him “petrified”.
He said: “This was supposed to be a care home. From start to finish it was like being in a military establishment.
“They used derogatory language just to demean you, to belittle you.
“We weren’t soldiers – we were children.
“There was no affection. It was like from a Victorian era, where the child was seen and not heard.”
The witness described physical abuse as being “normalised” and went unchallenged by those in higher authority at the orphanage.
He added: “Bruises heal, but what happens with the psychological stuff is it stays with you.
“It was beyond the bounds of what was reasonable.
“It was brutality and cruelty.”
The inquiry is tasked with examining historical allegations of the abuse of children in care and began taking statements from witnesses in the spring of 2016.
Its current stage is hearing from representatives and former residents of establishments run by providers Quarriers, Aberlour and Barnardo’s.
Quarriers has apologised to residents who were abused while in its care.
The inquiry before Lady Smith continues on Tuesday.
Given the passage of time and the fact that it could in no way jeopardise national security, I look forward to MI5 confirming what I had been told by Tom Driberg in 1975: that he, Bob Boothby and other users of teenage rent, were protected by the secret service. All untouchable.
You should contact the inquiry about this
I did. I provided the inquiry with a detailed submission and copies of my book. And I requested core participant status.
The Chair’s response was: “I do not consider that Mr Daly can be said to have played a “significant” role in these matters or that he has a sufficient interest in the matters to be investigated to justify him core participant status in the Westminster investigation.”
Given that IICSA is to investigate institutional responses to CSA it may wish to enquire into PIE member Richard Bigham, who was found guilty in 1978 of sexually abusing 2 girls. The institutional response by the House of Lords was to welcome him with open arms the following year
aka Herman Spielman – member of an international paedophile ring. Herr Mann was also found guilty at the 1978 trial. He was jailed for 6 years, but Bigham, being the son of a Viscount, was given a suspended sentence and walked free.
Simon Thomas MP
Former MP avoids prison after being found with more than 500 indecent images and videos of children
Some of the videos and images were classified as category A material, the worst kind of sex abuse
A former MP who was found to have saved hundreds of images and videos of child sex abuse has been given a suspended jail sentence.
Police found he had 539 indecent images and 77 indecent videos involving sex abuse of children aged from six to 13, after they seized his iPad and other electronic devices during an early morning raid by police on his home in Aberystwyth, North Wales., Mold Crown Court heard.
Of those, 94 of the photos and 56 of the videos were classed as category A material, the worst kind of sexual abuse, with Thomas’ internet search history showing links to a Russian site known for sharing child sex images.
Thomas served as MP for Ceredigion between 2000 and 2005 before going on to become a Welsh Assembly member for Mid and West Wales in 2011. The 54-year-old resigned in July after the raid.
His lawyer Richard Williams told the court that “lonely hours” of public service spent away from home and the defendant’s “deep-rooted problems” led him into a “trap.
The father of two adult children, admitted three counts of possession of indecent images of children at an earlier hearing.
He was given a 26 week jail sentence, suspended for 24 months and ordered to complete a rehabilitation course involving counselling. He will also be subject to a sexual harm prevention order for seven years.
Passing sentence District Judge Gwyn Jones said: “You have lost your good character, you have caused a significant amount of pain and trauma to your family and, to put it bluntly, a significant fall from grace. The fact that before July you were prominent in public life and in the public eye does not have any relevance to the way this court proposes to deal with you.”
Thomas, a former librarian, had also in the running to become Plaid Cymru leader but dropped out before Leanne Wood won the contest.
Justin Espie, prosecuting, told the court a police search warrant was executed at 6am on July 23 and Thomas’ iPad, iPhone, a Dell laptop, computer hard-drive and USB sticks were seized.
No details were given in court as to how or why police had reason to execute the warrant on Thomas’ home.
The defendant gave officers his passwords for the devices and admitted the offences to police.
Mr Williams, mitigating said: “It has put a huge strain on his marriage, although to her great credit the defendant’s wife has been supportive, as has his mother. “He’s an individual who knows there’s problems that need to be addressed. What he said to me is a lot of his role in public service has been quite lonely, lots of hours spent on his own in accommodation some distance away from home, he got himself into a trap that he found very difficult to escape.
“He’s a person who shows a willingness to seek out assistance in addressing what are clearly deep-rooted problems in his life.”
Thomas was also ordered to pay £85 court costs and a £115 victim surcharge.
Thomas is a former librarian and was a special senior advisor to former deputy first minister Ieuan Wyn Jones after losing his seat at Westminster and before he was elected to the assembly.
He was also a contender to succeed Mr Jones as party leader in 2012, but dropped out of the contest which was won by Leanne Wood.
Parents’ fear over paedo ex-MP living yards from primary school
26 Oct 2018
Simon Thomas, former MP for Ceredigion and member of the Welsh Assembly, was convicted of making over 600 indecent images and footage of children. His address, is close to Ysgol Llywn yr Eos primary school in Penparcau, mid-Wales.
Secret service to testify on ‘political paedophiles’ at child abuse inquiry
31 October 2018
Britain’s spy agencies will reveal its knowledge of alleged Westminster-related child abuse at a public inquiry amid concerns it aided in an establishment cover-up.
MI5, MI6 and GCHQ have given their “full cooperation” with the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse, lead counsel Andrew O’Connor QC told a preliminary hearing on Tuesday.
However, it emerged yesterday that some of the evidence the agencies will give may be heard in private due to national security reasons.
The Lost Boys: Fresh probe into alleged paedophile ring
31 Oct 2018
Johannesburg – A top-level police investigation into allegations of a paedophile ring involving senior members of the National Party government is underway, Tafelberg Publishers has said.
The allegations are contained in the book The Lost Boys of Bird Island, written by former police officer Mark Minnie and journalist Chris Steyn.
Tafelberg Publishers, publishers of the book, said the probe comes after several people with knowledge of the alleged paedophile ring provided “valuable information” to the police.
“A number of victims have come forward and have given written statements of alleged sexual abuse related to the allegations in the book.
“Tafelberg approached the South African Police Service (SAPS) on September 6 with new information which had come to light after the publication of the book.
The police then opened an investigation, led by the Western Cape head of the Family Violence Unit Brigadier Sonja Harri.
Tafelberg added that The Foundation for Human Rights is also investigating the matter and have briefed a forensic expert to examine Minnie’s body to determine the circumstances around his death.
“The finding of the forensic expert was inconclusive. The initial report of the investigator commissioned by the Foundation to trace witnesses mentioned in the book has been handed to the SAPS Child Protection Unit,” Tafelberg said.
The publishers explained that news of the police investigation had been kept quiet until now to provide investigators space to do their work.
“During this time Tafelberg and Steyn did not release any new information to the media so as not to compromise the work of the police.
“Both the publisher and author are grateful to the police for being prepared to devote scarce resources to a cold case of over 30 years.The investigation is ongoing,” Tafelberg added.
The Lost Boys of Bird Island contains chilling accounts of alleged sexual abuse of coloured teenagers by a ring including late, ex-South African Defence Force head, Magnus Malan, late businessman Dave Allen and late environmental affairs minister Mark Wiley.
It claims that the boys were flown to Bird Island, outside Port Elizabeth, by military helicopters where they were allegedly sexually assaulted.
In August, the book’s co-author Minnie was found dead on a small holding, outside Port Elizabeth early with a gun shot to his head.
Since then, Tafelberg says Steyn has been subjected to repeated attempts at intimidation.
“Despite this, Steyn has continued investigating and following up on leads. She has co‐operated fully with the police probe from the start.
“The author has been obtaining permission from sources to share their identities with the police, and she has also been convincing people to make statements and give affidavits.”
Pervert vicar who was convicted of sexually abusing a 15-year-old boy then quietly moved to another parish was offered an honour by the Queen
- Reverend Mark Kiddle was given a 15-month suspended sentence in 1985
- The vicar admitted indecently a boy aged 15 at St Andrew’s church, Lincolnshire
- In 1993, Kiddle was promoted by the Queen to be part of her Chapel Royal
The Queen honoured a pervert vicarwho had been convicted of abusing a child by offering him a place in her Chapel Royal, it has been revealed.
Reverend Mark Kiddle was given a 15-month suspended sentence in 1985 after admitting two offences of indecent assault.
His victim claimed he abused him up to twenty times.
But instead of being defrocked for abusing the 15-year-old boy he was instead moved to another parish.
Just eight years later, in 1993, Kiddle was promoted by the Queen to be part of her Chapel Royal.
A public notice in the London Gazette announced: ‘The Queen has been graciously pleased to appoint the Reverend Mark Brydges Kiddle, to be a Deputy Priest in Ordinary to Her Majesty.’
Now, for the first time, the vicar’s victim has spoken out about the culture of ‘protecting and promoting’ convicted child abusers in the church.
Mark Kiddle was handed a suspended sentence for the abuse of a 15-year-old boy but was later given an honour by the Queen
The man, now in his 50s, said: ‘I think the Queen would be disgusted to find out about his past.’
‘The church has protected the guilty and let the innocent be abused. I’m angry that the person who did this to me was just moved to another diocese.
‘He was protected and promoted and I don’t think the church even now acts equitably.’
The abuse happened when Kiddle was vicar at St Andrew’s in Kirton-in-Lindsey in Lincolnshire.
His victim, who cannot be named for legal reasons, says he was groomed by Kiddle who molested him ’18-20 times over a two-year period’ including when he was at his most vulnerable, following the death of a close family member.
He said: ‘I suppose when I was younger I was naïve, I thought he was just being kind.
‘He would take me on trips, he would give me alcohol and it got to the stage where I would stay over at the vicarage quite regularly.
‘We always slept in the same room and he would always sleep naked. It was a big old building and he said it was haunted but that ghosts couldn’t see you if you had nothing on.
‘I can’t say exactly when the abuse started. I completely blocked it out. I never told anyone, not even my parents.’
The abuse continued for two years but eventually a parishioner who suspected Kiddle of inappropriate behaviour tipped off police.
He was prosecuted at Grimsby Crown Court and in his defence the then Bishop of Lincoln, Simon Phipps, described Kiddle in court as an ‘extremely diligent, imaginative and energetic priest’.
Kiddle received two 15-month sentences to run concurrently, suspended for two years and was moved to another parish.
He was eventually posted to St Clement’s Church, Eastcheap in the City of London.
The 84-year-old, who is now retired from the church, is understood to have later declined the Queen’s honorary role in the Chapel Royal
His victim has launched legal action against the Church of England over the abuse he suffered.
The abuse happened when Kiddle was vicar at St Andrew’s in Kirton-in-Lindsey (pictured)
His solicitor, Richard Scorer, at Slater and Gordon, said: ‘Kiddle waged a calculated campaign of abuse against a vulnerable young boy and even exploited tragic family circumstances to his own advantage so he could continue to satiate his own sick desires.
‘It is reprehensible that someone who was convicted of such a crime should be allowed to continue working in the church and in a role which presumably gave him unfettered access to other youngsters.’
A spokesman for the Diocese of London said Kiddle was not paid by the Church of England and had a limited at two churches.
He said: ‘From 2002, he was barred from all ministry. Under today’s procedures, anyone convicted of such offence would immediately be removed from their role and barred from ministry.
‘The Church has made significant changes in its approach to safeguarding since the 1980s, but we recognise that more needs to be done to ensure a safe culture, where abuse has no place, and where survivors of abuse can flourish.’
A Palace spokesperson said Kiddle never took up the honorary position and was never active in the Royal household.
Dame Alun Roberts @ciabaudo
I have good reason to believe that there is a further interview tape with Mr Solanki made after the Sunday Express interview with him. In this second audio tape Mr Solanki goes into greater detail about who is in the tape and what that person is doing.
@InquiryCSA is aware of this latter audio tape but as of today they have still not contacted the holder of the top copy of the tape, much to the ‘amazement’ of the holder and his legal team. So what is @InquiryCSA playing at?
Martin Walkerdine @mwalkerdine
The issue with that audio tape it was never done on film as on that audio it could have been anyone saying things
Dame Alun Roberts @ciabaudo
Then let’s have it put in the public domain for the experts to decide.
Tory MP allegedly found with child porn in 1980s faced no charges, police told
Senior Conservative politician allegedly caught with child pornography videos in the 1980s faced no further action, it has been claimed
In 1982 a Customs Office called Maganlal Solanki had seized child pornography films or videotapes sent or brought to the UK by Russell Tricker, a convicted British paedophile living in Amsterdam: one of these allegedly showed a former Tory cabinet minister sexually abusing children. Once again, Brittan was not named, but there were clear hints in the stories that he was the politician in question (in 1982 he was Chief Secretary to the Treasury).
Mr Solanki had unquestionably seized the tapes and films referred to. An official 1982 notice in the London Gazette recorded the seizure and his name was shown as the Customs officer responsible.
InquiryCSA Verified account @InquiryCSA
We will examine whether the organisation PIE received funding by the Home Office and we will look into their relationship with the organisation now known as ‘Liberty’ and seek to adduce evidence in the public hearing
Cassandra Cogno @CassandraCogno
Gosh, thought this was well established by journalists and researchers in 2014 – it’s hard to take IICSA seriously while it looks past the fact Islington was
Geelong Grammar payout could hit Catholic Church and other institutions
28 October 2018
How Jimmy Savile ‘fixed it’ so his abuse victims wouldn’t get a penny of £3.6million raised in his name
Speaking on the seventh anniversary of Savile’s death today, one charity boss claims there has been a “serious misdirection
29 OCT 2018
Jimmy Savile’s actions when setting up a charity in his name meant his victims wouldn’t get a penny of the money raised after he was exposed.
The Jimmy Savile Charitable Trust had £3.6million in its account when the abuse scandal broke in 2012, a year after the TV presenter’s death.
But when national child abuse charities offered to take over the fund, they were stunned to be told the money couldn’t be spent on victims.
Instead, it would go towards Savile’s projects.
Speaking today, on the seventh anniversary of the host’s death, one charity boss claimed there was a “serious misdirection of funds”.
Meanwhile, a man who said he was abused by Savile while at Broadmoor, said: “This is the final kick in the teeth for all victims.”
He added that while charities which could be supported by the funds are “very worthy”, they have “nothing to do with the victims”.
The Trust was set up by Savile – who was found dead in his apartment in Leeds, West Yorkshire, on October 29, 2011 – in 1985.
It was founded to “provide funds for the relief of poverty and sickness and other charitable purposes beneficial to the community”.
The money was even beyond the reach of the courts which eventually paid £1.15 million from Savile’s personal fortune to those he abused.
Now, the Trust has been quietly dissolved after transferring its remaining £1 million assets to a grant-making body which supports right-on causes in Savile’s home city of Leeds.
The Leeds Community Foundation sponsors “positive change” through schemes such as local parks, arts projects, free meals for kids, and drop-in centres for asylum seekers.
Jo Summers, former solicitor for the Jimmy Savile Trust, said: “There was no chance of raising further funds. So we thought we might as well donate the money to other good causes – which is what we have done.
“I have not seen any charities apply for money and not get it when the trustees considered it appropriate.
“The Jimmy Savile Charitable Trust was not set up for abuse victims. The trustees are required by law to give the money to the causes it was set up for originally.
“If the object of the charity had been for people who have been abused it would be different – but it wasn’t.”
Meanwhile, the Leeds Community Foundation said the money “has to go to charities, not individuals”.
However, some national child abuse charities who are working to support Savile’s victims have been left disappointed.
NAPAC (National Association for People Abused in Childhood) had offered to take over the Savile Trust’s entire assets when the scandal broke in 2012.
Chief Executive Peter Saunders said: “I am absolutely flabbergasted it has taken all this time only to come to this. I think it is a serious misdirection of funds given Savile’s appalling record.
“I can’t understand why some or most of the money is not being given to supporting charities who support the people whose lives have been ruined by that man.
“I think it is a tragedy that the Savile Trust did not direct it funds to an organisation like NAPAC who are still picking up the pieces.”
Fay Maxted MBE, who runs The Survivors’ Trust, the national umbrella agency for 135 abuse charities, said: “The last thing we want to do is pull down another charity providing good work like the Leeds Community Foundation.
“But the trustees of the Savile Trust should have thought more about the best use of the money.
“It is disappointing the Jimmy Savile Trust has not acknowledged survivors of sexual abuse in any way and missed an opportunity to do something positive with the funds.”
Steven George, 66, born Alyson Pink before a sex change, claims he was abused by the Top Of The Pops presenter while having treatment at Broadmoor in 1969.
He said: “The charities supported by the Leeds Community Foundation are all very worthy causes – but they have nothing to do with the victims.
“Now there is left nothing for those who were destroyed by this monster. It’s disgusting.”
HOPE – Healing Our Past Experiences – has folded after running out of cash trying to help Savile victims in Scarborough, where the presenter had a second home.
Founder Pauline Carruthers, 62, said: “Over the years, we helped thousands. But our workload doubled after the scandal broke.
“We asked the Savile Trust for £5,000 and got £500 which was very disappointing given we are based in Scarborough and were dealing with some of his victims.
“It was a paltry amount given what those he abused have gone through. It is totally wrong that the last of the money is not going to a charity which helps victims.”
A Leeds Community Foundation spokeswoman said: “The money will be invested in helping charities in Leeds that support the original aims of the Jimmy Savile Trust: including the relief of poverty, the relief of sickness and other charitable purposes.
“The money has to go to charities, not individuals. It will go to a range of worthwhile causes across the city.”
Chairwoman Rachel Hannan added: “This was something that we took a long time over.”
Judge rules on millionaire sex offender Charles Howeson’s release
26 Oct 2018
The former Royal Navy commander, Plymouth charity director and business leader was jailed for ‘isolating’ and ‘groping’ young men
The fall from grace of Plymouth businessman Charles Howeson was complete this morning as judges condemned him to serve his sex abuse sentence.
The former Royal Navy commander, charity director and business leader was jailed in June for “isolating” and “groping” eight young men.
He offended over a decade during the 1980s and 1990s, attacking the men – aged 20 to 33 – in strikingly similar ways.
But the 69-year-old has always insisted that the offences did not happen and the allegations are part of a conspiracy against him in “gossipy” Plymouth.
His case reached court in London today as he appealed against his convictions amid harsh criticisms of the way his trial proceeded.
Howeson claimed the trial was “unfair”, but in a two-hour hearing at the Court of Appeal, three judges upheld the verdicts.
“We are left with no real doubt that the verdicts are safe,” said Lord Justice Hickinbottom.
“On the evidence, we consider the verdicts were unsurprising.”
Appealing today, his barrister Daniel Janner QC claimed that the way the trial judge summed up the case to the jury was unfair to Howeson.
The summing up lasted four days and was a “mish mash muddle” of fact, legal directions and comment by the judge, he argued.
The length of the speech may have led to jurors “switching off” or they may have been “distracted” from the actual issues they had to decide.
Rejecting the appeal, Lord Justice Hickinbottom accepted that the judge’s summing up could have been better, but said the resulting verdicts were not “unsafe”.
‘He engaged in a course of conduct over more than 10 years’
The appeal judge, sitting with Mr Justice Jeremy Baker and Judge Deborah Taylor, rejected the sentence appeal.
Wealthy sex abuser Charles Howeson is bidding for freedom today
In December Howeson was convicted of 10 indecent assaults against eight young men in the 1980s and 1990s
26 OCT 2018
Fallen Plymouth millionaire Charles Howeson is appealing his conviction and sentencing for sexually abusing young men.
In December 2017 Howeson was convicted of 10 indecent assaults against eight young men in the 1980s and 1990s.
He was acquitted of attempted buggery and indecent assault against a ninth complainant in June, following a retrial at Bristol Crown Court.
That same month the judge sentenced him to seven-and-a-half years in prison and ordered him to pay £50,000 in costs.
He will also be on the Sex Offender’s Register for life.
Today Howeson will sit before the Court of Appeal in London to appeal against both his conviction and sentencing of the historic sex abuse charges.
Howeson will sit before Lord Justice Hickinbottom, Mr Justice Jeremy Baker and Her Honour Judge Deborah Taylor in a bid to clear his name.
In the last trial, the court heard Howeson had been diagnosed with cancer and was due to begin chemotherapy and radiotherapy.
At the time his wife Emma gave a moving statement outside court, saying they intend to appeal the convictions.
Sentencing Judge Mark Horton said at the time: “This case has revealed that whilst to the outside world you displayed the finest qualities of diplomacy, charisma, endeavour, organisation and charm which you demonstrated during your period in the navy and in your extensive and successful career and involvement at the very highest level with public bodies authorities, businesses, including a bank, but also in your public and charitable works, mainly associated with the community of Plymouth, the hidden and dark truth is these same qualities were the very qualities which enable you to mask and conceal a dark secret, only revealed for the world to see some 30 years later in this trial.
“That secret was your uncontrolled and predatory sexual behaviour towards particularly young, or at least vulnerable men, under your control.”
Valerie Shaw, a former Free Presbyterian church missionary, raised concerns about possible sex abuse at Kincora Boys’ Home in the early 1980s. File picture from Pacemaker
Kincora abuse whistleblower Valerie Shaw was a ‘brave lady’
A FORMER Free Presbyterian missionary who helped uncover the Kincora Boys’ Home sex abuse scandal has died.
Valerie Shaw, who was in her early eighties, was a “brave lady who will be remembered”, a child abuse campaigner has said after she passed away at Greenpark Nursing Home in Armagh on Sunday.
Three senior care staff – William McGrath, Raymond Semple and Joseph Mains – from the children’s home in east Belfast were jailed in 1981 for abusing 11 boys.
Ms Shaw said she told DUP leader and Free Presbyterian founder Ian Paisley about McGrath’s activities eight years before he was arrested and brought to court.
She told a press conference in 1982 she had approached Dr Paisley “on at least seven occasions”.
“I asked him time and time again what he intended to do about this,” she said.
“My concern all along was very much for the fact that there were young boys under the threat of this man’s corruption.”
Former moderator and founder of the Free Presbyterian Church, the late Ian Paisley. File picture by Kirth Ferris, Pacemaker
Mr Paisley denied the allegations against him and said Ms Shaw should have raised her concerns with police.
But Ms Shaw insisted that she had contacted the RUC and had been ignored.
Allegations have persisted that the three men were involved in a paedophile ring linked to the intelligence services.
Prominent Orangeman McGrath, who founded hardline loyalist group Tara, was an MI5 agent.
Campaigner Margaret McGuckin, from victims’ group Savia, said Ms Shaw had shown huge bravery in speaking out against sexual abuse.
“Abuse was never even spoken about at that time,” she said.
“She was a brave lady who spoke her truth.”
Ballysillan Elim Church tweeted: “Valerie was an incredible woman and a true servant of the Lord and will be missed by all who knew her”.
Ms Shaw’s funeral is to take place at the north Belfast church tomorrow morning followed by burial in Carnmoney Cemetery.
The building which houses the former Kincora home is up for sale. The property’s owner has applied for planning permission for 12 apartments on the site.
Victims have previously called for the building to be torn down.
Kincora Files from 1983 – CLOSED
Ex-football coach Jim Torbett on trial accused of historic sex abuse of four young boys in Glasgow
Torbett, 71, denies a total of nine offences of sexually abuse allegedly committed between August 1985 and August 1994
22 Oct 2018
A MAN went on trial today accused of historic sexual abuse of four young boys.
James Torbett, 71, from Glasgow, denies a total of nine offences of sexually abuse allegedly committed between August 1985 and August 1994.
Defence QC Tony Graham lodged a special defence of alibi in relation to a charge alleged to have taken place between June 1985 and June 1986.
Torbett is alleged to have first sexually abused the boys when they were aged four, 12, 12, and 13.
The offences are alleged to have taken place in a number of locations including Barrowfield Football Ground in Glasgow’s London Road, at Torbett’s home, a dormitory in France as well as training facilities in Glasgow’s west end and factory premises at The Trophy Centre in Pollokshaws, Glasgow.
Prosecutor Sheena Fraser said: “The trial is set down for 10 days, but it may be less than that.”
No evidence has been heard yet.
The trial before judge Lord Beckett continues.
Rusbridger’s Ghost @JamesRusbridger
“MI5 was in complete control of
#Kincora “Paedophile Eric Witchell, if he chooses to be truthful, will be able to provide details about the trafficking of Richard Kerr to Enoch Powell MP. “Witchell should also be asked what he knows about Anthony Blunt”
“In 1973 or 1974 Richard Kerr was abused by a man he is adamant was Anthony Blunt “Unlike Enoch Powell who’d been violent with Richard, Anthony Blunt was gentle as he groomed Richard into being raped “
#MI5 had given Richard to Anthony Blunt as a reward”
“What was Theresa May told about the use of sexual blackmail involving children by MI5? “If May is the Christian she claims, she would come clean on what MI5 has told her about the DUP members who were subjected to blackmail, whether sexual or otherwise”
“Anthony Blunt curried favour with MI5 by describing paedophile network of which he was a member. MI5 exploited it for blackmail & destabilisation. “Theresa May clings to power with the
#DUP, one of whose top members was in Blunt’s paedophile underworld”
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Westminster ‘paedophile ring’ accuser appears in court
20 Oct 2018
A man who alleged there was a paedophile ring at the heart of Westminster has appeared in court charged with lying to police.
He was in court in Newcastle accused of 12 counts of perverting the course of justice and one count of fraud.
His claims sparked a police inquiry into allegations he was sexually assaulted by public figures and witnessed the murder of three boys.
The man, 50, known as Nick, is not being named for legal reasons.
He had claimed he was systematically abused and tortured by senior politicians, members of the armed forces, intelligence figures and a TV presenter during the 1970s and 1980s.
One of the perverting the court of justice charges says he made a false allegation of witnessing the murder of an unnamed boy by former Conservative MP Harvey Proctor.
His allegations were investigated by a Metropolitan Police investigation – codenamed Operation Midland.
In September last year, Northumbria Police passed a file of evidence to the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) which led to Nick being charged.
The fraud charge alleges that in September 2013 he dishonestly made representations to the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority.
He appeared in custody on Saturday at Newcastle Crown Court, which was sitting as a magistrates’ court.
He has been remanded in custody and his next appearance will be at the same court – sitting as a crown court – on 19 November.
Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry Publishes First Case Study Findings
11 October 2018
Many Children found “no love, no compassion, no dignity and no comfort” whilst in the care of the Daughters of Charity in Scotland
The Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry has today (Thursday 11 October) published its findings into residential institutions run by the Daughters of Charity of St Vincent de Paul (DoC). They conclude that children did suffer abuse.
During the case study, the Inquiry considered evidence about the nature and extent of any relevant abuse at institutions run by the DoC in Scotland, with a particular focus on Smyllum and Bellevue.
@CSACentre avoids terms organised abuse and organised crime networks. Organised abuse and excellent multi agency investigation protocols vanished in 2013 from statutory guidance. Now few professionals know how to investigate it @InquiryCSA
Stuart Syvret @StuartSyvret
A key observation. & that is no accident.
One of the first things child-protection professionals should be schooled in, are the methodologies of mafias.
Child-abuse has a “value”; it is the ultimate ‘Currency-of-Concealment’.
Always ask, ‘who might have shielded the abusers?’….
Child abuse inquiry announces 17 more institutions to be investigated
13 September 2018
Seventeen further institutions are to be investigated by a far-reaching inquiry into historical allegations of the abuse of children in care.
The 17 are in addition to the 69 establishments already identified by the Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry (SCAI), taking the total number under scrutiny to 86.
The list includes religious and non-religious institutions, boarding schools and council and healthcare establishments around Scotland.
The newly-announced schools to be looked at are St Andrew’s School, in Shandon, Dunbartonshire; Queen Victoria boarding school in Dunblane; Balnacraig School in Perth; Edinburgh’s Royal Blind School and Harmeny School; Donaldson’s School for Deaf Children; Oakbank School in Aberdeen; Ovenstone Residential School in Fife; and Balrossie School in Inverclyde.
Cardross Park Assessment Centre and Dunclutha Children’s Home in Argyll will also be examined, as will Park Lodge in Glasgow.
Lagarie House Children’s Home in Rhu, Argyll; Redheugh Adolescent Unit in Kilbirnie, North Ayrshire, and Humbie Care Home in East Lothian are also to be investigated, inquiry chiefs announced.
Lennox Castle Hospital in Lennoxtown, East Dunbartonshire, and the Royal Scottish National Hospital in Larbert in the Falkirk area complete the list.
(United Nations) Peter Dalglish (left) with Prime minister Trudeau
Peter Dalglish confesses to sexually abusing children, then recants, according to police dossier
24 Sept 2018
Peter Dalglish, the Order of Canada recipient accused of assaulting children in Nepal, says he was himself assaulted as a child, according to court records seen by The Globe and Mail.
Mr. Dalglish, who was arrested in April and is now being held in a Nepalese prison, also told police he then abused teenagers as an adult, according to the dossier, which contains statements and police notes. In a video-taped confession, Mr. Dalglish described it as a kind of revenge, one of the police officers who questioned him told The Globe.
But although the court records shed new light on the evidence against Mr. Dalglish, they also illuminate substantial inconsistencies in the case against him. The most important of those is his confession, which he later repudiated before a judge during a months-long trial that is still going on.
Police found Mr. Dalglish with two boys when they arrested him at a remote mountainside home he maintained outside Kathmandu. Those boys provided graphic allegations of sexual contact with Mr. Dalglish. The court documents also include a detailed account of sexual assault by Mr. Dalglish against a third person. In another major inconsistency, however, that person subsequently withdrew his allegation.
Mr. Dalglish, a globe-trotting advocate for children who held multiple United Nations posts, himself denied wrongdoing in an interview with The Globe from a Kathmandu detention cell earlier this year. The case against him is not founded on “proper factual evidence,” said Rahul Chapagain, Mr. Dalglish’s defence lawyer. It amounts to “accusing a person and then harassing them,” he said.
But the two boys found in Mr. Dalglish’s home at the time of his arrest have stood by their testimony, said Kabit Katwal, deputy superintendent of Nepal Police.
“We are pretty sure that the case will not fail,” he said in an interview. “The evidence is there, the confession is there, the victims clearly told the story of how they became victimized. So everything is crystal clear.”
The court records show that, five days after his arrest, Mr. Dalglish described being beaten and sexually abused for years by a teacher, beginning at the age of 11. “I later abused other children between the ages of 16 and 18,” he said, according to a Nepali-language transcript.
“He was a victim and had some sense of revenge once he became an adult. He abused children,” Mr. Katwal said.
