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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.

The Rev William Barrie and Mary Barrie

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.’


Lagarie Children's Home

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.

The Rev William Barrie with his wife Mary

The Rev William Barrie has been accused of raping victims hundreds of times and his wife Mary of physical abuse

Angela Montgomery and her sisters Mary and Norma were at the home because their mother had died young and their father was at sea.

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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.

Matron Anne Millar with Roddy Austin

Matron Anne Millar pictured with with Roddy Austin

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.

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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

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.

‘No proceedings’

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.


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Rhu Childrens Home is Unique


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.


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

Virginia Fortune Ryan Ogilvy, Countess of Airlie, DCVO  is a Lady of the Bedchamber to Queen Elizabeth II.[1]

On 23 October 1952, she married David Ogilvy, who in 1968 became Earl of Airlie. David Ogilvy is the younger brother was Sir Angus Ogilvy

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 1997 he was awarded the ultimate accolade when he was elected as chairman of the Headmasters’ Conference (HMC)

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



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.

In retirement

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?

redacted filesA 1964 letter (l) from the Home Office notifying the order that deputy head teacher Brother Maurice had admitted indecent assault. Other files (r) were embargoed until 2044

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.

St Gilbert's house now and thenSt Gilbert’s building now and in the 1950s
  • 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.”

Fernando Karadima is seen inside the Supreme Court building in Santiago, Chile, 11 November 2015

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.

Bishop Juan Barros leads a mass of Palm Sunday in March 2018Bishop Juan Barros

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

Peter Dalglish's electronic devices, videos, and photos

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.

According to the report, some 1,670 clergymen in Germany committed some form of sex attack on 3,677 minors, German outlet Spiegel Online reported.

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  St Peter’s (1982-1987: Dronfield )
1985 St Peter’s  York
Daniel McLean-Steel taught English at Monmouth School starting in September 1992.

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:
I had worked for Chris Patten when he was Secretary of State for International Development, both as his parliamentary secretary and later as a minister

Robert Key

Robert Key MP -PPS to  Ted Heath 

Assistant master: Loretto School, Edinburgh 1967-69

Sex abuse scandal at Loretto School

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.

Sexually abused during his time at Loretto School, Don Boyd returns to Edinburgh
He agrees that ultimately Loretto failed him – and other boys abused by Ray-Hills during the 16 years he taught at the Musselburgh school.



Loretto School- Its former pupils including transport secretary Alistair Darling, former Chancellor of the Exchequer Norman Lamont and MSP Fergus Ewing.

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.


Image result for Robert Key mp and heath

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.


Robert is a member of the Council of the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust.

The Scotsman & Edinburgh Evening News Articles

Headteacher at top school faces bullying claim
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.’

The orphanage (above in undated photo) was built in the 1800s and ran under the supervision of the Sisters of Providence until it shut down in 1974, as orphanages passed out of favor


Former Wrexham Bryn Alyn resident admits historic sexual abuse of boy

Operation Pallial: Man guilty of 1970s sex abuse

10 Sept 2018

Graham Stridgeon

Graham Stridgeon leaving court

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.



June 11, 1997

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.”




August 1997


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

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The Rt Rev Steven Croft, (left) the Bishop of Oxford, is one of a number of bishops under police investigation

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 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.


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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 Sheriff’s Lecture

19 Oct 2014
This year’s Lecture, ‘Are We a Christian Country? Religious Freedom and The Law’ was given by The Rt Hon the Baroness Hale of Richmond, Deputy President of the Supreme Court.

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.

The five theme words relate to the Hague
Convention on the Civil Aspects of International
Child Abduction and its enforcement.
The winner is Judge Julian Hall of Oxford Crown Court

November 4 2002,

Gray’s Inn

The following have been elected Masters of the Bench of Gray’s Inn:

His Honour Judge Julian Hall;


Steve Bannon trying to get on disgraced Jeffrey Epstein’s good side

Steve Bannon (left) shared a secret meeting with reviled billionaire pedophile Jeffrey ­Epstein at the financier’s notorious Upper East Side mansion.

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.


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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

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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

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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.”

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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.”


Cardinal Keith O'Brien and Alex Salmond

Alex Salmond saddened at Cardinal Keith O’Brien’s resignation

First Minister Alex Salmond with Cardinal O'Brien in 2010

Alex Salmond was “SADDENED” at O’Briens 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

Pennsylvania’s attorney general has claimed to have evidence that the Vatican was aware of a systematic cover up for decades of sex abuse carried out by priests in the Catholic Church.

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.

Read the full article here (published February 2017)

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

A former Vatican ambassador to Washington said Sunday that he told Pope Francis in 2013 about allegations of sexual abuse against a prominent priest – and that Francis took no action. Now, the former official, Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano, is calling for Francis to step down.Vigano made the claims in a lengthy statement that concludes with a call for Francis’ resignation: “In this extremely dramatic moment for the universal Church, he must acknowledge his mistakes and, in keeping with the proclaimed principle of zero tolerance, Pope Francis must be the first to set a good example to Cardinals and Bishops who covered up McCarrick’s abuses and resign along with all of them,” he writes.

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 in comments made 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 resignation on July 28. McCarrick has maintained his innocence.

Father Boniface Ramsey of New York told CBS News this month that he repeatedly complained about McCarrick and heard about his disturbing behavior as early as 1986.

This month, a Pennsylvania grand jury issued 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

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.

Jeffrey Epstein: Coverage of Palm Beach billionaire sex offender case

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.

Memo: Sex offender Jeffrey Epstein talked to FBI to get plea deal

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.”

Jeffery Epstein civil trial spins on claims of stolen documents

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.

Gilo ‏ @seaofcomplicity

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


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.

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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

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Rev David Conner -Now Dean of Windsor

Hugh Palmer

Rev Hugh Palmer – visited one of Smyth’s victims in hospital

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Andrew Watson, now Bishop of Guilford

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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.

‘Old Boys’ to raise $60,000 for Wilson appeal
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Cardinal Donald Wuerl, who will give the keynote address at the World Meeting of Families on Wednesday. Photograph: Ettore Ferrari/EPA

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”.
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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”.

Cardinal Wuerl, however, was bishop of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, from 1988 to 2006. His handling of child sexual abuse allegations there was examined in the grand jury report published last Tuesday.

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”.

The cases concerned Fr Ernest Paone, Fr George Zirwas, and Fr Richard Zula. All three involved Cardinal Wuerl.

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’.”

Arrest warrant

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.”

Financial stipend

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”.


November 18, 2015

Why is the Pope still silent about damning sex abuse report

The Vatican was warned.

17 Aug 2018

In July, Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro wrote a personal letter to Pope Francis, warning him that “a comprehensive investigation” by his office had found “widespread sexual abuse of children and a systemic coverup by leaders of the Catholic Church.”

Shapiro says he never received a response.

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court set a deadline. The grand jury report had to be released by Tuesday at 2 p.m.

The six Pennsylvania dioceses named in the scathing grand jury report even received advanced copies of the 800-page document in May, according to Crux News.

Before the report was published on Tuesday, Cardinal Donald Wuerl, one of the Pope’s top allies and the former bishop of Pittsburgh, had a detailed website prepared to defend himself against charges that he shielded abusive priests. (The website was removed on Thursday after an outcry from Catholics.)

All of this means that idea that the Vatican was caught flat-footed by the explosive report or needs more time to process it is increasingly difficult to understand. So is the Pope’s silence on the matter.

Are accusations that 1,000 children were abused at the hands of Catholic clergy not enough to warrant a comment from their Holy Father?

Apparently not.

“We have no comment at this time,” Paloma Ovejero, deputy director of the Vatican’s press office, said on Wednesday. On Thursday, the Vatican again declined to comment.

Meanwhile, in the United States and elsewhere, pressure continues to mount on Pope Francis to address a rapidly escalating crisis that has spread across several continents, from Australia to Latin America.

In the United States, both liberal and conservative Catholics displayed a rare unity in pressing the Pope to respond to the Pennsylvania grand jury report.
The silence from the Vatican is disturbing,” said Massimo Faggioli, a theology professor at Villanova University in Pennsylvania. “I don’t think the Pope necessarily has to say something today. He needs time to understand the situation. But someone from the Vatican should say something.”
Faggioli noted that Wednesday was a national holiday in Italy, and many church offices were closed. But he also noted that it was well-known that Pennsylvania’s grand jury report, which was in the works since 2016, would be released on Tuesday.
“I don’t think they understand in Rome that this is not just a continuation of the sexual abuse crisis in the United States,” Faggioli said. “This is a whole different chapter. There should be people in Rome telling the Pope this information, but they are not, and that is one of the biggest problems in this pontificate — and it’s getting worse.”
Matthew Schmitz, an editor at First Things, a conservative Catholic magazine, said, “Francis has been unfairly attacked at times for his response to clergy sexual abuse. But his response has been disappointing. I hope that enough pressure can be created that he does act to investigate these issues.”
Earlier this month, Schmitz was one of several dozen young Catholics who wrote an open letter to Francis, telling him they are angry over yet another case of abuse: the allegations against former Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, former archbishop of Washington and one of the most powerful figures in the American church.
McCarrick, who recently resigned from the church’s College of Cardinals, has been accused of molesting young boys and seminarians — accusations he denies.
Schmitz and other Catholics say that while many priests have been punished for abusing minors, the bishops who covered up the crimes have largely escaped punishment, a point echoed in Tuesday’s report from the grand jury in Pennsylvania.
“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,” the grand jury said. “For decades. Monsignors, auxiliary bishops, bishops, archbishops, cardinals have mostly been protected; many, including some named in this report, have been promoted.”
“Whatever the details may turn out to be regarding Archbishop McCarrick or the many abuses in Pennsylvania (or anywhere else), we already know that one root cause is the failure of episcopal leadership.”
Bishops have resigned over sexual abuse cover-ups before.
In the United States, three bishops resigned in 2015 after accusations that they covered up cases of clergy sexual abuse.
After an emergency summit in Rome this May, 31 bishops from Chile offered to resign, an unprecedented action in the modern church, according to a church spokesman. The Pope had called the country’s bishops to Rome after he received a 2,300-page report detailing sexual abuses by priests in Chile. The Pope has accepted the resignations of five of the bishops.
After the Pennsylvania grand jury report, none of the bishops named in the report offered to resign. At least, not publicly.

‘A playbook for concealing the truth’

Tuesday’s grand jury report said internal documents from six Catholic dioceses in Pennsylvania show that more than 300 “predator priests” have been credibly accused of sexually abusing more than 1,000 child victims.
The grand jury described the church’s methods as “a playbook for concealing the truth” after FBI agents identified a series of practices they found in diocese files.
The grand jurors said that “almost every instance of abuse we found is too old to be prosecuted.” But charges have been filed against two priests, one in Erie diocese and another in Greensburg diocese, who have been accused of abusing minors.
At a news conference announcing the report’s release, Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro called it the “largest, most comprehensive report into child sexual abuse within the Catholic Church ever produced in the United States.”
Although the Vatican declined to comment, DiNardo and Bishop Timothy L. Doherty, chair of the bishops’ Committee for the Protection of Children and Young People, issued a statement.

Three unanswered questions from The Lost Boys of Bird Island

16 August 2018

The Lost Boys of Bird Island leaves readers with many unanswered questions.

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.

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John Wiley on Bird Island

David Allen

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.

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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.

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Teacher,  MP for Florida, 1974; Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Minister of Education and Training, 1983-84; Minister of Finance, 1984-1992.

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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.


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He said he was “apparently the third and up to now unidentified minister who is still alive” that the book refers to.

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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.

Murder, arms dealing, treason and sexual abuse.

In the 1980s, South African intelligence sent weapons to paramilitaries in Northern Ireland.

Brian Nelson, an agent of the UK government, travelled to South Africa arrange the deal.

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…

Allen’s business interests lay in the sphere of Wiley’s work as minister of the environment. He had the concession for guano on Bird Island, off Port Elizabeth, as well as the franchise to breed oysters and mussels for sale to the Far East. In his capacity as a minister, Wiley had visited Allen’s commercial establishments. The Cape Times story of disclosed that Allen had shot himself on the beach at Port Elizabeth, two hours before he was due to appear in court on an unspecified charge. Six days later, the Sunday newspapers printed what had by then become well known by rumour, that Allen was charged with acts of indecency against young boys.

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South Africa’s ‘paedophile’ minister and a mysterious death

15 August 2018

Mark Minnie

Mark Minnie was reportedly afraid that he might be killed

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.

President intervened

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.



Apartheid’s paedophiles: ‘Magnus Malan and others in sex orgies with young boys’ 


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.

‘Fishing trips’

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.


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Ed Ganster was a priest, worked at Walt Disney World and co-founded Operation Safety 91

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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.


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Over 300 ‘predator priests’ in Pennsylvania accused of abuse in grand jury report

More than 1,000 child victims were identifiable from the church’s own records, according to the 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

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Bishop of Hull, James Jones

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

09 August 2018
 A former vicar has been jailed for 12 years for a string of sexual offences against children. Terence Grigg, 84, formerly rector of St Mary’s Church, Cottingham near Hull, was sentenced to 12 years in prison at Hull Crown Court. A jury convicted Grigg of 14 child sex offences against four victims between the mid 1980’s and the early 1990’s.
...a range of offences against five boys, which are alleged to have taken place between 1983 and 1996. Mr Grigg, of Grove Street, Malton, North Yorkshire
Mr Grigg retired as priest in charge at St Mary’s Church in Cottingham in 2004. He had worked at the church in Hallgate for 20 years.
18 October 2010
The Bishop of the Koforidua Diocese of the Anglican Church, Rt. Rev. Francis Benjamin Quashie was preaching at the Koforidua St. Peter’s Cathedral of the church at a thanksgiving service in honour of a British Anglican Priest, Rev Canon Terrence Grigg.

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.


Celtic FB

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.


Serial killer Fred West killed himself before he could be brought to justice. It is now believed he may have had many more victims in Glasgow 

 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 

 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’.

 Paul Pender is calling on police to re-open the Fred West file and investigate an old allotment site in Glasgow

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

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.’


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 

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 ‘s abuse. The 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 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. is vital in such settings 3/3

Mandate Now‏@mandatenow

Archbishop apologises for historic ‘abuse’: the full story 2/2/17 | ABC has not spoken to any of ‘s victims. Why not? Perhaps a newspaper will inform us this week? ?


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.

‘No justice’

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

By David Rose for The Mail

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.

Judge Deborah Taylor told Southwark Crown Court that it would be impossible for King to get a fair trial

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. Photograph: Osservatore Romano/Reuters

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.

At the time, the Catholic Church was in discussion with the Czech Republic over a concordat, a draft of which was rejected in 2003 by the chamber of deputies in Prague.

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.



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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.

BBC Wales revealed on Friday that Dyfed-Powys Police are now investigating claims by 20 victims.

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.

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.

Map of Caldey

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.

Jenny with Thaddeus Kotik

Thaddeus Kotik with ‘Jenny’, who has released this photo to us of her as a child

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.

Thaddeus Kotik

Thaddeus Kotik died without any charges being brought against him

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

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

Ajaz Karim

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.

‘Hugely traumatic’

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.


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UPDATED: “The blatant openness of this behaviour demonstrates there was a culture of acceptance of abusive behaviour.” Damning report by 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 
  • Schools ‘hid allegations of appalling abuse to protect the church’s reputation’ 
  • 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.’


Savile was an early admirer and supporter of Kenny. Savile gave him masses of fabulous advice.


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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.

John Wiley and Magnus Malan with PW Botha

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 hermanmoby@gmail.com.


The Lost Boys of Bird Island: three apartheid ministers named in paedophilia ring


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.[1]

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.[2]



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.

A former senior judge / aangirfan: Dunblane / aangirfan: Lockerbie – who were the key players in the trial?

Lockerbie – who were the key players in the trial?


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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


Vatican ‘sought deal’ with Irish State to bury church documents

Mary McAleese called event ‘one of the most devastating moments in my presidency’


Former president Mary McAleese says she refused to discuss an attempt by the Vatican in 2003 to secure an agreement with Ireland that it would not access church documents.

Speaking to The Irish Times, Ms McAleese has revealed what she described as “one of the most devastating moments in my presidency”.

It occurred during a State visit to Italy when she had a private meeting with then Vatican secretary of state Angelo Sodano.

“He indicated that he would like, and the Vatican would like, an agreement with Ireland, a concordat with Ireland. I asked him why and it was very clear it was because he wanted to protect Vatican and diocesan archives. I have to say that I immediately said the conversation had to stop,” Ms McAleese said

“I told him I thought it extraordinarily inappropriate and very, very dangerous to the church, if it was pursued,” she said. “I asked Msgr Joe Murphy of Cloyne [then secretary to Cardinal Sodano] who was in the room that day along with my husband and Dermot McCarthy, then secretary to the government, and I said: ‘Look, I have heard nothing about this subject’.”

She was “very unhappy it being raised with me in private by Sodano and I said to Joe Murphy, ‘Would you explain to the cardinal that the church in Ireland is on the back foot. If this matter is pursued any further in this conversation or pursued outside of it, in my view the church would be flat on its back.’ So the matter was dropped there and I never heard any mention of it again.”

Statutory inquiries

What worried her most was that there were then two statutory inquiries under way in Ireland into child abuse involving the church. The Ryan commission (the Commission to Inquire into Child Abuse), set up in 2000, was investigating the treatment of children in industrial schools, reformatories and orphanages, run by 18 religious congregations.

In March 2003, prior to her visit to Italy, the Ferns inquiry was set up, under retired Supreme Court justice Frank Murphy, to investigate clerical child sex abuse in Ferns diocese.

“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 said.

She was “gratified to say it never was pursued but I think the thinking is indicative of what did happen”.

“I’m hoping those days are over, that everybody is more chastened now. Everybody knows now that the secrecy was certainly not conducive to the good of the church. It eroded credibility and it eroded trust.”

The Irish Times sought a comment from the Vatican’s press office but none was forthcoming.


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This was 2003, just after I’d successfully campaigned for Ferns Inquiry, the 1st investigation of clerical abuse in an Irish diocese. The Church fought tooth & nail against its establishment. This attempt to suppress information is no surprise

We were campaigning for a full inquiry into abuse in the Archdiocese of Dublin at the time. The Church was still denying that abuse was commonplace & that it knew about it & had covered it up. It argued that Canon (church) Law was superior to the law of the state

It was also the the same period within which the Vatican asserted diplomatic immunity to block my civil action against the Pope to try force them to reveal what they knew about the priest who had raped me and dozens of other boys

So all at same time, the Church was saying Canon Law was superior to law of the state, trying to get an agreement based upon international law that would allow it to bury records of the Irish Church , and asserting diplomatic immunity to avoid civil law proceedings

The Vatican was always quick to act to protect itself. That’s why from 1987 on every Irish diocese took out insurance policies to protect themselves against cost of litigation taken by victims of clerical sex abuse. A shame they had no interest in protecting kids

Think about that for a moment. Over a year or so, from ‘87 on every Irish diocese took out that insurance policy. A decade later they would baldly lie & tell us they didn’t know such abuse was even happening.That they, like the rest of us, were on a ‘learning curve’.

They lied. All the way from the Vatican down to local bishops. They claimed that revelations of abuse were just efforts to damage the church but anti-catholic forced and that abuse was not a significant issue within the church.

We were condemned as liars, accused of slandering bishops & the Church. And before you think that everything has changed, that is remarkably different, remember his first response to victims in Chile

Pope Francis accuses Chilean church sexual abuse victims of slander


John Smyth tortured Christian boys at Iwerne – where’s the CofE inquiry?


The documentary maker who exposed Jimmy Savile ‘offered to sell names of DJ Jonathan King’s child sex abuse victims’ while working as a police detective on his case, judge claims

  • Mark Williams-Thomas has claimed to have solved numerous high-profile cases
  • Judge Deborah Taylor delivered a withering view of his work for Surrey Police
  • She said a document was found offering names and introductions to victims 

A former police officer in the Jonathan King case who is now a TV documentary reporter offered to sell the names of the pop mogul’s victims, according to a judge.