But Mr. Dalglish later denied that admission before a judge. “I have never, ever abused anyone sexually,” he said, according to a document in the court records. He blamed the documentation of his earlier confession on a translation error.
Mr. Katwal was among those who questioned Mr. Dalglish, in conversations conducted in English and video-recorded, he said. Mr. Katwal also spoke in English during a detailed interview with The Globe. “You see, we can easily communicate in English. There is no problem,” Mr. Katwal said. A translator rendered Mr. Dalglish’s comments into Nepali, he said.
Mr. Dalglish is currently being held in Dhulikhel Jail, on the outskirts of Kathmandu. He was transferred there after a court denied him bail this summer, citing him as a potential flight risk. He has now been held in custody for nearly half a year, and police expect his trial to last for another month or two. But “he has not complained about his situation,” said Mr. Chapagain, his lawyer.
Over the course of his career, Mr. Dalglish delivered aid to famine-struck Ethiopia, worked with the children of murdered parents in Guatemala, evacuated children from war-torn Sudan, taught sex workers’ children in India, responded to the Ebola crisis in Liberia, founded an organization that helped street kids around the world and oversaw skills training in Afghanistan. He often paid school fees for poor children, took them on international trips and invited them to his home.
His trial is being conducted as Nepalese authorities have arrested a series of men on pedophilia-related charges this year, including a Dutch doctor and two French nationals.
One of the key issues for the Nepalese courts is assessing the reliability of evidence presented. The records seen by The Globe, for example, include a detailed account from a Nepalese man who described events that took place beginning 13 years ago.
That man, now 25, attended a Buddhist school where Mr. Dalglish occasionally taught leadership classes. The Shree Mangal Dvip Boarding School says it later banned Mr. Dalglish from its premises, citing discomfort with his conduct around children.
But at the time, Mr. Dalglish invited children to his home for sleepovers, and “used to give us a guitar, piano, bags, school books and other stuff,” the man said in a statement to police. “Peter used to make us naked and bathed us separately,” the statement says. “He then applied oil on our body and after going to sleep he used to come and touch us.“
In court, however, the man offered a very different account. “Peter hasn’t abused me sexually,” he said, according to trial records seen by The Globe. “We used to bathe on our own. Peter did not bathe us or apply oil to us. We used to put oil on ourselves.”
Mr. Dalglish’s lawyer said the inconsistency was also linguistic, saying the man is a member of the Tamang minority who is a poor Nepali speaker. Police and the Shree Mangal school said the man speaks and reads Nepali.
Police evidence against Mr. Dalglish also includes the testimony of the two children in his house at the time of his arrest, as well as what a police document calls 50 “naked photos of children from different countries.“
One of the boys in that house alleged Mr. Dalglish had sexually abused him for four years. That victim said “Peter used to buy him food, give money, buy him clothes and tell him often that [Dalglish] would take him to Bangkok for tours and provide him a job in a five-star hotel when he grew up,” according to the statement in the court record, which includes graphic details of genital touching and oral sex.
The police statement notes that Mr. Dalglish denied those allegations.
His lawyer, too, questioned their reliability. The boys, aged 12 and 14 when Mr. Dalglish was arrested, gave conflicting accounts of the alleged assaults against them, Mr. Chapagain said.
And some of the photos of naked children had been published decades ago by Mr. Dalglish in his book, The Courage of Children. The photos are not sexual in nature, but include children in the slums of Bombay and “African children in their natural state,” Mr. Chapagain said.
Parish chairman, 49, who led revolt against police checks on councillors, faces jail for raping a 16-year-old girl and sexually abusing five schoolboys when he was a DJ at teenage discos
- Mark McCormick, 49, led a revolt against police checks on councillors
- He is now facing jail for raping a 16-year-old girl and other sexual offences
- Bursledon Parish Council’s office in Hampshire was raided by police
- McCormick admitted several charges at Southampton Crown Court on Tuesday
21 Sept 2018
Mark McCormick, a mobile DJ and entertainer, was first elected to Bursledon Parish Council in 2011 and committed the offences between 2009 and 2014. Twice elected as Chair of the Parish Council, he chaired the council during a bitter dispute with the previous trustees of Bursledon District Community Association (BDCA), over how the Lowford Community Centre
A parish chairman who led a revolt against police checks on councillors is facing jail for raping a 16-year-old girl.
Mark McCormick, 49, also admitted inciting five schoolboys to engage in sexual activity – dating from his time as a DJ at teenage discos.
His secret perverted past only came to light after a series of victims came forward, and the Bursledon Parish Council office in the Hampshire village’s community centre was raided, and computers seized.
Mark McCormick (pictured), former parish councillor in Bursledon, Hampshire, has pleaded guilty to rape and multiple charges involving indecent assaults on children
McCormick pleaded guilty at the last minute to 14 sexual abuse charges at Southampton Crown Court on Tuesday.
He had forced his victims to go through the ordeal of preparing to give evidence, only to finally admit the truth as the trial was about to begin.
McCormick faces a long prison term for one count of rape, three of indecent activity with a child, two counts of multiple incidents of indecent assault on a child, five of indecent assault on a male, one of sexual assault and one count of taking indecent photographs of a child.
The charges relate to seven youngsters, five under 16, and took place between 1997 and 2011. McCormick was remanded in custody to be sentenced on October 12.
It is understood that he has stepped down as parish council chairman – the role he was re-elected to in May 2016.
The drama began four years ago when Eastleigh Borough Council spent £4million on The Lowford Community Centre in Bursledon – where 1980s boatyard soap opera Howards’ Way was filmed.
It included a GP surgery, a volunteer-run library and an office for the parish council – and was run by the Bursledon and District Community Association, headed by chairman John Misselbrook.
Early in 2016 he told the parish that its councillors and the library volunteers had to go through Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks for criminal and police records to satisfy the centre’s insurer.
When members failed to comply, he evicted them.
Keith House, the Liberal Democrat leader of Eastleigh Borough Council, led opposition to police checks, arguing that Hampshire County Council does not ‘subject library staff to DBS checks’.
Only after the parish council, under McCormick, had spent £18,000 of public money on a legal battle over the eviction, did the local councillors agree in November 2016 ‘to carry out DBS checks against each member of staff and volunteer’ at the community library.
But they did not offer to do the same for parish councillors.
A compromise was eventually reached, with the parish council allowed to use the hall again. But McCormick had still not provided his criminal record, and has not done so to date.
Earlier last year, officers from Hampshire Police told Mr Misselbrook about a risk to children posed by two ‘potentially dangerous’ men frequenting the community centre.
Police then raided its parish council office and chairman McCormick, a Liberal Democrat who describes himself as a ‘voiceover artiste, DJ and radio presenter’, was arrested at home on suspicion of grooming a teenage boy.
McCormick said in his annual report to his council last year: ‘The Parish Council and the Library have had in place since its opening both a child protection and a safeguarding policy and the Library has an appointed safeguarding officer.
‘However, to obtain DBS checks the Parish Council had to adopt certain policies to allow us to have these checks made. Contrary to certain speculation there are a number of hoops we must go through to have people DBS checked.
‘However, as I said earlier we have complied with all the policies and we are now in the process of obtaining these checks for all the relevant people..’
It was not clear even then if he considered parish councillors to be ‘relevant people’ and he did not comply.
It is understood he had already attracted police attention so would have failed a police check. When approached by the Daily Mail before his guilty plea and asked about his refusal to provide checks, he slammed the door.
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McCormick, a mobile DJ and entertainer, was first elected to Bursledon Parish Council in 2011 and committed the offences between 2009 and 2014. Twice elected as Chair of the Parish Council, he chaired the council during a bitter dispute with the previous trustees of Bursledon District Community Association (BDCA), over how the Lowford Community Centre should be managed.
A former parish council chairman has admitted raping a 16-year-old girl and several sexual offences against boys.
Mark McCormick, 49, pleaded guilty to 14 charges on the first day of his trial at Southampton Crown Court.
The former Bursledon councillor committed the offences between 1997 and 2011, the court heard.
Refusing bail, Judge Nicholas Rowland said the “extremely serious” offences meant “a long sentence” would be imposed at a hearing on 12 October.
McCormick, of Griffon Close, Bursledon, pleaded guilty to seven counts of indecent assaults on boys and four counts of inciting boys to commit acts of gross indecency.
His youngest victim was a boy aged under 14, the court heard.
The other three offences were the rape of a girl, a sexual assault on a man and taking an indecent photo of a boy.
In total, the offences involved seven victims including five boys.
McCormick entered no pleas to a number of other charges, involving another two alleged victims, which the court ordered to lie on file.
Victims of Burton paedophile head teacher Derek Slade, should be managed feel ‘conned’ over compensation
Teacher Derek Slade was caught when police raided his Horninglow home
20 Sept 2018
Pupils at a Norfolk boarding school were beaten and sexually abused by Derek Slade, formerly of Farm Road, Horninglow, in Burton.
St George’s School at Wicklewood near Wymondham, in Norfolk, which moved to Great Finborough, in Suffolk in 1980, was the scene of horrific beatings and sexual abuse in the late 1970s and early 1980s.
Sadistic headmaster Slade made boys as young as eight strip naked for beatings and then forced them to write essays about the whippings.
He organised “midnight feasts” at his home in the school grounds where he and friends sexually abused the boys, a court later heard.
Slade was jailed at Ipswich Crown Court in 2010, then aged 61, for 21 years after police raided his home in Burton in February 2010 and found 70,000 images of children, some from India and others from Africa.
He died in prison in 2016. Two other teachers were also jailed for abuse in 2012 and 2016.
The firm behind St George’s School, Anglemoss Ltd, agreed to pay a total of £855,000 to 36 ex-pupils, it says in a liquidator’s report on the firm.
But an investigation by the Eastern Daily Press reveal that three quarters of the settlement will go towards paying the costs of the case, where liquidators charged fees of up to £600 a hour.
It leaves the 36 victims with £192,000 – just £5,000 each – which will be paid out over several years.
One former pupil said he felt “betrayed” after the school’s ownership was restructured in 2011, without putting aside enough money to pay all of the claims.
“We feel conned, let down, disrespected and what happened to us trivialised,” said another former pupil.
He said he had never had an apology from St George’s owners.
James Sinclair, (r) took over from his father John (l)
The school has changed its name to the fee paying Finborough School and is now managed by James Sinclair, the son of the founder of St George’s, John Sinclair.
Anglemoss’ directors, the Sinclair family, hired solicitors in 2011 to restructure the firm’s business and move its assets to two new companies which they also owned.
While Anglemoss did not pay victims agreed compensation from 2013 onwards, the new company running Finborough School built a £2.5 million sports centre, said the report.
Another of the victims added: “The school and Sinclairs could have done the honourable thing, it would have shown decency and true care for their ex-pupils.”
•Timeline of case
1978: St George’s School established by John Sinclair near Wymondham. Derek Slade appointed headmaster.
1980: It moves to Great Finborough near Stowmarket
1982: Abuse allegations made by pupils to journalist Roger Cook. Slade denies allegations but leaves.
2009: Ex-pupils report Slade’s abuse to police.
September 2010: Slade convicted, jailed for 21 years.
Late 2010: Solicitors begin acting for ex-pupils to get compensation
February 2011: Former teacher Alan Williams arrested but takes own life in June while on bail.
July 2012: Former maths teacher at school Alan Brigden jailed for five years.
March 2014: Court appoints auditors to liquidate company behind school.
June 2015: Solicitors issue claims against school’s new companies.
March 2016: Slade dies aged 66.
September 2016: Ex-teacher Gerard Singer jailed.
July 2018: Ex-pupils told liquidator has settled claims.
Derek Sawyer former Labour leader of the Islington Borough Council, and the former Chairman of the London Regional Courts Boards as well as chairman for Catch 22 and other organisations.
One name seems to be in the forefront in all the documentation at the time :
and the financial backing of Mr. John Sinclair
( noted as the ADMISSIONS OFFICER)
Mr. Sinclair seems to have had a “hands on approach” http://www.edp24.co.uk/news/principal_follows_in_father_s_footsteps_1_87632
and has run foul of the law for having a hands on-
A SUFFOLK public school principal found guilty of beating a dog walker with his hiking stick is unlikely to lose his job, it emerged today.
John Sinclair, owner and principal of the independent Finborough School, was ordered yesterday to pay a fine, compensation and prosecution costs totalling £900.
Sinclair, 55, of The Coach House, Great Finborough near Stowmarket,
The Coach House- home of John Sinclair until 2003 –
Sinclair’s two dogs approached and appeared friendly until one attacked, causing injuries to the throat and ear of Mr Wyer’s dog. Mr Wyer told Bury St Edmunds magistrates that he had kicked Sinclair’s dog to try to separate the animals. Sinclair had struck him six times with a stick “as thick as your wrist”. He suffered injuries to the head and shin, the court was told.
Michael Wyer, who lives with his son in Great Finborough, told magistrates: “This was a frantic attack that happened very quickly. The man was demented. Blows were raining down from all directions as he was trying to hit Malcolm.
“I was absolutely shocked and stunned. Sinclair ran up to my son with a very heavy stick raised above his head which he then smashed down on my son’s head. He proceeded to hit my son about six more blows to the body as my son was doing his best to protect his head.”
The head of the £13,380-a-year school, who is also chairman of the association’s East Anglia division, was ordered to pay £300 costs and £100 compensation to Mr Wyer.
Mr. Sinclair and his family are still heavily involved in the NOW Finborough School- Note the name change from St. George’s Finborough to THE Finborough School–
BUT the building where so much childhood terror and perversion took place is still welcoming pupils. One has to wonder does not Mr. Sinclair ever hear the cries of the children as abuse was heaped upon their little bodies echoing through the rooms that held such torment for those young boys. A building that was once a workhouse in its past now also holds the history of depravity.
His own children are part of the NOW “Finsborough family”
Sweeping green lawns , photos in local papers and the net proclaiming its worthiness to educate the young – the whole building is “dressed “ the school marketed professionally- but there is a disease of perversion that perfumes the atmosphere of those not so hallowed halls that needs to be eradicated – its history will continue to haunt – no matter how they dress it up –
You can read the account of one of the school’s children here
TWO of Suffolk’s best-known independent schools are to merge, it was announced last night
From January next year, Finborough School, near Stowmarket, and Hillcroft Preparatory School, in Haughley Green, will join forces.
From left, Gwyneth and Fred Rapsey, joint headmistress and headmaster of Hillcroft School, with John and Sue Sinclair, principal and admissions officer at Finborough School
Pope role in study of Argentine sex abuse case in spotlight
18 Sept 2018
Sept. 9, 2013 Rev. Julio Grassi stands in a courtroom, on the outskirts of Buenos Aires, Argentina. Argentina’s Supreme Court in March 2017 upheld the conviction and 15-year prison sentence against Grassi, a celebrity priest who ran homes for street children across Argentina. (AP Photo)
Pope Francis’ role in Argentina’s most famous case of priestly sex abuse is coming under renewed scrutiny as he faces the greatest crisis of his papacy over the Catholic Church’s troubled legacy of cover-up and allegations he himself sided with the accused.
Francis, who at the time was still Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, in 2010 commissioned a four-volume, 2,000-plus page forensic study of the legal case against a convicted priest that concluded he was innocent, that his victims were lying and that the case never should have gone to trial.
The Argentine church says that the study obtained by The Associated Press — bound volumes complete with reproductions of Johannes Vermeer paintings on the covers — was for internal church use only. But the volumes purportedly ended up on the desks of some Argentine court justices who were ruling on the appeals of the Rev. Julio Grassi.
Despite the study, Argentina’s Supreme Court in March 2017 upheld the conviction and 15-year prison sentence against Grassi, a celebrity priest who ran homes for street children across Argentina.
The study, and Francis’ role in the Grassi case, have taken on new relevance following allegations by a former Vatican ambassador that Francis, and a long line of Vatican officials before him, covered up the sexual misconduct of a prominent U.S. cardinal.
Neither Francis nor the Vatican has responded to the allegations that Francis rehabilitated ex-Cardinal Theodore McCarrick from sanctions in 2013. The Vatican didn’t respond to a request for comment about Francis’ role in the Grassi case.
In an exclusive interview with AP, Grassi’s victim, Gabriel, said he is still waiting for Francis to acknowledge his pain, given the Supreme Court has now ruled that he indeed was assaulted by Grassi when he was 13.
“I’d like for the church to say something, even though I don’t expect it will,” Gabriel told AP, sitting next to his psychiatrist. “No one ever reached out to me,” he said. “No one bothered.”
Francis, the former archbishop of Buenos Aires, wasn’t Grassi’s bishop and bore no direct responsibility for him. But in 2006, he was quoted by the now-defunct Argentine magazine Veintitres as saying the accusations against Grassi were “informative viciousness against him, a condemnation by the media.”
He said he would withhold judgment pending the outcome of the court case, but Grassi himself testified that Bergoglio had “never let go of my hand” throughout the legal process.
Under Bergoglio’s presidency, Argentina’s bishops conference in 2010 enlisted a leading Argentine criminal defense attorney, Marcelo Sancinetti, to research a counter-inquiry into the prosecutors’ case against Gabriel and two other former residents of Grassi’s Happy Children homes whose cases were thrown out in the initial trial.
In the study, Sancinetti concluded that not only weren’t the accusations against Grassi sufficiently proven, “the falsity of each one of the accusations is objectively verifiable.”
In the four tomes, which were produced at an annual clip from 2010-2013, Sancinetti accused Gabriel of changing his story and trying to extort Grassi. But a court years earlier had already thrown out a lawsuit filed by Grassi accusing Gabriel of extortion.
Sancinetti compared the “current trials and condemnations with severe sentences based exclusively on the word of a person who calls itself victim of sexual abuse to the trials for witchcraft of the Middle Ages.” And in the final volume and on his law firm’s website, Sancinetti said Francis in particular had commissioned the work. He didn’t respond to multiple requests for comment.
Argentina’s Supreme Court disagreed with Sancinetti’s analysis, and on March 21, 2017, upheld Grassi’s 2009 conviction for having sexually abused and corrupted Gabriel.
Through tears, Gabriel had testified that on two separate occasions in 1996 the priest once fondled him, and then performed oral sex on him in his office.
Gabriel, who for a time was placed in Argentina’s witness protection program after suffering a break-in, physical attacks and threats, said he was shocked when Grassi testified that Bergoglio “had never let go of my hand.”
“We were all like ‘wow!’ It was Bergoglio,” he said.
Gabriel said he and his lawyer delivered a letter addressed to Francis two months after he was elected Latin America’s first pope, bringing it to the Vatican embassy in Buenos Aires on May 8, 2013.
In the letter, Gabriel identified himself as a victim of “aberrant crimes of repeated sexual abuse and corruption” by Grassi.
He lamented that court-protected details of his abuse had been exposed by the study, which he said had “denigrated” him personally and contradicted the stated “zero tolerance” policy of both Pope Benedict XVI and Francis.
“I suffered and continue to suffer,” he wrote.
He asked for an audience with the pope “and I earnestly beg you for compassion and help in recovering my faith.”
He never received a reply. In fact, his lawyer said they were threatened at the embassy and don’t know what became of the letter.
Asked why the Argentine bishops conference had commissioned the study, a conference spokeswoman said it was to help bishops understand the case better.
“The bishops conference considered that it could provide more information in view of the canonical procedure,” the conference said in a statement to AP.
Such a study, however, would be unthinkable for use in a canonical trial. While church trials do make use of police investigations and evidence from secular courts, a counter-study commissioned by an entire bishops’ conference could run into jurisdictional problems at a canonical trial, canonists said.
In addition, Gabriel’s attorney, Juan Pablo Gallego, said the books ended up on the desks of some Argentine judges deciding Grassi’s appeals and represented what he called a blatant, albeit unsuccessful lobbying attempt.
The diocese of Moron, which was responsible for Grassi, had long defended its decision to keep him in ministry even after the trial began by saying it didn’t want to prejudice the outcome.
Eighteen months after Argentina’s high court ruled against him, Grassi remains a priest as he serves his 15-year sentence in the Unidad 41 de Campana prison in the province of Buenos Aires.
The Moron diocese said Grassi had been removed from pastoral duties when the trial began, and that he now has been restricted from exercising any public ministry. The diocese told AP that the canonical case is now with the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, the Vatican office that handles sex abuse cases.
Julieta Anazco, president of Argentina’s Survivors’ Network of Ecclesiastical Abuse, said the Grassi case was a watershed for Argentina since the victims went up against a celebrity priest who had the backing of Argentina’s Catholic elite, and suffered the public humiliation of being accused of only seeking money.
“They have made the path of our struggle easier for us,” she said. “Thanks to their struggle, many of us were encouraged to denounce (our abusers) publicly.”
She cited the recent case of hearing-impaired victims of the now-notorious Antonio Provolo Institute who came forward to denounce abuse by the same Italian priest accused by Italian Provolo students who in 2014 alerted Francis and the Vatican to his whereabouts. Argentine police have arrested the Rev. Nicola Coradi and raided Provolo schools.
“Before Pope Francis can enact accountability for bishops and other church leaders, he has to own up to the harm he himself caused victims in Argentina,” said Anne Barrett Doyle of the online resource Bishop Accountability, which has gathered the documentation on the Grassi saga.
The case has parallels to that in neighboring Chile, where Francis repeatedly defended a bishop accused of covering up for the country’s most notorious predator, the Rev. Fernando Karadima. Francis discredited Karadima’s victims, who placed Bishop Juan Barros at the scene of their abuse, saying their accusations were “calumny.”
Francis eventually acknowledged he had made “grave errors in judgment” about Barros, apologized to the victims and launched a Vatican investigation that resulted in all of Chile’s active bishops offering to resign.
He has offered no mea culpa about the Grassi case. Gabriel, who works odd jobs off the books and has no credit card, is waiting.
The Scottish branch of the British Sailors’ Society ran a children’s home from 1949 to 1982 in the village of Rhu near Helensburgh.
Mr Barrie was a prolific child sex abuser who used his position as a minister within the British Sailors’ Society to operate – or at least facilitate – a paedophile ring, with others connected to the organisation…
1970 Princess Alexandra (Duncroft) charity colleague of Jimmy Savile at Lagarie Childrens Home
At least 22 pupils and one visitor were abused by Jimmy Savile at Duncroft Approved School in the 1970s, a Surrey Police report has found.
Police cover up Savile’s claims to be friends with Queen’s cousin: Paedophile ‘visited Duncroft school at centre of abuse allegations with Princess Alexandra’
‘Princess Alex is a patron of a hostel for girls in care. At this place I’m a cross between a term-time boyfriend and a fixer of special trips out.’
Decades of sex abuse uncovered at Rhu children’s home
17 September 2018
Decades of physical cruelty and child sex abuse allegations at a children’s home in Argyll have been uncovered by a BBC investigation.
The claims centre around Lagarie Children’s Home in Rhu, Argyll, run by the Sailors’ Society charity.
More than a dozen people have told the BBC they were abused at the home, many of them sexually, by staff there.
The Sailors’ Society says it “apologises unreservedly that this abuse happened”.
Between 1949 and 1982, hundreds of children were sent to live at Lagarie. They were the children of seafarers taken in by the Sailors Society, a Christian charity supporting the families of men working at sea.
The programme, Disclosure: Suffer The Children, to be broadcast on BBC One Scotland at 22:40 on Monday tells the harrowing stories of the victims of abuse during two separate regimes at the home.
Angela Montgomery and her sisters Mary and Norma were at the home because their mother had died young and their father was at sea.
They told the BBC they were subjected to sustained sexual abuse after the Rev William Barrie and his wife Mary took charge of the home in 1972.
The Montgomery sisters said that over the years at Lagarie they were raped hundreds of times by Mr Barrie and physically abused by his wife.
Angela, now 56, said: “After a while, even as unpleasant as it was…not that you got used to it, you just thought… there was no point struggling or fighting… you know. You just… it was this level of acceptance of, it became part and parcel of life at Lagarie.”
Angela tells the programme children were taken away from Lagarie to conventions to be abused by people associated with Mr Barrie and the Sailors’ Society.
The Montgomery sisters left Lagarie more than 40 years ago and each of them has struggled with mental health problems.
During an earlier regime which Disclosure has investigated, the allegations centred on Anne Millar, the matron of the home who professed to be a devout Christian but Roddy Austin, one of the former residents, said he lived in fear at Lagarie.
Roddy, 61, said: “Unless you’ve lived it, you can’t experience it, you can’t try to fathom what went on in that place…she was evil.”
Philip Donald, now 58, was in the home for about two and a half years. He says Ms Millar used to pick him up by the ears, throw him into a cold bath and put her soap-covered fingers down his throat.
Both Roddy and Philip say they were sexually abused by the Lagarie gardener, Norman Skelton.
Philip told the programme, “He raped me. Over and over again.”
Mr Skelton died in 1999. Anne Millar retired from the home 1970 and is also now dead.
The Montgomery sisters and others gave statements to the old Strathclyde police force about the abuse in the early 2000s but no-one was charged. A second police investigation, prompted by the Sailors Society, concluded in 2016.
Mrs Barrie was questioned, and a report sent to the fiscal, but she was never charged. She died in late 2017.
William Barrie died in 1993 without ever having to answer any questions about the allegedly large-scale and organised abuse of children in his care.
Stuart Rivers, chief executive of the Southampton-based charity which has the Queen as its patron, was interviewed for the programme and apologised for the abuse that happened.
He said: “I was horrified when I heard these accounts. We do regret any abuse happened and we have apologised unreservedly that this abuse happened.”
Asked if the charity takes full responsibility for the abuse that took place, he said: “I think we have to take some responsibility. I want to see a satisfactory outcome for all who have been affected by this.”
He added that the charity is providing counselling for Lagarie survivors.
Patrick McGuire, of Thompson’s Solicitors, represents some former residents of Lagarie in civil cases against the Sailors’ Society.
He said: “The abuse is on an entirely different scale from anything else that we’ve seen.
“The simple fact is that nobody was looking out for these kids.”
Mr Rivers said: “We have co-operated fully with police and the Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry and have written to all former residents we have had any contact with to date, apologising for any abuse suffered and encouraging them to make contact with police and the inquiry if they felt able to do so.”
The charity opposed the Scottish government’s plans to end the Time Bar law preventing victims of historical abuse from bringing civil actions. It said it believed a government-led redress scheme, which is under consideration, was the best solution.
Mr Rivers added: “Nobody involved in these historic events is connected in any way with the organisation now. We are no longer involved in running this, or any other children’s home, and today we have rigorous safeguarding measures in place.”
Police sent a file to the crown in 2016 about Mrs Barrie and one other man in relation to Lagarie. No charges were brought.
A Crown Office spokesperson said: “Following full and careful consideration of the facts and circumstances of the case, including the currently available admissible evidence, Crown Counsel instructed that there should be no proceedings at this time.
“The Crown reserves the right to raise proceedings should further evidence become available.”
Disclosure will share the results of its investigation to the Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry which last week announced that Lagarie has now been added to the list of residential homes it will probe.
CEO, Stuart Rivers, was made aware of allegations when he joined Sailors’ Society and in 2014 spoke directly with a number of former residents.
Every year, the Barries would take the children on holiday to the Arbroath Convention, which was a religious festival held annually.
Angela and Norma had hoped it might be a holiday in every sense.
“We thought he might have left us alone,” says Angela. But he didn’t, she says, and neither did his friends from the British Sailors’ Society.
Both Norma and Angela separately describe nearly identical, multiple attacks, involving a man associated with the society, whom they believed to be a chaplain.
“I liked him. He’d ask me to put Bibles out. He seemed really friendly. Then one day he followed me into the toilet,” says Angela.
In her front room in Helensburgh, less than two miles from Rhu, Norma, with one of her beloved cats by her side, talks about the man.
She knew him only by his surname, the name he used from the pulpit, when invited to speak at services by Mr Barrie.
Norma says that in the toilets of the Baptist church, close to where they were holidaying and minutes after giving a sermon, the man followed her in and raped her.
Rhu Childrens Home is Unique
The children’s home from hell; SUNDAY MAIL INVESTIGATES: SCANDAL OF SEX ATTACKS ON SAILORS’ KIDS.
November 25, 2001
A SISTER and her two brothers have revealed a horrifying catalogue of abuse at a home for sailors’ kids.
Tina Patterson, John Morrice and Philip Donald broke their silence last week to tell how:
The matron of the home thrashed children every day with a rod;
Philip was thrown around by his ears so often he needed surgery to sew them back on;
Horrific sexual abuse was a common occurrence;
Christmas presents handed out by Dr Finlay TV star Barbara Mullen were taken off the sobbing children as soon as the actress left.
Now the British and International Sailors Society has launched an investigation into the claims.
Tina, 43, Philip, 42, and John, 41, were sent to Lagarie house in Rhu, Dunbartonshire, when their parents split up.
Their mother had left their father, a trawlerman, after he beat her up.
The three children, who had been brought up in Aberdeen, arrived at the charity’s home in the late 1960s. The abuse started immediately.
Tina, who now lives in Tain, Easter Ross, said: “I have never been able to get over the terrible things that were done to us there.”
She claims she was frequently beaten with a stick, force-fed, and suffered ritual humiliation.
Tina said: “I had to stand by and watch while my younger brothers were beaten black and blue.
“I still have nightmares of our years at the home. I’m still suffering.
“We were never allowed presents or sweets. Anything brought to us was immediately taken away, and we never saw the items again.
Tina told how actress Barbara Mullen, who starred as housekeeper Janet in Dr Finlay’s Casebook, visited the home one Christmas with presents for the kids.
But as soon as big-hearted Barbara – who died in 1979 – left the home, the gifts were taken away from the sobbing children by callous staff.
Tina’s brother John, of Inverness, also spent two years at the home after their parents split.
He said: “My father was a trawlerman in Aberdeen. After a big fight which ended with my mum being hospitalised, they broke up and we were put into the Sailors Society home.
“Some of the staff were vicious. I suffered terrible beatings. My body was black and blue after being hit with a stick by the matron.”
Another brother, Philip, who now lives in Liverpool, claims he suffered horrific beatings in the home when he was just eight years old.
He claimed: “I was sexually abused repeatedly.
“I suffered lasting injuries and have never been able to be the father of any children. I was picked up and thrown around by the ears so often, I’ve had surgery to sew them back in place. I was in that home for more than two years, and every single day was a torture.
“Whenever I heard my name being called, I would cower in a corner like an animal because I knew the beatings were about to start.”
On one occasion, the terrified boy was so scared, he ran naked into the surrounding countryside in a desperate attempt to seek help.
He said: “I was eventually brought back by the staff and was then beaten even harder for causing a fuss.”
Social work reports recovered by the family show officials and estranged family members had raised concerns over the bruising they had seen on children at the home.
In one report, a senior social worker informed his superiors there were “doubts about the home”.
He also referred to allegations that a child had been beaten. The reports describe the children at Lagarie as being “institutionalised”.
For decades, the British and International Sailors Society collected thousands of pounds every year with their Santa red Christmas stocking appeal, which was hung up in shops and town centres across the country.
The charity’s Dunbartonshire home was closed in 1982 and has since been converted into flats.
It had been opened in 1949 for the relief of poverty and distress among seafarers and their families.
The charity, based in Southampton, still has an income of pounds 3.5million a year, with investments and funds of around pounds 10million.
The Sailors Society confirmed an inquiry will be launched into the claims made by Tina, John and Philip.
The charity’s general secretary Alan Smith said last night: “We are extremely concerned to hear these allegations.
“As a Christian organisation, it is distressing to hear that any child may have come to harm while in our care.
“We will do everything in our power to investigate the situation.
“Unfortunately, there are difficulties involved in this, as many records were lost when the home closed.”
Mr Smith confirmed other families have been in touch with the charity, as have Lothian and Borders Police.
He said: “Officers from the force’s female and child unit at Leith, in Edinburgh, have contacted us recently.”
Last night, Lothian and Borders Police revealed that another former resident at the home had made similar allegations of abuse and violence.
Lawyer Cameron Fyfe, who is acting for Tina, John and Philip, said: “I will be contacting the charity in due course to put their allegations to them.”
Mr Fyfe already represents more than 150 former residents of remand homes which were run by the De La Salle order of monks in Scotland.
He has launched court actions on their behalf against former staff of the homes. It is alleged they carried out sexual and physical assaults on boys in their care.
AWARD BID CHARITY CHILD ABUSE SHAME; TV INVESTIGATION UNCOVERS SCANDAL Sailors’ Society Tried to Prevent Law Change to Help Victim Claims
17 Sept 2018
A CHRISTIAN charity who allowed more than a dozen children to be sexually abused at one of their homes have been shortlisted for a national award.
Victims have told how they suffered at the hands of staff at Lagarie Children’s Home in Rhu, Argyll.
It is run by the Sailors’ Society, who are vying to be named charity of the year at the Charity Times Awards. The winners will be announced on October 3. Victims spoke of their disgust at the recognition for the charity, who opposed the Scottish Government’s move to abolish the time bar law for historical abuse.
How they Former resident Roddy Austin, now 61, said: “How dare they put themselves forward for something like this.
forward something “It’s disgusting. They should never have been accepted into such a competition.”
” Between 1949 and 1982, hundreds of seafarers’ children were sent to live at Lagarie after being taken in by the Sailors’ Society – a Christian cause supporting the families of men working at sea.
In BBC Scotland TV programme Disclosure: Suffer the Children – which will be broadcast tonight – dare put victims tell harrowing stories of abuse at the home during two separate regimes.
for Angela Montgomery and her sisters Mary and Norma were sent to Lagarie as their mother had died young and their father was at sea.
They told how they were subjected to sustained sexual abuse after Reverend William Barrie and his wife Mary took charge in 1972.
The Montgomery sisters claimed they were raped hundreds of times by Rev Barrie.
Angela, now 56, said: “After a while, there was no point struggling or fighting. It became part and parcel of life at Lagarie.”
She also tells how children were taken from Lagarie to conventions to be abused by people associated with Barrie and the Sailors’ Society.
During an earlier regime, allegations centered on Anne Millar, the matron of the homewho professed to be a devout Christian.
Roddy and Philip Donald, now 58, say they were sexually abused by Lagarie’s gardener Norman Skelton, who died in 1999.
The Montgomery sisters and others gave statements about the abuse to Strathclyde Police in the early 2000s, but no one was charged. A second police probe, prompted by the Sailors’ Society, concluded in 2016.
Mary Barrie was questioned and a report was sent to the procurator fiscal, but she was never charged. She died last year. Rev Barrie died in 1993 without ever having to answer any questions about abuse allegations.
Stuart Rivers, chief executive of the charity, said: “We regret that this ever happened and have apologised unreservedly.”? Disclosure: Suffer the Children, tonight at 10.40pm, BBC One Scotland.
How dare they put themselves forward for something like this
Girls were also abused when they were taken away from Lagarie to conventions and introduced to men who were attending the events.
She and her sister Norma also said they were taken to spend weekends away where they were abused by people they had never met before.
‘Mr Rhu’ for decades was Colonel Kenneth Barge, DSO, MC, DL
An active worker for charity, he had a particular interest in the British Sailors Society childrens home at Lagarie, Rhu, and there in 1970 he was presented to Princess Alexandra.He was also associated with the Thistle Foundation which helps ex-servicemen.
A member of the Queen’s Bodyguard for Scotland, the Royal Company of Archers, Colonel Barge was a keen shot and an enthusiastic sailor at, and even before, the then Royal Northern Yacht Club came to Rhu, and he became a Vice-Commodore and chairman of the house committee. He was one of the first to own a Gareloch One Design yacht, Thia, and raced in various other classes.
Countess Airlie British Sailors’ Society
Colonel Henry Maughan “Bill” Liardet
Commandant, Royal Tank Regiment, 1961-1967. Director, British Sailors’ Society, 1961-1978; Chairman, SS&AFA West Sussex Committee, 1966-1985. Deputy Lieutenant (DL), Sussex, 1964-1974, W Sussex 1974-. W Sussex CC, 1964-1974; Alderman, 1970-1974. President Sussex Council, Royal British Legion, 1975-1981.
1980 W. E. Barrie
A military boarding school with alleged links to the man who carried out the Dunblane massacre is to be investigated by the Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry.
Sept 13 2018
Queen Victoria School (QVS) is one of 17 additional institutions to be included in the national inquiry led by judge Lady Smith.
The Dunblane school, which serves the families of military personnel, has previously been linked to Thomas Hamilton, who killed 16 pupils and their teacher at Dunblane Primary School in 1996.
Last year, Glen Harrison, a former housemaster, claimed pupils were abused by a paedophile ring at the school in the 1980s and 1990s. He said he first raised his concerns with police in 1991.
The national inquiry, which has cost £15.7m to date and is looking at the historical abuse of children in care, announced on Thursday a list of extra investigations, taking the total number of institutions being looked at to 86.
The institutions announced yesterday include the Royal Blind School and Donaldson’s School for the Deaf in Edinburgh.
Lady Smith appealed for anyone with information about any of the institutions on the list to get in touch with the inquiry.
She said: “It does not matter whether you have already made a report to the police or to anyone else and it does not matter whether or not you have been involved in any other investigation. You can still talk to us and we want to hear from you.
“I am well aware that it can be difficult and very emotional to talk about experiences in care and I want to take this opportunity to give an assurance that we have a dedicated witness support team here who will help and support anyone providing evidence to us. They will do so throughout the process.”
It has previously been claimed that Hamilton was linked to the a paedophile ring and was a frequent visitor to QVS.
The school did not respond to a request for comment yesterday, but a spokeswoman for the Ministry of Defence (MOD), which funds the school, said: “All historic allegations of sexual abuse involving Queen Victoria School were reported to the police at the time.
“We take any allegations of this nature extremely seriously and always co-operate fully with any police inquiry.”
The national inquiry, which began its work in 2015, has so far looked at allegations of physical and sexual abuse at institutions run by female religious orders.
It is due to deliver a report in the coming weeks on abuse at Smyllum orphanage in Lanark where children were allegedly beaten, force-fed and humiliated for wetting the bed prior to its closure in 1981.
Last month Police Scotland said eleven women and one man, aged between 62 and 85, had been charged in relation to non-recent abuse at the orphanage.
Earlier this year, it was announced that the time-frame of the inquiry would be extended indefinitely to allow more survivors to come forward and give evidence.
A TV advertising campaign, which hopes to encourage survivors in greater numbers, will be aired later this year.
The inquiry’s public hearings, which begin again next month, will now look at institutions run by Quarriers Homes, the Aberlour Child Care Trust and Barnardo’s before turning its attention to homes run by male religious orders.
There will also be a case study looking at child migrant schemes, where children were sent to countries including Australia and Canada.
Among the other institutions announced yesterday is Lennox Castle hospital near Glasgow which closed in 2002 and where it’s alleged children were experimented on as part of a drugs programme run by Porton Down research laboratory during the Cold War.
Campaign group In-Care Abuse Survivors (Incas) has previously called on the inquiry to “review medical experimentation that was carried out on vulnerable children and adults without consent”.
Lennox Castle was one of four Scottish institutions alleged to have been involved in trialling drugs on children.
The MOD has said it is “not aware” of such tests and has seen no evidence to back up the claims. Survivors have also claimed that six and seven-year-olds were tied to racks and given electric shocks.
Rev. Norman Walker Drummond at the age of 32 became headmaster of Loretto 1984-1995
A chaplain to the Queen in Scotland, a member of her bodyguard here and founder of the innovative Columba 1400, a charitable spiritual sanctuary and leadership centre on Skye, of which the Princess Royal is patron.
Reverend Norman Walker Drummond, M.A., B.D., a Scot aged 32, educated at Crawfordton Prep School, Merchiston and Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge, where he graduated in Law. He returned to Scotland to take a degree in Divinity at New College, Edinburgh, was ordained as a Minister of the Church of Scotland, and then served as an Army Chaplain with the Parachute Regiment and the Black Watch. Before his appointment to Loretto he was Chaplain at Fettes for two years. He got his Blue from Cambridge at Rugby Football and went on to captain the Scottish Universities, the Army, and the Combined Services XVs. He was also a keen cricketer.
Drummond retired in 1995 after nearly eleven years as Headmaster, becoming National Governor of the BBC and Chairman of the Broadcasting Council, both in Scotland.
Drummond married to Lady Elizabeth Kennedy, the daughter of the Marquess of Ailsa, since 1976
10 March 2010
Michael Mavor: Charismatic headmaster
Michael Mavor died suddenly while on a trip to Peru, was a headmaster who, throughout the course of a distinguished career, led three of Britain’s foremost schools – Gordonstoun, Rugby and Loretto.
Michael Mavor was educated at Loretto School near Edinburgh.
In January 1979, aged only 31, Mavor succeeded John Kempe as headmaster of Gordonstoun School in Moray, Scotland, the youngest such appointment in the school’s history. Assuming responsibility for educating Princes Andrew and Edward
In 1990, he moved south to take on a new challenge as headmaster of Rugby School. Mavor was headmaster at the Rugby school 1990 – 2001
In 2001 he was appointed headmaster of Loretto School.
He led the creation of the Loretto Golf Academy.
Michael Barclay Mavor, teacher and headmaster: born Kuala Lipis, Malaysia 29 January 1947; married 1970 Jane Sucksmith (one son, one daughter); CVO 1983; died Lima, Peru 8 December 2009.
Michael Barclay Mavor
Director of Caldicott School 1992-1996
ROLAND PETER WRIGHT
Director of Caldicott School 1992-1993
PE teacher, 82, at Nick Clegg’s old prep school killed after being hit by a train two days before he was due to be sentenced for abusing young boy
- Hugh Henry was a sports teacher at Caldicott Prep School in Farnham
- He was convicted of sex crimes against children dating back to the 1960s
- Former teacher died after he was hit by a train at Amersham last night
- He and former school head Roland Wright, 83, were due in court tomorrow
- They were to be sentenced for catalogue of sex crimes against young boys
He had been convicted along with the school’s former headmaster, Roland ‘Peter’ Wright, who carried out sex attacks on five boys.
The pair were part of a paedophile ring operating at the school in Farnham Royal during the 1960s.
Michael Barclay Mavor Director of Malden Trust 1992- 1997
Mr Ian David Stafford Beer Director of Malden Trust 1992- 1995
Ian Beer was a friend and supporter of paedophile Bishop Peter Ball
After Prince Andrew and Prince Edward had passed through Gordonstoun he was appointed a CVO in 1983.
His fellow heads elected him chairman of the Headmasters’ and Headmistresses’ Conference in 1997.
He became a member of the Royal Company of Archers, the Queen’s Bodyguard in Scotland, in 1996.
won the company’s Musselburgh Arrow – which is claimed to be the oldest existing sporting trophy in the world.
Mavor attended Loretto as a boy from 1955 to 1965, and held positions as Head Nipper and Head Boy at the school before winning a scholarship to read English at St John’s College, Cambridge.
he became a governor of Oundle School,
was a trustee of the East Lothian Pipe Band Trust and
worked with RSAcademics in the appointment of heads of schools.
St Gilbert’s abuse: Pupil ‘abused more than 200 times’
17 September 2018
A pupil at an approved school for boys was sexually abused by its head teacher hundreds of times, a jury heard.
The claimant, now in his 60s, said David Burns began abusing him as punishment for repeatedly “absconding” from St Gilbert’s in Worcestershire.
He told Birmingham Crown Court Mr Burns, who he knew as Brother Wilfred, warned him “don’t tell anyone” about the abuse in his office.
Mr Burns, 87, denies 21 counts of abuse from 1966 to 1972.
The defendant, of Kings Grove, Cambridge, is facing charges including two counts of a serious sexual offence, one of indecent assault, 16 of child cruelty and two of assault causing actual bodily harm.
Another ex-master of the school Vincent Rochford, 87, of Barton Lane, Manchester, denies one charge of child cruelty and a charge of assault causing actual bodily harm.
Both worked at the defunct government-approved school in Hartlebury, Worcestershire, for boys who had committed minor crimes.
Pupils who were beaten and raped at a school run by a religious order have for the first time revealed a 30-year campaign of sadistic and degrading abuse.
The former schoolboys, who were as young as 11 when they were convicted of petty misdemeanours and sent to St Gilbert’s in Worcestershire, are demanding answers from the De La Salle order, which ran the school under the governance of the Home Office.
They want to know why a teacher convicted of sex offences against boys continued to be employed? Why were parents who complained about severe beatings ignored? And why did police ignore the boys who asked for help?
Reports of the Home Office inspections are at the National Archives in London, where some were embargoed and had been intended to be unavailable until 2044.
But they were recently released under the Freedom of Information Act– and indicate serious concerns about the school.
It was revealed the deputy headmaster, Brother Maurice, had been convicted of six counts of sexually abusing boys at St Gilbert’s but was reinstated as a teacher after serving a four-year jail term.
The file also showed there had been previous complaints about him to the De La Salle order – which sent him to Scotland.
West Mercia Police has opened an investigation into abuse at the school in the 40s, 50s and 60s.
None of the St Gilbert’s employees are still with the De La Salle order.
The two Christian Brothers who abused Joe Riley were Brother Robert Joseph McHale and Brother Joseph Roderick Nicholson.
They are both now dead.
- 1944: De La Salle Order buys Waresley House in Hartlebury, Worcestershire
- 1945: St Gilbert’s is designated by the Home Office as an approved school for Roman Catholic “delinquent” boys
- 1952: Home Office tells approved schools they must report all “indecency” to police
- 1969: The Children and Young Person’s Act 1969 abolishes the approved school system. Responsibility for St Gilbert’s transfers to Hereford and Worcester County Council but it is still run by De La Salle
- 1975: De La Salle Order leaves school and sells the Waresley estate to Worcestershire County Council. The catchment area narrows to Herefordshire and Worcestershire
- 1986: School closes
1970 Brother Wilfred Burns and Seeney family
1968 Geoffrey Frederick Temple, a building inspector at St Gilbert’s fell to his death
Dalai Lama admits he knew about Bud1970 Brother Wilfred Burns and Seeney familydhist teachers’ sexual abuse
The Tibetan spiritual leader told Dutch TV he has known about the sex crimes in Europe since the 1990s. He was presented with written accounts from 12 alleged victims from Belgium and the Netherlands.
The Dalai Lama, during a four-day visit to the Netherlands, has confirmed he was informed about sexual abuse by Buddhist teachers against their followers in Europe.
“I already did know these things, [it’s] nothing new,” the Dalai Lama said in response to a question on Dutch public television NOS late on Saturday.
“Twenty-five years ago… someone mentioned about a problem of sexual allegations” at a conference for western Buddhist teachers in Dharamshala, a hill town in northern India, he added.
Twelve of the victims, who alleged they were abused physically and psychologically by Tibetan Buddhist teachers in the Netherlands and Belgium, had launched a petition asking to meet the 83-year-old during his trip.
A group using the hashtag “metooguru” gathered some 1,300 signatures so he could receive their collection of testimonies.
“We found refuge in Buddhism with an open mind and heart, until we were raped in its name,” the alleged victims said in their petition.
On Friday, the Tibetan spiritual leader met four of the victims for about 20 minutes at a hotel in Rotterdam.
Following their meeting, they said the Dalai Lama had pledged to bring up their cases at a meeting of Buddhist teachers in November.
Ricardo Mendes, who said he was physically abused as a child being raised in a Buddhist sect in Belgium, said he was pleased the spiritual leader appeared moved by their accounts. Another victim, however, said she was a bit disappointed.
The Dalai Lama, who lives in exile in Dharamshala, told NOS people who commit sexual abuse “don’t care about the Buddha’s teaching. So now that everything has been made public, people may [be] concerned about their shame,” he said.
Speaking about the November meeting, he added: “At that time they should talk about it … I think the religious leaders should pay more attention.”
The Dalai Lama “has consistently denounced such irresponsible and unethical behavior,” according to one of his representatives in Europe, on Friday.
Chile Church scandal: ‘How I escaped the priest who abused me for decades’
13 Sept 2018
In Chile, more than 100 Catholic clergy are being investigated over alleged sex crimes and attempts to cover them up. It’s a scandal that haunts the reign of Pope Francis and has tipped the Chilean church into crisis. But it began decades ago with one man – Father Fernando Karadima, a parish priest in Santiago, who became Chile’s most notorious sexual predator.
“He offered you the vision of being called by the Lord. He showed you a very wonderful world,” remembers Dr James Hamilton, a gastric surgeon now in his 50s.
“He always told us he had a special gift – a kind of miracle gift – that he could see in every young person, if they had been called by God. He was almost a kind of saint.”
Father Fernando Karadima offered the adolescent James Hamilton refuge in the early 1980s. Chile had been under the dictatorship of Gen Augusto Pinochet for a decade. And in those troubled years of killings and disappearances, the church community created by this charismatic priest in the upmarket Santiago parish of El Bosque provided welcome reassurance.
“For a young person, it was like the bee and the honey – it was sweet in a world of difficulties, when you were struggling with your family,” says James Hamilton.
His father had left the family home, so here was a teenager who was vulnerable – easy prey for a practised abuser.
And, as a young idealist, he believed he had only two choices: “Join the people fighting against Pinochet, mostly through violence. Or, follow the road the Catholic Church showed you – the ways of the saints, of peace and to become the voice of Jesus. I wanted to study medicine, so my way was non-violence.”
But although the Catholic Church would be instrumental in supporting victims of the dictatorship, some priests believed Pinochet was Chile’s saviour – Karadima was one of them. James Hamilton was invited to join Catholic Action, an exclusive youth group that met in El Bosque to listen to Karadima talk about heroism, the saints and the need to be humble and obedient. This impressionable teenager felt special, as though he had been chosen.
Then the sexual abuse began.
“You didn’t expect it – it was something absolutely confusing. It couldn’t be possible that this saintly man could be doing all this because of his sexual perversion. It couldn’t be possible,” says Hamilton, remembering his bewilderment. “Obviously the one that was wrong was me…”
Karadima pursued the doctor, sending priests and bishops to speak to his family and employer. James Hamilton reported Karadima to church authorities, and although he did not know it at the time, he was the second man in two years to make a complaint of sexual abuse against the El Bosque priest. But there was a deafening silence from the Catholic Church. There would be no formal investigation for years, until the evidence against Karadima became overwhelming.
James Hamilton had made contact with other survivors of Karadima’s abuse. In 2010, the men made declarations to a civil prosecutor. They knew the priest would not go to jail because of Chile’s Statute of Limitations, but they did not want to be part of a cover-up. It was scary.
“Our names were in the press – we were [seen as] the worst. I thought that someone would try and murder me – put a bomb under my car or, my brakes would be cut in a descent from the mountains. This kind of thing happened in Chile under Pinochet’s dictatorship. And Karadima was a Pinochet guy – he was friends with all Pinochet’s former generals. He had big power – until today.”
Today Fernando Karadima is 88. He lives in a convent set in extensive gardens located in an up-market district of Santiago. In 2011 the Vatican found him guilty of sexually abusing minors, sometimes by force. He was sentenced to a life of penance and prayer, and forbidden from having contact with former parishioners, or from performing any public act of ministry.
So why did it take so long? What stopped the then-Archbishop of Santiago, Cardinal Francisco Javier Errazuriz, from initiating an ecclesiastical investigation into Karadima’s behaviour after he received the first report of abuse at least seven years previously?
“Unfortunately, I judged that the accusations weren’t credible at the time,” he told the media in 2010.
The Karadima case shocked Chile. Resentment against the Catholic Church simmered until 2015. Then, when Pope Francis appointed one of the disgraced priest’s acolytes, Juan Barros, as bishop – a man who had allegedly protected Karadima – Chileans were furious. Protesters greeted the Pope when he visited Chile in January 2018, and the pontiff’s dismissal of allegations against Bishop Barros as “slander” provoked enormous indignation. After he left Santiago, Pope Francis was forced to respond to his critics, and sent two envoys to Chile to investigate sex crime.
The staggering story that has emerged since has provoked a deep crisis in the Catholic Church. The Vatican’s envoys produced a 2,300-page report, and the Pope acknowledged a, “culture of abuse” in Chile. Five bishops have resigned – including Juan Barros. Meanwhile, in a first for Chile, civil prosecutors have seized church documents in a series of high-profile raids.
The civil authorities in Chile are investigating 119 cases of sexual abuse and their concealment by the church. Of the 178 victims so far identified, nearly half were minors at the time of the alleged offences. The Archbishop of Santiago, Cardinal Ricardo Ezzati, has been called by prosecutors to testify.
Although the investigation has moved beyond Fernando Karadima and his faithful coterie, the commitment of Chile’s lay authorities to securing justice for victims of clerical sexual abuse has emboldened more of Karadima’s victims to come forward. Last month, Father Francisco Javier Ossa Figueroa spent two hours giving his testimony to prosecutors about what happened to him in El Bosque from the late 1980s onwards.
Dutch Catholic church accused of widespread sexual abuse cover-up
20 of 39 Dutch cardinals, bishops and auxiliaries ‘covered up sexual abuse, allowing perpetrators to cause many more victims’, report says
15 Sept 2018
More than half of the Netherlands’ senior clerics were involved in covering up sexual assault of children between 1945 and 2010, a press report claimed on Saturday, further engulfing the Catholic church in a global abuse scandal.
Over the course of 65 years, 20 of 39 Dutch cardinals, bishops and their auxiliaries “covered up sexual abuse, allowing the perpetrators to cause many more victims”, the daily NRC reported.
“Four abused children and 16 others allowed the transfer of paedophile priests who could have caused new victims in other parishes,” the Dutch newspaper added.
Church spokeswoman Daphne van Roosendaal said the church could “confirm a part” of the report.
Local bishop Bruno Grua said his diocese was “shocked by these unspeakable acts”.
They are the latest in a slew of assault allegations against the Catholic church spanning several continents.
People in Australia, Europe, and North and South America have charged they were sexually abused by clergymen and lay people, in what German Archbishop Georg Gaenswein has called the church’s “own 9/11”.
In August, Pope Francis declined to comment on a claim that he ignored sexual abuse allegations against a senior clergyman in the US.
On Wednesday, the German Catholic church said it was it was “dismayed and ashamed” by decades of alleged child sex abuse by priests.
Kavre Court to inspect Peter Dalglish’s electronic devices, videos, and photos next
11 Sept 2108
KATHMANDU — According to a government lawyer, Kavre Court is set to inspect the electronic devices, videos, and photos belonging to Peter Dalglish.
The investigators at the Central Investigation Bureau (CIB) had found negatives, photos, and video at Mr. Dalglish’s home in Nagarkot.
The court had sent samples of negatives and electronic devices for further inspection.
German Catholic priests ‘abused thousands of children’
12 Sept 2018
More than 3,600 children in Germany were assaulted by Roman Catholic priests between 1946 and 2014, a leaked report has revealed.
The study was commissioned by the Church itself, and was due to be published on 25 September.
A Church spokesman said it was “dismayed and ashamed” by the findings.
The report is the latest in a long series of revelations that have uncovered decades of sex abuse by Roman Catholic priests around the world.
According to the new study, only 38% of the alleged perpetrators were prosecuted with most facing only minor disciplinary procedures, German media said. About one in six cases involved rape.
Most of the victims were boys, and more than half were aged 13 or younger.
Predatory clerics were often moved to new communities, where no warning was issued about their actions.
The study was compiled by three German universities, using 38,000 documents from 27 German dioceses. Its authors said the true extent of the abuse may be even greater, as some records were “destroyed or manipulated”.
How has the Catholic Church reacted?
“We know the extent of the sexual abuse that has been demonstrated by the study. We are dismayed and ashamed by it,” said Bishop Stephan Ackermann, a spokesman for the German Bishops’ Conference which commissioned the report.
He said the aim of the study was to shed light on “this dark side of our Church, for the sake of those affected, but also for us ourselves to see the errors and to do everything to prevent them from being repeated”.
“I stress that the study is a measure that we owe not only to the Church but first and foremost, to those affected,” the bishop added.
Bishop Ackermann said the report had been leaked to the press before the Church itself had seen it. He said the Church had planned to provide counselling helplines for people affected by its contents.
What is the Church doing about abuse claims?
The Vatican did not immediately respond to Spiegel’s account of the report. But elsewhere on Wednesday, Pope Francis summoned Catholic bishops to the Vatican for a discussion on how to protect children in February next year.
The damning German study is the latest in a series of blows to the Roman Catholic Church.
Claims of clerical sex abuse have been levelled around the world, and with them allegations that Church leaders hushed up or ignored the wrongdoing.
Pope Francis was caught up in the scandal last month, after a former Vatican diplomat accused him of ignoring allegations against a US cardinal for five years.
The Pope’s supporters vehemently question the credibility of this accusation, which the pontiff has refused to respond to.
It came after a grand jury report detailed seven decades of abuse in the US state of Pennsylvania. The investigation found more than 1,000 children had been abused by 300 priests there. It found evidence of systematic cover-ups by the Church
Daniel J McLean-Steel
English, Theatre Studies, Head of Drama
Dan McLean-Steel was educated at St. Peter’s, York and Goldsmiths’ College, London. He taught at Monmouth School in Wales before moving to Loretto in 1995. He introduced Drama as a curricular subject at Loretto and enjoys helping students to create challenging pieces of theatre. He is a keen reader of contemporary fiction and theatre-goer. He has coached rugby, hockey and tennis and is an enthusiastic if inexpert gardener.
Daniel McLean-Steel, a teacher at a Loretto School in Musselburgh has been suspended amid allegations of “inappropriate behaviour” with pupils.
Mr McLean-Steel, who is also an English teacher, is believed to have been living in the Eleanora Almond boarding house with his wife, a housemistress, at the time.
The boarding house closed in July 2018 due to a decrease in pupils. It was used to house sixth-form girls.
13 Sept 2018
Head of drama, Daniel McLean-Steel has been barred from his job at the school as investigations are carried out by school bosses.
According to reports, the allegations against Mr McLean-Steel refer to his behaviour towards female pupils both while they were at school and after they left.
A picture of Mr McLean-Steel, who joined the school in 1995 and also taught English, was removed from the online staff directory.
Senior teacher at Scots boarding school suspended after ‘deeply disturbing’ allegations
One of Scotland’s top independent boarding schools has been rocked by allegations of inappropriate behaviour involving a member of staff.
A senior teacher at Loretto School in Musselburgh, East Lothian, the oldest boarding school in Scotland, has been suspended following what the headmaster has confirmed are ‘deeply disturbing’ allegations.
The police and Care Inspectorate have been informed, and an investigation into claims linked to the teacher’s alleged behaviour is now underway.
Details of the precise nature of the complaint have not yet been confirmed, and investigations into the allegations are believed to be at an early stage.
However headteacher Dr Graham Hawley has said they relate to behaviour which is not tolerated at the school.
Loretto School is one of Scotland’s leading fee-paying schools, where parents pay up to £33,600 a year to board senior pupils.
It regularly receives top ratings and is particularly renowned for its drama, music, art and sport.
Headmaster, Dr Graham Hawley said: “As Headmaster and as a parent, I am deeply disturbed by these allegations and I take them very seriously.
“The alleged behaviour is unacceptable and has no place in our community. It is everything that we are not.
“As soon as the allegations were brought to us we took action: we alerted the police, we alerted the Care Inspectorate, we instigated an internal investigation, we suspended the member of staff in question.
“The school has undertaken extensive work to ensure it is as safe an environment as it is possible for a school to be. We have built a culture in which pupils can feel empowered to come forward, to seek and find the support they need in situations like this.”
A further 200 attend the Junior School, while the nursery caters for children from birth to five years old.
Former pupils at the school, which was founded in 1827, include broadcaster Andrew Marr, former Chancellors of the Exchequer Norman Lamont and Alistair Darling and motor racing legend Jim Clarke. Movie director Don Boyd, whose films have included Scum, Look Back in Anger and The Great Rock ‘n’ Roll Swindle, is also a former pupil at the school.
Last year’s Tatler Schools Guide placed Loretto School in the top seven per cent nationally and singled out the “spectacular dance and drama” studio for particular praise.
A spokesperson for the Care Inspectorate confirmed a probe is underway. He said: “We have been notified by the Loretto School of an allegation involving a member of staff.
“We are working closely with the school. Anyone with a concern about a care service can contact us on 0345 600 9527.”
Dr Hawley added: “Given the sensitivities of this situation, the investigation, and involvement of the authorities, I am limited in what more I can say; however, I am committed to ensuring that Loretto is a school where no behaviour of this alleged kind will ever be tolerated.”
Robert Key MP -PPS to Ted Heath
Assistant master: Loretto School, Edinburgh 1967-69
After leaving Loretto in 1967 – it is not clear whether he was sacked or resigned – Mr Ray-Hills moved to Cheam Preparatory School in Newbury, where former pupils include Prince Charles and Prince Philip.
However, the scandal followed him south and he was asked to leave there.