Investigative reporter Mark Williams-Thomas, who made his name in a documentary exposing Jimmy Savile, has claimed to have solved a number of high-profile cases, including the murder of TV host Jill Dando.

But yesterday his professional reputation was called into question after Judge Deborah Taylor delivered a withering assessment of his previous work for Surrey Police on the King case. before he left the force in October 2000 Mr Williams-Thomas was the detective who interviewed the first man to accuse King of sexual assault. He was subsequently accused – and acquitted – of blackmail in an unrelated case.

Yesterday the judge said: ‘During the investigation into that offence a document was found on his computer offering for sale names and introductions to victims of Mr King.

‘There was also information that prior to Mr King’s arrest, Williams-Thomas said that he had been provided by a journalist with information about King. Williams-Thomas left taking his contemporaneous notebooks of his involvement with inquiries into Mr King with him.

‘No attempts had been made to obtain them, although it is the Crown’s position that he should not have taken them with him as they were the property of Surrey Police.’

The judge added that it had been suggested ‘there was deliberate concealment of his previous prosecution and of the documents indicating attempts to gain financial advantage from selling details of Mr King’s case’. Yesterday Mr Williams-Thomas denied ever knowing the victims’ identities, or offering them for sale.

The ex-officer, who is working with Simon Cowell’s production company on a crime investigation series, said: ‘I have for the first time today been made aware that my name has been mentioned in a ruling by HHJ Deborah Taylor in the case against Jonathan King.

‘I am with immediate effect making contact with the CPS to seek clarification on these matters.’

Selling victims’ details would constitute an offence of misconduct in a public office. The maximum penalty is life in prison.


Music mogul Jonathan King receives police apology over failed trial

6 Aug 2018

Surrey Police have apologised for serious failings in their investigation into DJ Jonathan King after the collapse of his trial in June.

There will be no further action against King, 73, and he will not be re-tried over alleged historical sex offences, police said.

King denied 23 serious sexual assault charges against teenage boys, alleged to have happened between 1970 and 1988.

His defence team said the investigation “lacked sufficient objectivity”.

Surrey Police said it had been running a complex investigation running over several years and involving an “enormous” amount of data and documentation.

King’s trial collapsed in June, and after it was confirmed that proceedings would not continue, the force said in a statement: “We deeply regret that despite these efforts we did not meet the required standards to ensure a fair trial.”

“As a result, the evidence will not be tested by a jury and neither the complainants’ nor the defendant have their voices heard in court. For this we wholeheartedly apologise.”

Surrey Police is commissioning an independent review of the investigation.

Birds solicitors, who represented King, said: “This case is yet another example of failings in the disclosure process. The judgment of the court sets out the detail of those failings which the judge described as a ‘debacle’.

“We have long expressed concerns about this investigation which we consider lacked sufficient objectivity and was run entirely contrary to the recommendations of the Henriques Report.

King, an ex-pop star and producer for acts including Genesis, was released from jail in 2005 after serving half of a seven-year jail term for abusing underage boys between 1983 and 1989.

He was previously found guilty at the Old Bailey in 2001 of sex offences against five youngsters aged 14 and 15.

The CPS said King originally faced 24 charges, but one was dropped.


Mark Williams-Thomas who exposed Jimmy Savile ‘offered to sell names of DJ Jonathan King’s child sex abuse victims’ while working as a police detective on his case, judge claims

The ex-officer, who is working with Simon Cowell’s production company on a crime investigation series, said: ‘I have for the first time today been made aware that my name has been mentioned in a ruling by HHJ Deborah Taylor in the case against Jonathan King.


Mark Williams Thomas working with Simon Cowell – how dodgy is all that…Cowell gave financial support to previously convicted paedo Jonathan King

For Cowell – Mr Nasty on such talent shows as Pop Idol and The X Factor – put up £50,000 of his then friend’s £150,000 bail after he was first arrested.

According to King, when Cowell heard he’d been arrested, he was the first person to offer to help

King says that he later called Cowell to see if he’d put up part of the bail money and the X Factor star replied that he “didn’t need to ask”.

The money kept King out of prison during the lead-up to his Old Bailey trial in 2001, when he was jailed for seven years for offences against boys aged 14 and 15 in the 1980s.


Radio One’s founding DJs is cleared of abusing an underage boy


…steering to a ‘these are innocent men caught up in a witch hunt” All on the back of Kitty (Cliff Richards) payouts.

Loads of reporting regarding the above two – Are they drawing the eyes away from Ball

Sex abuse bishop backed by Prince Charles tries to start a new life as a Catholic

  • Peter Ball has moved to Somerset to start a new life after sex abuse conviction  
  • Ball, 86, was jailed for 32 months in October 2015 for historic abuse against boys 
  • The former bishop of Lewes and Gloucester was a friend of Prince Charles 

A sex abuser bishop who was supported by Prince Charles has started a new life in the West Country where he hopes to become a Catholic.

Peter Ball, 86, moved into an 18th century property in a Somerset village after his release from prison last year for abusing 16 young men.

The revelations come days after it emerged Charles had described him as the victim of ‘monstrous wrongs’.

The supportive relationship was detailed in a series of letters given to the child sex abuse inquiry, which heard new claims of an alleged Establishment ‘cover up’ of Ball’s behaviour.

Despite his offences, the former bishop of Lewes and Gloucester is still the recipient of a generous Church of England pension.

Ball last night said he had been forbidden from discussing the ongoing inquiry, which is investigating how he escaped prosecution for decades after his offending came to light.

‘I really would like to talk but I’m under strict orders not to discuss anything that has gone on over the last few weeks,’ he said.

He is living with his twin brother Michael, the former Bishop of Truro, who has been accused of attempting to deter police investigations into his sibling.

A church review earlier this year also accused Michael Ball of overlooking accusations against Jeremy Dowling, a prominent church member who was jailed in 2015 for abusing boys.

The brothers live alone in a property owned by a couple that is on the same plot as a private sports facility used by children.

Neighbours said the brothers live a largely solitary existence, occasionally dining in a local pub.

One said: ‘Most people know of Peter Ball’s past, but you very rarely see them out and about.’ In an email to friends, the brothers revealed that they are seeking to convert to Catholicism due to their ‘battering’ by the Church of England over its handling of the scandal.

They said they want to ‘live and worship in anonymity and without constant fear’. A source from the Catholic Diocese of Clifton, which includes the village where the brothers live, said it is still considering the application amid concerns that welcoming them could prompt criticism.

The brothers previously moved to Somerset in 1997, when they controversially took over a property bought for them by Charles’s Duchy of Cornwall estate.

This came after Ball’s behaviour was first investigated by police in 1992, which resulted in him receiving a caution for gross indecency and resigning from his post as bishop.

Charles has insisted he had no personal involvement in the selection of the property and merely started the rental process.

A report by Dame Moira Gibb into the Ball case last year said the Duchy bought the property ‘specifically’ to house Ball and his brother before they moved out in 2011.

The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse is investigating whether Ball’s coterie of establishment friends aided his return to church life before his eventual conviction in 2015.

In evidence to the inquiry last week, Charles said he had been ‘deceived’ by Ball and he did not understand that his 1993 caution carried an admission of guilt.

Letters revealed the depth of their friendship, with the prince saying he wished he could ‘do more’ to help Ball while promising to ‘see off’ an unnamed person connected to the case.

Charles explained that he broke off the friendship after Ball’s conviction, claiming only then did he realise the true extent of his offending.

‘I wish I could do more’: What the prince wrote to his friend the bishop as allegations swirled around

Sept 1993, Ball to Charles

Life continues to be pretty nasty for me for, it seems that my accusers still want to continue their malicious campaign. Luckily they are beginning to show some of their fraudulent plans.

Dec 1994, Charles to Ball

I saw the Archbishop the other day and he told me he is trying to bring you back to a public ministry. I do hope this will be all right and suit you, if and when it happens….

Feb 1995, Charles to Ball

I wish I could do more. I feel so desperately strongly about the monstrous wrongs that have been done to you and the way you have been treated. It’s appalling that the Archbishop has gone back on what he told me, before Xmas, that he was hoping to restore you to some form of Ministry in the Church.

I suspect you are absolutely right – it is due to fear of the media….If it is any consolation, the Archbishop has written me a letter (between you and me) in which it is also clear that he is frightened of the press – what he calls ‘public perception’, which in fact, perception of events and characters based entirely on lies, invention, speculation and sensation.

Dec 1995, Ball to Charles

The young man who accused me keeps on harassing. The last was a few weeks back with a fax, threatening to say more, when he has agreed not to and ending with the words ‘Your never forgiving brother in Christ’. That is both vile and blasphemous and oh that the police and CPS had seen and known from the beginning the nature of the young man. How I wish the Archbishop or someone would tell them.

April 1996, Ball to Charles

And I can honestly share the pain of it all having tried to break the crippling and unchristian powers of the ecclesiastical set up, and then being deserted in my hour of need.

June 1996, Charles to Ball

…I am so glad that [X] has been in touch as I requested. I pray the Duchy will be able to find something suitable for you both in due course, but it may take a little time to locate it! I long to see you both settled somewhere that suits you and gives you peace and tranquility – and not too far from here so you can come over more easily…

March 1997, Charles to Ball

[X] tells me that your house has been bought successfully – it looks rather nice – and I only hope the rent won’t be too bad!

I can’t bear it that the frightful, terrifying man is on the loose again and doing his worst… I was visiting the vicar… and we were enthusing about you and your brother and he then told me that he had heard that this ghastly man was up to his dastardly tricks again…. I’ll see off this horrid man if he tries anything again.

Aug 2001, Charles to Ball

I do however firmly believe that one day people will be forced to signing your resignation deed but, as you have been advised, I daresay that the establishment will close ranks and you will get nowhere. But how outrageous that now these people say sorry – and only in private….

Dec 2001, Charles to Ball

I saw [ ] the other day…he mentioned that you were thinking of going to the Archbishop and seemed a bit anxious about it… I daresay by now you will have approached the Archbishop but in your letter you so kindly asked me whether I had any objections – something which you certainly didn’t need to do.

The only thing I would say is that unless you really need to go to the Archbishop of Canterbury – for financial reasons particularly – I would have thought it might be better to let sleeping dogs lie…

Oct 2009, Ball to Charles

I am now nearly a broken man, because of what the Church has put me through after seventeen years of serving in retirement. They have smashed me with the bully of an assessor -…from a Child Protection Officer and no pastoral care, except two nice letters from the Archbishop. Suddenly, I am not allowed to baptise, or go to any parish without informing the Church Warden that I had a caution all those years back…

Ball included a letter that set out he was being risk assessed.

May 2010, Ball to Charles

…the horror that has come to me from the Bishop of Chichester with the Archbishop’s obvious hand in it. I have been told that I may not minister at all when we move, nor may I worship anywhere without signing a Declaration for the Protection of Children.

May 2012, Ball to Charles

Writes to say that the police are re-opening the investigation and are to question him. He says: ‘I thought it had been fully examined twenty years ago.’

July 2012, Ball to Charles

Life is ‘almost unbearable. I am being pursued and persecuted. In ways which it would not be discreet to enlarge on, though I am sure that you can guess their source and virulence’.

Dec 2012, Ball to Charles

Ball wrote to thank the Prince of Wales for phoning him, writing in the letter that the affair of twenty years ago had been ‘stirred up’ again by Lambeth.


Keith Vaz accused of ‘bullying members of staff in House of Commons’

1 Aug 2018

The MP allegedly made comments about a clerk’s race and fertility

Veteran Labour politician Keith Vaz has reportedly been accused of bullying from a number of clerks as they tried to uphold the rules and processes in the House of Commons.

The MP for Leicester East allegedly made comments about one clerk’s race and told her she was bad at her job because she was “not a mother”, when she raised an issue about him not following rules and standards.

Jenny McCullough told the BBC’s Newsnight she was repeatedly on the receiving end of Mr Vaz’s bullying and was forced to leave her job because of his behaviour.

Mr Vaz has denied the allegations.

Ms McCullough served as the second clerk of the Home Affairs Select Committee which Mr Vaz chaired from 2007 to 2016, until he was forced to quit after the Sunday Mirror revealed he had engaged in unprotected sexual activity with male prostitutes and had said he would pay for cocaine if they wished to use it.

She told the programme that he made the comments when she attempted to enforce a set of rules that designed to stop professional visits abroad turning into personal holidays or business trips.

During a trip to Russia and Ukraine she allegedly attempted to highlight to him that he had not followed protocol on a number of occasions.

When she did so, she said Mr Vaz launched a “tirade” against her in a hotel lobby.

“At one point during this tirade, he told me that I wasn’t capable of serving the committee because I wasn’t a mother,” she told Newsnight. “All I knew was it wasn’t normal to be harangued about my fertility status in the reception of a hotel room, at public expense in front of my colleague on the team.

“I think there were other members of the committee there, I think there may have been some foreign office staff and other guests of the hotel.”

She also alleged that Mr Vaz made jokes that Ms McCullough was a security threat, on account of her Northern Irish background and accent.

The treatment continued well after the trip had come to an end, she said, adding that she was eventually asked to stop coming to team meetings because her presence resulted in Mr Vaz being too disruptive and not getting any work done.

She said when she highlighted the treatment to her managers, it was treated as though it was normal.

“It was as though there was something wrong with me, that I was too sensitive, that this was normal. And I found that a really hard response to deal with because they seem content to let Keith Vaz deliver this lesson to me by his treatment of me,” she said.

She said she did not put in a formal complaint because she was “afraid” of Mr Vaz and that as he was well connected she “thought it could only end badly”.

Ms McCullough is not the only clerk to raise a complaint about Mr Vaz’s behaviour, the programme reported.

The Independent has contacted Mr Vaz for a comment, but none had arrived at the time of publication.

However, a representative for the MP told Newsnight that he “did not berate Ms McCullough at any stage whether before during or after the Russia trip, nor did he at any time insult her maternal status”.

They added: “Furthermore, our client finds the allegation that he would make insulting jokes about anyone on the basis of race extremely offensive” and “would never trivialise a person’s ethnic background. ​No complaint or allegation of this nature has ever been brought to his attention. Our client had considered that he and Ms McCullough had previously had a good working relationship, and had always considered her to be very effective as a clerk.”


Keith Vaz thread

Keith Vaz has been a Labour party member since 1982.


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Convicted archbishop Wilson’s replacement, Greg O’ Kelly, ‘mishandled’ abuse complaint

20 July 2018

Why would the Catholic Church put “a man like that” in the role, his accuser wants to know.

Bishop O’Kelly, 76, has already courted controversy in the temporary leadership role by saying the church would defy new laws requiring priests to report abuse revealed during confession.

Australian Vatican ambassador Reverend Adolfo Tito Yllana did not respond to questions about whether Pope Francis had been made aware of Bishop O’Kelly’s involvement in Michael’s case prior to the appointment.

The Archbishop of Adelaide, Philip Wilson.

Archbishop Philip Wilson

When an Australian archbishop’s conviction for covering up child sexual abuse threw the Catholic Church into crisis this year, Pope Francis appointed Greg O’Kelly to replace him.

But child abuse survivor Michael* is stunned the pontiff would turn to a South Australian bishop he says mishandled his complaint about a teacher who groomed and sexually abused him in the 1990s.

With my experience of Greg O’Kelly, it is absolutely astounding that they would put a man like that in that role,” Michael told SBS News.

Bishop O’Kelly was the headmaster of Adelaide’s St Ignatius College in 1995 when Michael, a former student, told the clergyman he had been abused by teacher Stephen Hamra three years earlier when he was just 14.

“A boy was being hurt and I didn’t believe his version of the ordeal,” Bishop O’Kelly conceded to Michael in a letter sent almost two decades after their meeting.

Stephen Hamra

Former teacher Stephen Hamra

Hamra stayed in the Catholic school system – and even went on to review a key child protection policy at another college – until the police notified the church of separate allegations against him in 2011.

Hamra, 61, who was last year convicted of offences against one victim dating back to the 1970s and ‘80s, was found guilty in April in relation to a second victim. He is awaiting sentencing.

Hamra was reinstated despite then-Director of Public Prosecutions Paul Rofe not ruling out “there being reasonable prospects of conviction” were the matter to go to court.


30 July 2018

Adelaide Archbishop Philip Wilson has resigned and Pope Francis has accepted his resignation. In May, Wilson was found guilty of concealing sexual abuse in the in the 1970s. He was sentenced to 12 months detention earlier this month


Christ’s Hospital School where 5 teachers have been jailed for CSA:


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Nigella, Lord Nigel Lawson, Tom Lawson

5 May 2015

Tom Lawson, son of Lord Lawson and half-brother of Nigella, was educated at Eton before going to Oxford, and is now deputy head of Christ’s Hospital school in Horsham, West Sussex.



Lord Lawson say Police should stop funding investigations into historical abuse.


  • Some students were sent from Christ Hospital School to paedophile Bishop Peter Ball for punishment.

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Mr Hughes has now indicated that new complainants came forward following the media coverage of Peter Ball’s sentencing. It was considered that it was not in the public interest to pursue these cases, as Peter Ball has recently been incarcerated.


Peter Ball would pray naked with them at the altar and encourage them to submit to beatings. At least five more victims were schoolchildren.


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Jimmy Savile acted as a kind of marriage counsellor between Charles and Princess Diana.

Whitehall is ‘covering up the past’: File on Prince Charles and Princess Diana’s marriage, Lockerbie records and MI5 ‘link’ to Belfast lawyer death among documents blocked by government

  • The Advisory Council on National Records and Archives released its latest report
  • Whitehall is supposed to send files to the National Archives after 20 years
  • Officials can block the release of files if they compromise National security
  • The number of blocked files has jumped from 4,300 to 5,900 in a year

Civil servants have been accused of covering up embarrassing incidents such as official opinions on the marriage of Prince Charles and Princess Diana, the Lockerbie atrocity and the murder of Belfast solicitor Pat Finucane.

Government departments have blocked the release of almost 6,000 documents which have been deposited in the National Archives.

Many of the documents relate to Europe and John Major’s time in Downing Street.

Ordinarily, the files would be released under the 20-year rule – but Whitehall mandarins are afraid the contents would cause controversy.

Among the files being held back are those relating to former European Commission president Jacques Delors, who became a hate figure for some sections of the media.

The National Archives last year blocked the release of correspondence between Myra Hindley and Ian Brady citing ‘ongoing criminal investigations’.

Belfast human rights lawyer Pat Finucane was murdered by loyalist paramilitaries in February 1989. His family believes he was set up by MI5 so the release of information on his killing would be highly embarrassing for the government.

The Supreme Court is currently considering whether to order a public inquiry into the state’s collusion into Mr Finucane’s murder.

Under the current rules, Whitehall departments can ask that files remain secret if they will undermine foreign relations or impinge on defence or security.

The Advisory Council on National Records and Archives released their 15th annual report, which revealed they met in May, July and November 2017 and then again in February 2018 to decide on the documents which should be released.

The Council criticised an un-named government department which took more than a year to settle a Freedom of Information request on a historic file.

As well as deciding on the records to release, the Council met with the Brexit department, once headed by David Davis to determine which files should be kept for later release in 20 years’ time.

 Last year, of the 74,551 government records transferred to the National Archives, some 87.6 per cent are either open or partially closed and can be inspected by any member of the public with a reader ticket for the National Archives.

However, last year, Whitehall departments blocked the release of 5,974 files – compared with 4,290 in 2016/17.

Civil servants claimed an ‘absolute exemption’ on 60 per cent of these files so the Committee could not subject them to a public interest test.

The Committee examined 17 per cent of the exemptions – which resulted in more than half of them being overturned.

According to the report, the Government has been criticised for blocking the release of information: ‘The Council has, however, been disappointed by the time it has taken for departments to respond to some of its recommendations, such as the institution of a procedure to ensure that the Council is consulted where FOI requests are made for records retained by departments and where the FOIA exemption claimed by the department gives rise to a public interest test.