In 2001, film director Don Boyd claimed he had been sexually abused by former master Guy Anthony Ray-Hills.
Ray-Hills was charged with a string of sex offences but the case was dropped on grounds of his ill health.
Robert Key taught economics at Harrow School from 1969–83.
Mr Key didn’t get involved in politics until he was 29. He’d studied music at Clare College, Cambridge, where his student days were free of politics, before going on to teach economics.
But it was in a teaching position at Harrow that he came very close, on a daily basis, to the political world.
“I was teaching a lot of children of politicians there.
“My mark book every morning included people like Thatcher, Hestletine, Churchill… I hadn’t got a chance of not getting interested in politics.”
Mr Key went on to become Ted Heath’s Private Parliamentary Secretary.
“I had some wonderful years with Ted Heath. I was his PPS for nearly two years during which time I found him his house in Salisbury and brought him down here which he absolutely adored.
“It was the first house he’d owned in his life.
“I also had the experience of finding out what it was that motivated that man.
“It was wonderful hearing what he was doing when he was my age and younger, going off to Germany to see the Hitler rallies to see what was brewing.
So what now for a man who has spent so much of his life involved in politics?
A member of Wessex Archaeology, Mr Key will be continuing his work to improve ancient heritage sites – most notably Stonehenge.
“I’ll be doing stuff with the Cathedral and the Diocese. I’ll be involved in the selection of a new Bishop.
Key has been MP for Salisbury since 1983 and was a parliamentary private secretary in Margaret Thatcher’s government.
The former teacher became a junior minister for the environment and, later, transport under John Major. He served as a shadow minister between 1997 and 2003.
Robert Key resigns as trustee of former prime minister Sir Edward Heath’s charity in funding row
Key stepped down after a last-minute business plan was put forward to re-open the late Sir Edward Heath’s historical Salisbury property to the public this summer. Key opposed the proposition, claiming the £7 million house should instead be sold with the money being used for grants for young people with interests in music and sailing.
Published Date: 02 July 2010
By SHAN ROSSAN employee at one of Scotland’s most exclusive private schools has claimed she suffered a miscarriage after being bullied by the headmaster, a tribunal has heard. Fiona Gordon is suing Loretto School in East Lothian over alleged sex discrimination after she claims she was targeted for taking maternity leave. Mrs Gordon, 41, claims head teacher Peter Hogan started bullying her after she told the £8,700-per-term school that she was pregnant. Mrs Gordon had held the post of director of admissions at the school for nine years.
Mr Hogan, who took up his post at Loretto at the end of 2008, was previously warden – a position equivalent to headmaster – at Llandovery College, one of the most prestigious private schools in Wales. He has forged formal links with Edinburgh Napier University, believed to be the first scheme of its kind in Scotland in which pupils will attend business lectures at the university next year as part of a scheme to give senior school students an advantage in the battle for a university place.
Police launch probe into horror claims that nuns MURDERED children at Catholic orphanage in Vermont
- Officials in Burlington, Vermont announced the police investigation on Monday
- Follows detailed report examining abuse claims against St. Joseph’s Orphanage
- Residents recalled chilling stories of abuse and claim several kids were killed
- Allegations date from the 1930s to the 70s, when the Catholic orphanage closed
- Claims surfaced in litigation during the 1990s but church denied wrongdoing
- Comes as governments in UK, Ireland, Australia grapple with similar allegations
11 Sept 2018
A police investigation has been launched into claims that Catholic nuns tortured, sexually abused and even murdered children in a Vermont orphanage.
At a press conference in Burlington, Vermont on Monday, Mayor Miro Weinberger announced the creation of a joint city-state law enforcement task force to investigate St. Joseph’s Orphanage.
The investigation follows the publication of a report by BuzzFeed News, which Weinberger called ‘a lengthy and detailed story alleging decades of terrible abuse and violent crimes at that institution.’
St. Joseph’s, which was run by the Montreal-based Sisters of Providence, closed down in 1974, and the allegations regard children who lived there from the 1930s through the 70s.
‘Murder is a crime with no statute of limitations,’ said Weinberger. ‘If it is possible to make murder charges at this point we will, whether the perpetrators are living or dead.’
Former Wrexham Bryn Alyn resident admits historic sexual abuse of boy
Operation Pallial: Man guilty of 1970s sex abuse
10 Sept 2018
A 64-year-old man has pleaded guilty to abusing a boy aged under 16 in a case dating back to the 1970s.
Graham Joseph Stridgeon, from Fleetwood, Lancashire, admitted serious sexual assault and two charges of indecent assault.
The offences took place between June 1973 and December 1974 when Stridgeon was in his late teens.
He had been due to stand trial at Mold Crown Court. A number of other charges will now lie on file.
Judge Rhys Rowlands bailed Stridgeon until 15 October while a pre-sentence report is complied.
He said a custodial sentence would be inevitable.
No details were given in court about the circumstances of the case but these will be presented by the prosecution at sentencing.
The case stems from Operation Pallial, a wide-ranging investigation into allegations of historical sexual abuse at north Wales care homes.
At an earlier hearing Judge Rowlands criticised the length of time it had taken to bring the matter to trial.
He questioned delays in the case and pointed out that one of the complainants had been first interviewed in January 2014, which was four years ago.
He was told that Operation Pallial was a very substantial investigation which generated hundreds of complainants and in excess of 106,000 pages of material that the prosecution had to consider before charge.
Graham Joseph Stridgeon was arrested and charged following an investigation by the National Crime Agency’s Operation Pallial into allegations of abuse in the care system in North Wales.
The 63-year-old pleaded not guilty to five counts of indecent assault on boys under the age of 16 at Wrexham between 1969 and 1974. He also denied three charges of illegal sex acts on teenage boys in the 1970s.
Stridgeon, of Park Avenue, Fleetwood, Lancashire, was rebailed at Mold Crown Court pending his trial on September 10.
HE STOLE MY CHILDHOOD HE CANNOT BE SET FREE.
The child victim of sex beast Graham Stridgeon dramatically broke a seven-year silence yesterday and begged: “Don’t let him out.”
The girl, now 16, was just nine when Stridgeon lured her into his bedroom.
He brutally attacked her and threatened to kill her if she told anyone.
Now, with Stridgeon on the brink of being freed from a mental health unit, she has joined a campaign to keep the paedophile monster caged.
She said: “He stole my childhood and he shouldn’t have the chance to take another. Paedophiles like him are sick, warped people and should be locked up for life. It’s the only way.
“I will suffer for life. Why shouldn’t he?”
Depraved Stridgeon, 43, was jailed for nine years for attempted rape and a serious sex attack.
But after his release from prison police found him prowling the streets with toys and colouring books looking for a new victim.
He was picked up again and ordered to be held under the Mental Health Act at the unit in Rainhill, Merseyside, for 28 days. That runs out on Sunday. Stridgeon’s 40-year-old wife Jenny, of Rochdale, Greater Manchester, has already urged that he must not be released – because he threatens to attack again.
His victim, who cannot be named, recalled how Stridgeon started going to a church as he hunted for a target – and became a friend of her family.
He pounced on her after inviting her into his bedroom to see some puppies.
The attack left her in shock. Three months went by before she broke down and told her mother.
Her frantic mum went to the police. Stridgeon later pleaded guilty in court – and his victim underwent years of counselling.
Now, attractive and confident, she is determined to overcome the horror.
She said: “He may have ruined my childhood but I’m determined he isn’t going to ruin the rest of my life.
“It has been long and painful, not just for me but for all the family. But I will not let it take us down.
“I will make a success of my life.”
TAG CURB FOR KID SEX BRUTE
TAG CURB FOR KID SEX BRUTE
A sex beast who has said he will rape the first child he finds was electronically tagged yesterday in a unique bid to curb his depravity.
Paedophile Graham Stridgeon, 43, From Manchester sparked outrage when he was freed earlier this year after a nine-year sentence for attacking a girl of Ten in a house in Wythenshawe.
Stridgeon lured her into his bedroom. He brutally attacked her and threatened to kill her if she told anyone.
Police found him roaming the streets clutching a bag of toys and looking for a child.
Eight stone, 5ft 2in Stridgeon, also known as Graham Seddon, is now living in a Greater Manchester bail hostel.
He is kept under 24-hour surveillance and escorted everywhere.
And yesterday he became the only person in Britain electronically tagged while not serving a criminal sentence.
Probation officers got Home Office permission for the move and Stridgeon himself is thought to have given his consent.
The tag will work by alerting staff at a Securicor control centre if he leaves the hostel.
Peter Dalglish’s final hearing pending, likely to be sentenced
7 Sept 2018
KATHMANDU — While Peter Dalglish’s final hearing is pending, a source has revealed to Kathmandu Tribune that Peter is likely to be sentenced for ten years or so according to the old law.
Dalglish’s last hearing was on August 9 and the next hearing isn’t announced yet by the Kavre court.
With a lighter sentencing, Peter Dalglish will escape the new law’s judgment. Dalglish had come to Nepal on a tourist visa when he was arrested on April 9.
Jailed football coach Barry Bennell may face further abuse charges
6 Sept 2018
- Police get go-ahead to put together a case for CPS
- Trial judge questioned merits of more criminal proceedings
Barry Bennell, the former football coach who is serving a 30-year prison sentence as an “industrial-scale child molester”, is facing the possibility of more criminal proceedings for the sexual abuse of players from the junior set-ups of Manchester City and Crewe Alexandra.
Detectives investigating Bennell’s crimes are putting together a case for the Crown Prosecution Service with a view to imposing charges relating to some of the alleged victims who are still waiting to hear whether their complaints will go to court. As of January, 86 cases were outstanding, with at least 97 people – though possibly more now – reporting Bennell on the back of the interview Andy Woodward, the former Crewe footballer, gave to the Guardian in November 2016, detailing the years of abuse he suffered in the club’s youth system.
Francis ignored, covered-up abuse in Argentina before becoming pope, documentary alleges
4 Sept 2018
German national TV channel ZDF is rerunning a documentary produced last year that claims that Pope Francis, as Archbishop Bergoglio of Buenos Aires, ignored cries for justice from abuse victims in his diocese. The documentary is now gaining traction in the fallout of Archbishop Viganò’s testimony that the Pope covered-up the abuse of now ex-Cardinal Theodore McCarrick.
The documentary also claims that then-Archbishop Bergoglio, prior to becoming the pope, participated in the unsuccessful defense of a priest accused of abuse. That priest has now been imprisoned for 15 years after he was found guilty of sexually abusing children.
Now, in light of the Viganò report, the documentary by Martin Boudot has been aired again and is now making the rounds in the German-speaking world. The documentary, titled “The Silence of the Shepherds,” won the 2017 Prix Europa for best European documentaries. It is available in the U.S. under the title “Sex Abuse in the Church: the Code of Silence.”
The documentary makes the case that many priests accused of sexual abuse were merely transferred by their bishops to other countries so as to avoid prosecution. The second half of the documentary highlights Archbishop Jorge Bergoglio’s own conduct in Buenos Aires.
The film quotes a 2010 book titled in French Sur la terre comme au ciel (On Heaven and Earth) written by both Jorge Bergoglio and Rabbi Abraham Skorka. In this book, Bergoglio stated that in his diocese there were no pedophile priests, according to the film.
LifeSiteNews found that specific quote on page 50 of the English version. Here is what Jorge Bergoglio as archbishop says when speaking about pedophile priests:
“Now, when it happens, you can never turn a blind eye. You cannot be in a position of power and destroy the life of another person.” “In my diocese it never happened to me,” Bergoglio added. He then described what counsel he once gave to a fellow bishop who had such a case. “I told him to take away the priest’s faculties, not to permit him to exercise his priestly ministry again, and to initiate a canonical trial.”
When Bergoglio became Pope Francis in 2013, he appears to have ignored his own advice. This is evidenced in the case of known-child molester Fr. Mauro Inzoli, whom the Pope, against the advice of Cardinal Gerhard Müller, reinstated giving back to him some of his priestly faculties.
The documentary reveals, however, how Bergoglio himself, when writing his 2010 book, had indeed had such a case of a pedophile priest in a neighboring diocese and that he was intimately involved in the case. It is the now-infamous Father Julio César Grassi who has been imprisoned for 15 years because of his abuse of children who were entrusted to his care in the “Happy Children Foundation” orphanage.
The documentary highlighted six alleged victims of abuse who all claimed that then-Archbishop Bergoglio never answered their own specific complaints when they wrote to him as the archbishop of Buenos Aires.
When asked by the documentary journalists whether or not they ever received an answer, they all shook their heads in the negative. Asked about the above-quoted statement that Bergoglio never having a pedophile priest in his diocese and whether he says here the truth, one abuse victim, a woman, answered: “He wants people to believe that, but it is a lie.”
Despite contacting the future pope with allegations against abusive priests, “none of us” received an answer, was the reply by one abuse victim.
“He receives all the celebrities like Leonardo diCaprio” continued a woman, “but for us, not even a quick letter to say he was sorry.”
“I don’t expect anything from him. I do not believe in him,” added another woman.
A third woman explained: “I suffered a lot, and I’m very disappointed.” This woman spoke with tears in her eyes: “Because the Pope did nothing when he was archbishop here.” “Everyone told me,” she continued, “write to him, he’s bound to reply. But nothing.”
Reflecting on these replies, the commentator said: “As archbishop of Buenos Aires, Pope Francis was seemingly deaf to the distress of these victims.”
As the documentary continues, highlighting other cases of victims, some put forward their belief that Bergoglio “willfully tried to divert the course of justice.”
Reference was here made to Father Grassi. “The Argentinian Church did all in its power to have him acquitted,” explained the speaker. Juan Pablo Gallego, the defense attorney of the abuse victims, pointed out that the Argentine bishops in 2010 – after the first punitive sentence was spoken about Grassi – had asked a penal law professor (Marcelo A. Sancinetti) to conduct a study, which was compiled in a confidential dossier for internal use, dealing with the Grassi case.
This dossier, which was called “Studies on the Grassi Case” and contained 2,800 pages, came to the conclusion that “the court was wrong,” that Grassi was innocent and therefore should be acquitted. The author also claimed that the abused children spread “falsifications, lies, deceit and invention.”
This study, as the documentary pointed out, was made on behalf of the Argentine bishops under the leadership of Archbishop Jorge Bergoglio, who was, at that time, also the President of the Argentine Bishops’ Conference (2005-2011). This information is written on the back cover of the dossier. “So the Pope,” the speaker in the documentary concluded, “did then commission a counter-inquiry to try to have a priest who had been sentenced for pedophilia acquitted.”
“And it is said,” the speaker in the documentary continued, “that Jorge Bergoglio, the future Pope, actually sent it to the judges, with a shrewd sense of timing, before Father Grassi’s various appeal hearings.” Carlos Mahiques was one of these judges. In an interview for this documentary, he made it clear that this study, as ordered by Bergoglio, “is in some areas partial, and extremely partial in others,” and that is why he, as judge, did not allow himself to be influenced by it.
“It was clearly in favor of Father Grassi,” the judge said. “They were trying to exert a subtle form of pressure on the judges.” When asked whether he thought the Church tried to influence the judges, Mahiques replied: “That’s totally correct.”
In an interview in the documentary with one of the abuse victims of Father Grassi, it becomes clear that Grassi claimed to stand under the protection of Bergoglio.
“Bergoglio never let go of my hand,” are the words as they are quoted by the abuse victim who claimed to have heard them from Grassi himself. The victim continued, saying that Bergoglio now “is Pope Francis, but he has never gone against Grassi’s words. So I’m certain that he never did let go of Grassi’s hand!”
The documentary states that, Bergoglio, as Pope Francis “never publicly commented on the Grassi case.” The journalists themselves had tried for eight months to obtain an interview with the pontiff on the subject, but to no avail. Since they failed, the journalists stood in line at Saint Peter’s during one of the papal audiences and were able to call out to Pope Francis: “Your Holiness! Your Holiness, in the Grassi case, did you try to influence Argentine justice?” Pope Francis, making a stunned face (caught on film here in the documentary), replied “No!” The journalists continued, saying: “No? Then why did you commission a counter-inquiry?” The Pope responded, with a similar face: “I never did.” The documentary then asks: “How can the Catholic Church retrieve itself from these guilty silences?”
Grassi was until recently still on the official list of the diocese of Morón, a suffragan diocese of the Archdiocese of Buenos Aires (on today’s list, however, his name is missing). It appears that Grassi was never laicized, at least not under Bergoglio.
New York subpoenas Catholic dioceses in sex abuse probe: source
September 6, 2018
New York’s attorney general issued civil subpoenas on Thursday to all eight Roman Catholic dioceses in the state as part of a sex abuse investigation, a law enforcement source said
The subpoenas are part of an ongoing civil investigation by Attorney General Barbara Underwood’s office into how dioceses reviewed and may have covered up allegations of sexual abuse of minors, said the source, who asked not to be identified.
In August, Underwood sought to partner with district attorneys, the only entities with the power to convene grand juries in the state, to investigate possible crimes.
There is no time limit under New York state’s statute of limitations for so-called Class A felonies such as rape.
“The Pennsylvania grand jury report shined a light on incredibly disturbing and depraved acts by Catholic clergy, assisted by a culture of secrecy and cover ups in the dioceses,” Underwood said in a statement on Thursday, announcing New York’s investigation.
The Archdiocese of New York said in a statement it had received the subpoena and was eager to work with Underwood in the investigation. It said that since 2002, it has shared information with the office concerning allegations of sexual abuse of minors.
“Not only do we provide any information they seek, they also notify us as well when they learn of an allegation of abuse, so that, even if they cannot bring criminal charges, we might investigate and remove from ministry any cleric who has a credible and substantiated allegation of abuse,” said Joseph Zwilling, a spokesman for the Archdiocese of New York.
The Diocese of Buffalo said in a statement that it would cooperate with any investigation by the New York State attorney general or district attorney.
New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal said on Thursday that his office was creating a task force to investigate allegations of sexual abuse by clergy members within the state’s Catholic dioceses.
Last month of a grand jury report on a two-year investigation into abuse in Pennsylvania said that at least 1,000 people, mostly children, had been sexually abused by some 300 clergymen over the past 70 years.
Grewal said he was troubled by that report. “We owe it to the people of New Jersey to find out whether the same thing happened here,” he said in a statement. “If it did, we will take action against those responsible.”
Bishop of Oxford to face police questioning over allegations of sex abuse cover-up
2 Sept 2018
The Bishop of Oxford will be summoned for questioning by police over claims he failed to pass on allegations of rape against a priest.
The Rt Rev Steven Croft will be interviewed under caution by South Yorkshire Police as part of an investigation over alleged failures to report abuse, sources have told The Telegraph.
No arrest is expected and the Diocese of Oxford stressed there was no suggestion of guilt.
However, a senior lawyer involved in the case said that Bishop Croft is set to be questioned over possible offences of misconduct in public office.
Matt Ineson, who has waived his right to anonymity, says he was raped by a former priest, the Rev Trevor Devamanikkam, in Bradford in the 1980s….
Retired teacher jailed for sexual abuse in Sussex
4 Sept 2018
Jeremy Malim has been jailed for historic sex offences
Jeremy Malim taught at the Brambletye Preparatory School near East Grinstead from 1975 to 2002 when he was suspended following accusations of indecent sexual assault.
The 73-year-old pervert used his position as a French teacher to “groom” boys aged between nine and 13 at the school.
He was found guilty of six charges of indecent assault after a trial at Hove Crown Court and was sentenced to six years in prison by Judge Paul Tain.
Ryan Richter, prosecuting, said Malim used his popularity as a teacher to abuse boys in his care.
“The victims described how the defendant had singled them out as ‘favourites’, paying them more attention than their classmates with his tactile behaviour turning to abuse,” he said.
He was previously on trial at Oxford Crown Court in 2003 when two former pupils made allegations but the case was dropped by a judge who was concerned about the length of time that had passed since the incidents.
But after a change in the law, further accusations from three former pupils were brought to Sussex Police in 2014.
The first victim was a boy who was abused between 1978 and 1979, the second was abused between 1977 and 1979, and the third from 1996 to 1999.
One victim said Malim had become like a “father figure” but said the pervert had the choice in his actions that his victims did not have.
He said: “As a 13-year-old child I did not have the opportunity and freedom to know what is right and wrong or to know I was being exploited for his own sexual gratification.
“Malim was in a position of trust and pastoral care for safeguarding children like me.
“He was supposed to protect our innocence and ease the concerns and worries that a child may have when away from home.”
Detective Constable Phil Cracknell led the investigation and said Malim would touch the boys inside their clothing, almost in full view of other pupils and would then make light of it.
He said: “Our investigation found that Malim used his position of authority and trust to effectively groom the boys he approached into a situation in which they felt unable to resist or report his advances.
“The young and vulnerable victims somehow accepted it at the time but it is quite clear that their distressing experiences stayed with them.”
Judge Tain said the victims were vulnerable and said it was an “almost classic” case of abuse of trust involving grooming.
He passed a six-year sentence for six offences for indecent assault, which included a five-year term for crimes against one boy, a one year term for another boy, and a total of six years from four charges against a third boy.
Malim, now of Morteaux-Coliboeuf in Normandy, was found not guilty of two charges.
Det Con Cracknell added: “The sentencing sends a message that we always take seriously and investigate such reports, no matter how long ago the events are said to have happened.”
British Boarding School Walls Hid Abuse
OCT. 11, 2004
Tom Perry had not seen his old friend for some 35 years when he called him out of the blue with an urgent question about the boarding school they attended together. “Just as a matter of interest,” he asked, “did you like the place?”
It was a deliberate provocation. “Hell, Tom, the conversation bowls happily along, and then you ask me a question like that,” Mr. Perry said his friend protested. But Mr. Perry, a businessman who turned 50 this year, invited him over to continue the conversation.
“There’s no point in prating about,” Mr. Perry said he told his friend. “I must tell you that when I was at Caldicott, I was sexually abused.”
So began a long process of facing up to the past for Mr. Perry, his friend and at least half a dozen other men who say they were molested by teachers at the Caldicott School, in Buckinghamshire, between 1964 and 1970. But it has been a bumpy and frustrating road. While one of the teachers pleaded guilty to abuse, the case against another, the school’s former headmaster, was thrown out of court by a skeptical judge who said the accusations involved events that had happened so long ago that a fair trial was impossible.
The judge’s apparent lack of sympathy, the former students say, is consistent with the general attitude of the British establishment, still disproportionately made up of men of a certain age and class who went to prep schools like Caldicott. Such men may be sympathetic about accusations of sexual misconduct in institutions like the Catholic Church, but acknowledging the abuse that took place at many boarding schools not so long ago is another matter.
But in the 1970’s, Mr. Perry said nothing. Caldicott was a place where loyalty to the school was emphasized above all else, where a culture of secrecy and shame prevailed and where emotional distress was something to be quelled, not indulged.
Simon Doggart, the current headmaster of Caldicott, said the school was not what it had once been. “We make children very aware of what their rights are and who they should talk to if they’re unhappy,” he said.
This is little comfort to Tom Perry, who was sent to Caldicott at 8 years old and who says the sexual attentions of Peter Wright, then the headmaster, began when he was 12 and lonely, missing the warmth of family life and craving intimacy and kindness. “My first sexual kiss was from Peter Wright,” he said. “My first sexual experiences were with him.”
It was not until decades later that Mr. Perry, racked by depression, sought psychiatric help. He also quickly found a half-dozen other former students who, like him, had lived alone with feelings of shame and complicity all those years.
Through his lawyer, Andrew Bright, Mr. Wright declined to be interviewed. In 2003, on the basis of statements by Mr. Perry and four other former students, he was indicted on 13 counts of indecent assaults and three counts of gross indecency with a child. But last year a judge, Roger Connor, stayed the case and set Mr. Wright, then 73, free. “The long delay has clearly made it significantly more difficult for the defendant to put forward his defense,” Judge Connor said.
Though some former teachers have been convicted in similar cases, many judges seem unsympathetic, even hostile, to the issue.
In a similar case, former teacher at the Cothill School in Oxfordshire was charged recently with abusing boys in the 1970’s. But the judge, Julian Hall, declared this year that “this is the stalest case I have been asked to try” and threw it out.
“I think the best thing that should happen to people who behave in this way,” Judge Hall told Oxford Crown Court, speaking of the former teacher, Jeremy Malim, “is that they should get a very brisk elbow in the ribs at the time or be rejected.”
Most of the goings-on at Caldicott were known but never spoken about, but a sexual scandal did erupt there in 1973, when a teacher named Martin Carson was caught sodomizing a 12-year-old boy, Alastair Rolfe.
The abuse had gone on for a year, and “during that time, virtually everything happened,” Mr. Rolfe, now 43, a writer and editor, said in an interview. Spurred by news of the case against Mr. Wright, Mr. Rolfe and others came forward, and Mr. Carson pleaded guilty to sodomy, indecent assault and possessing indecent images of children. In 2003, he was sentenced to two years in prison. He was released after a year.
In 1973, there was a rush to cover everything up. Mr. Carson was dismissed and eventually got a job at another school. At home, Mr. Rolfe said, “it was always referred to as ‘an incident’ like someone tripping over a curbstone.” He was sent right back to school and did not discuss the subject again for 30 years when, troubled by issues with his own children, he began seeing a therapist.
“I don’t want to sound self-pitying,” he said, “but I’d probably say it affects all aspects of my life.”
That is also true of Mark Winter, a third man who says he was abused at Caldicott by yet another teacher and who has gone to the police with his accusations. Mr. Winter, 54, a journalist, says he was 11 when the teacher took him into a room and began more than a year of regular abuse.
“I wandered, completely traumatized, out of the room,” Mr. Winter said in an interview, recalling how he was then spotted by the school matron, a sort of nurse-cum-housekeeper. “She said, ‘I know what you’ve been doing, you dirty boy.”‘
Some time later, he confided in a schoolmate. “I told him I was a sexual partner” of the teacher, Mr. Winter said. “He looked at me and said, ‘Who wasn’t?”‘
Judge Julian Hall has previously made controversially lenient sentences. In 2007 he jailed a window cleaner, Keith Fenn, for two years for the rape of a ten-year-old girl. Fenn’s accomplice, Darren Wright, received nine months. Fenn’s sentence was doubled on appeal by the Attorney-General.
29th September 2010
Judge Julian Hall, the resident judge at Oxford Crown Court, has courted national controversy for some sentences during his eight years in the job.
In 2007 he told a paedophile that £250 compensation would buy his six-year-old victim “a nice new bicycle” – while some sex and violent crime sentences have been increased by more senior judges.
The 71-year-old, a judge for 24 years, said: “You’ve got to make up your own mind, and sentencing has become increasingly directive and prescriptive.
Judge Anthony King said his colleague was ‘renowned for his fairness and his humanity’.
Sentences passed by Judge Hall that made the headlines included: October 2007: The Court of Appeal doubles the two-year sentence given by Judge Hall to child rapist Keith Fenn after an outcry by campaign group Phoenix Chief Advocates. The result was reported by the Mail as a triumph for justice.
May 2008: The Court of Appeal backs Judge Hall’s decision to give a paedophile a three-year supervision order, rather than jailing him. Callum Witheridge, 18, molested a girl and young boy.
October 2008: Victims’ campaigner Sara Payne says Judge Hall’s sentencing of Witney paedophile Colin Lyons, 19, is “unduly lenient in the extreme”. He was given a three-year community order.
February 2009: Judge Hall lets a female teacher who admitted two counts of sexual activity with a 15-year-old boy walk free, after saying he was not sure she harmed him. Catherine Armstrong, 33, receives a 12-month suspended prison sentence after the teenager, who has learning difficulties, asks Judge Hall to “be nice to her” during sentencing.
December 2009: Judge Hall’s sentencing of violent robber John Shirley, 24, is increased by a senior judge. Shirley was jailed for six-and-a-half years for a violent crime spree which included pistol-whipping a shopkeeper and bursting into a couple’s home with a meat cleaver. Lord Justice Hughes increased it to nine years.
Judge Julian Hall was appointed as a circuit Judge on 18 Sept 1986
2002 to 2010 – His Honour Judge Julian Hall – circuit judge from 1986 to 2010, resident judge Oxford Crown Court and Honorar y Recorder between 2002 and 2010.
9th Annual High Sheriffs Lecture
Under Sheriff of Oxford, Tom Birch Reynardson, The Rt Hon the Baroness Hale of Richmond, The High Sheriff of OxfordTony Stratton,DL, Shrieval Remembrancer, His Honour Judge Julian Hall.
November 4 2002,
The following have been elected Masters of the Bench of Gray’s Inn:
His Honour Judge Julian Hall;
August 11, 2018
Former White House chief strategist Bannon was spotted stepping out of his SUV and entering the registered sex offender’s sprawling 21,000-square-foot mansion at 9 E. 71st St. shortly before 7 a.m. Wednesday.
Epstein’s palatial pad is one of his homes where young girls were allegedly brought in to perform massages and used as “sex slaves.”
We assume Bannon wasn’t there for a massage.
Sources speculate that the disgraced Epstein wants to use his millions to work his way close to political power again.
One told us, “Bannon needs money to bankroll his political agenda. Epstein has plenty of money, and craves power and access.”
Bannon made an early-morning beeline to Epstein, even though Bannon may have burned bridges when he savaged Ivanka Trump over her criticism of Roy Moore, whom Bannon backed despite claims the candidate had sexually harassed teens. Citing an allegation in legal papers from a woman (who later dropped her lawsuit) that Donald Trump and Epstein had raped her when she was 13, Bannon said in response to Ivanka, “What about the allegations about her dad and that 13-year-old?”
Epstein has previously used his millions to cultivate the world’s most powerful — but has mostly given money to Democrats.
From 2001 to 2003, Bill Clinton flew on Epstein’s private plane, dubbed “The Lolita Express,” 26 times. Epstein is close to Prince Andrew and was a regular at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago.
Trump told New York magazine of Epstein in 2002, “Terrific guy. He’s a lot of fun to be with. It is even said that he likes beautiful women as much as I do, and many of them are on the younger side.”
Epstein, 65, pleaded guilty in 2008 to soliciting prostitution from a teen and served 13 months in jail.
Last year, he reportedly paid millions to settle three lawsuits filed against him by teens. Bannon’s rep didn’t comment. A lawyer for Epstein said, “Let me ask him,” but didn’t respond by deadline.
Westminster VIP child abuse inquiry kicks out ‘witness’ @ciabaudo @chrisstacey1 @reeves3915 so this day has come… It was inquiry to clear famous people of child abuse, not about justice for children who were abused. My heart weeps
Chris Stacey @chrisstacey1Replying to @ZedTrafficker @ciabaudo @reeves3915
but this story is not going away. Either directly or indirectly information will force it’s way out about Heath and the other VIP paedophiles
Westminster VIP child abuse inquiry kicks out ‘witness’
2 Sept 2018
A woman who was a witness in the Wiltshire police inquiry into allegations of child abuse by Edward Heath has had her claims rejected as implausible.
The 48-year-old submitted a request to be deemed a “core participant”, or witness of enhanced status, at the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA). Known as WM-A5, she claimed to have been abused by 13 prominent men in a Westminster paedophile ring that included Heath, the former prime minister, and Jimmy Savile.
Alexis Jay, the inquiry’s chairwoman, examined the woman’s allegations but concluded: “I was not able to place any weight on [her] claims to have been the victim of child sexual abuse at the hands of people of prominence associated with Westminster.” She added: “None of the named individuals has any obvious or explained connection to [the claimant], and the strongest theme . . . is the fact that many have been publicly accused in recent years of involvement in historic cases of child sex abuse.”
1979 Baroness Soames, Jimmy Savile and James Callaghan
The woman said she had been abused by senior Tories at Chequers, the prime minister’s country home, at a time when Labour was in power. She listed sites where abuse occurred but “gives no explanation as to how she came to be in such disparate places as Chequers, a US military base at Naphill and Stoke Mandeville Hospital”, said Jay. “I do not regard [the] allegations as plausible.”
The claimant is challenging Jay’s ruling and the statement was removed from the IICSA website. The inquiry said: “We received a complaint about the notice of determination and took it down while it is addressed. It will be republished in the next few weeks.”
Alex Salmond resigns from SNP after sexual misconduct claims
Former leader of Scottish National party quits to fight allegations that he denies
Alex Salmond has dramatically quit the Scottish National party as he seeks to clear his name of sexual misconduct charges.
The former SNP leader and first minister, who brought the party to power at Holyrood in 2007 and close to winning an independence referendum in 2014, said he wanted to focus on his judicial review against the Scottish government over its handling of the two complaints.
In a lengthy statement posted on Twitter, Salmond said: “I truly love the SNP and the wider independence movement in Scotland. They have been the defining commitment of my life. But today I have written to the national secretary of the party resigning my membership.”
His lawyers filed his judicial review application with the court of session, Scotland’s civil court, earlier this week. He is also facing a police investigation into those allegations.
Salmond’s statement said he would reapply to the party if he wins his case and at the same time launched a crowd-funding appeal to help pay his legal costs. Less than two hours after launching the appeal on Twitter, he had raised £27,000 against an initial target of £50,000.
Salmond said his high stakes move was designed to avoid his legal battles damaging and splitting the SNP, but it will be seen as a tactical move to win greater sympathy from party activists. It also risks splitting the party between Salmond loyalists and those who back his successor as leader and first minister, Nicola Sturgeon, only a few weeks before she hosts its annual conference in Glasgow.
In a statement on Twitter, Sturgeon said: “I feel a huge sadness about this whole situation. Alex has been my friend and mentor for almost 30 years. [These] last few days have been incredibly difficult for the party and, I am sure, for those involved in the complaints.”
She added that regardless of the distress to her and her party “the hard fact remains that two complaints were received by the Scottish government that could not be ignored or swept under the carpet. Complaints must be investigated without fear or favour.”
The Scottish Conservatives said Salmond’s strategy raised an “incredible and unprecedented situation” where its most significant figure wanted money from SNP supporters to fight a government he once led and which was still run by their party.
Rhoda Grant, the Scottish Labour MSP who sits on several cross-party groups representing women’s interests, said the former first minster was “dragging Scotland into the gutter.” She added: “That an independently wealthy man with his celebrity and political power is to raise legal fees through a crowdfunder for a case ultimately linked to sexual harassment is unbelievable.
“It suggests that he is sending a signal to those who have made allegations that he has the upper hand.”
Sturgeon has come under intense pressure from opposition parties to suspend Salmond’s membership while the Police Scotland investigation into the claims is under way.
Salmond said in his statement he did not enter politics to damage the SNP but implied too the party was facing a split over his case. Many Salmond loyalists in the party are furious that Sturgeon’s government has confirmed that he is under investigation.
“Most of all I am conscious that if the party is forced into suspending me it would cause substantial internal division,” he said. He also implied that he disagreed with Sturgeon’s previous decision to suspend her former children’s minister Mark McDonald from the SNP over sexual harassment allegations against him.
He points out that the Scottish government had said no internal complaint had been made against him until January this year, adding: “Let me be clear again. I refute these two complaints of harassment and I absolutely reject any suggestion of criminality.”
Since the allegations against Salmond came to light last Thursday night, he has suggested that proving that the Scottish government mishandled the complaints will absolve him. However, the police investigation is legally separate and could see him face criminal charges.
Senior SNP figures were unwilling to immediately discuss the announcement publicly but offered differing private views.
Some suggested it was driven by ego rather than to save the party from disrepute. Others said it was helpful he had separated himself from the party while the police investigation was ongoing. They pointed out that it also meant the SNP could not take any disciplinary action against him at a later date.
They said it removes pressure on Sturgeon to suspend him, effectively sidelining him during the SNP’s upcoming conference. But one senior supporter warns that the resignation frees Salmond to “go to war”, in particular over the timing of a second independence referendum, as he fights to preserve his legacy.
Salmond is a relatively wealthy man. After nearly 30 years in the Westminster and Scottish parliaments and more than seven years as first minister he has parliamentary pensions and continuing earnings from his media work. He is married but without children.
He is currently the host of his own chatshow on the Kremlin-funded RT television network, is an author and the host of a live chatshow that tours theatres and arts venues.
He said, however, he needed help with his legal costs. That is likely to be the focus of a major appeal by his supporters and allies, who will use it to increase the profile of his campaign.
In his statement, Salmond said: “The costs of a judicial review in the highest court in the land are huge. Many have asked how they can help directly. Therefore I have established a crowdfunder to assist with costs. All sums received will contribute exclusively to progressing the judicial review and any money left over will be used to support good causes in Scotland and beyond.”
Alex Salmond saddened at Cardinal Keith O’Brien’s resignation
Lawyers: Kincora home should be included in NIO legacy consultation
An inquiry dismissed long-standing claims that senior politicians, civil servants and businessmen were complicit in a paedophile ring there.
A notorious Belfast boy’s home should form part of official efforts to address the legacy of the past, lawyers said.
KRW Law argued that Kincora should be addressed as part of the NIO’s consultation on dealing with the past, which closes next month.
The firm represents Richard Kerr, who alleges he was abused by “very powerful people” with links to Kincora and does not accept the conclusions of the four-year Historical Institutional Abuse (HIA) inquiry.
The inquiry dismissed long-standing claims that senior politicians, civil servants and businessmen were complicit in a paedophile ring that operated at the home in the 1970s and for which three staff members were jailed.
A statement from KRW said: “In addition to the proposed legal proceedings, KRW will argue that the Kincora scandal must be considered as part of the legacy of the conflict and we have made representations to the Lord Chief Justice and OPONI (Police Ombudsman) to that effect and will make the same point in its submissions to the NIO consultation on the legacy of the conflict.”
The inquiry report rejected allegations that the UK security services knew what was going on and, instead of intervening, used the information to blackmail the establishment figures involved.
Publishing the HIA findings in January, inquiry chairman Sir Anthony Hart said of Kincora: “It was not a homosexual brothel, nor was it used by any of the security agencies as a honey pot to entrap, blackmail or otherwise exploit homosexuals.”
The retired judge added: “It is now time to finally lay these unfounded myths to rest.”
Mr Kerr, who claims he was abused inside Kincora and at other locations in Belfast and London, was due to give evidence to the inquiry but withdrew his co-operation at a late stage after claiming key state documents related to the home were not disclosed to his legal team.
A statement from his lawyers said: “On his behalf, KRW is considering issuing legal proceedings by way of a judicial review of the failings of the OFMDFM, the Northern Ireland Office (NIO) and the PSNI to investigate Kincora in a manner consistent with human rights standards, which Sir Anthony Hart stated would not be applied to The Historical Institutional Abuse Inquiry (HIA) which reported its conclusions and recommendations in 2017.”
This point was argued before the Court of Appeal at the start of the HIA Inquiry.
The law firm added: “It is a point that will now be subject to challenge again in light of the flaws and failings of the HIA Inquiry.”
Catholic Church sex abuse cover-up in Pennsylvania ‘went all the way to the Vatican’, says state attorney general
The prosecutor is not directly implicating Pope Francis, but claims the Vatican was aware of a systematic cover up
28 Aug 2018
Josh Shapiro described the abuses dating back to 1947 found by a grand jury in an interview with NBC’s Today Show, including “a systematic cover up that went all the way to the Vatican”.
“I can’t specifically speak to Pope Francis,” the attorney general said Monday about whether or not the the pontiff was aware of the abuses. But, he said: “We have evidence that the Vatican had knowledge of a cover up.”
An estimated 300 Roman Catholic priests in Pennsylvania molested more than 1,000 children – and possibly many more – since the 1940s, according to a scathing Pennsylvania grand jury report that accused senior church officials, including the man who is now archbishop of Washington, DC, of systematically covering up complaints.
The “real number” of victimised children and abusive priests might be higher since some secret church records were lost and some victims never came forward, the grand jury said in the report, which is the largest of its kind in the United States.
US bishops adopted widespread reforms in 2002 when clergy abuse became a national crisis for the church, including stricter requirements for reporting accusations to law enforcement and a streamlined process for removing clerics. But the grand jury said more changes are needed.
“Despite some institutional reform, individual leaders of the church have largely escaped public accountability,” the grand jury wrote in the roughly 900-page report. “Priests were raping little boys and girls, and the men of God who were responsible for them not only did nothing; they hid it all.”
Meanwhile, Pope Francis faced a lukewarm reception and scattered protests on his trip to Ireland, with even his vow to rid the church of the “scourge” of sexual abuse and his outrage at those “repugnant crimes” dismissed as a disappointment by some of Ireland’s wounded victims.
But others who met with him in private left heartened that he would respond to their plight, including two of the thousands of children who were forcibly put up for adoption for the shame of having been born to unwed mothers. They said Francis described the corruption and cover up in the church as “caca” – which a Vatican translated for the English speakers as “filth as one sees in the toilet”.
The abuse scandal – which has exploded anew in the US but has convulsed Ireland since the 1990s with revelations of unfathomable violence and humiliation against women and children – took centre stage on the first day of the Pope’s two-day trip. The visit was originally intended to celebrate Catholic families.
Francis responded to the outcry by vowing to end sex abuse and cover up during a speech to Irish government authorities at Dublin Castle.
“The failure of ecclesiastical authorities – bishops, religious superiors, priests and others – to adequately address these repugnant crimes has rightly given rise to outrage, and remains a source of pain and shame for the Catholic community,” he told them. “I myself share these sentiments.”
He cited measures taken by his predecessor, Pope Benedict XVI, to respond to the crisis. But while Benedict is credited with cracking down on abusers, he never acknowledged the Vatican’s role in fuelling a culture of cover up or sanctioned bishops for failing to protect their flocks from predator priests.
UK child migrants sent to Australia sue government over abuse
29 Aug 2018
More than 100 Britons who were forcibly sent abroad as children under a resettlement scheme are suing the UK government over the abuse they faced.
In March, the Independent Inquiry Into Child Sex Abuse said all 2,000 survivors should receive financial compensation within 12 months.
But the British government has failed to set up any scheme providing redress.
Between 1945-70, some 4,000 children were separated from their families and sent to Australia and Zimbabwe.
As part of the scheme, children from deprived backgrounds who were often already in social care – some as young as three years old – were sent away with the promise of a better life.
The scheme was overseen by government, and managed by charities and the church. Victims say they went on to be sexually, emotionally and physically abused.
Rex Wade was one of the last children to be sent to Australia as part of the programme in 1970.
At the age of 10, he was shipped from Cornwall with his brother to Tasmania.
He says he was subjected to a punitive regime and was treated “cruelly for any misdemeanour”, to the point that his tormentors would set a dog on him and other children if they misbehaved.
“It was physical, verbal and mental abuse,” he says.
“I lost everything I ever had; the relationships I had with my family. It’s a lot to deal with and you just don’t get over it.”
‘They took my childhood’
John Glynn, who was sent to a Christian Brothers institution in Western Australia when he was eight years old, is one of the 100 former migrants to bring the case forward.
At the institution in Clontarf, he was told he was not loved by his family in Britain. Through his seven years with the Christian Brothers he was beaten brutally with a cane, and also sexually abused.
“As I get older it gets worse,” the 74-year-old says.
“I think about that a lot now. They took my childhood from me. They took my country from me, my heritage.”
For several decades, the UK sent children across the world to new lives in institutions where many were abused and used as forced labour. It’s a scandal that is still having repercussions now.
Imagine the 1950s, in the years before air travel became commonplace or the internet dominated our lives. Imagine being a child of those times, barely aware of life even in the next town. An orphan perhaps, living in a British children’s home.
Now imagine being told that shortly you would board a ship for somewhere called Australia, to begin a new life in a sunlit wonderland. For good. No choice.
Historically, the migration of British children was part of a longstanding policy aimed at easing the strain on UK orphanages and strengthening the British population abroad.
More than 130,000 children were shipped to Commonwealth countries from 1618 until 1970, to countries like Canada, New Zealand, Zimbabwe and Australia.
The Independent Inquiry Into Child Sex Abuse (IICSA) investigated the final 4,000 children sent to Australia and Zimbabwe between 1945-1970.
It found children suffered sexual and emotional abuse, as well as forced labour. Some were also wrongly told they were orphans, depriving them of the opportunity of meeting their birth parents.
A Department of Health and Social Care spokesperson said: “We want to reassure those affected we are committed to providing a timely response to the Inquiry’s recommendations.”
But despite the recommendation in March, the government is yet to set up a compensation scheme for the surviving child migrants.
BBC correspondent Sanchia Berg said many “of the migrants feel time is running out” as most are elderly, and some are frail.
Since March, 14 of the survivors have died.
Meanwhile, lawyer Alan Collins, who is representing the victims, said: “The government needs to step up to the plate and bring into force its redress scheme.
“Compensation can never put matters right, that’s impossible and it would be insulting to suggest otherwise.
“But it is action, it is a recognition that meets the words that have been spoken by the politicians.”
In 2010, then-Prime Minister Gordon Brown apologised on behalf of the British government for sending British children abroad.
Over 100 line up to sue States for alleged abuse
MORE than 100 former residents of a secure school in Jersey are set to sue the States unless they get a compensation scheme and a formal apology for the years of abuse they claim they suffered.
Over 100 line up to sue States for alleged abuse
MORE than 100 former residents of a secure school in Jersey are set to sue the States unless they get a compensation scheme and a formal apology for the years of abuse they claim they suffered.
The children, who were held at Les Chênes in St Saviour during the 1990s and early 2000s, say that as well as being physically abused they were locked up in solitary confinement, in one case for six weeks continuously.
One of the youngsters, now in his early 30s, has described hitting the walls of the cell so hard that he was left covered in blood.
He claims that he wrote ‘I hate Les Chênes School’ in his own blood on the walls while detained in solitary confinement.
The man said: ‘They took away my childhood. I didn’t have a life from the age of 12 to 15. I had nothing. I was stripped naked. I was humiliated because I was having tantrums. I was then placed in that cell.
‘At the time I thought it was normal because I wasn’t the only one being put in there. I now know, growing into adulthood, that it wasn’t normal.’
Les Chênes was one of several institutions which featured heavily in the Independent Jersey Care Inquiry – a long-running investigation into sexual and physical abuse in the Island’s post-war care system.
Several former residents claimed that they had been subjected to physical abuse at the centre from both staff and fellow pupils.
During the inquiry, one former worker was accused of ‘pinballing’ children by throwing them off walls, as well as punching, pushing, throwing them to the ground and dragging them by their clothes.
He was also accused of lifting children by their ears. The worker denied all the allegations.
Alan Collins, the UK-based lawyer who is representing the alleged victims, is giving the States until 30 September to come forward with both a formal apology and a compensation scheme for the former residents, as has previously been afforded to those who suffered sexual and physical abuse while in full-time States care. He says that if the States fail to meet the deadline he will will lead a class action in court.
‘If it comes to that, that is what is going to have to happen. I hope it doesn’t,’ he said.
‘This is not going to go away. The States of Jersey needs to step up to the plate now and deal with this,’ he added.
Former Vatican official claims Pope Francis knew of abusive priest and calls for his resignation
26 Aug 2018
Vigano, who retired in 2016 at age 75, described an exchange with Francis on June 23, 2013, shortly after he became pope, about Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, the former archbishop of Washington D.C., who resigned last month over claims he sexually abused seminary students and an altar boy.
Vigano writes that he told Francis about the allegations: “Holy Father, I don’t know if you know Cardinal McCarrick, but if you ask the Congregation for Bishops there is a dossier this thick about him. He corrupted generations of seminarians and priests and Pope Benedict ordered him to withdraw to a life of prayer and penance.”
Vigano writes the pope did not respond to the statement, and McCarrick continued in his role as a public figure for the church.
“Pope Francis has repeatedly asked for total transparency in the Church,” Vigano continues. “He must honestly state when he first learned about the crimes committed by McCarrick, who abused his authority with seminarians and priests. In any case, the Pope learned about it from me on June 23, 2013 and continued to cover him.”
Pope Francis addressed the sex abuse scandal on Saturday inmade in Dublin. “The failure of ecclesiastical authorities — bishops, religious superiors, priests and others — to adequately address these repugnant crimes has rightly given rise to outrage, and remains a source of pain and shame for the Catholic community,” he said. “I myself share these sentiments.”
Pope Francis accepted McCarrick’s maintained his innocence.on July 28. McCarrick has
Father Boniface Ramsey of New Yorkthis month that he repeatedly complained about McCarrick and heard about his disturbing behavior as early as 1986.
This month, aissued a report that said more than 300 priests abused more than 1,000 children, and likely thousands more, over seven decades.
Nearly 100 of the accused clergy are from the Pittsburgh diocese alone, where Donald Wuerl, the current cardinal of Washington, D.C., was the bishop for 18 years.
In his statement, Vigano wrote that Wuerl also knew about McCarrick. “His recent statements that he knew nothing about it … are absolutely laughable. The cardinal lies shamelessly,” Vigano wrote.
In an interview with CBS News correspondent Nikki Battiste before the grand jury report, Wuerl said that he was quick to deal with allegations and that he was not aware of any rumors about McCarrick.
“If there were allegations, we dealt with them immediately,” he said. “All the time that [McCarrick] was here and certainly all the time that I’ve been here, there was never any news. If I could tell you no one ever came to me and said this person did this to me. No one. No one. And remember, we were just talking about Pittsburgh. I was in Pittsburgh…we weren’t following the rumors of different parts of the country.”
Wuerl also suggested to CBS News that McCarrick had paid a price for his actions. “He has resigned and his resignation has been accepted. And he’s been told to stay in seclusion…that’s a pretty substantial penalty to be paying.”
Vigano’s statement calls on the church to take action. “To restore the beauty of holiness to the face of the Bride of Christ — so tremendously disfigured by so many abominable crimes, if we truly want to free the Church from the fetid swamp into which she has fallen, we must have the courage to tear down the culture of secrecy and publicly confess the truths that we have kept hidden.”
Archbishop: ‘I Wasn’t Sure If It Was A Crime For Priests To Rape Children’
The high ranking head of the Archdiocese of St. Louis Archbishop Robert Carlson said under oath that he “wasn’t sure if he knew that it was illegal for priests to have sex with children.”After admitting to protecting and covering up for pedophile priests, Carlson testified that he wasn’t sure whether it was a crime for a priest to rape children when he served as chancellor of the Twin Cities archdiocese in the 1980s.
Archbishop Carlson also said under oath that he could not recall how he handled the allegations of abuse against a Minnesota priest years ago.
Attorney Jeff Anderson asked Carlson if he was aware that it was a crime fro ana adult to engage in sex with a child.His response was: “I’m not sure whether I knew it was a crime or not,” Carlson replied. “I understand today it’s a crime.”Anderson then asked Carlson if he knew in 1984 when he was an auxiliary bishop in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis, that is it was a crime to have sex with a child.“I’m not sure if I did or didn’t,” Carlson said.
Documents show that Carlson made a conscious choice to protect accused sex offenders and conceal crimes. Anderson says Carlson uses the words “I don’t remember” 193 times under oath when asked of his knowledge of cases of child sex abuse in the church.Carlson left Minnesota in 1994 and served as bishop in Sioux Falls, S.D., and Saginaw, Mich., before becoming St. Louis archbishop in 2009.
In response to questions Monday, the St. Louis Archdiocese released a statement that said: “while not being able to recall his knowledge of the law exactly as it was many decades ago, the Archbishop did make clear that he knows child sex abuse is a crime today.”The statement also said Carlson’s “moral stance on the sin of pedophilia” is “that it is a most egregious offense.”
The Archbishop’s claim that he did not know it was a crime for a priest to rape a child is unbelievable.The fact that the Catholic church continues to stand by this moral monster is predictable.This sad episode is yet another reminder of the Catholic Church’s failure to protect children.The moral corruption of the Catholic Church is by now well documented.The Catholic brand is forever tarnished, reduced to a symbol of moral corruption and decay, a symbol of inhumanity, a symbol of broken and dead children.
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Much-anticipated Jeffrey Epstein civil case trial set for Dec. 4
August 22, 2018
WEST PALM BEACH —
A long-awaited-for trial that promises a first-ever exploration of the sexual misdeeds of billionaire convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein is expected to begin Dec. 4 in Palm Beach County Circuit Court.
During a two-hour hearing on Wednesday, Circuit Judge Donald Hafele dispensed with a series of routine motions filed by attorneys representing Epstein and those representing his longtime nemesis, lawyer Bradley Edwards.
Unless the two agree to settle their differences during yet another mediation session on Sept. 21, the civil lawsuit is expected to go to a jury nearly 10 years after it was filed.
However, the money manager who counts President Donald Trump, former President Bill Clinton and Britain’s Prince Andrew among his friends has no plans to be there, his attorneys said.
As a result, attorney Jack Scarola said he will be forced to read excerpts from Epstein’s sworn statements. The part-time Palm Beach resident refused to answer nearly every question — ranging from how many times he had sex with the girls at his waterfront mansion to how much he is worth. In each case, he invoked his 5th Amendment right against self-incrimination.
Epstein attorney Scott Link said the strategy is simply to vilify Epstein. “Mr. Scarola and Mr. Edwards want to show what a horrible person Mr. Epstein was,” he said. “They hope the jury dislikes Mr. Epstein enough to award Mr. Edwards lots of money in damages.”
While Judge Hafele threw out some of the questions, he said Epstein’s relationship with the young women and his net worth are relevant to the malicious prosecution lawsuit Edwards filed against Epstein.
Link argued that Epstein has good reason not to answer questions about his relationships with young women. While Epstein pleaded guilty in 2008 to state charges of soliciting a minor for prostitution and soliciting prostitution and served 13 months in jail, Edwards is trying to convince a federal judge to reopen the investigation.
Until U.S. District Judge Kenneth Marra decides whether federal prosecutors violated the Crime Victims’ Rights Act by not telling the young women that they agreed to drop their investigation if Epstein pleaded guilty to the state charges, Epstein is not off the hook, Link said.
Epstein and Edwards have been duking it out in court for years. Edwards successfully sued Epstein on behalf of three women who claimed he paid them for sex when they were in their teens.
After Epstein paid $5.5 million to settle the three lawsuits and undisclosed amounts to settle dozens of others, he sued Edwards and his former boss, disbarred lawyer and convicted Ponzi schemer Scott Rothstein. Epstein claimed Rothstein and Edwards used the cases they filed against him to lure investors into the $1.2 million Ponzi scheme. Investors were lured by tales of bogus settlements of various lawsuits filed against high-profile people.
After Rothstein was sentenced to 50 years in federal prison, Epstein dropped the lawsuit. Edwards responded by suing Epstein for malicious prosecution to clear his reputation. Epstein knew Edwards wasn’t part of Rothstein’s scheme but sued him to punish him for representing the young women, Scarola claims.
Link disagrees. At the time, he said Epstein had good reason to believe Edwards was part of the scam.
Nuns arrested over Smyllum child abuse claims
23 Aug 2018
Twelve people, some of them nuns, have been arrested over claims of abuse at a former children’s home in Lanarkshire.
Police said 11 women and one man – all aged between 62 and 85 – had been charged in connection with the abuse of children at Smyllum Park.
The home, which closed in 1981, was run by a Catholic order known as Daughters of Charity of St Vincent de Paul.
Police said a further four people were due to be reported to the Crown Office in connection with their investigation.
Smyllum Park took in more than 11,600 children over the course of its existence from 1864 to 1981.
It has been hit by claims of sexual and physical abuse and is being investigated as part of the Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry (SCAI).
The bodies of at least 400 children were discovered in a mass grave just a three-minute drive away from the care home in 2003.
FREDDIE THE FISH @deirbhilesdaddy
When are the arrest warrants being issued in Ireland?
Bob Murphy @TinaMurnotbot
Never. Killing women and children, by the clergy, isn’t illegal in Ireland. Neither is rape, paedophilia or any other level of torture. In fact, so legal was it, that they actually had religious concentration camps funded by the State and run by the Church.
If these Church of England clergy had acted – then this Zimbabwe teenager would be alive today.
@JustinWelby @bathwellsbish Will you be asking questions Archbishop? Will you be speaking on the emerging revelations of this cover-up?
The church had a full report on John Smyth’s sadistic behaviour in 1982
Private Eye magazine, 24th February, no1438, page 8, supplements the thorough investigation by Channel Four News, in a report under the headline ‘The C of E and the Sado-Evangelist’
Andrew Graystone: “I have personally written to every individual Titus Trustee more than once, pleading for them to do their duty as trustees and as Christians, and help the victims. Not one has responded.”
Victims launch claim against John Smyth camp leaders
VICTIMS LAUNCH CLAIM AGAINST JOHN SMYTH CAMP LEADERS
A group of men who say they were groomed and beaten by the English barrister John Smyth have launched a legal claim against the Titus Trust, which runs the notorious Iwerne holidays network.
One victim, who did not wish to be identified, said “The abuse we suffered as a consequence of attending Iwerne camps has had a devastating effect on all of our lives. We have been compelled to take this course of action because of the unwillingness of the Titus Trust to accept any responsibility for what happened.”
Since John Smyth’s abuse came to public attention in February 2017, Titus Trust has consistently refused to speak to the men, to help identify other victims or to provide for the counselling they all need. Victims’ advocate Andrew Graystone said “I have personally written to every individual Titus Trustee more than once, pleading for them to do their duty as trustees and as Christians, and help the victims. Not one has responded. The refusal of the trustees to offer any help to Smyth’s victims has massively compounded their suffering.”
The victims have instructed Richard Scorer of Slater and Gordon Solicitors to pursue their claim against Titus Trust. Scorer has frequently represented victims of abuse In a church context. He said “No reasonable person could believe that the Titus Trust is anything other than the legal successor to the Iwerne Trust. If the current trustees of the Titus Trust persist in claiming that they bear no responsibility, we will be forced to launch additional claims against the individual surviving trustees of Iwerne, namely David Fletcher and Giles Rawlinson.”
Titus Trust is the legal successor to the Iwerne Trust, which continues to run camps under the Iwerne brand. Iwerne provides a programme of intensive Christian discipleship based around activity holidays. The programme has run continuously since 1930. The most recent Iwerne holidays were held this month.
Ruston’s report made clear that Smyth’s action were criminal.
Several clergy who were on the distribution list for the Ruston report have gone on to enjoy high profile careers in the church.
Chief among them is Rev David Fletcher
(He commissioned the report, was senior officer at Iwerne camps where Smyth abused. He then became Rector of St Ebbe’s church in Oxford and remained a trustee of Iwerne and its successor body until 2016.)
Other recipients of the Ruston report:
Rev Roger Combes
Rev. Tim Sterry – director of Walhampton School Trust along with Lord Montagu of Beaulieu (Ralph)
Why did none of them think to speak out about their abusive colleague over 36 years?
The same question might be asked of
Rev David Conner -Now Dean of Windsor
Rev Hugh Palmer – visited one of Smyth’s victims in hospital
Andrew Watson, now Bishop of Guilford
Alasdair Paine – Vicar of St Andrew the Great in Cambridge
John Smyth QC was the chair of the Iwerne Trust from 1975 to 1982. He resigned when the trust became aware that he was using the network to recruit young men for abuse. Smyth died at his home in South Africa on 11th August, just eight days after Hampshire Police had summoned him for formal questioning in connection with the offences.
Sherbourne prep school to be sued over sex abuse claims
August 19 2018hodge
A legal test case is being prepared against Sherborne Preparatory School in Dorset seeking damages for child sex abuse, even though the school was sold 20 years ago and is now a charity. The Sunday Times understands that potential claimants allege they were victims of abuse by Robin Lindsay, head teacher and owner of the school from 1972 to 1998. Lawyers will argue that, although the school is a new entity, it is liable to pay compensation because Lindsay sold it to the charity for £1 and the buyers allegedly knew of the abuse. The authorities were aware of the claims and at least five inquiries were conducted into Lindsay’s behaviour, but no action was taken.
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This man reappointed known serial child abusers to ministry.
18 Aug 2018
Cardinal Wuerl will give the keynote address in the RDS at 2.30pm next Wednesday afternoon, on “The Welfare of the Family is Decisive for the Future of the World”.
Pennsylvania’s predatory priests: The Cardinal Wuerl connection
Prelate, due in Dublin this week, is criticised in a damning US report
Cardinal Donald Wuerl is in Dublin this week to address the World Meeting of Families on Wednesday. Archbishop of Washington since 2006, he succeeded Cardinal Theodore McCarrick (88) who, last month, was removed from public ministry and resigned from the College of Cardinals following allegations that he had abused minors and seminarians.
In 2006 Cardinal McCarrick was in negotiations with two New Jersey dioceses about settlements involving his victims. Last month Cardinal Wuerl said he did not know “about these confidential settlements until this most recent credible and substantiated allegation against Cardinal McCarrick was made public”.
It is not flattering.
It found “wholesale institutional failure that endangered the welfare of children” in all six Pennsylvania dioceses investigated, including Pittsburgh. It chose three examples from cases involving 99 abuser priests there as “a window into the conduct” of bishops “and the crimes they permitted to occur on their watch”.