‘In one case, a recommendation from the review took more than a year to receive a response from your department.’

One major problem relates to funding. The Ministry of Defence wants to transfer military service records from the early part of the last century and digitise them for ease of access. However, the Committee’s report suggests the funds are not available to complete the project.

Also, one researcher wrote to the Committee to complain about the release of a certain series of files held by the Ministry of Defence.

According to the 11-page report, which was submitted to Jeremy Wright, Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, the most common reasons to block the release of historic documents are ‘international relations’ and ‘risks to the health or safety of individuals’.


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Jimmy Savile acted as a kind of marriage counsellor between Charles and Princess Diana.

Jimmy Savile caused concern with behaviour on visits to Prince Charles

Former royal aide says TV presenter would greet young female assistants at St James’s Palace by ‘rubbing lips up their arms’
Savile is understood to have visited Prince Charles’s official London residence several times in the late 1980s when he was acting as a kind of marriage counsellor between Charles and Princess Diana.


Paedophile Jimmy Savile was paedophile Bishop Ball’s principal entree into the royal household.  Paedophile Bishop Peter Ball also counselled Prince Charles

Peter Ball would pray naked with them at the altar and encourage them to submit to beatings. At least five more victims were schoolchildren.
Mr Hughes has now indicated that new complainants came forward following the media coverage of Peter Ball’s sentencing. It was considered that it was not in the public interest to pursue these cases, as Peter Ball has recently been incarcerated.

Peter Ball: the sinful bishop and a very English cover-up

Times 27/7/18

Paedophile Peter Ball also claimed to be a friend of the Duchess of York.


The Duchess of York was also good friends with convicted paedophile Jeffrey Epstein

Cash-strapped Fergie took £15,000 from paedophile billionaire at centre of claims Prince Andrew slept with under-age ‘sex slave’

  • Duchess of York struck deal with disgraced tycoon in December 2010
  • Came within days of Duke of York flying out to visit Epstein in New York


Charles and the pervert: Prince tells child sex abuse inquiry he was ‘deceived’ by bishop Peter Ball but says he cannot remember who he was referring to when he said ‘I will see off this horrid man’ in letter to disgraced clergyman 21 years ago

  • Prince Charles denied he tried to influence an investigation into Peter Ball
  • The royal gave written evidence at a sex child abuse inquiry on Friday 
  • Ball, the former Bishop of Lewes, sexually abused 18 men during ’80s and ’90s

The Prince of Wales has told a public inquiry he was ‘deceived’ by disgraced bishop Peter Ball and said he ‘cannot shed any light’ on the ‘horrid man’ he referred to in a letter to the paedophile.

Prince Charles was friends with the ex-Bishop of Lewes for over two decades after he accepted a caution for gross indecency. 

He only cut ties with him after he was convicted of sexually abusing 18 young men aged 17 to 25 over 30 years in 2015.

The convicted Bishop, 86, was released last year after serving half his sentence behind bars.

In written evidence today, Prince Charles refused to elaborate on a letter he wrote to Ball at the time of sexual misconduct claims, telling him: ‘I will see off this horrid man if he tries anything again.’

Ball had told the Prince a single accuser was behind allegations that led to him having to quit as the Bishop of Gloucester.

In a letter to the Independent Inquiry into Child Sex Abuse, the Prince said Ball had told him the complaint against him was false and had arisen from someone who had a grudge against him and was ‘persecuting’ him.

In extracts from one letter between the Prince and Ball, Charles says: ‘I can’t bear it that the frightful and terrifying man is on the loose and doing his worst.’

But in his letter to the inquiry on Friday, the Prince, who said he regrets having been ‘deceived’ by Ball, said: ‘I regret that I am unable to shed any light on references made in a letter dated 23rd March 1997 to a ‘horrid man’ or a ‘frightful and terrifying man’.

‘This seems to be a manner of speaking in the midst of a long letter written more than twenty years ago.

‘I do recall that Peter Ball felt that numerous individuals, including his critics in the media, were doing all in their power to disadvantage him unfairly.

‘I suspect, but cannot be certain, that the reference is to this issue in some way.’

The Prince says he did not know about the nature of the complaint against Ball and had not appreciated the meaning of a caution – the acceptance of guilt.

A lawyer for some of the former bishop’s victims has said it was difficult to see that ‘as anything other than willful blindness’.

Ball had previously boasted of being a confidant of Charles, and his court case heard that a member of the royal family was among a host of public figures who supported him when he avoided charges in 1993.

In a statement the Prince of Wales denied he tried to influence the police probe into Ball, as he also revealed the bishop told him he had quit his job over an ‘indiscretion’.

He is not giving evidence in person, and it is instead being read out from a prepared statement.

Today he was pictured meeting the UK’s first F-35 Lightening Squadron at the RAF base in Kings Lynn, Norfolk.

In another letter from the Prince to Ball in 1995 – two years after Ball’s caution – the future king said he wished he could ‘do more’.

He said: ‘I feel so desperately strongly about the monstrous wrongs that have been done to you and the way you have been treated.’

Charles also said he had been told by the then Archbishop of Canterbury George Carey the church was looking at bringing Ball back into public ministry.

In the 1995 letter he said it was ‘appalling’ that the Archbishop, now Lord Carey, had ‘gone back on what he told me’.

He said it was clear the Archbishop was ‘frightened of the press – what he calls ‘public perception’.’

Another letter from Charles the following year referred to the process of getting a Duchy of Cornwall property for Ball and his brother Michael, Bishop of Truro.

It said: ‘I long to see you both settled somewhere that suits you and gives you peace and tranquility – and not too far from here so you can come over more easily.’

The pair rented a Duchy property between 1997 and 2011.

Charles’s letter to the inquiry added: ‘My heart goes out to the victims of abuse and I applaud their courage as they rebuild their lives and, so often, offer invaluable support to others who have suffered.

‘I wish I could do more’: What the prince wrote to his friend the bishop as allegations swirled around

Sept 1993, Ball to Charles

Life continues to be pretty nasty for me for, it seems that my accusers still want to continue their malicious campaign. Luckily they are beginning to show some of their fraudulent plans.

Dec 1994, Charles to Ball

I saw the Archbishop the other day and he told me he is trying to bring you back to a public ministry. I do hope this will be all right and suit you, if and when it happens….

Feb 1995, Charles to Ball

I wish I could do more. I feel so desperately strongly about the monstrous wrongs that have been done to you and the way you have been treated. It’s appalling that the Archbishop has gone back on what he told me, before Xmas, that he was hoping to restore you to some form of Ministry in the Church.

I suspect you are absolutely right – it is due to fear of the media….If it is any consolation, the Archbishop has written me a letter (between you and me) in which it is also clear that he is frightened of the press – what he calls ‘public perception’, which in fact, perception of events and characters based entirely on lies, invention, speculation and sensation.

Dec 1995, Ball to Charles

The young man who accused me keeps on harassing. The last was a few weeks back with a fax, threatening to say more, when he has agreed not to and ending with the words ‘Your never forgiving brother in Christ’. That is both vile and blasphemous and oh that the police and CPS had seen and known from the beginning the nature of the young man. How I wish the Archbishop or someone would tell them.

April 1996, Ball to Charles

And I can honestly share the pain of it all having tried to break the crippling and unchristian powers of the ecclesiastical set up, and then being deserted in my hour of need.

June 1996, Charles to Ball

…I am so glad that [X] has been in touch as I requested. I pray the Duchy will be able to find something suitable for you both in due course, but it may take a little time to locate it! I long to see you both settled somewhere that suits you and gives you peace and tranquility – and not too far from here so you can come over more easily…

March 1997, Charles to Ball

[X] tells me that your house has been bought successfully – it looks rather nice – and I only hope the rent won’t be too bad!

I can’t bear it that the frightful, terrifying man is on the loose again and doing his worst… I was visiting the vicar… and we were enthusing about you and your brother and he then told me that he had heard that this ghastly man was up to his dastardly tricks again…. I’ll see off this horrid man if he tries anything again.

Aug 2001, Charles to Ball

I do however firmly believe that one day people will be forced to signing your resignation deed but, as you have been advised, I daresay that the establishment will close ranks and you will get nowhere. But how outrageous that now these people say sorry – and only in private….

Dec 2001, Charles to Ball

I saw [ ] the other day…he mentioned that you were thinking of going to the Archbishop and seemed a bit anxious about it… I daresay by now you will have approached the Archbishop but in your letter you so kindly asked me whether I had any objections – something which you certainly didn’t need to do.

The only thing I would say is that unless you really need to go to the Archbishop of Canterbury – for financial reasons particularly – I would have thought it might be better to let sleeping dogs lie…

Oct 2009, Ball to Charles

I am now nearly a broken man, because of what the Church has put me through after seventeen years of serving in retirement. They have smashed me with the bully of an assessor -…from a Child Protection Officer and no pastoral care, except two nice letters from the Archbishop. Suddenly, I am not allowed to baptise, or go to any parish without informing the Church Warden that I had a caution all those years back…

Ball included a letter that set out he was being risk assessed.

May 2010, Ball to Charles

…the horror that has come to me from the Bishop of Chichester with the Archbishop’s obvious hand in it. I have been told that I may not minister at all when we move, nor may I worship anywhere without signing a Declaration for the Protection of Children.

May 2012, Ball to Charles

Writes to say that the police are re-opening the investigation and are to question him. He says: ‘I thought it had been fully examined twenty years ago.’

July 2012, Ball to Charles

Life is ‘almost unbearable. I am being pursued and persecuted. In ways which it would not be discreet to enlarge on, though I am sure that you can guess their source and virulence’.

Dec 2012, Ball to Charles

Ball wrote to thank the Prince of Wales for phoning him, writing in the letter that the affair of twenty years ago had been ‘stirred up’ again by Lambeth.

‘It remains a source of deep personal regret that I was one of many who were deceived over a long period of time about the true nature of Mr Ball’s activities.’

He also said, in the six-page statement read by counsel to the inquiry Fiona Scolding, that he had not appreciated the meaning of the caution and that at the time the word of a bishop was generally seen as trustworthy.

He said he did not realise the truth of what had gone on until Ball’s conviction, adding that his main source of information until then had been the bishop himself.

Dismissing any suggestion he had ever tried to interfere in the police investigation into Ball, Charles said it was possible his name had been taken ‘in vain’.

In his statement, dated July 10 this year, Charles said: ‘At no stage did I ever seek to influence the outcome of either of the police investigations into Peter Ball and nor did I instruct or encourage my staff to do so.’

Ball, the former bishop of Lewes and Gloucester, is too ill to give evidence in person, the inquiry has heard.

But in a statement he referred to his relationship as having been one of ‘support and respect’.

Ball said: ‘I would strongly resist any suggestion that in some way I could bring pressure to bear on him to act on my behalf and have certainly never made a request for him to do so.’

On Monday the inquiry heard there had been lengthy discussions between Charles’s lawyers and the inquiry in which his legal team initially argued that the future king could not be compelled to produce a statement.

Clarence House has since said Charles was willing to help the inquiry and had voluntarily answered all questions asked of him.

Richard Scorer, a specialist abuse lawyer at Slater and Gordon who represents a number of Ball’s victims, said Charles’s explanation that he was not aware of the meaning of a caution left his clients ‘dissatisfied’.

He said: ‘Prince Charles had access to the best legal advice that money can buy and, as a man in his position, a particular responsibility to check the facts.

‘It is difficult to see his failure to do so as anything other than wilful blindness.

‘His evidence, together with that of Lord Carey, the then archbishop of Canterbury, and other establishment figures who have given evidence this week, will do little to dissuade survivors from the conclusion that the British establishment aided and protected Ball and even now have failed to give a transparent account of their actions.’

Charles said in the six-page letter dated July 10 this year that it was his ‘deep regret’ that he and others had been ‘misled’ by Ball.

Elsewhere in his evidence, Charles said Ball had been invited to his home to give holy communion a number of times, from 1993.

He said: ‘Peter Ball occasionally wrote to me in respect of private, often spiritual, matters.’

Referring to his knowledge of the complaint against Ball, he added that in the 1980s and 1990s there was ‘a presumption that people such as Bishops could be taken at their word and, as a result of the high office they held, were worthy of trust and confidence’.

He said at the time ‘there was on my part a presumption of good faith’.

The inquiry is examining how the Church of England handled allegations of sexual abuse and has previously focused on the Diocese of Chichester – where Ball and several other convicted paedophile priests once officiated.

Ball accepted a caution for one count of gross indecency in 1993 and resigned due to ill health.

Prince Charles’ full statement to the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse

Dear Professor Jay

1. Thank you for inviting me to offer context on how I came to know former Bishop Peter Ball and on my dealings with him over the years, to assist your important Inquiry. I want to begin by applauding your work to ensure that the abuse of children is properly investigated and appropriate measures are taken to ensure they are fully protected. That is why I am pleased, on this occasion, to offer the following information, which I have set out to the best of my recollection after the passage of 25 years.

2. Over the years I have had, and continue to have, many interactions with the Clergy of the Church of England and of other Faiths, often on a daily basis. Set in that context, I first became aware of Peter Ball sometime during the 1980s, when I heard him preach. At that time, he came across as an interesting and engaging person. He was later appointed Bishop of Gloucester, in 1992. Since he had become my local Diocesan Bishop, near my home in Gloucestershire, I attended his Installation. He gave an impressive Address, which brought him to my attention again. At the same time I recall becoming aware of Michael Ball (Peter Ball’s brother) who was later appointed Bishop of Truro, to which I am also closely connected through the Duchy of Cornwall. Over the whole of my life, I have met countless senior Clergy who have been invited to preach and, on various occasions, I have myself invited them to give Holy Communion at my home. I extended such invitations to Peter Ball from time to time, starting in 1993.

3. As is well known, I maintain correspondence relationships with a great number of individuals. Peter Ball occasionally wrote to me in respect of private, often spiritual, matters. On each occasion I naturally replied as I believe that to be the polite thing to do, although there was often a significant delay on my part given other priorities which demanded my attention. My recollection is that these exchanges were normally instigated and driven by Peter Ball, in addition to a handful of telephone calls during the decades of our correspondence. Having refreshed my memory of our correspondence to try to help your Inquiry, I note this is borne out by the contents and dates of the letters in question.

4. With the significant passage of time, I cannot now recall with sufficient certainty when the following exchange took place and whether there was one particular conversation that concerned the reflections I offer below or more than one.

5. Peter Ball told me that he had been involved in some form of ‘indiscretion’, which prompted his resignation as my local Bishop at Gloucester. He emphasised that one individual, who I now understand to be Mr Neil Todd, had made a complaint to the Police; that the Police had investigated the matter; and that the Police and the Crown Prosecution Service had decided to take no action. This sequence of events seemed to support Mr Ball’s claim that the complaint emanated from a single individual; that the individual bore a grudge against him and was ‘persecuting’ him; that the complaint was false; but that the individual had nonetheless profited from the complaint by selling his story to the newspapers. The matter was described by him as ‘closed’. Peter Ball added that various people within the Church did not like him and had themselves used the complaint to curtail his ministry and force his resignation. When this exchange took place, I did not know about the nature of the complaint.

6. The true context and details of this complaint, and I now understand many others, against Peter Ball did not come to my attention until the time of Mr Ball’s trial and conviction in 2015. My main source of information before this was Mr Ball himself, though I should add that I was so fully occupied by my public role that Mr Ball’s situation was rarely at the front of my mind. As context, it seems important to say that in the 1980’s and 1990’s there was a presumption that people such as Bishops could be taken at their word and, as a result of the high office they held, were worthy of trust and confidence. That has changed over the years, as evidence has caused us all to be more challenging of what we hear and what we are told. But, at the time, there was on my part a presumption of good faith. I believe I was far from alone in taking this view.

7. I was certainly not aware at the time of the significance or impact of the caution that Peter Ball has accepted, or indeed sure if I was even told about it. Whilst I note that Peter Ball mentioned the word in a letter to me in October 2009, I was not aware until recently that a caution in fact carries an acceptance of guilt. I was aware that the Crown Prosecution Service had decided not to pursue a case against Mr Ball. This seemed to support Mr Ball’s defence of his position set out in his letter.

8. I recall that Peter Ball told me that following his resignation as Bishop of Gloucester he would lose the house in which he lived and that, as a consequence, both he and his brother Michael would become homeless. He told me that their monastic vows meant they had very little money. In this context, I occasionally sent the brothers small gifts of money, as I do for many people in need, and Pete Ball’s interest in becoming a tenant of a Duchy of Cornwall property then arose. A significant part of the Duchy’s business is in arranging and managing leases for properties and I mentioned the situation of the Ball brothers to the Duchy, as I do for others from time to time. The details of the eventual rental were handled, as usual, by Duchy staff. I was aware of the transaction but did not assist with the selection of the house. Some time later, in 1997, Peter and Michael Ball became tenants of a Duchy property until early in 2011, when they moved on.

Police investigations

9. At no stage did I ever seek to influence the outcome of either of the Police investigations into Peter Ball and nor did I instruct or encourage my staff to do so.

10. I understand from document ANG000021 that a member of Gloucestershire Police seems to recall that he ‘came under pressure’ in 1992 or 1993 which related in some way to some form of interest from myself and my staff in Peter Ball. This is untrue. Indeed, at the time of this Police investigation I had no knowledge of these particular matters. It follows, therefore, that I did not authorise – and could not have authorised – any such action. And nor would I have done.

11. Likewise, I have no recollection of any contact by one of my Personal Protection Officers or indeed any member of my staff with Gloucestershire Police. I was clear at the time, as I have remained clear, that the Police must be able to carry out their investigation in the proper manner without external pressure or influence. We have looked at our files and can find no record of any of these matters. It is always possible that my name was taken in vain, as can unfortunately happen from time to time. As I make clear elsewhere in this Statement, there is a gap between rumour and fact.

12. In a similar vein, I do not recall receiving a letter from Michael Ball in April 2013 as described by Detective Superintendent Carwyn Hughes (OHY000203). Having looked at our files we cannot find any record of such a letter. The occasional letters that I did receive from Michael Ball were of private and social nature and I am not aware of any interest from Sussex Police in this correspondence. Nevertheless, I have made available to you copies of the private correspondence received from Michael Ball, in case that could help your Inquiry in any way. I understand that a conversation took place between Sussex Police and the Metropolitan Police Royalty Protection team in 2013, and that Sussex Police informed the Metropolitan Police that they visited Peter Ball’s home and removed items which included a letter sent from me. I believe the Metropolitan Police asked whether or not this letter was relevant to the inquiry. I further understand that the Metropolitan Police emphasised clearly that they were not enquiring about the investigation itself and specifically wished to avoid any appearance of influence over it. They wished only to establish the facts about the property that had been removed and its correct ownership. The Metropolitan Police were told that the letter in question was not relevant and that it was to be returned by Sussex Police to Peter Ball.

The Church of England

13. Probably late in 1994 (although I cannot now be certain of the date) I recall seeing the then-Archbishop of Canterbury at an event and taking that opportunity to ask, among other issues, about Peter Ball as he had lately been my local Bishop. I remember the Archbishop was supportive of Peter Ball and thought him a good man and priest. I do not think we discussed any detail, though I recall that the Archbishop was perhaps thinking of ‘trying to bring [Peter Ball] back to a public ministry’ at some stage. I understood there were some complications, but these were not described. As this was clearly a matter for Church authorities, I took no personal position on it.

14. Other than this conversation with the then-Archbishop, I do not recall any specific conversations regarding Peter Ball, although I was aware that Mr Ball was himself keen to persuade the Church to ‘restore [him] to some form of Ministry in the Church’. The general view of members of the Clergy who occasionally mentioned him to me was that he was a capable and well-liked priest.