Up to 1988, when Cardinal Wuerl became bishop of Pittsburgh, Paone continued in ministry with approval from the diocese “in spite of its knowledge he was a child molester,” the grand jury found.
Sent for treatment
This continued when bishop Wuerl took over. In 1991 bishop Wuerl granted Paone’s request to serve in the Diocese of Reno-Las Vegas. Following another abuse complaint against the priest in 1994, he was sent for treatment.
In a confidential letter to the treatment centre, Pittsburgh diocese acknowledged that Paone had previously been “teaching seventh- and eighth-grade children in the diocese of San Diego for 19 years. The priest’s various assignments and sexual abuse complaints were listed in detail.”
The grand jury found that this “showed no concern for public safety or the victims of child sexual abuse”.
Further complaints emerged against Paone. In February 2003 bishop Wuerl accepted the priest’s resignation from ministry. As the grand jury report put it: “Approximately 41 years after the diocese learned that Paone was sexually assaulting children, he was finally retired from active ministry.”
It added that “the clear and present threat that Paone posed to children was hidden and kept secret from parishioners in three states. Wuerl’s statements had been meaningless without any action.”
Referring to a “disturbing disdain for victims” in the six Pennsylvania dioceses it investigated, the grand jury selected a case from Pittsburgh diocese as example.
In March 1989 bishop Wuerl authorised a confidential settlement with the family of two brothers abused by Zula
There, it said, “church officials dismissed an incident of abuse on the ground that the 15-year-old had ‘pursued’ the priest and ‘literally seduced’ him into a relationship. After the priest was arrested, the church submitted an evaluation on his behalf to the court.
“The evaluation acknowledged that the priest had admitted to ‘sado-masochistic’ activities with several boys – but the sadomasochism was only ‘mild’, and at least the priest was not ‘psychotic’.”
The case concerned Fr Richard Zula, for whom an arrest warrant was issued in November 1988. He was charged “with over 130 counts related to child sexual abuse”. In March 1989 bishop Wuerl authorised a confidential settlement with the family of two brothers abused by Zula.
At a court hearing in autumn 1989 Zula pleaded guilty on two counts. Then, as the grand jury report concluded, “the diocese was placed on notice that the services it had procured for Zula were being used as mitigation evidence at Zula’ s sentencing. Moreover, these assertions blamed the child victim rather than the adult criminal.” Sentencing was in 1990 and the priest served more than two years.
Another case concerned Fr George Zirwas, who was assigned to eight different parishes in Pittsburgh diocese until 1995, when he was placed on leave of absence, where he remained until he died in 2001.
In 2016, when seeking documents from Pittsburgh diocese, the grand jury found that “some original documents related to deceased priests were intentionally destroyed by the diocese”. However, as canon law required “the maintenance of a summary of the facts and any text of a definitive judgement”, so it was in the case of Zirwas.
From these the grand jury learned that “the diocese was aware of complaints against Zirwas for sexually abusing children as early as 1987. Additional complaints were received between 1987 and 1995. However, Zirwas continued to function as a priest during this period and was reassigned to several parishes.”
In December 1994 Zirwas “was placed on a leave of absence for ‘personal reasons’”. In the summer of 1995, after he threatened legal action, Zirwas “was returned to ministry by bishop Donald Wuerl”.
In November 1995 a 15-year-old boy complained that the priest sexually abused him. Zirwas was again placed “on a leave of absence for ‘personal reasons’”. He moved to Florida and then Cuba.
In 1996 Zirwas told the diocese he knew of other Pittsburgh priests who had abused children and would reveal these if his allowance was increased.
Bishop Wuerl “instructed him to document in writing the names of the priests involved, or state that he had no knowledge of what he had previously claimed.” He advised Zirwas this had to happen before he “could receive any additional assistance.”
The priest then “disavowed any knowledge of priest involvement in illegal sexual activity in a letter to the diocese” and “was granted an additional financial stipend and his sustenance payments were continued”.
He “continued to work with the poor and needy in Cuba until May 2001, when he was murdered inside his Havana apartment”, the report found.
However, in the course of its Pittsburgh investigation, the grand jury found that there was indeed “a ring of predatory priests operating within the diocese who shared intelligence or information regarding victims as well as exchanging the victims amongst themselves”. They “used whips, violence and sadism in raping their victims”.
In his evidence to the grand jury one such victim, “George”, told of being introduced to this “ring of predatory priests” by Zirwas. George recalled that these priests gave favoured boys special gifts, “specifically, gold cross necklaces”. The grand jury concluded these gold crosses “were a signal to other predators that the children had been desensitised to sexual abuse and were optimal targets for further victimisation”.
George wondered how none of this “created suspicion on the part of diocesan administrators”. However, the report concluded that “the grand jury’s review of records revealed that the diocese was aware of the conduct of these predatory priests and the records corroborated George’s testimony”.
Cardinal Wuerl’s Embassy Row Penthouse
November 18, 2015
Walking through the posh neighborhood of Embassy Row in October, I stumbled across a scoop: that Washington, D.C.’s Cardinal Donald Wuerl lives in a penthouse atop a mansion priced north of $40 million.
That Embassy Row mansion is the Our Lady Queen of the Americas parish. As I approached the mansion, across from the elegant Russian Cultural Center, I wondered if it contained a chapel. Curious, I walked inside. On the first floor, I walked past posters touting open-borders propaganda (“Ten Myths About Immigration” and so on) and saw signs for a leftist outfit called the “Washington English Center,” which offers language and job services to immigrants, legal and illegal.
Not finding the chapel on the first floor, I looked for a priest to direct me to it. I found one, or maybe I didn’t. A man with dyed hair and an ornament in his ear, sporting a priestly collar of an unspecified denomination, was standing near the stairs. “Where is the church?” I asked him. “It is on the second floor,” he replied. “Cardinal Wuerl lives in a penthouse on the third floor,” he added with a grin.
The article’s author, Christine Niles, reported that the faithful have been paying from $50,000 to $100,000 in taxes for Wuerl’s mansion-complex each year, and that the archdiocese was in no mood to talk about it:
The archdiocese itself is intensely tight-lipped about his living arrangements. When ChurchMilitant.com called Cdl. Wuerl’s office requesting his home address, the parish secretary gave a location in Hyattsville, Maryland. When pressed, she admitted the location was not his living quarters, but rather was where the cardinal “receives things.” ChurchMilitant.com asked whether Cdl. Wuerl’s home address is public record considering it is archdiocesan property, and the secretary explained it was policy not to give out his residential address.
ChurchMilitant.com then called Our Lady Queen of the Americas parish to confirm Cdl. Wuerl’s residence, but the parish secretary refused to answer the question, and the line was abruptly disconnected.
In spite of the secrecy, multiple sources — both clerical and lay — confirmed to ChurchMilitant.com that His Eminence does indeed reside there.
One of our sources, George Neumayr, columnist for the American Spectator, verified this fact…
The Catholic faithful in Washington, D.C. — who after all are financing Wuerl’s taste for high living — should stroll over to this mansion-complex and check out the champagne socialism of our humble pope’s favorite American cardinal.
President Donald Trump speaks in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, Thursday, May 4, 2017, before signing an executive order aimed at easing an IRS rule limiting political activity for churches. From second from left are, Cardinal Donald Wuerl is the Archbishop of Washington, Pastor Jack Graham, Paula White, senior pastor of New Destiny Christian Center in Apopka, Fla. and Vice President Mike Pence.
Wuerl was ordained in Rome and spent a decade there as a secretary to a cardina
Wuerl had a decades-long relationship with Pope Benedict XVI
Wuerl mandated zero tolerance on sex abuse of minors 14 years before it became national policy
He hosted the pope during his 2008 visit to Washington, which culminated in a Mass for 45,000 at Nationals Park. He took part in a prayer service at Washington National Cathedral the week of President Obama’s inauguration in 2009. And he was House majority leader John Boehner’s guest at the 2011 State of the Union address.
July 18, 2006
On Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2018, a Pennsylvania grand jury accused Cardinal Wuerl of helping to protect abusive priests when he was Pittsburgh’s bishop
Why is the Pope still silent about damning sex abuse report
The Vatican was warned.
17 Aug 2018
‘A playbook for concealing the truth’
Three unanswered questions from The Lost Boys of Bird Island
16 August 2018
The apparent suicide of co-author of controversial book The Lost Boys of Bird Island, Mark Minnie, has resulted in suspicion around the circumstances around his death. The book, which was released on 5 August, details an alleged paedophilia ring that operated during apartheid.
Malan and John Wiley
John Wiley on Bird Island
Authors Mark Minnie and Chris Steyn named high-profile National Party ministers in that period including John Wiley, Magnus Malan, an unnamed minister and controversial Port Elizabeth businessman Dave Allen as being involved in the operation which allegedly raped and molested young coloured boys.
Minnie was found dead at a friend’s farm on August 13 and despite police saying a suicide note and gun was found next to his body, several unnamed friends have expressed their shock at his suicide, with one person telling HeraldLIVE “I do not believe he would have taken his own life.”
As speculation around Minnie’s death continues and the contents of the book remains a talking point, there are several unanswered questions.
What happened to the boys of Bird Island?
On the final page of The Lost Boys of Bird Island, Mark Minnie appeals to victims of the alleged paedophilia ring to come forward. “Any victims who suffered at the hands of Dave Allen and company, let your voices be heard. Do not remain silent any longer.”
Minnie was a former police officer during apartheid when he was asked by his brigadier to contact a woman who was part of his (the brigadiers) church. The woman claimed her son had “some info.”
Minnie followed up and the woman and her son led him to her older son who was in hospital. The boy had allegedly been raped and a “foreign object forced up him.” Records of the boy’s stay at hospital were destroyed.
Minnie meets a second boy, who he refers to as William Hart in the book. William Hart is a pseudonym used by the author to protect the identity of the boy. Hart was an informant for the police and was also allegedly a victim of the paedophilia ring and was the person who identified Dave Allen, John Allen, an unnamed minister and “Ore” the name the boys used to refer to Magnus Malan.
After months of investigation, the docket with all of the information about the case that Minnie had gathered went missing from his office.
“Looking around, I quickly discover that the Allen case docket is gone. The entire file has disappeared without my knowledge or approval.”
Nobody knows what came of the two boys and the others who were alleged victims of rape and molestation at the hands of ministers.
The mystery matron & 10k
Minnie was sent by his brigadier to speak to a woman her son about “information.” He later discovered and interviewed a young boy who had been raped. He had a nurse who was a contact at the hospital and she detailed an incident that happened when she was on night shift.
She said a helicopter had landed, a patient was wheeled into the private ward by three men dressed in grey suits and only the matron was allowed to tend to him. The nurse told Minnie she had peeked into the room and there was a young coloured boy being treated. There was, however, no record of the boy nor of him being in hospital. The matron who had helped the boy mysteriously disappeared, but Minnie tracked her down and she said she had been given R10,000.
“I haven’t spent a cent, not a penny, Sergeant Max. All of the money is still here. I always knew it was trouble. It’s dirty money. And now God has seen fit to punish me for my sins. Oh God, please forgive me.”
The cover-up: The surgeon, the unnamed minister and flight logs
Both authors mention a surgeon who operated on a boy who had been raped. At the time he said he could not reveal information as it “violates patient confidentiality.”
Steyn made contact with the surgeon in 2017. She said he had become a wine farmer and wrote to him to ask for any information about performing a life-saving operation on a young boy 30 years ago. He took the same stance and said it violated patient confidentiality.
Steyn mentions sources who detailed how the ministers had flown by helicopter to Bird Island. Steyn was told that the logs of passengers who were on the flights weren’t likely to be found as the entire “record keeping system has collapsed.”
The authors name a second location where boys were allegedly raped and molested. This location is allegedly “a farm” in Witelsbos, near Eerste Rivier, and was a property that belonged to the unnamed minister.
Although the minister has remained unnamed by the authors, Barend du Plessis, who was the finance minister in PW Botha’s cabinet released a statement after the release of the book.
Teacher, MP for Florida, 1974; Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Minister of Education and Training, 1983-84; Minister of Finance, 1984-1992.
Barend Jacobus du Plessis was born on 19 January 1940 in Johannesburg to Martie and Jan Hendrik du Plessis. He was the eldest of three children and grew up in Boksburg. Du Plessis attended Baanbreker Primary School and Voortrekker High School.
After matriculating in 1956 he obtained his B.Sc. degree in 1960 at Potchefstroom University of Higher Christian Education and in 1961 also completed his Transvaal Higher Education Diploma. During his studies du Plessis played an active role in the Transvaal Teacher Training College Union. Although this organisation concerned itself with student and educational rather than political issues it can be seen as his first foray into the political arena. He was elected as Chairman of the Students’ Representative Council, which enabled him to travel abroad to Holland, Germany and Belgium and meet with other student leaders.
In 1962 du Plessis started teaching mathematics at the Hoër Seunsskool Helpmekaarin Johannesburg, as well as at the Johannesburg Technical College. Eventually he was employed by the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) as administrative officer to the Chief Engineer and was promoted to the new data processing department where he received training in computer technology. His career at the SABC advanced further and he was transferred to the office of the Director General as administrative secretary.
Following his resignation from the SABC in 1968 he joined the international computer company, IBM, where he was employed until 1974. Between 1968 and 1974 he received training in banking and finance and attended the IBM Graduate School of Banking in Princeton in the United States of America.
Barend du Plessis
He said he was “apparently the third and up to now unidentified minister who is still alive” that the book refers to.
Barend du Plessis
He said “the fact that I am now raising my hand is absolutely not an admission of guilt to these disturbing allegations. Rather this statement is a confirmation that I am clearly being identified in the book and in news reports, by referring to a former minister who is still alive, who has a holiday home in the Eastern Cape, and who was a frontrunner to take over from the then state president…”
Thatcher’s aides announced she intends to meet South African Finance Minister Barend du Plessis “sometime in May”, with other’ ministerial meetings to follow.
Agents of South African intelligence included: John Fairer-Smith, of the private security industry, Daily Mail journalist Keith Wallace, Helen Keenan who worked for Harold Wilson and Sir Trevor Lloyd-Hughes, Harold Wilson’s press secretary
wo of Lloyd-Hughes employees were Stephen Govier and Patrick Watson.
Stephen Govier’s father was the UK military attaché in Washington during the 1970s and then NATO’s Chief of Staff for Northern Europe.
Patrick Watson’s brother was Private Secretary to the Duke of York.
In the 1980s, South African intelligence sent weapons to paramilitaries in Northern Ireland.
What happened to the kings of old…
16 Apr 1999
When last seen, Barend du Plessis, the man who was placed in charge of the national finances after his computer company had gone bust, looked like an aging beauty queen.
Consultant, director of companies and Johannesburg dealmaker extraordinaire, the once handsome Du Plessis was wearing one of those orange tans that some post-middle- aged peroxide blonde American widows cram inside 44DD brassieres.
Sources say his colour scheme can be explained by the fact that his new girlfriend owns a tanning salon at Sandton City to which the local kugels report for a quick pre-Greece fry.
Du Plessis is now, privately, deeply critical from the left of the New National Party and Marthinus “Kortbroek” van Schalkwyk is thought unlikely to get his vote.
Du Plessis’s former wife, Antoinette, is now married to Adriaan Vlok, the former minister of law and order, who, between hearings of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, has been spotted leading a quiet life in Johannesburg, Pretoria and a hideaway at Melkbosstrand that lies under the shadow of Koeberg nuclear power station on Table Bay.
General Who Militarised the Apartheid State
Cape Times (South Africa), July 21, 2011
correspondent Gavin Evans
Malan spearheaded the creation of the National Security Management System, which brought policing, intelligence and civic affairs under the generals. It was headed by the State Security Council, which set up the Civil Co-operation Bureau (CCB) – a death-squad network to assassinate opponents.
Like thousands of others I had reasons to keep an eye on Malan. In 1989 the Harms Commission found that I was one of the CCB’s intended assassination victims. They botched the job, but succeeded in murdering my close friend Dr David Webster. The decisions to kill David and I were taken by the State Security Council, on which Malan had a prominent seat.
I would regularly sit alongside this bald, bulky, jug-eared figure in a different capacity: at boxing matches. Malan would plant himself in the press seats as a guest of the promoters, exuding power and entitlement despite his bluff, good-old-boy bonhomie.
His long spell in a corruption-mired government had given him a taste for the high life, and the low.
Malan and cabinet minister John Wiley developed a friendship with an opportunistic businessman, Dave Allen, and used military helicopters and equipment to go on fishing trips to Bird Island near Port Elizabeth. In 1987 Allen committed suicide after being arrested on paedophilia charges, followed, soon after, by Wiley.
Investigating this story a decade later I discovered that two coloured boys had been sexually assaulted during one of these Bird Island expeditions. I caught up with Malan, who, to my surprise, admitted knowing at the time that his friend was an alleged paedophile. “Yes, I heard,” he said, adding enigmatically. “I heard a lot of things in my position.”
Malan was considered untouchable in the 1980s, and he and his forces resorted to ever more brutal methods. As “unrest” escalated, so did the military’s reach. In 1984, they occupied black townships and began to fund, organise and train black proxy forces – in particular, Chief Mangosuthu Buthelezi’s Inkatha movement. It is estimated that close to 20 000 people died in political violence during the 1980s and early 1990s, many as a result of military intervention.
Malan’s demise coincided with Botha’s. The patriarch suffered a stroke in 1989 and was succeeded by FW de Klerk, who was less beholden to the military. Malan had a brief spell as Minister of Water Affairs and Forestries before bowing out.
He was charged with commissioning a massacre in KwaMakhuta in 1987, and acquitted. Although Inkatha had been paid by the state to carry out the massacre, the link to Malan could not be proved.
The death of author Mark Minnie may have elevated interest in his book tenfold. It has also drawn widespread suspicion of foul play that is, ironically, an amplified echo of the strange circumstances surrounding the “suicide” of two key characters in “The Lost Boys of Bird Island.”
Minnie was found with a bullet wound to the head, and a firearm near his body, a near replica of the deaths of Dave Allen, the first of the Bird Island paedophile ring to “sing” after being found in possession of pornography and arrested for statutory rape, and John Wiley, then minister of environmental affairs and tourism, found on his bed and shot through the temple.
But let’s start at the beginning.
As part of an international probe into child-sex and pornography, a computer engineer was arrested in 2015, causing an inquiry that eventually brought this book.
In the foreword, Marianne Thamm says previous exposures in South Africa seldom made headlines, because of the secrecy of the crimes, and because the predatory adults were often in powerful or respected positions. In 1986/87 an allegation against three Cabinet ministers suspected of abusing boys briefly surfaced, then disappeared.
At that time there was vicious intimidation of journalists, editors and political opponents, and also political assassinations by death squads. Conversely, disinformation could be used to discredit government officials. The authors, former narcotics detective Mark Minnie and investigative journalist Chris Steyn, spent much time investigating the case independently of each other. Thirty years later, their narratives have been brought together – by the publisher Tafelberg – in this explosive expose.
The pair convincingly claim they have finally ripped the veil off the horrendous story of official complicity in the criminal abuse, rape and possible murder of children, mainly black and drug-dependent , who were frequently taken to Bird Island off Port Elizabeth by helicopter (sometimes military) to “entertain” men of power.
Minnie tells his story first in direct, salty language, and includes incidents from his tough personal life in Port Elizabeth, including having been raped by two teens as a boy – possibly explaining his tenacity in pursuing perpetrators. An agitated boy tells Minnie his brother is in hospital with internal injuries suffered in a sexual assault.
Investigation reveals that boys, addicted to alcohol and dagga, hang around venues popular with paedophiles. Then follows the sensational information that boys are flown to Bird Island by helicopter to pleasure men of obvious wealth or connections. It transpires that one particularly sadistic man is known to the boys as ‘Ore’, because of his prominent ears, and Minnie dubs him ‘Wingnut’.
The boys identify “Uncle” Dave Allen, charismatic Bird Island guano concession millionaire, deep sea diver and police reservist. A search of Allen’s home by Minnie reveals a hidden compartment in a cupboard, packed with child pornography. Arrested for statutory rape, he confesses. Not wishing to take the blame alone, he names three cabinet ministers – “one the second most powerful man in the country”.
But before he can turn state witness, he is found shot in the forehead. There are no powder burns. Steyn then writes that Minister of Environmental Affairs John Wiley, who for 10 years had a close relationship with Allen, is shortly afterwards an apparent shooting suicide. The death room must have been locked from the outside, as the key was missing, and notes had been hurriedly burned in the driveway.
A National Party source told Steyn that Wiley had faced blackmail several times because of his sexual orientation, and Allen had also been blackmailed. The case was muddied further when a military counter-intelligence source told Steyn that the Minister of Defence and head of the all-powerful Security Council, Magnus Malan, was the first person to enter Wiley’s room after the suicide. A close friend of Wiley for many years, Malan personally “swept” the house, then left with two boxes of effects.
A blatant cover-up by a senior State prosecutor quashes Minnie’s investigation by ordering that it be shelved, and Steyn’s piece on Wiley is virtually spiked by The Cape Times.
By now, Minnie has uncovered the infamous incident of the boy who was shot in the anus. He had been delivered by military helicopter to a whites-only hospital by three men in suits. No hospital records are kept, a nurse friend tells Minnie of utmost secrecy, and the elderly matron is given a sum of R10 000 and transferred, tearful and scared.
“High-ranking Pretoria” then demand and confiscate Minnie’s docket, and he is transferred from PE to the Soweto Riot Squad – a really dangerous job. A bullet through his windscreen, and his car going up in flames on being started by his girlfriend, show the evil intentions of what Minnie suspects is the covert and murderous Civil Co-operation Bureau.
The case was seen as a real threat to National Party election prospects at a time when the party was starting to implode, and the opposition was growing stronger.
The Bird Island fishing trips by the three ministers have been defended, and there are character references from people who knew Wiley. The name of the third ex-minister implicated, then a senior member of cabinet and touted to succeed PW Botha, has been omitted on legal advice.
You will form your own conclusions, but there is surely enough circumstantial and victims’ evidence to be convinced that his book is an honest account of a truly diabolical episode in some of the darkest days of our country’s history.
Port Elizabeth businessman and Sacramento Salvage Diver, Dave Allen…
South Africa’s ‘paedophile’ minister and a mysterious death
15 August 2018
South Africa has been gripped by the mysterious death of former police officer Mark Minnie, just a week after he revealed horrific details about an alleged paedophile ring in the once-feared white-minority government that portrayed itself as being made up of devout Christian men.
Minnie, 58, was found with a bullet to his head, but many people are refusing to believe the police version – that he took his own life at the farm of a friend near the coastal city of Port Elizabeth.
“The fact that the suicide note was found doesn’t necessarily mean he wrote it willingly. I mean he could’ve written it under duress. The fact that he shot himself with someone else’s pistol already raises questions,” investigative journalist and author Jacques Pauw told South Africa’s radio 702.
Minnie and journalist Chris Steyn co-authored The Lost Boys of Bird Island, which details shocking allegations against Magnus Malan, the once-powerful defence minister who was accused of setting up death squads and sanctioning military raids on neighbouring states as he fought to maintain white-supremacist rule in South Africa in the 1980s and 1990s.
In later years, Steyn confronted Malan about the allegations, and he replied: “What is a paedophile?”, South Africa’s privately owned News24 reported on its website.
Aged 81, Malan died of a heart attack in 2011 – about 17 years after anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela swept to power as South Africa’s first black president, heralding the end of the racist system of apartheid.
Malan was part of a regime which believed that the Bible justified racism – and they saw themselves as defending their faith, families, and race from being over-run by “godless communists” and “uncivilised blacks”.
But secretly, Minnie alleged, Malan was part of a paedophile ring which raped boys – mostly of mixed race – during “fishing excursions” on Bird Island, a declared nature reserve near Port Elizabeth. The boys were flown to the island in military helicopters, made drunk during barbecues – and then sexually abused, he alleged.
Malan’s family and former colleagues strongly rejected the allegations against him, local media reported.
Other shocking allegations contained in The Lost Boys of Bird Island include:
- Some of the boys regarded Malan as an especially “cruel uncle”, and nicknamed him “Ears” because of his big ears
- On one occasion, a gun was inserted into the anus of a boy. A shot was fired by Malan, and the critically injured boy was flown to a hospital in Port Elizabeth for treatment
- Men, dressed in suits, stood guard while the mixed-race boy was treated in the whites-only section of the hospital, even though this was illegal under South Africa’s then-racial segregation laws
- The boy’s family and the hospital matron were paid to remain silent.
Minnie said he had been building a case against Malan, but was forced to abandon his investigation after senior police officers in the regime, then led by Pieter Willem Botha, intervened and a prosecutor wrote in “fat red letters” on the docket: “Any investigation into this matter should be discontinued immediately.”
The book alleged that the paedophile ring, which operated in the 1980s, included then-Environmental Affairs Minister John Wiley and wealthy businessman and diver Dave Allen. Minnie said he had, in fact, arrested Allen for allegedly having sex with children and for possessing child pornography.
Allen, Minnie added, had sung “like a canary”, and dropped “a bombshell: he mentions a name. And not just any name, but the name of a very powerful cabinet minister.
“I’m taken aback, then he names two more cabinet ministers. He threatens to open the whole can of worms.”
‘Minnie feared for his life’
Allen never stood trial – he was found dead, at the age of 37, with a bullet wound to his head, just like the 60-year-old Wiley.
Both died within weeks of each other in 1987. Both had, according to the official police version, taken their lives.
Now, more than 30 years later, Minnie – their nemesis – has died, also with a bullet wound to the head.
As South Africa’s Times Live news site put it: “That is the common denominator linking alleged suicides three decades apart that silenced three people with intimate knowledge of an alleged apartheid-era paedophile ring extending to the highest echelons of government.”
Fuelling speculation that they were killed, journalist Marianne Thamm, who helped edit The Lost Boys of Bird Island, said Minnie had feared for his life.
Minnie, who worked as a part-time teacher in China, said he had emigrated because a former contact in the security services had “handed me certain documents which was sufficient to convince me to leave the country”, Thamm quoted him as saying.
‘Body found near a bush’
At the time of his death, Minnie had been in South Africa to promote The Lost Boys of Bird Island.
Its publisher, Tafelberg, said Minnie saw the book as “only the beginning of the process to have justice prevail for the victims whose stories are told in the book”.
“Minnie had said nothing to Tafelberg to indicate that he would harm himself,” it added in a statement posted on Twitter.
So far, the police have only said that Minnie was found by a friend “lying near a bush with a gunshot wound to his head. A firearm was found lying next to him”.
“At this stage no foul play is suspected. Police have opened an inquest pending the results of the post-mortem,” a police statement added.
If it does turn out that Minne was killed, it would imply that hit men – loyal to the former regime – are still operating in South Africa.
And that would strike fear into the hearts of many people – not least other potential whistleblowers.
But Steyn, the co-author of The Lost Boys of Bird Island, said she would press ahead with investigating alleged paedophiles in the former regime.
“He [Minnie] would have wanted me to continue and that is exactly what I’ll be doing,” she was quoted by South Africa’s IOL news site as saying.
So far, the police have only said that Minnie was found by a friend “lying near a bush with a gunshot wound to his head. A firearm was found lying next to him”.
“At this stage no foul play is suspected. Police have opened an inquest pending the results of the post-mortem,” a police statement added.
If it does turn out that Minne was killed, it would imply that hit men – loyal to the former regime – are still operating in South Africa.
And that would strike fear into the hearts of many people – not least other potential whistleblowers.
But Steyn, the co-author of The Lost Boys of Bird Island, said she would press ahead with investigating alleged paedophiles in the former regime.
“He [Minnie] would have wanted me to continue and that is exactly what I’ll be doing,” she was quoted by South Africa’s IOL news site as saying.
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The Lost Boys of Bird Island: three apartheid ministers named in paedophilia ring
I was 13 when Magnus Malan made me ‘his wife’ for a night – alleged child sex victim
One of the victims of an alleged paedophile network involving senior apartheid government ministers and businessmen in the 1980s has described to Netwerk24 how he was kidnapped, raped and forced to perform other sexual acts by former defence minister Magnus Malan and another “uncle”.
The man, whom Netwerk24 dubs “Mr X”, is now 44, married and a father of two. He told the publication that he had been kidnapped at the age of 13 in 1987 by a group of white men in Port Elizabeth. He and four other coloured boys were reportedly given liquor and he passed out.
According to Mr X, he realised the next morning that he had been raped by a man he refers to as “Uncle One”, before being forced into more sexual acts. After that, Malan reportedly fetched the 13-year-old and further molested him. Mr X claims he bled after being repeatedly abused, and was made to be Malan’s “wife” that entire night.
Netwerk24 said it was impossible to independently verify the allegation, but carried the interview due to public interest following the alleged revelations about Malan.
News24 reported on Sunday that three former National Party ministers, including one who is still alive, had been named as central figures in a paedophilia ring that operated during apartheid.
Investigations into Malan – as well as John Wiley, minister of environmental affairs, and another former minister, who was considered a possible successor to then-president PW Botha, and who is still alive – were halted by the police, and the investigating officer was hounded from service in the 1980s.
These and other explosive allegations are contained in The Lost Boys of Bird Island, a book by former police officer Mark Minnie and former investigative journalist Chris Steyn, which hit the shelves on Sunday.
READ AN EXTRACT: The Lost Boys of Bird Island – We called him ‘Ore’
On Monday, Netwerk24 reported that Malan’s family, as well as former colleagues, had rejected the allegations against the late military strongman.
According to the book, Malan, Wiley and the other minister were involved, along with disgraced Port Elizabeth businessman John Allen, in ferrying coloured minors to Bird Island in Algoa Bay near Port Elizabeth, where the children were molested and forced to satisfy the older men’s sexual fantasies.
Malan died in 2011, while Wiley and Allen both officially committed suicide in 1987.
The identity of the third former minister, whose name is known to News24, is being withheld based on legal advice.
Following Malan’s death in 2011, his obituary by Chris Barron, which was carried in the Sunday Times, also mentioned the allegations.
The obituary said Malan had used military helicopters to go on “fishing trips” at Bird Island with Wiley and Allen, and that two coloured boys were said to have been sexually assaulted on one of these trips.
According to the obituary, Allen was arrested for paedophilia, before he committed suicide.
News24 reported on Sunday that the book detailed how one child was maimed when a gun was thrust up his anus and the trigger was pulled.