15. The Inquiry has asked about a note made by Andrew Purkis, of Lambeth Palace, following a lunch he had with my then-Private Secretary, Richard Aylard, on 30th August 1994 (ACE003034). My Private Secretary meets regularly with members of the Archbishop of Canterbury’s Office to discuss a range of matters. Having reviewed the document it is clear that the meeting took place in the normal course of business and was for the purpose of discussing matters other than Mr Ball. I cannot shed any light on what appears to be a brief mention of Mr Ball at the end of the meeting. I have no recollection of discussing the matter. I have also been shown a copy of my letter of 14th December 2001 addressed to Peter Ball. As far as I can recall, this letter conveyed that I could not assist Peter Ball in any approach he was thinking of making to the Archbishop to seek a return to public ministry. I recall Peter Ball repeating this request around this time and again some time later and my declining to assist. It follows therefore that I was not involved in ‘any discussion with Lambeth Palace’ on this matter.

Contact with Institutions

16. You have asked about contact between myself and institutions in respect of Peter Ball between 1993 and 2015. To the best of my knowledge and belief I have dealt with these contacts in the information I have volunteered above, and I can only hope this will be of some assistance to you.

17. I have been shown an extract from an interview conducted by the Chair of the Church of England’s Inquiry into Peter Ball last year, Dame Moira Gibb, with Elizabeth Hall of the Church of England, suggested there were some rumours of an interest from me in Peter Ball being given some alternative employment (INQ000682). I can confirm that this is untrue: not for the first time, and as the Gibb Inquiry concluded in respect of my contacts with Peter Ball over the years, there is a gap between rumour and fact. I did not seek any such roles for Mr Ball and did not ask others to do so on my behalf.

18. I regret that I am unable to shed any light on references made in a letter dated 23rd March 1997 to a ‘horrid man’ or a ‘frightful and terrifying man’. This seems to be a manner of speaking in the midst of a long letter written more than twenty years ago. I do recall that Peter Ball felt that numerous individuals, including his critics in the media, were doing all in their power to disadvantage him unfairly. I suspect, but cannot be certain, that the reference is to this issue in some way. It of course needs to be read in the context of my understanding at the time, namely that Peter Ball had been falsely accused of a single offence (the nature of which was unknown to me) by an individual whom the relevant judicial authorities and many others had themselves not believed. Events later demonstrated beyond any doubt, to my deep regret, that I, along with many others, had been misled and the reverse was true. At the time, however, it would have followed that people seeking to disadvantage Peter Ball, including from gaining employment, were behaving unfairly. What I can say with certainty is that I did not express this view to anyone else or take any action associated with it.

19. In conclusion, I would like to state that, throughout my life, my position has occasionally brought me into contact with prominent people who have subsequently been accused of serious wrong-doing. Rather than rushing to private judgement, I have always taken the view that the judicial process should take its course. I am then able to ground my opinions in facts tested by law, rather than hearsay. In many cases, including two very prominent cases of false accusation last year, this has proved a sensible course. It follows that I ceased contact with Mr Ball once the judicial process had concluded and he was found guilty of serious offences against young people. My heart goes out to the victims of abuse and I applaud their courage as they rebuild their lives and, so often, offer invaluable support to others who have suffered. It remains a source of deep personal regret that I was one of many who were deceived over a long period of time about the true nature of Mr Ball’s activities. That is why I wanted to volunteer the facts in this letter, which I believe to be true, in the hope that they might be able to help your important work.

Yours sincerely


Prayers at Highgrove and a friendship that lasted decades

By Sam Greenhill for The Daily Mail  

Peter Ball, who made his young victims roll in the snow naked before beating them until they bled, once described Prince Charles as a loyal friend.

The pair had prayed together at Highgrove and exchanged more than 50 letters, many of them deeply spiritual.

And even after his ‘indiscretion’ with a boy of 17, the bishop was given a Duchy of Cornwall house to live in, for which he thanked the ‘wonderfully kind’ prince.

Yesterday Charles expressed deep regret that he had ever put his faith in Ball, saying he had been horribly deceived by the paedophile bishop.

Charles said that in the 1980s, when he first knew him, and the 1990s, there was ‘a presumption that people such as bishops could be taken at their word’

It is now believed that sadistic Ball preyed on more than 100 boys and men in a 20-year reign of abuse.

Born in 1932, he went to Lancing College public school in West Sussex and Cambridge University before establishing a monastery in Gloucestershire with his twin brother, Michael.

Ball showed ‘favouritism’ to novice monks, and targeted schools to deliver sermons.

He was made Bishop of Lewes in 1977 and Bishop of Gloucester from 1992, during which time he handpicked 18 vulnerable victims to commit acts of ‘debasement’ in the name of religion.

He would pray naked with them at the altar and encourage them to submit to beatings. At least five more victims were schoolchildren.

As Bishop of Gloucester, Ball’s diocese covered Charles’s country home Highgrove, and the prince was among the guests at his enthronement.

By now, he was one of the church’s best known characters, refusing to wear the ceremonial purple of a bishop in favour of simple, monastic robes, sleeping on the floor and taking vows of celibacy.

Eight months after the enthronement, Ball was arrested. Yesterday the prince recalled: ‘Peter Ball told me he had been involved in some sort of “indiscretion” which prompted his resignation as my local bishop.’

In fact he had been horrifically abusing 16-year-old trainee monk Neil Todd, forcing him to perform sex acts as they lay naked in bed together, take ice-cold, early-morning showers while reading the Bible and stand side by side naked reciting psalms in front of a figure of Christ.

Mr Todd was so tormented he eventually committed suicide aged 38 in 2012.

In his letter to the Independent Inquiry into Child Sex Abuse, Charles said he was unaware of the true nature of the clergyman’s behaviour until more than 20 years after allegations first surfaced.

Ball got away with a police caution in March 1993 despite confessing his guilt. For his part, Charles said he had accepted Ball’s claim that Mr Todd had borne a grudge and made false allegations.

So Ball resumed his ministry, even officiating over communion at Highgrove.

He was also provided with Manor Lodge, a pretty cottage on Charles’s Duchy of Cornwall estate in the village of Aller, Somerset.

Clarence House has been at great pains to say it was the Duchy of Cornwall, the private estate which funds the heir to the throne, and not Charles himself that had purchased the lodge that Ball rented.

It subsequently emerged that police went easy on Ball in 1993 and cited his royal connections.

In documents unearthed by the BBC, retired police detective Wayne Murdock is said to have discussed with Ball’s legal team ‘the need to prevent a scandal, especially as Peter was a frequent visitor to Sandringham and is friendly with Prince Charles’.

It also emerged that the bishop’s lawyers had claimed to have a ‘letter of support from a member of the Royal Family’, who was not named. It is unclear whether this could be the same letter as the one that emerged yesterday.

Either way, no such letter was ever produced in any court hearings, and an official report found there was no evidence any royal had sought to intervene in the judicial process.

But the mother of the trainee monk was scathing about Prince Charles allowing Ball to live on his Duchy estate. Speaking in 1998, she said of the bishop: ‘He is pure evil, a beast, and he’s hiding behind God.

This is quite unbelievable. I don’t know what Prince Charles thinks he is doing.’

Yesterday Charles said he had always believed in allowing the judicial process to take its course ‘rather than rushing to private judgement’.

In 2006 Ball’s status in royal circles was confirmed in spectacular style when he was invited to read the homily at the funeral of the father of Camilla Parker Bowles.

He continued as a Church of England priest until 2010.

But justice was slowly catching up with him. Police re-opened their investigation in 2012 after new allegations, and this time a flood of Ball’s victims came forward.

If Charles was anxious, that might explain why in 2013 a royal aide contacted the chief constable of Sussex Police to ask whether information gathered during its investigation could ‘be embarrassing to Prince Charles or the monarchy in general’. Apparently they were reassured.

In 2015, Ball’s crimes were finally laid bare at the Old Bailey which heard shocking details of his reign of abuse. His trial heard he had been protected by ‘Cabinet ministers, the Royal Family, MPs, JPs and a lord’, not to mention the Church of England.

The Church has since expressed its ‘true sorrow’ at its shocking failures.

Ball, now 86, was released in February last year and lives a free man back in Aller, Somerset.

Clarence House was quick to insist last night that he is definitely not living in any of Charles’s properties.


Not the VSCP‏@NottheVSCP

Incredibly naive and unwise letters from Prince Charles to Peter Ball. Completely biased and one-sided. Showing only sympathy for the perpetrator. This is 2 yrs after Ball had accepted caution, admitting his guilt!

#iicsa #CSA #CSE #cofe #PrinceCharles

Astonishingly, here Prince Charles refers to the VICTIM, Neil Todd as a “ghastly & horrid man” and threatens to “see him off”, 4 yrs after Ball had admitted abusing him. HRH then buys Ball a substantial house. NEIL LATER TAKES HIS OWN LIFE

Camille Davis Russo‏@CDavisRusso

Wouldn’t you think with the sort of emotion he displays here he has inordinate affection for this sado-peado?

Extracts from correspondence between Prince Charles and Peter Ball

Ball to Prince Charles

8/12/95 “The young man who accused me keeps on harassing. The last few weeks back

Prince  Charles to Peter Ball

16/02/95 “I wish I could do more. I feel so desperately strongly about the monstrous wrongs that have been done to you and the way you have been treated. It’s appalling that the Archbishop has gone back on what he told me, before Xmas, that he was hoping to restore you to some form of Ministry in the Church. I suspect you are absolutely right- it is due to fear of the media…If it is any consolation, the Archbishop has written me a letter (between you and me) in which it is also clear that he is frightened of the press – what he calls “public perception” of events and characters based entirely on lies, invention, speculation and sensation.”

Prince Charles to Peter Ball

11/12/94  “I saw the Archbishop the other day and he told me he is trying to bring you back to a public ministry. I do hope this will be all right and suit you, if and when it happens…”

Peter Ball to Prince Charles

16/11/93 “Life continues to be pretty nasty for me for it seems that my accusers still want to continue their malicious campaign. Luckily they are beginning to show some of their fraudulent plans.”


Charles denies trying to influence inquiry into sex abuse bishop

27 July 2018

Prince Charles has denied that he tried to influence a police investigation into disgraced bishop Peter Ball.

In written evidence to a child sex abuse inquiry, the heir to the throne said claims by a former police officer that he “came under pressure” as a result of interest from himself were “untrue” and argued there was “a gap between rumour and fact”.

The Prince of Wales also revealed that following his resignation as bishop of Gloucester, he had sent Ball’s and his brother “small gifts of money” and also assisted them in getting one of his Duchy of Cornwall property’s.

He said: “It remains a source of deep personal regret that I was one of many who were deceived over a long period of time about the true nature of Mr Ball’s activities.”

The written statement from Charles was read out during the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) investigation as it examines how allegations against the former Church of England bishop were handled.

Now 86, the former bishop of Lewes and then Gloucester was jailed for 32 months in October 2015 for sexually abusing 18 young men over 30 years. He was released in February last year after serving half his sentence behind bars.


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We are now hearing a read statement from HRH The Prince of Wales.

I want to begin by applauding the your work to ensure the abuse of children is properly investigated and appropriate measures are taken to ensure they are protected.

Over the years I have had, and continue to have, many interactions with the clergy of the Church of England, and of other faiths, often on a daily basis.

I first became aware of Peter Ball in the 1980’s when I heard him preach. At that time, he came across as an interesting and engaging person

Peter Ball occasionally wrote to me in respect of private, often spiritual matters. On each occasion I naturally replied as I believe that to be the polite thing to do.

Peter Ball told me he had been involved in some form of ‘indiscretion’ which prompted his resignation as the Bishop of Gloucester. The matter was described by him as ‘closed’. When this exchange took place I did not know the nature of the complaint.

I was certainly not aware at the time of the significance or impact of the caution Peter Ball had accepted, or indeed sure if I was even told about it.

I occasionally send the brothers small gifts of money, as I do for many people in need, and Peter Ball’s interest in becoming a tenant of a Duchy of Cornwall property then arose.

Probably late in 1994, I recall seeing the then Archbishop and of Canterbury at an event, and taking the opportunity to ask, among other issues, about Peter Ball as he had lately been my local Bishop.

Other than this conversation, I do not recall any specific conversations regarding Peter Ball, although I was aware that Peter Ball himself was keen to persuade the church to restore him to some form of ministry in the church.

I remember the Archbishop was supportive of Peter Ball and thought him a good man and priest.

“In conclusion, I would like to state that, throughout my life, my position has occasionally brought me into contact with prominent people that have subsequently been accused of wrongdoing.

“Rather than rushing to public judgement I have always taken the view that the judicial process should take its course.

“It follows that I ceased contact with Peter Ball once the judicial process was completed and he was found guilty of serious offences against young people.”

“My heart goes out to the victims of abuse, and I applaud their courage as they rebuild their lives and, so often, offer invaluable support to others who have suffered.

“It remains a source of deep personal regret that I was one of the many who were deceived over a long period of time as to the true nature of Peter Ball’s activities.”

We are now hearing extracts from letters between HRH The Prince of Wales and Peter Ball. These extracts are available on our website.

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A letter is now being read which was sent from Lord Lloyd of Berwick to Mr Murdock: “He (Peter Ball) is the most upright, gentle and saintly man, I find it difficult to accept such an awful fate has befallen such a man.”

We are now hearing from Lord Berwick regarding a telephone call he made to Wayne Murdock, SIO in the Peter Ball case from Gloucestershire police.

Ms Scolding is now discussing with Lord Berwick his support of Peter Ball returning to the church ministry. He thought it acceptable to go back to the ministry as he had resigned as a bishop and could not be left with nothing to do for the rest of his life.

Ms Scolding is now discussing with Lord Berwick his support of Peter Ball returning to the church ministry. He thought it acceptable to go back to the ministry as he had resigned as a bishop and could not be left with nothing to do for the rest of his life.

Looking back at his history, it appearsLord Lloyd of Berwick was Prince Charles’ attorney general at the same time Nicholas Soames was his equerry… Would they have worked together in any capacity?


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We are now hearing from Ms Kate Wood, the Safeguarding Consultant for the Diocese of Chichester and retired detective inspector looking at child sexual abuse and domestic abuse. She contacted the Church of England in 2007 to support investigations into child sexual abuse

In 2008/09 Ms Wood notes that Peter Ball did not have a risk assessment while he was working in Bath & Wells. She conducted a past cases review in 2009. She described a “disturbing pattern of behaviour” from Peter Ball.

Ms Wood raised concerns in 2008/09 that a 17 year old who was attending school, who Peter Ball to masturbate in front of him. The file notes said it was no offence, but it was an offence of gross indecency.

Ms Wood recalls asking Peter Ball what indecent assault is. He replied “oh yes, I did do that.” She then explained what gross indecency was. He again replied: “I did have an emmission.” Ms Wood was surprised that Peter Ball had admitted behaviour after years of denial.
The Inquiry is now hearing from Dame Moira Gibb. Last year, Ms Gibb published a report into the Church’s handling of the Peter Ball case:

Ms Scolding has asked Ms Gibb about the limits of her report into Peter Ball. She confirms that she had no difficulties in accessing information from the Church of England, however had difficulties with Northamptonshire Constabulary and Gloucestershire Constabulary.

Ms Scolding notes that former Archbishop of Canterbury, Lord Carey raised a number of concerns in his witness statement about conclusions in Dame GIbb’s report. In the report Ms Gibb noted degrees of cover up and collusion in relation to Peter Ball.
“Failure to pass the letters to the police (detailing allegations in relation to Peter Ball) must give rise to a perception of deliberate concealment.” Dame Moira Gibb tells the #AnglicanHearing
Dame Moira Gibb is now explaining why she used the word “careless” in her report. She notes carelessness in the attitude of the Church towards the victims of Peter Ball.

Jonathan King

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FA sex abuse inquiry finds no evidence of conspiracy or cover-up

26 July 2018

The man leading an investigation into historical sex abuse for the Football Association has found no evidence of an institutionalised conspiracy, the BBC understands.

Clive Sheldon QC began his independent inquiry in 2016 following a series of allegations by former players.

He hopes to submit his final report at the end of September, and it is now unlikely he will conclude there was organised abuse or a cover-up of the kind alleged in other institutions like the Church of England.

However, Sheldon is still expected to find that there were failings by both individuals and clubs, and next month he will write to those he intends to comment on, giving them a chance to defend themselves.

The legal process of giving criticised witnesses the right to respond – known as ‘Maxwellisation’ – is expected to last around a month.

An inquiry spokesman said: “Over the summer the review team will be writing to institutions and individuals to provide them with an opportunity to respond to comments Clive Sheldon QC may make about them in his final report to the FA board.

“The review team are expecting to send those letters out shortly and will expect to hear back within weeks.”

It is thought around 12 clubs will form the basis of Sheldon’s findings, likely to include the likes of Crewe Alexandra, Manchester City, Chelsea and Aston Villa.

All the clubs from whom he requested a ‘structured report’ into how they handled allegations of abuse have now cooperated with the inquiry.

In March, Crewe said they would scrap plans for their own independent review into abuse by former coach Barry Bennell.

In February, Bennell was sentenced to 31 years in prison for abusing 12 boys, seven of whom were linked to the Cheshire club.

So far Sheldon has met 35 victims, and reviewed the testimony of more than 100 individuals.

Investigators have sifted through 13,000 documents in the FA archives – adding up to 1.3 million pages – as part of their search for data relating to safeguarding procedures and child protection cases.

Some 500 case management files – not all relating to child abuse – are thought to contain relevant information.

The inquiry team has also had access to documents held in the archives of the Premier League and the English Football League.

On Thursday the chief executive of the Scottish FA apologised for the abuse young players suffered in the past.

Ian Maxwell was responding to an 18-month investigation which found child protection policies are “not fit for purpose” and must change to prevent future cases of abuse.

The most recent police figures from March showed 849 alleged victims had come forward since former Crewe player Andy Woodward first spoke to the Guardian newspaper and the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire programme about the abuse he suffered.

Operation Hydrant, the specialist police unit in charge of the operation, has identified 300 suspects and a number of court cases involving professional clubs are under way.


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FA sex abuse inquiry finds no evidence of conspiracy or cover-up ( Do people believe this ? )

IICSA Day 4 Transcript


Rev Peter Ball and Prince Charles, in 1992


Prince Charles aide asked police if anything could ’embarrass’ him during inquiry into paedophile bishop

25 July 2018

An aide to the Prince of Wales contacted police in 2013 to ask about “embarrassing” material it may have collected during an investigation into a paedophile bishop, the independent child sex abuse inquiry has heard.

A member of the Prince’s staff contacted the chief constable of Sussex Police to ask whether information gathered during its investigation into Peter Ball, the former bishop of Lewes and of Gloucester, could “be embarassing to Prince Charles or the monarchy in general”.

Ball, now 86, was convicted in 2015 of misconduct in public office after admitting the sexual abuse of 18 young men.

According to the evidence of Detective Chief Inspector Carwyn Hughes, who worked on the investigation, the disgraced bishop had a “long-lasting friendship” with the Prince of Wales and the pair had exchanged several letters.

The contact was made after Peter Ball’s brother Michael Ball sent a letter to the Prince.

On Wednesday the officer told the inquiry he examined the police’s records to see if they had collected any material which could “damage the reputation of Prince Charles”, and did not find any.

Calling the contact “highly unusual” on account of the prince’s status, he said it prompted him to consider whether the prince could be a witness in the inquiry.

He insisted that Prince Charles was not treated differently from “the man on the street”, and that while he would have been notified if there was any relevant information, this would also have been the case for a member of the public.

“If there was evidence in the investigation that was of relevance to the person on the street, they would also be a potential witness,” he said, adding that he felt “no pressure” and did not feel the investigation had been influenced as a result of the contact.

The inquiry also heard that pre-charge publicity around Bishop Ball encouraged 12 victims to come forward to police.

The Inquiry is due to hear read evidence on Friday from the Prince of Wales, who maintained contact with the bishop after Ball was cautioned in 1993 for gross indecency.

He is expected to say in his statement that he did not know the caution involved an admission of guilt. 

On Wednesday morning the inquiry heard from Wayne Murdock, formerly of Gloucestershire Police, who had presided over the earlier inquiry, which ended with the caution.