Derek Laud, Sir Michael Grylls, Edward Leigh and an associate on a business trip to South Africa
Dame Alun Roberts@ciabaudo
Can you see where I am heading yet? Throughout the Eighties, Britain’s paedo-infested Thatcher government was a staunch supporter of South Africa’s evil Apartheid regime. Do names like Laud, Brown, Proctor, Denby, Powell, Hamilton etc. spring to mind?
Orlando Police Chief Paul Rooney with Ed Ganster and wife
Pennsylvania church officials helped ex-priest, Ed Ganster, get job at Disney World knowing he was ‘sexual predator,’ report says
16 Aug 2018
For 15 years, a man reportedly piloting trains at Walt Disney World in Orlando kept a dark secret locked away.
When Edward Ganster died at 71 in 2014, his wife lovingly recalled her husband as a man of deep faith who enjoyed his job. “He really loved trains,” Mary Ganster said in an obituary, the Orlando Sentinel reported this week. “His witness for Jesus was so strong.”
But its Ganster’s life before arriving in Florida that has suddenly snapped into sharper focus. On Tuesday, August 14, officials in Pennsylvania released a sweeping 1,300-page report on Catholic priest sex abuse. The investigation, one of the most comprehensive investigations into clergy abuse and the subsequent coverup, identified more than 1,000 children victimized by 300 priests in Pennsylvania over seven decades.
“Priests were raping little boys and girls, and the men of God who were responsible for them not only did nothing; they hid it all. For decades,” the grand jury wrote.
Edward Ganster was among the priests named in the scalding document. Before leaving the church voluntarily in 1990, he worked at a number of parishes in Pennsylvania. According to the report, three young boys accused Ganster of sexual abuse. Although church officials knew of at least one allegation, Ganster was allowed to leave the priesthood on his own and relocated to Florida. With a reference from a church monsignor, he was hired on at the Magic Kingdom, the grand jury report states.
Walt Disney World did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Ganster was ordained in 1971 and started his career as an assistant pastor in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. According to the report, in 1977, a 13-year-old boy confided to his parents he had been abused by Ganster on an overnight trip to the beach. The child “told his parents that Ganster hurt him and got in bed with him. He also stated that something happened in the confessional.”
The boy’s mother immediately reported the incident to a monsignor, who said “he would take care of the situation,” adding that “Ganster would be given some counseling and would be removed from the parish,” the report states. “The following Sunday at Mass, Ganster announced he was being reassigned.” The victim, however, still suffered from “broken relationships and anger issues resulting from the abuse.” His mother again reported the abuse to the church in 2005.
The incident was allegedly not isolated. In 2002, a 37-year-old married father of two approached the local diocese with his own allegation about Ganster. According to the report, this victim stated that when he was a 14-year-old altar boy, he “was fondled and groped” by Ganster, the report says.
“On one occasion, Ganster dragged the boy across a living room floor, pulling him by the underwear,” the report states. “Ganster also beat the victim repeatedly, once using a metal cross.”
The victim again approached the diocese in 2004 with the same allegation.
“Despite having two reports and having given counseling to the victim, the Diocese did not report the abuse to the Northampton County District Attorney’s Office until 2007,” the report states.
In 2015, the mother of a third victim reported her son had also been abused by Ganster in 1977.
The priest’s time in the clergy ground to a halt in the late 1980s. According to the grand jury report, in 1987 Ganster was put on sick leave. The following year, he was sent to a hospital in Downingtown, Pennsylvania. He requested to be laicized – or withdrawn from the clergy – and the diocese agreed in 1990. Ganster indicated he wished to marry a woman he had met during his hospital stay, the report says.
According to the report, Thomas Welsh, the Bishop of Allentown, discussed Ganster’s marriage as well as his past issues in a letter to the Bishop of Orlando.
Referring to Ganster’s wife, Welsh wrote, “I don’t know her problems,” the report says. “His were at least partially sexual and led to my decision that I could not reassign him.”
The report notes that Ganster did make his wish to work at Disney known to the church.
“As he was in the process of being laicized, Ganster wrote the Diocese indicating he would be seeking employment at Walt Disney World and hoped to use the Diocese as a reference,” the report states. “Despite knowing Ganster was a sexual predator, Monsignor Muntone responded to Ganster’s request for a reference by writing.”
Monsignor Muntone replied to Ganster: “I am quite sure that the Diocese will be able to give you a positive reference in regard to the work you did during your years of service here as a priest.”
The report notes the reference led to Ganster’s employment at the theme park.
According to the Orlando Sentinel, Ganster died in 2014 due to a “weak heart,” his wife told the paper in his obituary. In the same article, Ganster’s widow said her husband had “had a breakdown, which moved him to seek laicization from the pope.”
She has not commented on the allegations in this week’s grand jury report.
“His footprint in life was very large,” Mary Ganster told the Sentinel in 2014.
Ganster served as Bethlehem district director for the Catholic Youth Organization 1973-76. In 1971-72 he was an associate professor at Bethlehem Catholic High School
Aug 21 1982:
Dec 02 2006:
Ed Ganster, retired priest of the Holy Ghost Church in Bethlehem, PA. He worked in the merchansdise division of Disney World. His website http://www.pillarsofheaven.org
February 24, 1988
Monsignor Richard J. Loeper, pastor of Holy Guardian Angels Church, Hyde Park, Reading, will become pastor of Holy Ghost Church, Bethlehem, replacing the Rev. Edward G. Ganster, who will be on sick leave.
The Rev. Edward George Ganster died in 2014. He was accused in 2002 of sexually abusing and beating a 14-year-old boy at St. Joseph’s in Frackville. Two other people reported Ganster had abused them when they were children. Ganster was defrocked in 1990 at his own request following a desire to marry and work in Walt Disney World. He worked at Walt Disney World for the next 18 years.
Operation Safety 91 attended Orlando Police Department’s Change of Command Ceremony on June 9th at the Amway Center, making official the passing of the torch from Chief Val Demings to new Orlando Police Chief Paul Rooney. The Ceremony was outstanding and Chief Rooney’s first priority is “the safety and protection of the Officers”, which resonates in the heart of OS91 as well. We also want to mention our own Sr. Chaplain Andrew Wade, Founding Chaplain of OS91, who did the Invocation for the Change of Command Ceremony.
Ed Ganster was a priest, worked at Walt Disney World and co-founded Operation Safety 91
July 11, 2014|
Six years ago, he and his wife, Mary, founded Operation Safety 91. The nonprofit group honors firefighters, police officers, emergency-service personnel and corrections officers.
“When they first started, not everyone understood what they were trying to do,” said Orange County Sheriff Jerry Demings. “Some people had skepticism. Were they legitimate? But over time, that went away. People saw them as being legitimate. They also recognized military veterans. They are true patriots, true American patriots.
“Everything the Gansters do is out of pure love, said Jimmy Brown, a civilian employee at the Orange County Sheriff’s Office. Brown is a retired firefighter from New York who worked during the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.
Operation Safety 91
Rosen Centre Hotel & Staff
Central Florida Fire Academy Conference Support
100 Black Men
Friends of OS9I
Heller Bros. Packing Corp.
Holy Land Experience / TBN
New Hope Christian Academy
Oerther Foods (McDonalds)
Orlando/Orange County Convention & Visitors Bureau, Inc.
PSAV Presentation Services
Walt Disney World
Youth Basketball of America
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Over 300 ‘predator priests’ in Pennsylvania accused of abuse in grand jury report
Victims and survivors of child sexual abuse within the church and their families were in attendance at the Tuesday news conference.
The investigation spans the Allentown, Erie, Greensburg, Harrisburg, Pittsburgh and Scranton dioceses. Some of the dioceses had already released the names of clergy members accused of child abuse ahead of Tuesday’s announcement.
Pennsylvania’s Supreme Court had agreed to consider claims from priests that the report is inaccurate and releasing it with identifying information would violate their constitutional rights and set oral arguments for the issue in September, according to Shapiro.
And at the end of last month, a priest with the Greensburg Diocese, the Rev. John Sweeney, pleaded guilty to sexually molesting a 10-year-old boy. Sweeney was the first priest convicted as a result of the grand jury, and a priest in Erie has charges pending, but the state’s statute of limitations for child abuse could prevent some prosecutions, especially with many of the allegations going back decades.
“As a consequence of the cover-up, almost every instance of abuse we found is too old to be prosecuted,” the grand jury wrote in the report. “But that is not to say there are no more predators.”
The grand jury also gave a series of recommendations to stop abuse going forward.
The report called on the Pennsylvania legislature to “stop shielding child sexual predators” and eliminate the criminal statute of limitations for sexually abusing children.
“We want future victims to know they will always have the force of the criminal law behind them, no matter how long they live,” the report said.
Other recommendations included a law that would let older victims sue the diocese for damage inflicted on their lives by the child abuse, improvements to the law for mandating reporting of abuse, a law saying no nondisclosure agreements can apply to criminal investigations, saying that the church had been using “quite a few confidentiality agreements” going back decades.
Sick priest Terrence Grigg guilty of sexually abusing young, vulnerable boys
9 AUG 2018
A disgraced Church of England priest is facing a “lengthy” prison sentence after being convicted of 14 historic sex offences against vulnerable boys and young men.
Canon Terrence Grigg, 84, former rector of St Mary’s Church in Cottingham, abused four victims in the 1980s and 1990s.
He was convicted of 12 indecent assaults and two other serious sex offences on Wednesday after an 18-day trial at Hull Crown Court.
Grigg was found not guilty of a further charge of indecent assault against a fifth man. All verdicts were unanimous.
Grigg, of Grove Street, Norton, Malton, North Yorkshire, showed no emotion as the verdicts were delivered
During the trial, it was claimed by one of the complainants that he had handed a letter alleging abuse by Canon Grigg to the then Bishop of Hull, James Jones, in the 1990s.
He told the court instead of being offered support, he was threatened with “legal action” and “prison”, and was told to write a letter of apology to Canon Grigg.
The man said all he had wanted to do was “minimise the possibility of harm towards other vulnerable people”.
Grigg admitted in his evidence having a conviction from Lambwath Magistrates’ Court in London from August 11, 1951, after he had been arrested in a public toilet with a man. This was for “conspiracy to corrupt public morals or outrage public decency”.
Grigg said he pleaded not guilty but was sentenced to an absolute discharge.
This prompted the judge to ask him: “My question is how you came to be sentenced if you pleaded not guilty? Presumably you had a trial and you were found guilty.”
“No, I had an unconditional discharge,” Grigg said.
Former Hull vicar Terence Grigg jailed for sexual offences
Rev. Grigg, 76, who is celebrating 50 years of priesthood, had supported the Koforidua Diocese for the past 29 years.
He established a fund to raise 1,000 pounds sterling annually to support the monthly stipends to priests in the diocese and offered scholarships to some members of the clergy to study in the UK, some of whom have become bishops and leading clergy men in the Anglican Church in Ghana.
Rev. Canon Grigg who recently retired from the Diocese of York in the UK is now serving at the Cottingham Parish.
Rt. Rev. Quashie expressed the appreciation of the diocese to Rev Canon Grigg for his missionary work.
There’s no doubt a paedophile ring was operating at Celtic at this time. The cover up from the media has been shameful.
When’s the rest of the ring up.
Ex Celtic youth coach Jim McCafferty, 72, jailed for three years and nine months after pleading guilty to eight counts of sexual assault
13 Aug 2018
McCafferty, formerly of Raby Street in Belfast, will serve half the sentence in custody and the remaining half on licence
A former Celtic Football Club youth coach has been jailed for three years and nine months after admitting eight counts of sexual assault.
Jim McCafferty, 72, initially pleaded not guilty to a series of sexual offences against the same boy over a three-year period before December 2015, but changed his plea to guilty on the morning his trial began at Belfast Crown Court in May 2018.
During sentencing, Judge Patricia Smyth told McCafferty that what he had considered “a bit of fun” had had a significant impact on his victim.
McCafferty, formerly of Raby Street in Belfast, will serve half of the sentence in custody and the remaining half on licence.
The offences took place over a three-year period from December 2012 to December 2015 when McCafferty was aged from 66 to 68 and his victim was aged between 14 and 16.
Judge Smyth said: “You abused trust placed in you by his family… assaulting him in your home and his home. The impact on your victim and his family has been significant.
“There are other factors in the victim’s life that had rendered him vulnerable.”
Judge Smyth also told the court that McCafferty had only apologised to his victim because he had been advised to and said he continued to regard his behaviour as having been “a bit of fun for the victim”.
McCafferty, who lived in Glasgow before moving to Northern Ireland in recent years, will remain on the sexual offenders register for an “indefinite period” and has been banned from working with children in any capacity.
Are Fred West’s first victims buried in a Glasgow allotment? Hollywood producer urges police to reopen case amid claims the killer’s murder spree began in Scotland in the early 1960s
- Paul Pender, a Hollywood producer, wants to reopen the Fred West murder file
- He is urging police to search a Glasgow allotment for bodies from the 1960s
- Police Scotland said they will look at all evidence regardless of the time passed
Fred West may have murdered many more innocent people and buried them in an allotment in Glasgow, it has been claimed.
The serial killer and his deranged wife Rose murdered, raped and dismembered young women, including two of their own daughters.
But Fred, who killed himself before being brought to trial on twelve murder charges, is now believed to have killed many more.
Hollywood producer Paul Pender was tipped off about more victims at a family funeral by a man who worked with West’s first wife Rena who Fred later killed.
The former abattoir employee told Mr Pender to investigate further.
Fred West is known to have killed at least 12 women and ran over a young boy in Glasgow before moving to Gloucester
Serial killer couple Rose West (left) and Fred West (right) killed girls in their home. A Hollywood producer named Paul Pender believes more victims are buried in Glasgow
As a result the screenwriter believes there are more bodies buried in an allotment which West used in the early 1960s.
He said there is an ‘inarguable’ case to crack open the West file once more because we ‘owe it to the victims’.
Mr Pender believes high tech scanning equipment could be used on the ground.
Fred and Rose were finally arrested in 1994 and nine bodies were found at the house of horrors in Gloucester.
The rapes and horrifying killings took place between 1967 and 1987. Rose West was jailed for life for ten murders while Fred killed himself before court where he was charged 12 counts of murder.
Pender is also calling for officers to look into the death of Henry Feeney, a three-year-old in Glasgow’s Castlemilk district.
West ran him over in an ice-cream truck and at the time it was said to be an accident.
Murderer Fred West with his wife Rose and daughter Ann Marie pictured at Ann Marie’s wedding, in 1986. Anne Marie survived her murderous parents but attempted suicide later
But it is now believed West lured him to a quiet spot and ran him over on purpose by telling him to retrieve a ball from bushes, before reversing into him and killing him.
Fred West and Rena Costello, later Rena West, moved to Gloucester but after difficulties in the marriage Rena fled back to Scotland.
When she returned to Gloucester to find her daughter – who was not Fred’s child – she was killed by West who had already killed the girl named Charmaine.
Police Scotland said: ‘We will investigate all reports regardless of what time has passed and would encourage anyone who has information to come forward.’
THE TRAGIC VICTIMS OF THE HOUSE OF HORRORS MURDERERS
Although Fred West was convicted of killing 12 women and Rose 10, the pair are thought to have killed up to 20 more.
One victim who was almost certainly killed by West was his former girlfriend Anne McFall who like the others, was found in a shallow grave with body parts missing. West denied it.
The waped pair used whips to torture their victims as well as their own children.
Fred West committed suicide by hanging himself in a prison cell in January 1995 — before he could stand trial for the murders.
Rose West is still a prisoner at HMP Low Newton in Durham, having been handed a rare ‘whole life tariff’ for her part in the killings.
Confirmed victims include:
Charmaine West, eight: Fred West’s stepdaughter from his first marriage, Charmaine was murdered by Rose in 1971 while Fred was in prison.
Rena Costello, 27: Charmaine’s mother Rena, Fred’s first wife, was murdered when she arrived to pick up her daughter Charmaine in August 1971. With Charmaine already dead, it is thought Fred killed her to avoid an investigation.
Lynda Gough, 20: Miss Gough was a lodger in the West’s home and was killed in April 1973. Rose told her mother she had moved to Weston-super-Mare.
Carol Ann Cooper, 15: The teenager disappeared while walking home from the cinema to her Worcester children’s home in November 1973. Her remains were found buried in the Wests’ garden.
Lucy Partington, 21: After spending Christmas with her family in Cheltenham, Miss Partington disappeared after leaving to catch a bus. The student was the cousin of novelist Martin Amis and the sister of author Marian Partington.
Lucy went missing in 1973 after visiting friends in Cheltenham. She was killed by the Wests
Therese Siegenthaler, 22: The South London student was killed in April 1974 after disappearing while attempting to hitch-hike to Ireland.
Shirley Hubbard, 15: One of the Wests’ youngest victims, she disappeared on her way home from college in Droitwich. When her body was discovered, her head was completely covered in tape with a rubber tube placed in her mouth to allow her to breathe.
Juanita Mott, 18: Miss Mott, a former lodger at 25 Cromwell Street, was living in Newent when she vanished.
Shirley Robinson, 19: Another lodger, Miss Robinson was killed in 1978 after becoming pregnant with West’s child.
Alison Chambers, 17: The teenager disappeared in August 1979 and her remains were later found beneath the patio at 25, Cromwell Street.
Heather West, 17: Repeatedly raped by her father, Heather complained to friends about the abuse and was murdered by her parents in a bid to keep her quiet.
The Today program reports that It is now known there are at least 87 victims of Smyth’s beatings.
The Today programme reports on the damaging ‘blanking’ of abuses by Church of England and the Titus Trust, formerly the Iwerne Trust
The Iwere network could have stopped Smyth anytime in the last 36 years.
ABC has still not spoken to victims of
#Smyth‘s abuse. The @churchofengland default of blanking abusees is very damaging. A report was written for the Iwerne Trust by vicar Mark Ruston in 1982 detailing the abuse perpetrated by #Smyth who was allowed to leave the country /2
The Iwerne Trust became the Titus Trust in 1997. It continues to run elitist camps presumably for the same strategic reasons mentioned in the article.
#MandatoryReporting is vital in such settings 3/3
Christian camp leader John Smyth suspected of abuse dies
A leading barrister suspected of physically abusing boys who attended Christian summer camps has died.
11 Aug 2018
John Smyth QC, 77, had been wanted for questioning over abuse claims concerning boys at Winchester College during the 1970s and 1980s.
In a statement his family told BBC News the cause of death appeared to be a sudden heart attack following a heart procedure last week.
They asked to be “left alone” to grieve in private.
Mr Smyth was previously a senior member of Christian charity the Iwerne Trust and died at his home in Cape Town, South Africa on Saturday.
Victim advocate, Andrew Graystone, said Hampshire police informed victims the CPS had asked them to summon Mr Smyth back to the UK for formal questioning with a view to possible charges last week.
The CPS said it was “not in a position to comment at this time”.
Mr Smyth also previously worked as a barrister representing the moralising campaigner Mary Whitehouse and ran camps in Dorset for young evangelical Christians during the 1970s and 1980s.
He and his wife Anne were excommunicated by Church-on-Main, in Cape Town last year.
Officials said he had been “evasive, combative, non-compliant and generally unwilling to work with us” when the abuse allegations surfaced.
The investigation came after a report by the Iwerne Trust from 1982, which was not made public until 2016.
It found Mr Smyth identified pupils from leading public schools like Winchester College and took them to his home near Winchester in Hampshire, where he carried out lashings with a garden cane in his shed.
It said eight of the boys received a total of 14,000 lashes, while two more received 8,000 strokes between them over three years.
The Iwerne Trust called the practice “horrific” but the claims were not reported to police until 2013 – more than 30 years later.
Mr Smyth refused to comment on the allegations, which were reported to have happened while Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, worked at some of the camps as a young man in the 1970s.
He said he knew nothing of the abuse until it was reported to police.
The Bishop of Guildford, Andrew Watson, has also said he was abused by Mr Smyth.
Mr Graystone said a number of alleged victims expressed their sympathy for his family in their loss.
He added: “They are, however, angry that the police and the Church of England have failed to respond to their disclosures for the past six years. As a direct result they will see no justice, and more importantly they will not get answers to their crucial questions about why this was allowed to happen.”
A spokeswoman for Hampshire Constabulary said: “We are in the process of speaking with the victims of the non-recent abuse allegations, to update them on the news that we have heard around the suspect’s death.
“Until those conversations have taken place, and until we have spoken with the CPS and the suspect’s solicitor, it would be inappropriate for us to comment further.”
And up pops David Rose…
In the week a judge throws out a THIRD historic abuse case against pop mogul Jonathan King convicted of molesting boys… Police appear in dock over missing evidence of star witness who helped secure his seven-year sentence
- Child sex abuse case that saw pop mogul Jonathan King handed a seven-year jail sentence has been reopened
- Fresh evidence is being considered by the Criminal Cases Review Commission
- The commission is set to decide whether it will be ordering a new appeal
11 Aug 2018
The child sex abuse case that saw pop mogul Jonathan King handed a seven-year jail sentence has been reopened in the light of fresh evidence – including documents which dramatically undermine the testimony of a star witness at his 2001 trial.
Fresh evidence is being considered by the Criminal Cases Review Commission (CCRC), which will decide whether to order a new appeal. It emerged as a result of King’s trial this year on separate, though related, charges of ‘historic’ sex abuse, some dating back to 1970.
That case was brought to an end last week when the judge issued a damning ruling, accusing Surrey Police of failing to disclose critical evidence and misleading the court.
Judge Deborah Taylor told Southwark Crown Court that it would be impossible for King to get a fair trial because ‘the integrity of the criminal justice system and processes have been undermined publicly in a fundamental way by disclosure failures and persistent misleading of the court’.
She added: ‘A trial has been aborted due to the failures. The time of the court and public money have been wasted, in a time of scarce resources… Continuation would undermine public confidence in the administration of justice.’
The Mail on Sunday can reveal that the fresh evidence to be considered by the CCRC includes:
- Witness A – one of five underage victims King was convicted of abusing in 2001 – who gave a long, unpublished interview to the News of the World four years before he spoke to the police, in which he revealed a very different story from his trial testimony. This newspaper has established he told the reporter in 1997 that he met King when he was with a friend at an amusement arcade, and was not assaulted until weeks later;
- In 2001, Witness A said former DJ King first approached him when he was alone at a market stall, drove him in his Rolls-Royce to a ‘peep show’ and, later that same day, took him to his home, where he assaulted him. The police knew of these discrepancies seven months before the 2001 trial, but allegedly did not disclose the 1997 account to the defence team;
- As the MoS first revealed in 2016, an investigation by the author Bob Woffinden, who died earlier this year, shows that another boy King was convicted of abusing was not in the same country as the music mogul throughout the period when he claimed he was certain the alleged abuse took place. He was in England, but tickets, receipts and credit card bills unearthed by Woffinden show that King was in America;
- A 2014 report by Merseyside police on Operation Arundel, the original 2001 Surrey investigation, was only disclosed to King’s lawyers shortly before the 2018 case finally collapsed. The report, triggered by Surrey’s widely criticised investigation of allegations against Jimmy Savile before his death, made sweeping criticisms of the way Arundel officers took statements from alleged victims, saying the method they used ‘increases the possibility of error’, and ‘the integrity of any statement taken in this manner is open to question’;
- The report says officers failed to tape the questions they asked during interviews, while victims’ statements were written up and signed ‘days if not weeks’ afterwards from short ‘trigger notes’, instead of immediately. The CCRC will now decide whether this casts doubt on all the evidence that convicted King in 2001;
- The first Arundel detective to take a statement from an alleged victim of King was Mark Williams-Thomas, now a TV presenter. According to Judge Taylor’s ruling, after Williams-Thomas left the force, police found ‘a document on his computer offering for sale names and introductions to victims of Mr King’. The judge also said that when he left, Williams-Thomas took his police notebooks concerning King with him. The prosecution said he should not have done this because they were force property;
- In 2018, though not in 2001, King was charged with abusing Witness B, the alleged victim interviewed by Williams-Thomas. Witness B could not have testified in person because illness had destroyed his ability to speak: the jury would have been asked to convict King on the basis of his 2001 statement. Witness B’s medical records, which showed he had been in numerous mental institutions and had been a drug addict, were only disclosed in June, shortly before the trial collapsed.
Yesterday, King, 73, told this newspaper in an exclusive interview: ‘I’m naturally delighted by the outcome, but my real hope is to protect others in future, and to let the many teachers, care workers and others who have also been wrongly convicted of so-called historic sexual abuse to have their cases reopened too.
‘There needs to be change at all levels. But as Judge Taylor has done, we must start with the behaviour of the police.’
He said that Surrey Chief Constable Nick Ephgrave, the man ultimately responsible, should resign.
King’s long career in pop began in 1965 when he had a top five hit while still a Cambridge student. He went on to write, perform and produce many more, while also discovering bands such as Genesis.
His contacts were also impeccable. In 2001, Simon Cowell stood him bail, and when he was arrested, King had been offered the chairmanship of recording giant EMI on an annual £5 million salary.
Other famous friends included former Page 3 model Samantha Fox.
He admits the sexual opportunities that success gave him were endless, and some might find his promiscuous behaviour reprehensible.
But he says he never made any secret of it, and was always clear he was not interested in settling down. In a recent video, he ironically described himself as a ‘vile pervert’.
‘I’m bisexual,’ he said, ‘and I had sex with hundreds of people. About 40 per cent were women.
‘But I found it absurd that in the 1970s and 1980s, I could legally have sex with a 16-year-old girl but not with a boy the same age because the age of consent for gay sex was 21.
‘So I deliberately broke the law with young men who were over 16, and who wanted to have sex with me.’
King insisted he went to elaborate lengths to ensure he never slept with anyone under 16, adding: ‘I was very good at seduction. I’m sorry if some people have come to regret having sex with me in later life. But if anyone said no, I accepted it. I knew some of those who made allegations, but I didn’t have sex with any of them.’
In all, King has faced four trials.
The first – in which he was convicted of abusing boys aged 14 and 15, with offences ranging from buggery to touching inappropriately – led to his seven-year jail sentence, of which he served three and a half years.
The four cases against him
King was convicted at the Old Bailey in September 2001 of four counts of indecent assault, one of buggery and one attempted buggery on five boys aged 14 and 15 when the crimes took place in the eighties. He has protested his innocence ever since, but was jailed for seven years. He served half his sentence. This case has now been reopened because of fresh evidence.
Two months later, in November 2001, he was found not guilty of sexually assaulting two other underage boys, after one admitted in court he might have been over 16 at the time of the alleged offence.
He has been due to face further charges in late 2001, but the prosecution decided not to go ahead with the trial. The charges were ‘left on file’ – and King was told by his lawyers this meant they would never be revived.
In what legal experts say was a highly unusual move, two of the ‘on file’ charges were revived in 2015. King was also charged with crimes reported to police in 2001, but where they had taken no action. Facing claims he had abused a total of 10 further underage boys, he was found not guilty of two of the revived charges in June 2018. The whole case was aborted last week after the judge found the police had ‘misled’ her and so ‘undermined the integrity’ of the criminal justice system.
In the second, in November 2001, he was accused of abusing two boys but found not guilty on all counts.
A third trial due after that was dropped by the prosecution.
The charges he would have faced then were ‘left on file’. But King was assured by his lawyers that they would never be revived.
Legal experts say it is highly unusual for charges of this kind to be tried years later. However, this is what happened in King’s fourth trial, which ended last week.
Of the ten alleged victims, seven – including Witness B – had first made statements in 2001, when their claims were either left on file or did not lead to charges.
The other three came forward after King was arrested in 2015 amid huge publicity.
The 2001 trial started in June. In April, King’s defence, led by solicitor Steven Bird and Henry Blaxland QC, had tried to get the case stopped as an ‘abuse of process’, arguing it was unfair to revive the old allegations.
At that stage, the judge disagreed. But then, following pressure from King’s defence, further documents were disclosed, including the Merseyside report on Operation Arundel and Witness B’s extensive medical records.
The prosecution, acting on information from the police, had wrongly told the court these documents contained ‘nothing of relevance’, and that there was no ‘final version’ of the Merseyside report – when, in fact, there was, and Surrey Police had a copy in their files.
King was found not guilty on the two charges which had lain on file, including the claim he abused Witness B. Then the case was aborted.
Meanwhile, a long statement to police by the News of the World reporter describing his interview with Witness A in 1997, with its many discrepancies from his 2001 evidence, had also come to light.
HHJ Deborah Taylor sits at Southwark Crown Court, in the Administrative Court, High Court Queen’s Bench Division and Court of Appeal Criminal Division. She was a Judicial Appointments Commissioner from 2011-2013.
Judge Deborah Taylor told Southwark Crown Court that it would be impossible for King to get a fair trial
It had been sent to King’s office as part of a package of ‘unused material’ in October 2001 but he never examined it because by then he had been convicted, and was in Belmarsh prison.
King said he was sure that the reporter’s statement had not been disclosed before his trial, and if it had been, his barrister, Ron Thwaites QC, who had a formidable reputation, would have used it to undermine Witness A’s allegations.
The 2018 prosecution lawyers said ‘it is not possible to say’ if the reporter’s statement was disclosed before the 2001 trial or not, but admitted that the information it contained was ‘not in any statement made by [Witness A] himself’.
‘I was misled,’ Judge Taylor said at the end of last week’s ruling.
She added that, whether the misleading was deliberate or not, to allow this ‘would give rise to a belief that in this type of case, where there are sexual allegations against figures in the public eye, the courts are prepared to sanction the end justifying the means’.
Perhaps most astonishingly of all, she also suggested that the 2018 case had ‘not been driven by complainants’ allegations’, but ‘by concerns about reputational damage to Surrey Police in the wake of the Savile case and the consequent Merseyside investigation’.
Last night the CCRC confirmed that it had reopened the 2001 case. A spokesman said: ‘We will examine whatever material there may be which is relevant. Anything that concerns witnesses’ credibility will have a bearing.’
Williams-Thomas said he ‘not been given any opportunity to defend myself’ before the judge issued her ruling, saying that he should have been. He said he left the police with an ‘exemplary record’ and only kept his notebooks because he was advised to do so.
As to the document the judge said was found on his computer offering to sell details of King’s alleged victims, he said: ‘After two investigations, no action was taken against me.
‘It must follow that no offences were disclosed. I categorically deny any wrongdoing here or in relation to any of the other criticisms… I pride myself on my ability to protect victims of such crimes.’