Mr Murdock said that he believed the outcome of his investigation could have been different had then-Archbishop of Canterbury George Carey handed over letters sent to Lambeth Palace by victims and their families.

“He knew we were carrying out an investigation, and for some reason he withheld them,” he said.

On Tuesday Lord Carey admitted that the letters should have been handed over, but added that he had “assumed the police were investigating this thoroughly”. The inquiry continues.


According to the BBC, investigating officer Detective Inspector Wayne Murdock is said to have discussed with Ball’s legal team in the documents “the need to prevent a scandal in the press, especially as Peter was a frequent visitor to Sandringham and is friendly with Prince Charles”.

In a separate document released by Gloucestershire Police in response to an Freedom of Information request, Mr Murdock writes that after a meeting at Lambeth Palace, it was suggested that “any form of Church investigation instigated by the Archbishop of Canterbury would be ‘fairly low key and private’.”

He said the Church had displayed a “considerable amount of naivety” over the case as it took no action when advised in early September 1992 of “irregularities” concerning Ball.

Gloucestershire Police received messages of support for the former clergyman from MPs, former public school heads, JPs and a Lord Chief Justice, and Mr Murdock said: “According to defence sources they claim to have in excess of two thousand letters of support for Bishop Peter Ball, including letters from Cabinet ministers and Royal Family.”



Mr Comrie third from left, handing over one of the trampolines to Dr Milner, fifth from right.

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‘We were human toys at the hands of a monster’: For 24 years Barbara was dismissed as a fantasist. Then she found the files PROVING her horrific story and that of possibly thousands of other children was true

  • For eight months in 1971, Barbara O’Hare was a patient at Aston Hall hospital
  • When Barbara published her autobiography, it made for implausible reading
  • But it was the real life account of her life under the ‘care’ of Dr Kenneth Milner

25 July 2018

Photos of her as a 12 year old (‘a particularly naive 12 year old,’ she points out) do exist, but they are not pictures any sane person would want to see.

‘They took some when they were doing whatever it was they did to me,’ she remembers.

‘I remember that vividly. I’d been drugged. The doctor had held the mask with the ether on it over my face, and I was drifting in and out of consciousness, but I remember the camera flashing over and over again. I was on my back at that point.

‘The hospital gown had been pulled up around my waist, exposing my private parts. I remember the light burning into my eyes, and not being able to scream or shout.

‘Even now I think about those pictures. Who saw them? Are they still out there? When I switch on the news and hear about paedophile rings and images being found, I think ‘were those pictures of me among them?’.

Or were the pictures taken just a part of some scientific experiment? Maybe it wasn’t sexual abuse in the classic sense. The truth is I just don’t know. That’s a terrible thing to have to live with.’

a grotesque world, one in which young girls are imprisoned in a mental institution, drugged on a daily basis and experimented on, perhaps even raped, by a doctor whose influence goes right to the top of society.

The Dr Mengele figure in her story ties his victims down, injects them against their will and pumps them full of high-dose drugs, including a ‘truth serum’ used on soldiers during wartime, all the time telling them that he is doing so to correct their ‘deviant’ behaviour.

Some are sexually abused. All are terrified and stupefied, in equal measure. Electric shock treatment is a permanent threat. There are wild rumours of some children being killed when their ‘treatments’ go wrong.

When they aren’t being drugged and tortured, the children are put to work. ‘Toothbrush treatment’ involves them being forced to clean skirting boards with toothbrushes.

All this takes place in a NHS-funded hospital, under the direction of an eminent physician who works for the Home Office.

An army of adults – nurses, social workers, even the child’s own father – are impotent, unseeing, perhaps complicit in this shocking abuse.

And her account, disbelieved by so many for so long, yesterday gained credence when the long-awaited police report into his behaviour was released. Her account was mirrored by 142 other witness statements, all making similar claims.

‘Dr Milner played with our bodies and our minds,’ she says. ‘This is the validation that we were telling the truth. When you take account of how long he was there for, he abused thousands of people.


Jimmy Savile, one of the country's most prolific paedophiles, was invited to the unit as a guest of Dr Kenneth Milner, one of his victims said


Jimmy Savile, one of the country’s most prolific paedophiles, was invited to the unit as a guest of Dr Kenneth Milner, one of his victims said

Jimmy Savile visited Aston Hall hospital, it has been claimed.

The disgraced DJ, one of the country’s most prolific paedophiles, was invited to the unit as a guest of Dr Kenneth Milner, one of his victims said.

Police said they found no evidence to support or disprove the claim but included it in their report, released yesterday.

It is not known if the two men knew each other but both were linked to a number of hospitals, albeit at different times.

Dr Milner was medical officer at high-security Broadmoor Hospital in Berkshire in the 1940s.

Savile later had unfettered access to the secure hospital for three decades from 1968 and even his own keys. He abused ten victims there, two repeatedly.

A report found ‘clear, repeated failure of safeguarding standards’ at Broadmoor at the time.


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Cliff Richard: BBC seeks leave to appeal High Court privacy judgement

26 July 2018


Top secret: why is the government intent on keeping us in the dark?

25 July 2018

The Cabinet Office should be forced to release archive files on past events such as the Lockerbie bombing and the arms-to-Iraq inquiry

Geoffrey Howe and Margaret Thatcher

‘Four files relating to the Scott arms-to-Iraq inquiry, have been retained. Geoffrey Howe, the then foreign secretary was terrified his plan to increase British arms exports to Iraq, secretly agreed by the government, would be leaked.’

The files include juicy titbits, one appealing to the never-ending fascination with the Cambridge spy ring – confirming, for example, that the then home secretary, Henry Brooke, did not tell his prime minister, Sir Alec Douglas-Home, that Sir Anthony Blunt, surveyor of the Queen’s pictures, had confessed in 1964 to spying for the Russians. There are also files from the Foreign Office’s secret “Information Research Department” referring to MI5’s concerns about the BBC’s use of “extremists”.

Most of the files released on Tuesday have passages or whole pages redacted by assiduous Whitehall weeders. The full list of files carefully scrutinised shows that many entire files have been retained, some temporarily, most indefinitely.

They include files from the 1980s and early 1990s on Cyprus, on biological and chemical weapons policy, and on “developments in the European Community”.

Files that have been withheld cover topics such as John Major’s visit to Oman and Saudi Arabia in 1993; plans to close Gibraltar’s dockyard; immigration rules; “arms sales and military assistance to Middle East countries”; and subversion in the UK in 1968. They include a 1963 report on “Unavowable Information Services of Her Majesty’s Government Overseas”, and a 1966 report on “Enquiries about the background of people coming into contact with ministers”.

Curiously, a report on a visit by the US president Richard Nixon to Britain in 1970 has been retained for 56 years. A file dated 1992-93 on the Lockerbie bombing, the Pan Am disaster of 1988, has also been withheld.

Even more curiously, four files relating to the Scott arms-to-Iraq inquiry have been retained. The judge-led public inquiry that was bitterly opposed by ministers who had been involved in supplying Saddam Hussein with equipment he used for his weapons of mass destruction programme, heard devastating evidence. It included the Thatcher government’s secret decision to supply Saddam with equipment that could be used to manufacture weapons after he shelled the Kurdish town of Halabja in March 1988 with gas bombs, killing an estimated 5,000 civilians and maiming thousands more.

Geoffrey Howe, the then foreign secretary, drew up a paper pointing to “major opportunities for British industry”. But he was terrified his plan to increase British arms exports to Iraq, secretly agreed by the government, would be leaked. “It could look very cynical if so soon after expressing outrage about the treatment of the Kurds, we adopt a more flexible approach to arms sales,” noted one of Howe’s officials. The government duly adopted a more liberal approach to exports to Iraq but kept MPs and the public in the dark – a policy, Richard Scott remarked, that was even more cynical.

The Cabinet Office, which is responsible for the release of the records at the National Archives, declined to comment on the record when I asked, specifically, why files on the Scott inquiry and Lockerbie were being withheld. Whitehall’s traditional response when asked about archives is to point to the statute that allows government departments to keep back files relating to security, defence, international relations and personal data relating to living individuals.

It is not quite like that. For there is one section of the (inappropriately named) Public Records Act 1958 that gives Whitehall carte blanche in deciding what files to release and what to retain. Under section 3 (4) of the act, Whitehall departments can hold on to documents indefinitely for “administrative purposes” or “for any other special reason”. The department concerned informs the minister responsible for the archives, the culture, media and sports secretary, now Jeremy Wright. He appoints an advisory council (whose members include a former top Ministry of Defence official and former British ambassador). That body has not had the inclination, and the staff of the National Archives have not had the clout, to argue with Whitehall departments, and in particular the Cabinet Office, the powerful bastion of official secrecy at the heart of government. Until and unless they do, or the act is reformed, we will continue to be prevented from knowing about, and learning from, our recent history.


Jonathan King court case 25 July 2018

No media coverage

Former UN official Peter Dalglish is currently on trial in Nepal on charges of sexually abusing young boys.

24 July 2018


Prem @Prem_S

Peter Dalglish most recently who worked for the UN arrested for pedophilia is a close friend of Justin (Trudeau) . Don’t forget his ties to Bronfman’s who are involved with

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Nxivm: Nigel Havers’ step-daughter arrested over claims she funded secret ‘sex cult’ that branded women with symbol

Seagram heiress Clare Bronfman has been arrested on charges of racketeering conspiracy after allegedly using her fortune to help finance the group

25 July 2018

The step-daughter of actor Nigel Havers has been arrested over claims she funded a suspected US sex cult.

Investigators in America allege Seagram liquor heiress Clare Bronfman used her fortune to help finance the operations of Nxivm.

The 39-year-old is the daughter of Georgiana Bronfman, who is the Chariots of Fire star’s third wife.

Bronfman was arrested on Tuesday along with three others on charges of racketeering conspiracy.

She later appeared in a Brooklyn federal courtroom pleading not guilty to charges of running a criminal enterprise.

A judge ordered she be held under house arrest as the judge considered the prosecutor’s request for a $100 million bond.

Bronfman’s lawyer said her client “did nothing wrong”.

Her attorney, Susan Necheles, said in a statement that Nxivm was “not a criminal enterprise” but “an organisation that helped thousands of people”.

“The charges against Clare are the result of government overreaching and charging an individual with crimes just because the government disagrees with some beliefs taught by Nxivm and held by Clare,” Necheles said.

Nxivm co-founder Nancy Salzman, 64, her daughter, Lauren Salzman, 42, and the group’s 60-year-old bookkeeper, Kathy Russell, were also charged with racketeering conspiracy.

Six people have now been charged in the Nxivm inquiry, including 35-year-old actress Allison Mack, who starred in the TV show Smallville.

The US Department of Justice says all six committed “an array of crimes, including identity theft, extortion, forced labour, sex trafficking money laundering, wire fraud and obstruction of justice”.

They included Nicki Clyne, an actress who appeared on Battlestar Galactica, Bronfman’s sister Sara, a son of former Mexican president Carlos Salinas de Gortari, and India Oxenberg, a daughter of Dynasty actress Catherine Oxenberg.

In an indictment, prosecutors said Mack, who played a teenage friend of Superman in the CW network’s Smallville, helped Raniere recruit women to a secret sub-society within NXIVM whose members were branded with a surgical tool with a symbol that resembled his initials.

Women were expected to be subservient to “masters”, prosecutors said, including giving in to demands for sex.

In February, Havers credited his wife for saving him from grief following the death of his second wife, Polly Williams.

The actor was happily married to Polly Williams for many years before her death from ovarian cancer in 2004 at the age of 54.

Despite criticism for years by ex-followers who called NXIVM a cult and a pyramid scheme, the organisation’s intense self-improvement classes had, at one point, earned it thousands of adherents, including some with Hollywood ties.

They included Nicki Clyne, an actress who appeared on Battlestar Galactica, Bronfman’s sister Sara, a son of former Mexican president Carlos Salinas de Gortari, and India Oxenberg, a daughter of Dynasty actress Catherine Oxenberg.

In an indictment, prosecutors said Mack, who played a teenage friend of Superman in the CW network’s Smallville, helped Raniere recruit women to a secret sub-society within NXIVM whose members were branded with a surgical tool with a symbol that resembled his initials.

Women were expected to be subservient to “masters”, prosecutors said, including giving in to demands for sex.

In February, Havers credited his wife for saving him from grief following the death of his second wife, Polly Williams.

The actor was happily married to Polly Williams for many years before her death from ovarian cancer in 2004 at the age of 54.


Edgar Bronfman Jr., half-brother of Sara and Clare, is a member of Queen Elizabeth’s Committee of 300, and the chairman of Warner Music Group.

Charles Bronfman is also a member of the Committee of 300, and the owner of Seagram liquor, net worth $2 billion.


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And Edgar Bronfman Jr is on the Council on Foreign Relations


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The Bronfman family has very close ties to the Rothschild banking dynasty, with members of both families belonging to many of the same companies, including their joint financial firm, Bronfman & Rothschild.

At Bronfman & Rothschild, Donald Trump’s, the Clinton’s and Jeffrey Epstein’s friend, “Lady” Lynn Forester de Rothschild, is on the Board of Directors:



Edgar Bronfman Jr. is also in the “little black book” of paedo billionaire Jeffrey Epstein

Nigel Havers’ step-daughter, Clare Bronfman – her brother Edgar Bronfman Jr is in convicted billionaire paedophile Jeffrey Epsteins’s black book

The Havers family has a long history with paedophiles:

Nigel Havers’ father Lord Michael Havers tried to stop Geoffrey Dickens from naming Sir Peter Hayman

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Brother of child abuse inquiry judge Elizabeth Butler-Sloss was accused of ‘cover up’

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Late brother of Baroness Butler-Sloss, judge formerly in charge of Westminster child abuse inquiry, was attorney general who refused to prosecute paedophile spy Peter Hayman

Sir Michael Havers, the late brother of Baroness Butler-Sloss, was accused of a “white-wash” after he backed a decision not to prosecute Sir Peter Hayman.

Baroness Butler-Sloss, a former president of the Family Division of the High Court who led the inquest into the death of Princess Diana, has been appointed by Theresa May to lead an independent inquiry into allegations that child sex abuse was covered up by state bodies, the church, political parties and the BBC. The Home Office said she had “impeccable credentials”.


Elizabeth Butler Sloss covered up for Bishop Peter Ball

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Wonder if Prince Charles had anything to do with these Butler Sloss appointments?


Butler Sloss- Cleveland Inquiry… Prince Charles’ friend & mentor, Sir Jimmy Savile had an interest in the Cleveland Inquiry


Butler Sloss – coroner for Diana Inquest


Butler Sloss – Bishop Ball investigation


Butler Sloss – first chair to IICSA

Janet Cope, Jimmy Savile’s secretary, showing his files – letter from Prince Charles next to a clipping about the Cleveland Inquiry

Prince Charles tried to keep links to paedophile bishop Peter Ball private

July 24 2018

Prince Charles argued that information about his connection with Bishop Peter Ball was “private and confidential”

Prince Charles argued that information about his connection with Bishop Peter Ball was “private and confidential”

The Prince of Wales staged a lengthy legal fight against demands from a public inquiry for him to provide evidence about his long friendship with a paedophile Anglican bishop, it has emerged.

Lawyers for Prince Charles protested that requests for evidence from the child abuse inquiry about his connection with Bishop Peter Ball were beyond its powers, unfair and a breach of the prince’s human rights by seeking to obtain “intensely private and confidential” material.

Alexis Jay, chairwoman of the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA), issued a statutory notice requiring the prince to provide evidence but met continued resistance from Clarence House.

When the prince’s evidence was submitted last week the inquiry was surprised that it came in the form of a letter to Professor Jay rather than a formal witness statement “finalised with a statement of truth and signed”.

Richard Scorer, solicitor for six of Ball’s victims, told an inquiry hearing that the prince’s refusal to provide a statement in the usual way “will feed concerns that the letter is less than entirely frank about his relationship with Peter Ball”.

The Times revealed last week that the prince’s draft evidence admitted that he maintained a friendship with Ball, 86, former Anglican Bishop of Gloucester, for more than 20 years after the cleric accepted a police caution for gross indecency in 1993.

The prince invited Ball to his Highgrove home and to royal occasions, gave him “small gifts of money” after he was forced to resign his ministry and helped to arrange a Duchy of Cornwall house for him to live in.

His evidence said he did not understand that a criminal caution involved an admission of guilt and did not cut contact with Ball until he was convicted and jailed at the Old Bailey in 2015. The prince expressed “deep personal regret” that he had been deceived by the bishop.

The investigation of the Ball case is part of the IICSA’s wider inquiry into the handling of child abuse cases by the Church of England.

The inquiry counsel Fiona Scolding, QC, said the IICSA had heard from 32 men who were victims of grooming, abuse and sexual exploitation by the bishop when they were teenage boys or young adults.

At the time of the initial police inquiry into Ball in 1992-93, police and prosecutors received 24 letters from prominent figures — including senior clergy, MPs, an appeal court judge and public school headmasters — lobbying on his behalf.

Ball exploited his royal and establishment connections in a voluminous letter-writing campaign in which he pressed, with success, for his return to Church duties. He was given permission to officiate at services and between 1996 and 2002 preached at 25 schools.

William Chapman, counsel for some of Ball’s victims, said the cleric had been able to “call upon the willing assistance of the establishment — including the heir to the throne”.

He told Professor Jay and the inquiry panel: “These establishment helpers claim they were duped by Peter Ball. You will have to consider whether that is credible — given what they must have known or could easily have found out about Peter Ball. Prince Charles has many advisers, he only had to ask what a ‘caution’ meant.”

Mr Scorer also argued that the prince could have inquired about the accurate legal position concerning Ball. “Prince Charles apparently decided not to seek clarification of the legal position. To my clients, this extraordinary lack of curiosity looks like wilful blindness,” he said.

Ms Scolding said that the format of the prince’s eventual evidence “was not what had been requested” but the IICSA was satisfied that it did answer the questions put to Prince Charles.

She said: “The last sentence of the letter does make clear that the material set out within it is true. The inquiry considered that this complies with the requirements of a statement of truth and that the letter received contained all the evidence required.”

Ms Scolding said the inquiry had withdrawn the statutory demand for the prince to provide evidence and had “adjusted its requests in some respects”. She added, however, that the IICSA “did not resile from its demands the need to obtain this evidence or accept the contention that the prince should be treated in a way that was different from any other witness”.

The prince’s evidence will be read at the inquiry on Friday but he will not be called to answer questions.

A Clarence House spokesman said: “The prince made it clear that he was willing to help the inquiry and voluntarily answered all the questions asked in the form of ‘free flowing text’ as requested by the inquiry itself. The final submission includes a statement of truth in common with all witness statements.

“The legal exchanges, which have been extensively referred to by the inquiry’s solicitors, were necessary to ensure clarity regarding both the structure, relevance and content of the statement. Once resolved, the inquiry raised no objection to the format of the prince’s submission.”

Lord Carey to face questions
Lord Carey of Clifton, the former Archbishop of Canterbury, faces intensive public questioning today about his handling of the case of the disgraced bishop Peter Ball.

Lord Carey, 82, will appear at the child abuse public inquiry to explain why he wrote to senior police and prosecutors in support of Ball when the Bishop of Gloucester as he was then was under criminal investigation in 1993. When he was lobbying on Ball’s behalf, the former archbishop was aware that Lambeth Palace had received further allegations of sexual misconduct against Ball. Only one letter was passed to the police.

The peer will also be asked to explain why he tried to rehabilitate Ball after his criminal caution by giving him permission to conduct church services.

The inquiry was told yesterday that in 2014 Lord Carey again wrote to officers claiming that the bishop had “served the church with great distinction”.


Former Archbishop of Canterbury Lord Carey admits ‘fobbing off’ sex abuse victims

July 24 2018

A former Archbishop of Canterbury has admitted “fobbing off” victims of sex abuse who complained about a paedophile bishop.