A Surrey Police spokesman said: ‘We recognise there were serious organisational failings in the investigation, particularly in relation to disclosure.’
The force ‘deeply regret we did not meet the required standards to ensure a fair trial. For this we wholeheartedly apologise.’
The spokesman added that the force had commissioned an ‘independent review’ and a formal complaint by King was now being investigated. However, Chief Constable Nick Ephgrave had ‘no intention of resigning’.
Vatican has never co-operated with Irish inquiries into clerical child sex abuse
Church has pattern of withholding relevant documents from Irish State abuse inquiries
7 Aug 2018
Then president Mary McAleese meets with Pope Benedict in the Vatican in 2005.
Concordats were very much in the air when then president of Ireland Mary McAleese met then Vatican secretary of state Cardinal Angelo Sodano on November 6th, 2003. On a state visit to Italy that week, protocol indicated she should also call on the Vatican.
Its first article pledged both states to “mutually consider the other party an independent legal person in compliance with international law and they pledge to respect fully this legal personality”.
Ms McAleese has revealed that Sodano proposed something similar for Ireland at the meeting attended by her; Dermot McCarthy, then secretary to the government; and then Irish ambassador to the Holy See, the late Bernard Davenport.
“What he [Cardinal Sodano] was asking for was an agreement between the Holy See and the Irish government under which church documentation would be protected by the church and the State would, clearly, have no access to it. That was what he seemed to be saying,” she told The Irish Times.
She said she was “gratified to say it never was pursued but I think the thinking is indicative of what did happen”.
Denial of access
The Irish Times sought a comment from the Vatican’s press office but none was forthcoming.
Caldey Island monk abuser film ‘makes my skin crawl’11 Aug 2018
A victim of child abuse by a monk on Caldey Island 50 years ago has revealed he was given home movie footage of his abuser to remember him by.
The victim has shown BBC Wales the 8mm film given to him by Thaddeus Kotik in the late 1960s and said it now “makes my skin crawl”.
It shows the monk – who died in 1992 – sight-seeing in Pembrokeshire.
The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) has now said Caldey could form part of its probe.
Mark – the name we are using to protect his identity – was the first male victim to come forward earlier this year.
Previously, the victims who had come forward had been girls.
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Now in his early 60s, he was given the film when he was 10 or 11.
“[Kotik] told me: ‘This is if you ever want to remind yourself of me in the cold winter months’.
“It makes my skin crawl thinking about it now.”
Mark’s father had been befriended by Kotik when the family visited the island, off the coast of Tenby, on holiday and they used to return, while his father would do odd jobs.
He said Kotik spent years grooming him and abused him on several occasions from the age of eight.
The film had been in a box in his attic for decades.
Mark found it around two months ago and watched it again on an old projector as he, as well as his lawyer, wanted to give it to BBC Wales to help with his legal case against the abbey.
Mark said watching it again was difficult.
“It was mind numbing and contained a number of triggers,” he said.
“I had to look away at times, it’s not good for me. But, I wanted to check it was appropriate to give to others and so I watched it again.
“I’m trying to put things right – I thought the film might help others remember and come forward with their stories. I’m climbing a mountain and I guess this is part of that.”
Mark has already described to us how he just “froze still” during one of the assaults, and being “frightened and upset.”
He is now taking legal action against the abbey and has also backed calls for a public inquiry.
Last year, six women received compensation in an out of court settlement and the abbot of Caldey Abbey apologised after it emerged that complaints about Kotik were not passed to the police by his predecessor in 1990.
BBC Wales has made repeated attempts to contact the current abbot on Caldey for comment.
Meanwhile, IICSA, which this week reported a cover-up of “appalling” abuse at two Catholic schools in North Yorkshire and Somerset, said the allegations about Caldey were relevant to its continuing investigations into abuse in the wider Catholic church in the coming months.
“As the investigation progresses the inquiry will give thought to whether it can consider the allegations relating to Caldey Island as part of that slightly longer term programme of work,” a spokesman added.
Dr Mair Edwards, a clinical psychologist, said: “I think it is important to look into historic abuse so that we can learn lessons.
“There is a need to look at what has happened to people in our society in order to make sure that it doesn’t happen to others.”
Caldey Island: 20 people claim monk abused them as children
10 Aug 2018
Twenty people have now claimed they were sexually abused by a monk living on Caldey Island when they were children.
Father Thaddeus Kotik died in 1992 without facing any criminal charges into claims he abused children between 1977 and 1987.
The figure comes as one victim told how living with the trauma of being abused almost killed her.
The abbot of Caldey Abbey has not responded to requests for a comment.
Since November, 14 new people have reported they were abused by the monk when they visited the island off Tenby, Pembrokeshire, when they were children, Dyfed Powys Police has confirmed.
This is as well as six women who previously came forward and received out of court settlements last year.
She told BBC Wales that finally piecing together the information and putting together the story of her abuse made her realise how her life had fallen apart and led to her near death.
“I became an alcoholic, I had an eating disorder, and I was hanging around with drug addicts and prostitutes,” she said.
“I was in relationships with violent, alcoholic men and all these terrible things nearly ended my life because I was very heavily into drink and drugs, and living with a heroin addict is pretty full on.”
She has since managed to turn her life around and has lived without drink and drugs for 12 years and has been on a quest to find out what happened to her as a child ever since.
Jenny realised that she was abused between the ages of five and six when she compared two school photographs – she said she looked tormented in the later picture.
After her sister told her about her own experience with Kotik, they looked up his details on the internet and saw the media coverage of the allegations that he was a paedophile.
“After that, all the pieces just started falling into place,” she said.
“Fortunately, my mum keeps diaries and lo and behold between the two school photos when I was five and six, he came to stay with us for one night in the November of 1978.
“My sister said he went upstairs to pray and that’s when I would have been in bed, asleep, and it all fell into place, that’s when he interfered with me – and that’s what started all the fear, the night terrors, the sleepwalking and all the problems that got worse and worse until my life nearly ended.”
She said the girls did not tell anyone about the abuse at the time but she did not think the monastery responded well to the allegations that have come out since then.
“I think they should be more open. They don’t seem to be saying enough, I think they need to be more forthcoming. I also think the whole monastery needs to be looked into,” she added.
Det Ch Insp of Dyfed-Powys Police Jayne Butler said specially-trained officers were investigating and supporting victims of historical abuse and people should report crimes to the force.
BBC Wales made numerous attempts to contact the abbey for an interview and visited the island, but have been unable to get a comment from the abbey.
Call for Gove to give evidence over school abuse case claims
Lawyers want minister called to inquiry over allegation he intervened in investigation
10 Aug 2018
Lawyers representing child abuse survivors have called for the environment secretary, Michael Gove, to be called before a public inquiry over an allegation he intervened in a sexual abuse investigation at a boarding school.
Two child abuse professionals have testified at the ongoing independent inquiry into child sexual abuse (IICSA) that while he was the education secretary, Gove intervened to find out about an investigation into a priest suspected of abuse at Downside Abbey school in Somerset.
Gove has denied the allegation, adding that there are no official records of such an intervention.
The inquiry into child sexual abuse published a damning report on Downside and another leading Catholic school, Ampleforth, on Thursday, saying the true scale of sexual abuse at the schools over a period of 40 years was likely to have been far greater than had been proved in the courts.
The inquiry said there was “insufficient evidence” to draw any conclusions on the allegation relating to Gove.
Two lawyers representing child abuse survivors have called for the cabinet minister to give evidence in person at the inquiry.
David Enright, one of the lawyers, said: “This report represents an impressive piece of work by the inquiry and its legal team, and must be commended. However, we are concerned about the allegation that Michael Gove intervened in relation to an investigation of sexual abuse at Downside.
“This is an allegation made by two apparently reliable witnesses about a senior member of the government. The minister in turn has said it did not happen. It needs to be cleared up. There is a simple solution to this: call Mr Gove to give evidence before the inquiry at one of the two scheduled further hearings in this important investigation.”
Another lawyer, Richard Scorer, said that given the conflicting evidence, it was right to invite the minister and one of the child abuse professionals to give oral evidence to resolve the matter.
Clare Winter, the deputy director of children’s services responsible for children’s social care at Somerset county council, told the inquiry in 2017 that she received two telephone calls in 2010 from Gove and his office inquiring about the investigation.
The second call, she said, came from “somebody who said they were the secretary of state for education” who repeated a request for information about the progress of the investigation into a priest, known only as F65, suspected of having oral sex with a 16-year-old boy.
She said she did not disclose any information. She told the inquiry the incident was “so unusual. I have never experienced it before or since”.
Jane Dziadulewicz, another safeguarding official responsible for child protection, told the inquiry that she helped produce a report for Gove’s office on the progress of the Downside investigation following the calls.
Following testimony from the pair last year, the inquiry initiated a deeper examination. In a witness statement, Gove said neither he nor members of his office had called Winter. He added that there were no official records of such calls.
“I think it extraordinarily unlikely that I would have made such a call. I cannot conceive of the circumstances in which I would have wished to do so … The only possible explanation for Ms Winter’s evidence is that she is labouring under some kind of misunderstanding,” he said.
The Somerset MP Jacob Rees-Mogg, who has connections to Downside school, has previously not responded to the Guardian’s questions about whether he had discussed the investigation with Gove.
In a witness statement, Winter said: “I did not expect someone saying they were the secretary of state to contact me and have no reason to doubt who they said they were.”
Peter Dalglish’s next hearing on August 9
August 5, 2018
Canadian Peter Dalglish’s next hearing is scheduled for August 9 and it might be the final hearing.
Mr. Dalglish’s case was postponed as the Kavre court was verifying the witnesses’ statement.
If found guilty, Peter faces 11 years jail term and might be required to pay compensation to the victims.
Christ’s Hospital School ex-sports coach jailed for sex abuse
9 Aug 2018
A sports teacher at a private school has been sentenced to 10 years in jail for sexually abusing female students.
Ajaz Karim, 63, from Hammersmith, west London, was convicted of nine charges of indecent assault at Christ’s Hospital School in Horsham.
Hove Crown Court was told he abused six girls aged 14 to 18 between 1985 and 1993.
He was also found guilty at an earlier hearing of one count of attempted indecent assault.
He is one of a number of teaching staff at the West Sussex school who have been convicted of sexually abusing students.
Karim had claimed during the trial his relationship “with the girls and boys was one of friendship”.
Judge Christine Henson said Karim displayed a “complete disregard” and “continued arrogance” towards his victims, adding: “I’m in no doubt that you used your popularity as a teacher to groom your victims.
“They should have been safe and secure, sadly they were not.
“You have betrayed everything a teacher should stand for.”
He left the school after complaints from four pupils surfaced between 1990 and 1993.
Senior staff came under fire from victims over the way they handled the allegations.
Teachers never reported him to the police and he was initially allowed to carry on working, even with the girls in question.
Reading a victim’s statement, Oliver Dunkin, prosecuting, said the victim was “deeply disappointed” with the school’s handling of the incidents, which made it “hugely traumatic”.
“For 32 years I have lived with the deeply buried memory of events that took place with Mr Karim,” the statement read.
“Until recently I believed the impact had been minimal and I got on and lived my life.”
An NSPCC spokeswoman said Karim displayed a “shocking breach of trust”.
She added: “We hope today’s sentencing provides some sort of closure for those cruelly targeted by Karim.”
Karim was also made the subject of a sexual harm prevention order.
UPDATED: “The blatant openness of this behaviour demonstrates there was a culture of acceptance of abusive behaviour.” Damning report by
@InquiryCSA into abuse at North Yorkshire Catholic school:
Two Catholic schools Ampleforth and Downside Abbey hid claims of appalling sex abuse over four decades to protect the church’s reputation as scale of ‘sadistic’ attacks was worse than feared, inquiry finds
- Report into sexual abuse at leading Roman Catholic schools published today
- Bosses £34,000-a-year Ampleforth College in Yorkshire and £33,000-a-year Downside Abbey in Somerset accused of turning blind eye to allegations
- Report found extent of abuse likely to be ‘considerably worse’ than what has been dealt with in the courts over the past two decades
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- Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse has conducted hearings for weeks
Monks at two leading Roman Catholic schools in the UK covered-up claims of ‘appalling sex abuse’ over four decades to protect the church’s reputation, a report claims.
The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) has been investigating whether Ampleforth in North Yorkshire and Downside Abbey in Somerset failed to protect pupils from predators.
And it found the scale of the ‘sadistic’ sexual abuse was ‘likely to be “considerably” worse’ than previously believed, an inquiry has found.
The report said the schools tried to avoid contact with police and council officials ‘at all costs’.
Teachers and staff at both schools have been jailed over incidents of abuse but the report found the extent likely went beyond what ‘conviction figures reflect’.
Lawyers representing former students alleged the schools turned a blind eye to offending over many years, with one of the bosses at Downside even accused of burning evidence and the abbot at Ampleforth quizzed over allegationns himself.
Ampleforth and Downside are two schools linked to the monasteries, run at times by ‘secretive, evasive and suspicious’ church officials who avoided reporting misconduct to police and social services.
Allegations stretching back to the 1960s encompassed ‘a wide spectrum of physical abuse, much of which had sadistic and sexual overtones’, according to the report.
Ten individuals linked to the schools, mainly monks, have been cautioned or convicted over sexual activity or pornography offences involving a ‘large number of children’.
‘The true scale of the abuse however is likely to be considerably higher,’ the investigation, led by Professor Alexis Jay, found.
The report followed several weeks of evidence hearings at the inquiry last year, which included personal accounts from victims.
Victims were as young as 11 at Downside and seven at Ampleforth.
One alleged offender at Ampleforth abused at least 11 children aged between eight and 12 over a ‘sustained period of time’, but died before police could investigate.
‘Many perpetrators did not hide their sexual interests from the children,’ the report found, allowing abusers at Ampleforth to prey on entire groups of pupils both outdoors and indoors.
‘The blatant openness of these activities demonstrates there was a culture of acceptance of abusive behaviour,’ the report said.
‘It’s still not over’: Alleged victims of DJ Jonathan King threaten to sue him after bungling detectives have claims he groomed 11 young boys thrown out
- King’s trial at Southwark Crown Court collapsed after police hid key evidence
- Music mogul is accused of grooming 11 starstuck boys including Kirk McIntyre
- Mr McIntyre is said to be devastated after the trial collapsed earlier this week
Alleged victims of Jonathan King yesterday threatened to start a private prosecution against him.
They spoke out after prosecutors abandoned proceedings against the 73-year-old former music mogul.
He had gone on trial in June accused of grooming 11 starstruck young boys for sex. But the trial collapsed when it emerged that police hid key evidence and misled the court.
One alleged victim came forward as long ago as 2002 after King was convicted of sex offences against five youngsters aged 14 and 15.
He said he was meeting a solicitor to consider civil action, adding: ‘It is still not over as far as I am concerned.’
1983 – DJ and comedian Kenny Everett with former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and director Michael Winner at a Conservative Youth Rally.
The man told police that King used his fame to groom him, introducing him to DJ Kenny Everett and raping him at the age of 14.
Surrey Police did not act on his allegations until an independent review of the case by Merseyside Police revealed they had missed investigative opportunities. Another accuser, who reported King to police in 2001, was said yesterday to be devastated by the collapse of the case.
Kirk McIntyre, 62, told police he was in awe of King’s celebrity status and white Daimler when he met him at the age of 15.
He claims King plied him with drink before raping him.
In 2005 when King was released from jail after serving just three and a half years, Mr McIntyre confronted him in a hotel telling him: ‘I’ve been in a mental prison for 35 years because of your abuse.’
A year later he suffered a stroke that made him unable to give evidence. His wife, who did not wish to be identified, said: ‘He is devastated. I could tell from the look on his face when I told him the news. He has been waiting 17 years for justice.
‘We have been in limbo, waiting for closure. The police kept his evidence on file so they had something to use against King if he did anything again.’
Another complainant said he was angry that police had not acted sooner. The man reported King to police in 2002, telling officers that he had groomed him when he was a 15-year-old schoolboy in 1986.
King took him to smart restaurants and drove him around in a Rolls Royce before abusing him, he said. Yesterday he told the Mail: ‘Of course I’m going to be angry. How come it has taken so long for something to be done and then this happens? It’s not fair.’
King yesterday taunted his accusers by claiming he had been cleared. In reality, the 23 sexual abuse charges he faced have been stayed, which means the case will not go ahead but the allegations have not been disproved.
On Twitter, King also took the opportunity of plugging his film Vile Pervert, which tells the story of a television celebrity brought down by malicious abuse allegations.
The bizarre homemade film opens with an entirely nude King, flashing the camera, before he goes on to sing: ‘There’s nothing wrong with b****** boys.’
Kenny Everett knew Chris Denning was a paedophile, which raises questions about himself.
During past spells in prison in Britain, he could rely on letters from his old Radio 1 pal, Kenny Everett. ‘But now Kenny’s dead,’ he says. ‘People at Radio 1 are still pleasant to me, but we’re not in close contact.’
Why was Kenny Everett writing letters to convicted paedophile Chris Denning, whilst he was in prison for sexually abusing and raping boys ?
Savile was an early admirer and supporter of Kenny. Savile gave him masses of fabulous advice.
Apartheid’s paedophiles: ‘Magnus Malan and others in sex orgies with young boys’
General Magnus Malan, who in the 1980s was the most powerful man in South Africa after apartheid state president PW Botha, was a paedophile who took part in sex orgies with young boys during “fishing excursions” on Bird Island near Port Elizabeth.
This stunning allegation against the former minister of defence is made in the book, The Lost Boys of Bird Island, which hits the shelves today.
The book was written by former narcotics branch policeman Mark Minnie and investigative journalist Chris Steyn.
The writers say another prominent minister, who was at that time viewed as “a possible presidential candidate” was also part of the Malan paedophile ring.
Unlike Malan – who died aged 81 of a heart attack in 2001 – this minister is still alive.
His name is being withheld in the book on legal advice.
Magnus Malan, the apartheid minister of defence, preyed on young boys who called him a ‘cruel uncle’ and nicknamed him ‘Ears’.
For more than 30 years and completely independently of each other, Minnie from Port Elizabeth and Steyn from Cape Town had been investigating allegations of paedophiles in the upper echelons of the National Party.
Powerful players in their respective organisations ensured that their efforts came to naught.
But now, three decades later, the two are telling their stories in The Lost Boys of Bird Island.
The common denominator that brought the paedophile ring to light was two strange and sensational “suicides” early in 1987.
The bodies of Dave Allen (37), a well-known and wealthy unmarried Port Elizabeth businessman and police reservist, and John Wiley (60), a National Party minister, were found within weeks of each other with bullet wounds to the head.
Wiley, a good friend of Malan, was married and lived in Cape Town. Wiley and Allen had been close friends since 1977.
For more than 30 years and completely independently of each other, Minnie from Port Elizabeth and Steyn from Cape Town had been investigating allegations of paedophiles in the upper echelons of the National Party.
Powerful players in their respective organisations ensured that their efforts came to naught.
But now, three decades later, the two are telling their stories in The Lost Boys of Bird Island.
The common denominator that brought the paedophile ring to light was two strange and sensational “suicides” early in 1987.
The bodies of Dave Allen (37), a well-known and wealthy unmarried Port Elizabeth businessman and police reservist, and John Wiley (60), a National Party minister, were found within weeks of each other with bullet wounds to the head.
Wiley, a good friend of Malan, was married and lived in Cape Town. Wiley and Allen had been close friends since 1977.
Among the writers’ shocking revelations are that:
• The boys, who were mostly coloured and in their early teens, were – with Malan, Wiley and Allen – flown to Bird Island in helicopters belonging to the then SA Defence Force (SADF). Once there, they would be plied with braaied meat and alcohol, after which they were sexually abused by the men;
• On one such occasion, a pistol was allegedly inserted into the anus of one of the boys. A shot was fired – their sources say by Malan – and the critically injured boy was flown by helicopter to a hospital in Port Elizabeth;
• Men in suits stood guard while the coloured child was secretly treated in the white side of the government hospital. His family and the hospital matron were paid for their silence. ;
• Malan was described as an especially “cruel uncle” by the boys, who called him “Ears” because of his prominent ears;
• Apart from Bird Island, the paedophile ring of senior National Party officials also took boys to Allen’s luxurious house in Schoenmakerskop near Port Elizabeth and to a beach house in Witelsbos in the Tsitsikamma forest, 82km west of Jefferys Bay; and
• According to Steyn’s sources, which included two army agents and a retired policeman, Malan was the “most likely contractor” of the hitmen who murdered Wiley and Allen. One of the sources claimed that the third minister who was “seen as a possible presidential candidate” should not be overlooked for his role in the deaths.
Minnie carefully compiled a file – including statements and tape recordings – to take Malan to court.
But this file was removed from his office one day without his knowledge by a “Brigadier Schnetler” and “two highly placed officers from head office in Pretoria”.
Minnie did not get it back and his investigation was scuppered.
But even before the file was taken, the chief state prosecutor in Port Elizabeth warned Minnie in “fat red letters” written on the docket: “Any investigation into this matter should be discontinued immediately.” Signed: “John Scott.”
Minnie, then a warrant officer, continued his investigation in secret. He later resigned and started working undercover as a paid police informant. Eventually, he left the police.
The former policeman reveals a deep personal secret in the book – that he was raped at the age of 12 by 16-year-old twin brothers.
This was, he says, what drove him to write the book about the paedophile ministers, despite interference from on high, threats and an attempt on his life.
Minnie identified Allen as the kingpin of the paedophile ring, thanks to information he received from a young white boy who was also hospitalised with injuries to his lower body.
The day Allen died, he was due to appear in the magistrates’ court. Minnie had arrested him in his home in Schoenmakerskop the previous day.
After arresting Allen, Minnie drove him in his car to a police station to register a case of sex with minors – statutory rape – and possession of child pornography.
During the ride Allen, he wrote, “sang like a canary”.
“And then he drops a bombshell: he mentions a name. And not just any name, but the name of a very powerful Cabinet minister. I’m taken aback, then he names two more Cabinet ministers. He threatens to open the whole can of worms. Is this guy for real? He’s clearly not prepared to take the fall on his own,” writes Minnie.
“He offers me a bribe to make everything go away; R100 000 to be precise.”
When Allen was not in the magistrate’s court at 09:00 the next day, a warrant for his arrest was issued.
A shocked Minnie later found out from a colleague that Allen was found on the beach at Schoenmakerskop with a bullet wound to the forehead.
His Walther Parabellum PPK pistol, a pistol with a powerful recoil, was still in his hand, according to the person who discovered his body.
There were no gunpowder burns on the skin around the wound.
Wiley, the minister of environmental affairs, and bosom friend of Malan, was found dead in his house in Noordhoek, Cape Town, with a bullet wound to the right temple a few weeks later.
Steyn writes: “Paedophiles, extortion, an imminent Cabinet scandal of epic proportions and the urgent need to protect certain famous politicians played a role in Dave Allen’s and John Wiley’s deaths.”
Both Allen’s and Wiley’s inquests ruled out foul play. But Minnie and Steyn believe a lot of contradictions and conflicting evidence indicate assassinations carried out to make them look like suicides.
Steyn believes members of a security branch, such as the former Civil Cooperation Bureau of the SADF, were the hitmen.
After Wiley’s mysterious death shortly after Allen’s, Steyn investigated the cases and the connection between them for seven weeks. But her newspaper, the Cape Times, was lukewarm about the story and her reports were significantly watered down.
Before writing the book, Steyn and Minnie’s paths crossed fleetingly in Port Elizabeth in 1987 when Minnie was a member of the police’s narcotics bureau. Sparks flew.
As part of her investigation into the two suicides, Steyn went to Port Elizabeth where she met Minnie in the Elizabeth Hotel.
According to a former Cape Times colleague, Steyn was an “extremely meticulous, determined journalist who wore high heels and carried a briefcase”.
She thought she was making progress with Minnie when she mentioned the name of the “most senior Cabinet member” who was allegedly involved in the paedophile ring.
Minnie, who was called Max by his colleagues, after Mad Max, was a hard drinker who didn’t shy away from bloody bar brawls. He jumped up and, before storming out in fury, spat: “F*** off you b***h. Are you trying to get me killed?”
He didn’t trust her one bit and suspected she was working for the security police. It was only while the book was being written that Steyn learnt that Minnie ordered police snipers to “take her out” if he died an unnatural death.
Last year Steyn learnt from the publishers of The Lost Boys of Bird Island that Minnie was writing a book about his investigation. Minnie asked her for forgiveness for his behaviour with a note and flowers.
Minnie emigrated in 2007 at the age of 47 to start a new career. He is teaching English in China.
Steyn, who also worked for the Rand Daily Mail and The Star newspapers, is the co-owner and manager of a bookshop in a coastal town.
“This book is the voice the victims never had,” she said on Friday. “This book is their truth that they could never tell. It is the justice they never saw.”
Minnie said: “Shock accusations of this kind against prominent people initially sound incredible. .”
He is calling on all those with information about what happened and how it was covered up to come forward, even anonymously, by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Lost Boys of Bird Island: three apartheid ministers named in paedophilia ring
Magnus Malan is one of the ministers who was named as a central figure in the trafficking and sexual abuse of children of colour in Bird Island.
News24 has released information about three ministers who were central figures in a paedophilia ring during the apartheid era.
Magnus Malan, John Wiley and a third minister of the National Party were labelled as paedophiles in a book titled, The Lost Boys of Bird Island.
Authors, former policeman Mark Minnie and ex-journalist Chris Steyn, saw the country go into a frenzy over the damning allegations contained in their book when it hit the shelves on Sunday.
What do we know about the three ministers involved in paedophilia ring?
Magnus Malan, who died in July 2011, was the Minister of Defence during P.W Botha’s tenor as president of South Africa.
His firm hand in using the military to instil order during apartheid made him one of the most feared members of the National Party.
He was also the one who helped devise Botha’s “total strategy” against the liberation movements.
John Wiley, after disbanding his political party, the South African Party (SAP), in 1980, he served as the Minister of Environmental Affairs and Tourism under P.W Botha’s leadership.
He died in 1987 of a gunshot wound to the head, and the case involving his death remains unsolved. His son, Mark Wiley, currently serves as the Democratic Alliance’s (DA) legislator in the Western Cape.
The third minister alleged to be a central figure in the paedophilia ring was not named in the book after publishers were warned against it by their legal advisors.
It is speculated that he resides in a holiday home in the Eastern Cape and that he was on course to become P.W Botha’s successor.
The disturbing acts of cruelty the children were subjected to at Bird Island
In the book, Minnie and Steyn detail how the three ministers, including John Allen, the dishonoured businessman from Port Elizabeth, would take children of colour to Bird Island, in Algoa Bay, and molest them.
The perverted men were said to have forced these children to satisfy their sexual fantasies. It is alleged that one boy was sent to the hospital in a critical condition after a gunshot was released into his anus.
At the time, it is alleged that Malan, who went by the nickname Ore, used the military’s air force helicopters to traffick the children to the island. Allen was said to be responsible for recruiting the children.
Tafelberg Publishers speaks out about the importance of the book
Wiley, who was the only English-speaking member of Botha’s National Party, and Allen died under suspicious circumstances after they were meant to appear in court on charges related to the possession of pornography.
Steyn and Minnie were active in the case of the children being trafficked by Malan and his cohorts. Minnie was forced to resign from the police. Steyn’s investigative articles that revealed a lot about the ministers were never published by the Cape Times.
The controversial book is published by Tafelberg Publishers, and Maryna Lamprecht highlighted the importance of exposing the depravity of the apartheid system. She stated that,
“it dehumanised people in every possible way, even to the point of exploiting vulnerable children sexually to satisfy the needs of powerful politicians.”
General Magnus André De Merindol Malan was the Minister of Defence in the cabinet of President P W Botha and Chief of the South African Defence Force (SADF). Magnus Malan founded the Civil Cooperation Bureau (CCB) which murdered anti-apartheid activists. Revelations about the CCB‘s activities led in 1993 to Malan’s demotion and retirement, and in 1995 to his unsuccessful prosecution for murder.
Former diplomat Patrick Haseldine has alleged that Magnus Malan was personally involved in the Lockerbie Bombing, suggesting that the target on Pan Am Flight 103 was United Nations Commissioner for Namibia, Bernt Carlsson, on his way to the signing ceremony at United Nations headquarters of an agreement granting independence to Namibia.
Lord Cullen led inquiries into the Dunblane shootings, and in March 2002 led the five-judge tribunal which heard the failed appeal of the alleged Lockerbie bomber.
Lockerbie – who were the key players in the trial?
Colin Tucker, steward to Fiona Woolf, Fettesgate and the Scottish ‘Magic Circle’ Affair, and Wider Networks – Part 1
Tucker’s defence counsel, the late Robert Henderson QC. Henderson has been in the news again since his daughter Susie has claimed that she was abused by both him and the late former Scottish Solicitor General Sir Nicholas Fairbairn (Emma Cowing and Graham Grant, ‘I was raped aged 4 by top aide to Thatcher: Woman claims she was abused by senior Conservative MP who visited notorious guest house with paedophile Cyril Smith’, Daily Mail, August 14th, 2014), who has also been alleged to have been a visitor to the notorious Elm Guest House in Barnes, a key location for VIP guests to abuse young boys, said to have been delivered from care homes
Tucker is also listed as a partner in a company entitled ‘LD Inns’, address 24 Howe Street, Edinburgh EH3 6TG, from March 9th 1988 to July 17th, 1989, together with a Burnett Walker and David Ben Aryeah. It turns out this was the notorious Laughing Duck gay bar (see Rory Knight Bruce, ‘Below the Law: It is a short walk from Edinburgh’s Court of Session to the Laughing Duck’, Spectator, January 27th, 1990), mentioned at various points in the 1993 report, and listed with a three star rating in the 1982 edition of Spartacus International Gay Guide for Gay Men; membership of Spartacus, which was run by Roman Catholic priest John Stamford, who was later convicted of sending pornographic material through the post, also notoriously gave discounts for stays at Elm Guest House, and championed PIE; Stamford also published PAN: A Magazine about Boy-Love
Tucker was also for seven years an elder at St Cuthbert’s, next to Edinburgh Castle (Bruce McKain, ‘Solicitor tells fraud trial his partner had hold over him’, Glasgow Herald, December 16th, 1989). Burnett Walker was also a director of a delicatessen, Victors of Edinburgh; Edinburgh-born David Ben-Aryeah worked for the Israeli military, as a travel agent, and was one of the first journalists to report on the Lockerbie disaster
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