Lord Carey of Clifton said Lambeth Palace failed to deal properly with letters sent by victims and their families after the arrest of Peter Ball in December 1992.

Ball, then the bishop of Gloucester, was arrested following disclosures by Neil Todd, who had been a pupil on his scheme for young men considering a monastic life, that Ball had sexually abused him.

Lord Carey also admitted that the church had “mishandled” the case, after the inquiry heard evidence that many of the letters had received holding responses and victims had been forced to follow up to gain a proper reply.

“We have been fobbing people off. They should have had direct replies. We should have carried on our enquiries and dealt with it in a much more serious and adult manner than we did,” he admitted.

The inquiry also heard that a “personal message” from the former Archbishop had been sent to the diocese of Gloucester in January 1993, several weeks after the allegations had been received, expressing a hope that the ongoing police enquiry would “clear his [Ball’s] name”.

He also wrote to the chief constable of Gloucestershire and the director of public prosecutions in 1993 on Ball’s behalf after the bishop’s psychiatrist told him that he was suicidal, and wrote to Ball himself telling him “you are in my prayers”.

Lord Carey, who was Archbishop of Canterbury between 1991 and 2002, oversaw Ball’s return to ministry and the payment of thousands of pounds to the bishop, including money for holidays, which came from his own discretionary funds, used to support church leaders in need.

The inquiry also heard that Ball was given the role as Bishop of Gloucester in 1992 after then-appointments secretary to the Prime Minister Sir Robin Catford wrote a glowing letter recommending him, including mentioning that he was a “squash blue” at Cambridge and that he had a “quite extraordinary sparkling personality” and was “loved and revered by everyone who crossed his path”.


Lord Carey blames end of Diana’s marriage for failures over Peter Ball @MailOnline WTAF?




Wanna know what else links Peter Ball, Diana and the Child Abuse Inquiry? Dame Butler Sloss (not to mention her recruitment by current PM Theresa May and current National Security Adviser Mark Sedwill) We’ll leave Sedwill’s ties to Sherard Cowper Coles for another day


Baroness Butler-Sloss, Butler-Sloss quits Diana inquest

Butler-Sloss quits Diana inquest

25 Apr 2007

Lady Butler-Sloss’s departure may also be “an Establishment fix”.

“Quite clearly the word has gone out she isn’t capable of bringing in the decision that the Establishment wants forced through, i.e. accidental death,” he told BBC Radio 4’s PM programme.

Lady Butler-Sloss was brought out of retirement to oversee the inquests in September after Michael Burgess, stepped down citing a “heavy and constant” workload.

Clarence House declined to comment.


InquiryCSA‏Verified account@InquiryCSA

Ms Scolding QC asks do you think it was appropriate to give a bishop who had been found guilty of gross indecency discretionary funds? At the time we felt that Peter Ball needed help, after careful scrutiny of his finances Lord Carey responds.

A letter from Peter Ball to Lord Carey in 1994 he asks for £10,000 to help with legal funds. In the letter, Peter Ball describes allegations as a “little nuisance”.

Ms Scolding QC asks do you think it was appropriate to give a bishop who had been found guilty of gross indecency discretionary funds? At the time we felt that Peter Ball needed help, after careful scrutiny of his finances Lord Carey responds.

Ms Scolding QC asks Lord Carey why Peter Ball was allowed to attend Stowe School and Radley College in 1996/97. He says he thought there would be proper supervision. Ms Scolding also notes there is no evidence schools were warned about Ball’s previous behaviour.

Daisy Law‏@theDaisyLaw

What, like the supervision which the church undertook by their conspiracy to cover up his crimes against children? Carey is looking like a fellow poacher rather than a gamekeeper trying to protect the flock. Corruption & shady networking are phrases which come to mind.

‘We knew that Bishop Peter and the Prince were good friends. He didn’t refer to him as Prince Charles. He would always say just Charles.’

…on his (Ball’s) desk at his home in Gloucester and displayed an invitation from the Queen for dinner at Buckingham Palace.

Savile is understood to have visited Prince Charles’s official London rebsidence several times in the late 1980s when he was acting as a kind of marriage counsellor between Charles and Princess Diana.


Ball had ecome a spiritual advisor to the Prince, particularly in the period between Diana’s death in 1997 and his marriage to Camilla in 2005.

That Savile committed a number of sex offences in Sussex at the time when Ball was bishop there is not disputed


But the concern over his behaviour expressed by a senior aide will raise questions over how Savile, who is now under investigation in relation to child abuse involving 300 potential victims, managed to develop such a long-standing relationship with the heir to the throne.

Asked about Savile’s behaviour with the royal assistants or whether Prince Charles had taken any action to find out if anyone in his family or staff might have suffered any abuse or have any information relating to the criminal investigation into Savile’s alleged paedophilia, a spokesman for the prince said: “We have no record of anyone making a complaint.”

Throughout the years, Prince Charles and Peter Ball would pray together in the Sanctuary – a Harry Potteresque temple built by Prince Charles deep in a glade in Highgrove’s grounds.




Surely I-Don’t-Carey must have been aware of this:

Linda Woodhead‏@LindaWoodhead

IICSA … on the Peter Ball scandal: hears of the extraordinary lengths to which Prince Charles’s lawyers went to wiggle out of complying with IICSA’s request that the Prince give a witness statement to the Inquiry like everyone else. Even invoking European convention HRights!

William Chapman, counsel for survivors : “Were they really as ignorant as they claimed about the nature of Peter Ball’s activities? Prince Charles has many advisers, he only had to ask. So did the Archbishop of Canterbury.”

Under current procedures Peter Ball is still able to call himself, Bishop, with the title, Right Reverend”

I guess Prince Charles missed this article from 1993??

In 1993, Ball resigned in disgrace after receiving a police caution for committing an act of ‘gross indecency’

“Evil bishop drove me to suicide”- this Telegraph article about his abuse  was published 14 Mar 1993 in the Sunday Telegraph


For a man that wrote numerous letters proffering his opinions on political matters to the PM (this proving his continued interest and knowledge of current affairs), Charlie is certainly very selective about what he knew…

Daily Telegraph March 1993

Sunday Telegraph P Ball 14.3.93

ball 1 article 1993

and this

Ball had become a spiritual advisor to the Prince, particularly in the period between Diana’s death in 1997 and his marriage to Camilla in 2005.

Ball had also become close to the Duchess Camilla Shand

She liked him …’ says an aide.



Prince Charles refused to give formal statement to sex abuse inquiry

23 July 2018

Prince Charles refused to provide a formal witness statement to the child sex abuse inquiry, lawyers told a hearing on Monday.

The inquiry is currently hearing evidence relating to abuse carried out by Peter Ball, the former bishop of Lewes and of Gloucester, who knew the prince and exchanged letters with him.

Lawyers for the Prince of Wales used human rights law to object to block efforts to compel him to send a witness statement in the format used by the inquiry, instead sending a signed letter.

Fiona Scolding, lead counsel to the investigation into the Anglican church, said that his lawyers had previously argued that compelling him to give evidence was outside its powers.

Ball was convicted in 2015 of misconduct in public office after admitting abusing 18 teenagers and young men between the 1970s and 1990s.

His abuse had first been reported to the church in 1992, but police and CPS decided to give him a caution, and he was stripped of his role as bishop.

He was later allowed to officiate at events including at schools and confirmations.

Ms Scolding said there would have been “no doubt” about what the inquiry’s lawyers were asking for, as they sent a template for the document and used the word “statement” five times in one letter asking for the document to be signed.

“Despite lengthy correspondence, including assertions from the Prince’s solicitors that the Inquiry’s requests for evidence were outside its powers, i.e. ‘ultra vires’, there was never any suggestion at any point that the statement would be provided by letter,” she said.

The inquiry made several attempts to compel the lawyers to provide a witness statement with a formal statement of truth, which is essentially equivalent to swearing on oath.

The prince’s law firm Harbottle & Lewis also tried to argue that asking for a witness statement was “unfair”, and constituted a request for “intensely private and confidential” personal data.

Following “lengthy and extensive correspondence” an agreement was reached and the inquiry has decided to treat the letter, which ends with a sentence saying that its contents are true, as equivalent to a witness statement, she said.

The Prince will not give evidence in person but will have the statement read out at the hearing on Friday.

Earlier in the hearing Richard Scorer, of law firm Slater and Gordon, who is representing victims and survivors, expressed “surprise and concern” at the decision.

“This will inevitably raise concerns that the letter may be less than entirely frank about his relationship with Peter Ball and that it contains matters to which he s reluctant to attach a formal statement of truth,” he said.

The prince’s statement is expected to say that he was “not aware at the time of the significance or impact of the caution that Peter Ball had accepted”, including the fact that a caution involves admission of guilt.

On Tuesday the Inquiry is expected to hear evidence in person from former Archbishop of Canterbury Lord Carey, who was found in an independent inquiry last year to be among senior church figures who “colluded” with Peter Ball.

Earlier in the day the inquiry heard that the church was dealing with a “turbulent” period in 1992, with Lord Carey raising the “constitutional crisis” caused by the Prince’s split with Diana, Princess of Wales, as well as the decision to allow women to be priests.

William Chapman, a lawyer from Switalskis, also representing victims and survivors, told the inquiry that there had been concern that gay clergymen would be outed by a full criminal investigation, ending their career in the church.

A Clarence House spokesman said: “The prince made it clear that he was willing to help the Inquiry and voluntarily answered all the questions asked in the form of ‘free flowing text’ as requested by the Inquiry itself.

“The final submission includes a statement of truth in common with all witness statements.  The legal exchanges, which have been extensively referred to by the Inquiry’s solicitors, were necessary to ensure clarity regarding both the structure, relevance and content of the statement.

“Once resolved, the Inquiry raised no objection to the format of the prince’s submission.”


Elizabeth Butler Sloss, 1st IICSA chair, member of the establishment protected Bishop Peter Ball

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Establishment ‘rallied to help ex-bishop later jailed for abuse’

Prince Charles and Lord Carey among powerful backers of Peter Ball, abuse inquiry told

23 July 2018

Members of the establishment, including the heir to the throne, the then archbishop of Canterbury and a senior member of the judiciary, rallied to the support of Peter Ball, a Church of England bishop accused of sexual abuse, an independent inquiry has heard.

“The story of Peter Ball is the story of the establishment at work in modern times,” said William Chapman, representing survivors. “It is the story of how the establishment minimised the nature of Peter Ball’s misdeeds … and silenced and harassed those who tried to complain.”

One survivor told the inquiry the C of E’s response to his disclosure of abuse amounted to “enduringly cruel and sadistic treatment”.

The independent inquiry into child sexual abuse is examining how the church handled allegations. A five-day hearing this week is scrutinising the church’s response to claims of sexual abuse against Ball, a former bishop of Lewes and then Gloucester, who was jailed in 2015.

Ball was able to call upon the “willing assistance of members of the establishment”, said Chapman. “It included the heir to the throne, the archbishop and a senior member of the judiciary, to name only the most prominent.”

Between them, they provided Ball with money and accommodation, legal advice, a private detective, references and approaches to the police and the prosecuting authorities.

“The alacrity and the extent of the response by Peter Ball’s friends to one of their own in trouble was impressive. It makes a horrible contrast to the way Peter Ball’s victims were treated,” Chapman said.

He told the inquiry: “These establishment helpers claim they were duped by Peter Ball … But you will have to consider if it is credible, given what they must have known or could easily have found out about Peter Ball, whether they were really as ignorant as they claimed they were about the nature of Peter Ball’s activities.

“Some claimed they did not know what a caution meant. Well, Prince Charles has many advisers; he only had to ask. So does the archbishop of Canterbury.”

Ball’s friends were willing to “add their weight” against the due criminal process. “They went far beyond the normal obligations of friendship.”

Allegations were first made against Ball in 1992, but he accepted a police caution and resigned his position as bishop. An independent review of the case commissioned by the C of E and published last year found evidence of collusion and a cover-up at the highest levels.

Richard Scorer, also representing survivors, said that Ball found in his fellow bishops the “perfect accomplices, prepared to turn a blind eye to his abuse over many decades”.

None bore greater responsibility than Lord Carey, the former archbishop of Canterbury, Scorer said. “We fear that when we hear from him this week, the usual litany of excuses will be trotted out,” he said, adding that Carey must give a “transparent account of his actions”.

Prince Charles’s assertion that he did not understand the significance of a caution was “frankly astonishing”, he said. The prince has access to “the best legal advice that money can buy,” Scorer added.

The prince chose not to clarify the legal position. “To my clients, this extraordinary lack of curiosity looks like wilful blindness,” he said.

In her opening statement, Fiona Scolding, senior counsel to the inquiry, said that Ball’s “fall from grace was a huge shock to the church”.

She added: “He was a very senior clergyman with enormous spiritual authority. He also had power and charm.”

People inside and outside the church had attested to Ball’s charisma and oratorical brilliance. She said that power had been “further enhanced by his cultivation of influential friends both within and outside the church”.

As an example, Ball had told people after his arrest that four cabinet ministers had offered him a “bolthole from the press”.

“He did not stint from mentioning those friends in prominent places when he thought it would assist his cause,” Scolding added.

She told the hearing of a scheme set up by Ball for young men interested in religious life that gave him the opportunity to groom them for sexual abuse and exploitation. The men were encouraged to pray naked, and engage in massage and spanking. One, Neil Todd, who first made allegations against Ball, killed himself in 2012.

Scolding said that Ball, now 86, was too unwell to give evidence either at the inquiry or by video link. But in one of two statements he had submitted he made an apology and said he had “neither been open nor shown penitence in the past”.

The hearing heard from three survivors who described their abuse by Ball. One, the Rev Graham Sawyer, who has waived his right to anonymity, said: “The sexual abuse that was perpetrated on me by bishop Peter Ball pales into insignificance when compared to the enduringly cruel and sadistic treatment that has been meted out to me by officials, both lay and ordained, in the Church of England.”

He described the culture within Anglicanism as an “ecclesiastic protection racket – and anyone who seeks in any way to threaten the reputation of the church and institution has to be destroyed”.

Safeguarding should be taken out of the church’s hands he said, as “it cannot police itself with any credibility”.

At the start of proceedings, Alexis Jay, the chair of the inquiry, said she had ordered an investigation into the leaking to the media of the Prince of Wales’s letter.

She said the leak was a “very serious breach of confidence by someone with direct access to information in this investigation” and promised “firm action” should the source be uncovered.

Scolding said a suggestion reported by the Times that the timing of the statement, to be read on the final day of this week’s hearings, was to prevent the prince being called for cross-examination “could not be further from the truth”.

She said: “There is no requirement for him to attend in person as his evidence, whilst important, is not of central relevance to many of the issues raised by this case study.”

The hearing continues.


Donna Birrell‏@BBCDonnaB

Powerful evidence by Rev Graham Sawyer, victim of Peter Ball : “ It is an ecclesiastical protection racket… anyone who threatens the reputation of the Church has to be destroyed. That is the culture within Anglicanism.”

Ball was able to call upon the “willing assistance of members of the establishment”… it included Prince Charles, the archbishop and a senior member of the judiciary…they provided Ball with money and accommodation, legal advice, a private detective, references and approaches to the police and the prosecuting authorities.

Peter Ball (right) and his twin brother Michael Ball, pictured in 1989

Bishops were ‘perfect accomplices’ for ‘nauseating’ Peter Ball, IICSA hears

23 July 2018

PETER BALL found the “perfect cover” for his sex-offending in the Church of England, and the “perfect accomplices” in fellow bishops who turned a blind eye to his actions, the Independent Inquiry into Child Sex Abuse (IICSA) has heard.

The details of the abuse carried out against vulnerable adults by Mr Ball, the disgraced former Bishop of Gloucester, during his ministry were heard on Monday at the start of a week-long hearing being conducted by IICSA, as part of its investigation into the extent to which the Anglican Church failed to protect children from child sex abuse.

The first hearing, in March, used the diocese of Chichester as a case study (News, 9 March). This week is to focus on the repeated failures of the police, Crown Prosecution Service, and the Church to identify, prevent, and prosecute abuse carried out by Ball over several decades, the lead counsel to the Anglican investigation, Fiona Scolding QC explained.

Ball received a three-year sentence in 2015, having admitted to a series of indecent assaults and the abuse of 18 young men aged 17-25 (News, 7 October 2015).

The offences included praying naked with vulnerable young people who had joined the monastic-community scheme Give a Year to God, which Ball had founded and run in Littlington, East Sussex, in the 1980s, when he was Bishop of Lewes.

Summarising the evidence received by the Inquiry, which included more than 100,000 documents, Ms Scolding said that Ball had admitted to being naked with, caressing, anointing, and physically assaulting young men, who would sleep in his house, sometimes in his bed, and with whom he would prayer naked, embrace, and masturbate. The victims were told that these practices were an expression of humiliation, penitence, and devotion to Christ.

One of his victims was the late Neil Todd, who was repeatedly abused during the 1980s and ’90s, and who later took his own life. His allegations brought about the police investigation in 1993, which resulted in Ball accepting a police caution, thereby admitting his guilt.

Ms Scolding also quoted several senior clerics who had held Ball in high esteem, most of whom had “flooded to defend him” after the police investigation and, latterly, his conviction. It had become clear in the Chichester hearing that abusers were required to “manipulate and charm” everyone around them, not just their victims, she said.

Among his defenders was Michael Ball, his twin brother and a former Bishop of Truro, who repeatedly urged Lambeth Palace to restore Peter Ball to ministry during the 2000s in what has been described in evidence as “manipulative” campaign which drew on connections with senior figures, including the Prince of Wales.

A lawyer representing six survivors of Ball, Richard Scorer QC, said that in the Church Ball had found the “perfect cover” for his offending.

“If a charlatan with an insatiable appetite for abuse wanted to secure a continuous supply of vulnerable young victims, there was no better way of achieving this than by founding a religious order not subject to any external supervision, and by making his victims participation in the abuse a religious duty obligated by their oath of absolute obedience.

“Not for the first time, theology and religious ritual provided the ideal mask for abuse, with the evil of what Peter Ball did being compounded by his nauseating claim that the abuse was spiritually uplifting.

“Most of all, however, Peter Ball found in his fellow bishops in the Church of England the perfect accomplices, prepared to turn a blind eye to his abuse over many decades, to collude in the lie that the abuse of Neil Todd was an uncharacteristic aberration, to cast doubt on his guilt, to smear his victims, and to rehabilitate him.”

Mr Scorer also criticised Prince Charles for not making efforts to check the position of Ball in 1993, after the bishop accepted a caution. “This extraordinary lack of curiosity looks like wilful blindness. . . He failed in that responsibility and therefore failed the victims.”

At the start of the hearing, the chair of the Inquiry, Professor Alexis Jay, expressed her disappointment at the “serious breach of confidence” after the content of a draft witness statement of Prince Charles was leaked to the press last week (News, 13 July).

The statement from Prince Charles had been disclosed to core participants on 9 July, Professor Jay said. “The panel is disappointed by the leaking of the draft statement. Deliberate leaking of information to the media before evidence is made public by the Inquiry not only undermines the ability of the Inquiry to get to the truth, but can also erode confidence in the Inquiry at all levels.”


Peter Ball preached at over 25 schools between 1996 and 2002.


Sussex police documents, released under an Freedom of Information (FOI) request, indicate Ball associated with other sex offenders in the clergy and that he was investigated in 2008 for being part of a suspected paedophile ring.


The police files also suggest Ball covered for and helped other priests accused of sex abuse, including:


Norma Moore‏@Mousehole1

According to evidence given to iiCSA today, Peter Ball would spend an hour each day praying in the nude… next to an open window. He also watched young clergy take cold showers each morning.
Rev’d Graham Sawyer: Let me make this clear – the sexual abuse that I suffered at the hands of Peter Ball, pales into insignificance when compared to the cruel/sadistic nature metered out to me

Esther Baker‏@Esther9982

I do wonder if the lawyers acting for the CP’s ought to challenge the lawyers running the on the basis that they are now accepting the accused (and their reps) words rather than truth seeking as their powers allow?

Recent examples of this would be a) allowing royalty to not give pertinent evidence because he’s royalty. B) inaccurately issuing a statement that I am under investigation for PCJ, and only removing it at the insistence of the police – because an ex-MP said it so it must be true

Peter Ball was a governor of both Lancing College but also the wider Woodard Group, which is a group of Anglican boarding schools

Peter Ball appointed to the Anglican Scouting Fellowship

In January 1996 Lord Carey agreed that Ball should be permitted to preach at a public school, provided that the school were made aware of possible hostile press interest. He further agreed in March that Ball could conduct confirmations and preach at two more schools. Ball was still the President of the Anglican Fellowship in Scouting and Guiding 17 and the Archbishop agreed that he could attend their Annual General Meeting and celebrate the Eucharist at their headquarters in Gilwell

In the late 1970s and early 1980s, Peter Ball developed a scheme called “Give a year to God”. He set this up informally with the approval of Bishop Kemp.


The Anglican Fellowship in Scouting and Guiding was formed in 1983. It is not clear when Ball’s involvement with the Fellowship came to an end. The Scout Association has advised that Ball was also
appointed to a subcommittee of the Association’s Board in 1983.

Dame Alun Roberts‏@ciabaudo

If he didn’t know, he’s hardly fit to be King …

Bishop Ball with Prince Charles and Camilla at Camilla’s father’s funeral 2006

Richard Scorer: My clients accept the Prince of Wales (Prince Charles)  has many interactions with Church of England clergy. However our clients do not accept that he claims he was not aware that a caution means an acceptance of guilt.

Scorer claims senior leaders in the Church knew of Peter Ball’s offending but Lambeth Palace did not hand over letters to police:

Mr William Chapman: There’s a reluctance to trust the secular authorities to handle the matter and a willingness to forgive and reintegrate Peter Ball, no matter what he’d done

Elizabeth Hall, Nat Safeguarding Advisor, recommending a further review of Peter Ball information which should involve trying to find all files/documents

Both Michael Ball and brother Peter Ball were not shy about using the name of the Prince of Wales to seek to influence others. Bishop Michael Ball wrote to Lord Carey in Dec 1992 saying that his brother was receiving support from 2 Cabinet Ministers and Prince Charles Peter Ball often mention their friendship.

On 8 March 1993 Peter Ball received a caution for one count of gross indecency against Neil Todd. He resigned immediately. Peter Ball alleged to the Church of England shortly that he either did not wish to resign, and accepted a caution to avoid a trial.

“This Inquiry has been provided with details of allegations made by a total of 32 individuals. These all relate to an alleged abuse of power by Peter Ball for the purposes of his sexual gratification.”

The former Bishop of Lewes, Peter Ball was convicted of two offences of indecent assault, and an offence of misconduct

Peter Ball admitted when pleading guilty that he received sexual gratification from the deliberate manipulation of vulnerable young men, that the contact was consistent with grooming and that he abused his position as a Bishop in the Church of England

 In January 1996, Ball was permitted by Archbishop Carey to preach at a particular public school and, to conduct confirmations at other specific schools later on in that year

(1) Why he was permitted to return to ministry in this fashion? (2) Why did no-one think to carry out some kind of risk assessment? (3) Whether or not senior clergy simply thought that Peter Ball’s pleas of innocence should be believed?

 “I really appreciate your sympathetic understanding in preventing a scandal with a trial which would have affected the Royal family and establishments in this crucial time of turmoil within the Church of England.” Bishop Kemp comments on a 1990s investigation into Peter Ball

2006 Peter Ball former Bishop of Lewes with his good friends Prince Charles and Camilla at a memorial for her father Bruce Shand

Paedophile Peter Ball  remained a confidant of Prince Charles  right up until 2012

Although it took him time to accept the facts, the Prince has now cut the cleric out of his life. It was a difficult decision because Ball had become a spiritual advisor to the Prince



A risk assessment carried out by the Church in 2009 identified that Peter Ball could be identified as a sexual predator given the length and scale of his offending


“Evil bishop drove me to suicide”-  Telegraph article about Ball’s abuse  was published 14 Mar 1993 in the Sunday Telegraph

ball at wedding

2005 The wedding of Prince Charles and Camilla Shand attended by Bishop Peter Ball

Peter Ball ‘preached at the funeral of Camilla’s father’s in 2006, which indicates his standing in their household.’

If Prince Charles didn’t know, he’s hardly fit to be King …



InquiryCSA‏Verified account@InquiryCSA

Both Michael + Peter Ball were not shy about using the name of the Prince of Wales to seek to influence others. Bishop Michael Ball wrote to Lord Carey in Dec 1992 saying that his brother was receiving support from 2 Cabinet Ministers + the PoW. PB often mention their friendship.

Cassandra Cogno‏@CassandraCogno

Will we be told the 2 cabinet ministers didn’t understand a caution as an admission of guilt too? Or will they never be mentioned again


That tiny handful of letters (I believe there were 2000+) shows the extent to which the great and the good brought undue influence to bear. Why write such letters … unless intending to influence judicial proceedings? There cannot be any other reason.

And Carey quietly sat on 6 letters from parents and victims – letters which had they gone to police in mid 90’s would almost certainly have led to prosecution. This was a cover-up involving lambeth palace archbishops, bishops, and other assorted figures.

Gibb Report said Lord Carey “set the tone for the Church’s response to Ball’s crimes and gave the steer which allowed Ball’s assertions that he was innocent to gain credence”. But will IICSA find anything more than this? In 5 days and with so few witnesses.

Carey mentions Stephen Platten Senior figure who had no recollection on my disclosure. Now assistant bishop in London. Walked away with “no recollection” and “can offer no further assistance”. Lamentable culture


Stephen Platten and his wife

He was a young priest in training with the Archbishop of Canterbury George Carey


In 2016 Platten was cited in a Guardian report as one of the senior figures in the Elliott Review case who had received a disclosure of child sex abuse but had no recollection of the victim’s story. While some of those the victim had spoken to had clear recollections of the disclosures, none of the senior figures had any memory of the conversations. Elliott, who led the review, described this as “a deeply disturbing feature of this case”. The church acknowledged the report was “embarrassing and uncomfortable” reading. A statement from London diocese said Platten had apologised for his “lack of detailed recollection of their conversations in the 1980s” and “regretted he was unable to help further”.[8]

Platten is married to Rosslie, whose work is focused particularly on children with special needs



Prince Charles assumed bishops did not lie “There are questions about why he provided a sex offender with a Duchy of Cornwall house…whether Charles really didn’t understand the gravity of Ball’s conduct, which had been front-page news when he resigned”

I didn’t know bishop was a paedophile, Prince Charles protests (he did not understand that the clergyman’s caution for gross indecency involved an admission of guilt)…. Yeah, right.

During his time in Lewes, Ball got to know Savile well and he was the bishop’s principal entree into the Waleses’ household

Peter Ball  was propelled into the royal circle by two people, I understand. One was prebendary Willie Booth, a former chaplain at Westminster School, who’d taken over from Caesar. The other was Jimmy Savile.

During his time in Lewes, Ball got to know Savile well and he was the bishop’s principal entree into the Waleses’ household. After his appointment to Gloucester was announced, Ball became a regular visitor to Highgrove and was held in such high regard that Charles attended his enthronement.

Charles, meanwhile, must surely have been advised to keep Ball at arm’s length — just as he had been advised to distance himself from Jimmy Savile.

‘The Prince did receive letters from the public complaining about Savile,’ says a senior aide. ‘But the writers were dismissed [by him] as jealous or mad.’


Prince Charles kept in touch with ex-bishop later jailed for abuse

Prince told inquiry he was deceived by Peter Ball, who called him a ‘loyal friend’

20 July 2018

Prince Charles maintained contact with a former bishop who was later jailed for abusing young men and occasionally gave him money because he was deceived over the man’s crimes, he has told the independent inquiry into child sexual abuse.

In a written submission to be read at the inquiry next week, the Prince of Wales has said he did not understand that Peter Ball’s caution for gross indecency in 1993 involved an admission of guilt, according to a report in the Times.

In the statement, described as a draft, Charles said he had “decades of correspondence” with Ball and occasionally sent him “small gifts of money, as I do for many people in need”.

The former bishop has described the prince as a “loyal friend”.

Ball was invited to give Communion at Highgrove, the prince’s home, preached at the funeral of Bruce Shand, the Duchess of Cornwall’s father, in 2006 and lived in a Duchy of Cornwall property from 1997 to 2011.

Charles said the bishop told him he had been involved in an “indiscretion” and that an individual with a grudge had been persecuting him.

The prince added: “I was certainly not aware at the time of the significance or impact of the caution … Whilst I note that Peter Ball mentioned the word in a letter to me in October 2009, I was not aware until recently that a caution in fact carries an acceptance of guilt.”

He expressed “deep personal regret” that he had been deceived by Ball.

Next week’s hearings at the inquiry are to investigate “whether there were inappropriate attempts by people of prominence to interfere in the criminal justice process after [Ball] was first accused of child sexual offences”.

Ball, 86, the former bishop of Gloucester, was sentenced to 32 months for charges relating to 18 teenagers and young men between the 1970s and 1990s when he was bishop of Lewes. He admitted one count of misconduct in public office and two counts of indecent assault relating to two young men.

Ball was first accused in 1993 by Neil Todd, who tried to kill himself three times as a result of his abuse, and went on to do so in 2012.

Sussex police investigated Todd’s claims, and six other victims came forward. But support flooded in for Ball from within the establishment and he was never charged. Instead he received a caution for gross indecency, resigned his post as bishop and was allowed by Carey to continue officiating at church services.

Last year, an independent review of the C of E’s handling of the Ball case, conducted by Dame Moira Gibb, found senior church figures colluded with the accused bishop over a 20-year period. The report said: “The church appears to have been most interested in protecting itself.”

George Carey, the former archbishop of Canterbury, will also give evidence to the inquiry, in person and including cross-examination. He resigned his position as an honorary assistant bishop after being criticised in the Gibb report. His “permission to officiate” was reinstated earlier this year.

A Clarence House spokesperson said on Thursday: “IICSA has asked the Prince of Wales if he could help the part of their inquiry that deals with Mr Peter Ball. Whilst the prince made it clear that he was unaware of Mr Ball’s behaviour, he indicated that he was happy to volunteer context on his contact with Mr Ball if that would help.”

The spokesperson also referred to findings in the Gibb report, which said it had found no evidence “that the Prince of Wales or any other member of the royal family sought to intervene at any point in order to protect or promote Ball”.


Jonathan King back in Southwark  Crown court

24 July 2018

For Mention (Defendant to Attend) – Case Started – 09:58
For Mention (Defendant to Attend) – Case adjourned until 14:00 – 12:34
For Mention (Defendant to Attend) – Resume – 14:10
For Mention (Defendant to Attend) – No Event – 14:26
For Mention (Defendant to Attend) – Witness Number 2 Sworn – 14:38
For Mention (Defendant to Attend) – No Event – 15:26
For Mention (Defendant to Attend) – Case adjourned until 14:00 – 16:09


Ex-football coach faces retrial over indecent assault charges

23 July 2018

Former football coach Bob Higgins is to face a retrial after a jury found him guilty of one count of indecent assault and not guilty of another but failed to reach verdicts on the remaining 48 charges.

The 65-year-old, from Southampton, Hampshire, was convicted of the single charge by the jurors following an eight-week trial at Winchester Crown Court.

Higgins was found guilty of indecently assaulting complainant M, one of 24 alleged victims, in his car. He was cleared of an alleged assault on complainant G during a training session.

Judge Jonathan Fuller QC thanked the jurors for their service and told them: “I am going to discharge you from giving verdicts on the remaining counts.

“Thank you very much for the efforts and hard work you have put into this case over the last eight weeks.”

Adam Feest QC, prosecuting, told the court that a retrial is likely to be held on the remaining counts in February 2019.

Higgins, who ran the schoolboy coaching programmes for Southampton Football Club and Peterborough United, was accused during the trial of 50 counts of indecent assault against 24 complainants dating between 1971 and 1996.

The defendant was released on conditional bail.


Prince Charles gives evidence to inquiry into Peter Ball

The Prince of Wales says he was aware that Peter Ball, who lived in Aller, near Langport, had been given a police caution, but claims he did not realise it amounted to an admission of guilt.

Details of Prince Charles’s relationship with Ball will be revealed at an inquiry into the case on Friday.

The next in line to the throne had “decades of correspondence” with Ball and occasionally sent him “small gifts of money”, according to the draft copy of his statement to the inquiry, The Times has reported.

The statement will add that Ball confided in him in 2009 that he had been involved in an “indiscretion” years previously, which he blamed on a person with a grudge.


Mark [not his real name] a victim of the Caldey Island scandal looks towards the Island's only Lighthouse where he was abused as a child on the main island of Caldey, Pembrokeshire, UK

Caldey Island survivor: ‘It should be given over to the National Trust’

A survivor of Thaddeus Kotik returns to Caldey after 35 years and is haunted by memories of abuse

20 July 2018

In the bright sunshine, the monastic island of Caldey looked a picture. Visitors, young and old, hopped off the day trippers’ boats and milled around the abbey, the perfumery, the chocolate factory and lighthouse, occasionally catching faraway glimpses of the Cistercian monks who live, work and worship there.

For Mark, a retired public servant in his 60s, however, this was no holiday visit. Mark is a victim of the sexual abuse scandal that has engulfed the island off the south Wales coast since it was revealed in the Guardian last November.

Mark (not his real name) says he was one of the children abused by the monk Father Thaddeus Kotik during family holidays and described his return to the island for the first time in 35 years as “mind-numbing”.

“It brings back a lot of memories, bad memories,” he said. “I can’t think of anything good at the moment. I can only think of the bad times and I want to grieve. It [was] the home of people responsible for ruining many people’s lives including mine.”

He would like the privately owned island to be taken from the monks and handed over to a conservation body. “The island and the monastery should be given to the National Trust so visitors can appreciate the natural beauty of the island without the spectre of child abuse.”

Mark first met Kotik in the 1960s when his family visited the island, off Tenby in Pembrokeshire. He remembers being met at the island green by a man in “very funny clothes”. It was Kotik.

The monk made Mark and his family feel privileged by inviting them into the monastery’s private walled garden and serving them tea, squash and biscuits. The following year in the same garden Mark, then eight, says Kotik lifted him up and abused him.

Mark kept quiet because he did not want to get into trouble. Kotik behaved as if nothing had happened and the following year the ordeal continued. Kotik encouraged the boy to help wash up. While Mark was at the sink, he says Kotik stood behind him, wrapped his arms around him and rubbed the boy’s genitals.

On another occasion, Mark says he was helping to wrap the chocolate bars made at the monastery’s small factory when Kotik approached him from behind and assaulted him.

The monk remained a family friend. The grooming process was so efficient that as an adult, Mark even returned to the island for holidays with his own young son – but was careful never to leave him unattended.

Mark’s father maintained his friendship with Kotik and attended the monk’s funeral in 1992. It was only when the Guardian revealed Kotik’s offending that Mark accepted he was a victim.

Now almost every nook and cranny of Caldey Island holds a memory for him – and precious few are happy ones.

He paused at the medieval pond close to the island green and recalled how he had released goldfish won in a fair on the mainland in the water. He and his son later fished in the pool with Kotik.

Mark remembered how Kotik would hide treats around the island. He – and no doubt other children – were delighted when the monk would suddenly appear with a chocolate or cake.

Up the hill, Mark peered over a wooden gate into the walled garden where he was abused by Kotik. “This is where it began,” he said. “Father Thaddeus rubbed his hands up and down my thighs and across the front of my shorts. I did not understand what was happening.”

The lighthouse is also a place of trauma. Mark says Kotik also assaulted him there and the sight of any lighthouse brings back the pain. “It doesn’t matter where I am in the world,” he said. “The feeling of being assaulted by the monk at the lighthouse returns.”

Families make a beeline for the small chocolate factory. Mark could not bear to cross the threshold. “I don’t want to go there. I don’t want to walk in the door. I don’t think I’ve been in there since I was a young kiddie,” he said.

The impact has been profound. “I rebelled against authority at school, in the workplace and I struggled with relationships because I found it very difficult to trust people,” he said. “It was only last year that I realised with a shock that everything Thaddeus did was aimed at grooming parents so he could gain their trust and abuse their children. It was a betrayal of my parents and of me.”

More than a dozen women have come forward to report offences committed by Kotik, who lived at Caldey Abbey from 1947 until his death in 1992.

The Guardian has learned that two other men who lived and worked on Caldey Island were subsequently convicted of child sex offences. Six women sued the Abbey in 2014 and settled out of court. After the Guardian revealed the scandal, the abbey apologised via social media for not reporting allegations of abuse to police.

This year, Mark wrote to the current abbot, Daniel van Santvoort, explaining his feeling of trauma. “Despite 50 years passing, I still live with the memory of abuse,” he wrote.

“Can I ask you, when you open a bar of chocolate do you have memories of being sexually assaulted? When you see a picture of a monk in a newspaper or on television or indeed in a public place, do you have memories of being sexually abused as a child? I truly hope that in all of these your answer will be no.”

He asked for a meeting with the abbot but says he was shocked to receive – via his solicitor – a cursory response acknowledging receipt of the letter.

Mark had thought of trying to confront the abbot this week but in the end could not bear the idea and simply spent a few hours visiting the places he had been abused. He is planning to launch a civil action.

He concluded that the island was more about making a profit by selling chocolate and perfume rather than welcoming visitors.

“It’s all about business, keeping themselves going,” said Mark. “They haven’t woken up to reality, to 21st-century living. They are totally consumed in their own wellbeing. They hide, there’s no engagement. It’s not a welcoming island.”

Suddenly, Mark wanted to leave. He walked briskly back to the landing stage and caught the first boat back to Tenby. “I never want to come back here,” he said. “I’ve seen it for one last time and it’s something I never want to do a


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Victims of paedophile bishop Peter Ball, left, have previously demanded that correspondence between himself and Prince Charles, right, is made public (pictured together in 1992)

Prince Charles to tell child abuse inquiry he sent ‘small gifts of money’ to bishop friend but was ‘certainly not aware’ he was a paedophile despite clergyman accepting caution for gross indecency

  • A written statement from Prince Charles will be read out at the inquiry next week
  • Ball, who has boasted of being a confidant of Charles, was jailed in October 2015
  • Heir to the throne says he sent  him ‘small gifts and money’ after being deceived
  • Former Bishop of Lewes had sexually abused 18 young men over three decades
  • He was released in February last year after serving half his sentence behind bars

20 July 2018

The Prince of Wales sent a disgraced former bishop ‘small gifts and money’ – but didn’t know he was a paedophile, the heir to the throne has told an inquiry.

The heir to the throne remained friends with Peter Ball, now 86, because he did not understand that the clergyman’s caution relating to gross indecency was an admission of guilt, it was reported today.

Charles was in contact with Bishop Peter Ball for more than 20 years until he was convicted in 2015 for sexual abuse offences.

Ball resigned in 1993 after a police investigation into abuse of boys and young men and accepted a caution over it – but told the Prince it was because someone with a grudge was ‘persecuting’ him.

Charles’ written statement submitted to the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse, seen by the Times, is due to be made public next week.

He is quoted as saying: ‘I was certainly not aware at the time of of the significance or impact of the caution. Whilst I note that Peter Ball mentioned the word in a letter to me in October 2009, I was not aware until recently that a caution in fact carries an admission of guilt’.

The letter, which is reportedly a draft, was submitted voluntarily and said the prince had ‘decades of correspondence’ with the bishop and that he sent ‘small gifts of money, as I do for many people in need’.

Charles is also said to have said he has ‘deep personal regret’ that Ball, who was  finally jailed for 32 months in October 2015, had deceived him and hidden his sexual abuse of 18 young men over a period of 30 years.

He was released in February last year after serving half his sentence behind bars.

Ball often spoke of his links with the Royal family and was invited to give communion at the Prince’s home in Highgrove.

He also spoke at the Duchess of Cornwall’s father Bruce Shand’s funeral in 2006 and lived on Duchy of Cornwall land from 1997 to 2011.

The inquiry is examining how the Church of England handled sex abuse allegations and has previously focused on the Diocese of Chichester – where Ball was the former Bishop of Gloucester and several other convicted paedophile priests once officiated.

The week-long case study beginning on Monday will investigate ‘whether there were inappropriate attempts by people of prominence to interfere in the criminal justice process after he was first accused of child sexual offences’.

Ball was allowed to continue giving church services after he accepted a police caution for a single offence in March 1993.

The secretive deal meant he was not exposed until a fresh police investigation uncovered the extent of his abuse 22 years later.

Ball’s court case heard that a member of the royal family – who has never been named – was among a host of public figures who supported him when he avoided charges in 1993.

He boasted of his links to royalty and was said to be a confidant of the Prince of Wales, with an independent review finding he used his connections to boost his position.

Prince Charles’s evidence, which will be read out on the final day of next week’s inquiry, is being met with skepticism by some close to the case.

One source told The Times they were concerned there would be no chance for the Prince to be cross-examined on his evidence.

They told the newspaper: ‘It’s very convenient that Charles’s statement is to be read at the last session of the Ball inquiry.

‘He was either staggeringly naive about him or he was part of the influential that supported him.’

Previously Clarence House reportedly said it did not believe the correspondence between Ball and the future king had any bearing on the issues before the inquiry but did not object to them being shared for consideration.

Ball’s sentence came 22 years after the abuse allegation first surfaced. He eventually admitted misconduct in a public office and two counts of indecent assault.

The court heard that Ball convinced some of his victims to strip naked to pray and even suggested they submit to beatings between 1977 and 1992.

The first of his victims to come forward took his own life in 2012 after hearing that Sussex Police had reopened the case.

Former Archbishop of Canterbury George Carey – who will also give evidence next week – resigned as honorary assistant bishop in the Diocese of Oxford after an inquiry found he delayed a ‘proper investigation’ into Ball’s crimes for two decades by failing to pass information to police.

Reverend Graham Sawyer, who was abused by Ball as a teenager and waived his right to anonymity, is also among those due to give evidence next week.

Cleric rented house on the Duchy estate owned by ‘friend’ Charles

Disgraced bishop Peter Ball reneged on a deal to move abroad to escape prosecution in 1993, and instead rented a house from the estate of his ‘friend’ Prince Charles.

The cleric told police he would live with nuns in France in return for receiving the caution as part of an alleged agreement with a ‘sympathetic’ detective who wanted to help the church avoid the scandal of a criminal trial. It meant Ball was not prosecuted until October 2015.

After resigning as bishop in 1993, Ball moved to Manor Lodge, in the Somerset village of Aller, a property owned by the Duchy of Cornwall, the private estate headed by Charles. He later publicly praised the ‘wonderfully kind’ Charles who he said ‘allowed me to have a duchy house’.

The detail has come to light from a report written by Brian Tyler, a former police officer-turned-priest who Ball hired to work as a private detective.

In it, he wrote: ‘It is needless to point out that having secured the caution on one offence and knowing the file has been closed, he has ‘welshed’ in his promise to me, and the police, to leave the country.’

Royal sources at the time made clear that Charles has no involvement in the commercial decisions on who is renting Duchy properties.


The Prince of Wales will give a written statement to a public inquiry about a paedophile bishop next week.

It will be read during the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) investigation into the Anglican Church as it focuses on Peter Ball.

The 86-year-old was jailed for 32 months in October 2015 for offences against 18 teenagers and men.

Prince Charles exchanged a series of letters with Ball, whose Gloucester diocese covers his Highgrove home.

The former Bishop of Lewes and of Gloucester carried out the abuse between the 1970s and 1990s.

He was released from jail in February 2017 after serving 16 months.

The written statement from Prince Charles will be read on 27 July, at the end of a week-long case study on Ball.

The inquiry is examining how the Church of England handled allegations of sexual abuse and has previously focused on the Diocese of Chichester – where Ball and several other convicted paedophile priests once officiated.

From next Monday it will investigate “whether there were inappropriate attempts by people of prominence to interfere in the criminal justice process after Ball was first accused of child sexual offences”.

Ball’s court case heard that a member of the royal family – who has never been named – was among a host of public figures who supported him when he avoided charges in 1993.

He boasted of his links to royalty and was said to be a confidant of Prince Charles, with an independent review finding he used his connections to boost his position.

Last year, the independent review by Dame Moira Gibb found senior figures in the Church of England “colluded” with Ball.

A Clarence House spokesman said: “IICSA has asked the Prince of Wales if he could help the part of their inquiry that deals with Mr Peter Ball.

“Whilst the Prince made it clear that he was unaware of Mr Ball’s behaviour, he indicated that he was happy to volunteer context on his contact with Mr Ball if that would help.”

Referring to the findings in the Gibb report, the Clarence House spokesman said it had “reviewed all the relevant material including the correspondence passing between the Prince of Wales and Ball held by the Church”.

This review “found no evidence that the Prince of Wales or any other member of the Royal Family sought to intervene at any point in order to protect or promote Ball”, the spokesman said.

“The Crown Prosecution Service has publicly stated that it had neither received nor seen any correspondence from a member of the Royal Family when Ball was under investigation in 1992-93,” he added.

Former Archbishop of Canterbury George Carey will also give evidence next week, along with The Reverend Graham Sawyer, who was abused by Ball as a teenager and waived his right to anonymity.


Could ‘culture of cover-up’ force Pope Francis to defrock McCarrick?

21 July 2018

Revelations that one of the most respected U.S. cardinals allegedly sexually abused both boys and adult seminarians have raised questions about who in the Catholic Church hierarchy knew — and what Pope Francis is going to do about it.

If the accusations against Cardinal Theodore McCarrick bear out — including a new case reported Friday involving an 11-year-old boy — will Francis revoke his title as cardinal? Sanction him to a lifetime of penance and prayer? Or even defrock him, the expected sanction if McCarrick were a mere priest?

And will Francis, who has already denounced a “culture of cover-up” in the church, take the investigation all the way to the top, where it will inevitably lead? McCarrick’s alleged sexual misdeeds with adults were reportedly brought to the Vatican’s attention years ago.

The matter is now on the desk of the pope, who has already spent the better part of 2018 dealing with a spiraling child sex abuse, adult gay priest sex and cover-up scandal in Chile that was so vast the entire bishops’ conference offered to resign in May.

And on Friday, Francis accepted the resignation of the Honduran deputy to Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez Maradiaga, who is one of Francis’ top advisers. Auxiliary Bishop Juan Jose Pineda Fasquelle, 57, was accused of sexual misconduct with seminarians and lavish spending on his lovers that was so obvious to Honduras’ poverty-wracked faithful that Maradiaga is now under pressure to reveal what he knew of Pineda’s misdeeds and why he tolerated a sexually active gay bishop in his ranks.

The McCarrick scandal poses the same questions. It was apparently an open secret in some U.S. church circles that “Uncle Ted” invited seminarians to his beach house, and into his bed.

While such an abuse of power may have been quietly tolerated for decades, it doesn’t fly in the #MeToo era. And there has been a deafening silence from McCarrick’s brother bishops about what they might have known and when.

Fraternal solidarity is common among clerics, but some observers point to it as possible evidence of the so-called “gay lobby” or “lavender mafia” at work. These euphemisms — frequently denounced as politically incorrect displays of homophobia in the church — are used by some to describe a perceived protection and promotion network of gay Catholic clergy.

“There is going to be so much clamor for the Holy Father to remove the red hat, to formally un-cardinalize him,” said the Rev. Thomas Berg, vice rector and director of admissions at St. Joseph’s Seminary in Yonkers, the seminary of the archdiocese of New York.

Berg said the church needs to ensure that men with deep-seated same-sex attraction simply don’t enter seminaries — a position recently reinforced by the Vatican at large and by Francis in comments to Chilean and Italian bishops.

Berg said the church also needs to take action when celibacy vows are violated.

“We can’t effectively prevent the sexual abuse of minors or vulnerable adults by clergy while habitual and widespread failures in celibacy are quietly tolerated,” he said.

McCarrick, the 88-year-old retired archbishop of Washington and confidante to three popes, was ultimately undone when the U.S. church announced June 20 that Francis had ordered him removed from public ministry. The sanction was issued pending a full investigation into a “credible” allegation that he fondled a teenager more than 40 years ago in New York City.

The dioceses of Newark and Metuchen, New Jersey, simultaneously revealed that they had received three complaints of misconduct by McCarrick against adults and had settled two of them.

Another alleged victim, the son of a McCarrick family friend identified as James, came forward in a report in The New York Times and subsequently in an interview with The Associated Press. James said he was 11 when McCarrick first exposed himself to him. From there, McCarrick began a sexually abusive relationship that continued for another two decades, James told AP.

“I was the first guy he baptized,” James told AP. “I was his little boy. I was his special kid.”

McCarrick has denied the initial allegation of abuse against a minor and accepted the pope’s decision to remove him from public ministry.

Asked Friday about James, a spokeswoman said McCarrick hadn’t received formal notice of any new allegation but would follow the civil and church processes in place to investigate them.

Even now, Francis could take immediate action to remove McCarrick from the College of Cardinals, said Kurt Martens, a canon lawyer at the Catholic University of America.

He recalled the case of the late Scottish Cardinal Keith O’Brien, who recused himself from the 2013 conclave that elected Francis pope after unidentified priests alleged in newspapers that he engaged in sexual misconduct. In 2015, after a Vatican investigation, Francis accepted O’Brien’s resignation after he relinquished the rights and privileges of being a cardinal.

O’Brien was, however, allowed to retain the cardinal’s title and he died a member of the college.

“I think that is totally unsatisfactory,” Martens said, noting that just as the pope can grant the title of cardinal, he can also take it away. “O’Brien resigned, the pope accepted it. Isn’t that the world upside down that someone picks his own penalty?”

O’Brien was never accused of sexually abusing a minor, however, as McCarrick now stands.

The stiffest punishment that an ordinary priest would face if such an accusation is proven would be dismissal from the clerical state, or laicization.

The Vatican rarely if ever, however, imposes such a penalty on elderly prelates. It also is loath to do so for bishops, because theologically speaking, defrocked bishops can still validly ordain priests and bishops.

Not even the serial rapist Rev. Marcial Maciel was defrocked after the Vatican finally convicted him of abusing Legion of Christ seminarians. Maciel was sentenced to a lifetime of penance and prayer — the likely canonical sanction for McCarrick if he is found guilty of abusing a minor in a church trial.


IICSA announces timetable for hearings on Peter Ball

IICSA has published this timetable for next week’s public hearings, 23 to 27 July (from 10 am daily).

Former archbishop, Lord Carey, is due to appear on Tuesday.

As during the previous hearings, TA will try to provide daily links to the transcripts and to some of the key documents.

The Guardian has this news story: Prince Charles to give evidence on bishop to child abuse inquiry.

The BBC has this: Prince Charles to give evidence at Peter Ball abuse inquiry.

MPs who fiddle their expenses will be given anonymity under new plans

18 July 2018

MPs alleged to have cheated on their Parliamentary expenses will be given anonymity under new rules, it has emerged as a record ban was handed to an MP for failing to declare an expenses-paid holiday to Sri Lanka.

The Government has been accused of protecting “the sensitivities of politicians” after attempting to quietly push through a change which would hide the names of all MPs under investigation.

Since 2010, the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards has listed all MPs under inquiry on its website and rulings are also automatically published.


Child sex abuse inquiry fined £200,000 for bulk email identifying possible victims of child sexual abuse

18 July 2018

The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse has been fined £200,000 after sending a bulk email that identified possible victims of child sexual abuse, the  Information Commissioner’s Office has said.

The inquiry sent a blind carbon copy email to 90 participants on February 27, 2017, telling them about a public hearing, but then a member of staff sent a correction where the email addresses were entered into the “to” field instead, the ICO said.

This allowed the recipients to see each other’s email addresses, identifying them as possible victims of child sexual abuse.

Steve Eckersley, the ICO’s director of investigations, said the incident “placed vulnerable people at risk” and was concerning, adding that the inquiry “should and could have done more to ensure this did not happen”.

“People’s email addresses can be searched via social networks and search engines, so the risk that they could be identified was significant.”

One of the respondents said he was “very distressed” by the data breach, and in total the ICO received 22 complaints.

Of the 90 email addresses, 52 contained the recipient’s full name or a label with their full name.

IICSA became aware of the breach when a recipient added two further email addresses to the “to” field and clicked “reply all”.

The Inquiry then sent three emails asking the recipients to delete the original email and not to send it on. One of these emails led to another 39 “Reply All” emails.

The ICO said the Inquiry had failed to give staff proper training about the importance of using the “bcc” field, and relied on the assurance of the IT company hired to manage the mailing list that people would not be able to reply to the entire list.

Several months later, in July 2017, a further incident arose when a recipient clicked on “Reply All” in response to an email from the Inquiry, sent via the mailing list, and revealed their email to the entire list.

IICSA had also breached its own privacy notice by sharing participants’ emails addresses with the IT company without their consent.


Retired teacher Roger Martin leaves Crawley Magistrates’ Court after denying sexually abusing a 10-year boy

Roger Martin today pleaded not guilty at Crawley Magistrates’ Court to  assaulting a boy at Christ’s Hospital School, Horsham, West Sussex

18 July 2018


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Ronnie Kray’s letter of praise for Cliff Richard

A Collection of personal items that belonged to gangster twins Ronnie and Reggie Kray has sold for more than £20,000 at auction.

They include a misspelt letter from Ronnie, who reveals delight at being contacted by Cliff Richard.

He writes from Brixton prison to biographer John Pearson: “I had a verry nice letter from Cliff Ritchards. It was marvoulas of him.” The sale was held in Lewes, East Sussex, yesterday


Dame Alun Roberts‏@ciabaudo

Does this answer all questions relating to Cliff’s visits to EGH child brothel or his relationship with Boothby and the Krays?…

Harriet Harman’s uncle Lord (Longford ) Porn took Cliff Richard and Jimmy Savile on a fact-finding mision to study porn industry.


Martin Noakes‏@Marndin12

Sir Cliff was accused of abuse by 9 men – Why have the MSM only focussed on one of them?

Charlie O’Malley♬‏@charliebadger99

That’s how they do it. Like the Dolphin Square victims. They get all the evidence, pick which is the weakest, exploit the weaknesses then hope the public paint the other testimonies with the same brush. Clever yet despicable tactic.

Cliff Richard wins £210,000 in damages in BBC privacy case

Singer sued BBC for invasion of privacy over its coverage of child sex abuse claims

18 July 2018

Richard appeared in court to hear the verdict, accompanied by his friends Gloria Hunniford and Paul Gambaccini.

… the BBC director of news, Fran Unsworth…said the corporation could appeal against the judgment, and she warned about the wider consequences of the ruling for for press freedom.

Warning that the judgment created new case law and represented a “dramatic shift” against the ability of journalists to report on police investigations, Unsworth continued: “We don’t believe this is compatible with liberty and press freedoms, something that has been at the heart of this country for generations. For all of these reasons there is a significant principle at stake.”


Big Momma‏@BigKw20171973

Nothing but a set up to force the anonymity of predators. Many in high places do not want to be named

Sue Crocombe‏@shinybluedress:

Extending anonymity to those accused of sexual offences is not the answer, and could do great harm to survivors in an area where it is already very hard to achieve justice.

The number of people whose lives are impacted by false allegations of CSA is dwarfed by the number who might be prevented from accessing justice if anonymity were granted to the accused (or denied to the accuser) in such cases.

It would also set a strange precedent to extend anonymity to those accused of sexual offences, while no such anonymity exists for those accused of other crimes. Such as murder

Dame Alun Roberts‏@ciabaudo:

In 1986, Geoffrey Dickens used parliamentary privilege to name a doctor and a vicar, both of whom were said to be involved in sexual offenses against the young (Times, March 15-21, 1986).

The doctor concerned was Raymond Colin Birth, also a patron of the Elm Guest House.

On March 17, 1986, Mr. Dickens asked the Attorney-General in Parliament if he would prosecute Dr. Raymond Colin Birt for sexual offences involving an eight-year-old girl in Chelmsford. The Attorney-General said there was insufficient evidence.

The Attorney-General turned to our dear friend Sir Michael Havers for support. It was Havers who informed Geoffrey Dickens that the DPP was not going to charge Raymond Colin Birt. The mother of the child was visited by Lord Norman St John-Stevas.

Here is the full verdict:

Mother Teresa’s Sainthood is a Fraud, Just Like She Was.

To this day, money continues to be an issue with the ‘Missionaries of Charity’ that Mother Teresa established in 1950. They refused to publish their accounts in India, where it is required by law. When asked to do the same in Germany, they responded that it was “none of their business”. A former sister put the annual figures of the

organisation’s income at around $50 million in New York alone, but there is little evidence of any expenditures. Locally, services largely rely on donations and the appalling state of care in Mother Teresa’s time makes it clear that very little money makes it back to those they are helping, and new missions set up across the world are expected to become self-sufficient. Her charity received money from known-fraudsters, and when they were convicted in a criminal court, she tried to use her large personal influence to change the outcome of the trial. Sources suggest that the majority of money she received was sent straight to the Vatican bank; an institution few will believe in more dire need of assistance than India’s most vulnerable citizens.

However, it may explain why she was able to make so many friends in high places. Often shown photographed with Princess Diana, the Clintons and Pope John Paul II, very few touch on her close relationship with the Duvalier regime in Haiti. The Duvalier family lived in luxury whilst many in the country suffered in poverty, they tortured and murdered political rivals, and were involved in the underground trading of drugs and body parts. Their brutal regime was no secret at the time, but all Mother Teresa had to say was that they were full of love. In her home country of Albania, she laid flowers on the grave of former Communist dictator, Enva Hoxha.

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Mother Teresa shelters investigated after ‘children sold’

Police are investigating after a nun working at one of the homes was taken into custody, with one child allegedly sold for £1,333.

17 July 2018

Several homes run by a religious group founded by Mother Teresa are to be investigated after a nun was arrested over allegations that youngsters in their care had been sold.

The Indian government has ordered an immediate inspection of every shelter run by the Missionaries of Charity, which is based in Ranchi, the capital of Jharkhand state in the east of the country.

It comes following the arrest of nun Anima Indwar and a care home worker, who were taken into custody amid claims that several infants had been sold, with one couple having allegedly paid 120,000 rupees (£1,333).

The case came to light after local child welfare authorities informed police about a newborn missing from one of the homes, which were set up to care for people Mother Teresa described as “the poorest of the poor”.

Police have confirmed that they are investigating at least three complaints, but the charity – which was set up by the famous missionary in Kolkata in 1950 – has denied that any children had been sold.

Spokeswoman Sunita Kumar said that “there was no question of selling any child as the Missionaries of Charity had stopped giving children for adoption three years ago”.

Police stand outside a home run by the Missionaries of Charity in Ranchi, India

The charity was previously involved in providing legal adoption services, but in 2015 said it would close down its adoption centres due to new regulations that made it easier for single and divorced people to adopt children.

Since then, it is said to have focused on helping unwed pregnant women and mothers in distress.

According to the government, illegal adoption is big business in India, with more than 100,000 children reported missing every year.

Many are given up by their parents who cannot afford to look after them, and others are snatched from hospitals and train stations


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Peter Dalglish worked with Mother Teresa


Former Christ’s Hospital teacher charged with historic sex offence

16 July 2018
A former teacher at Christ’s Hospital School has been charged with an historic sexual offence against a pupil. Police said Roger Martin, retired, of Palgrave Rd, Great Dunham, Kings Lynn, has been charged with sexually assaulting a 10-year-old boy at the school. The 82-year-old has been served with a summons to appear at Crawley Magistrates Court on July 18.

A spokesman for Sussex Police said: “This is a separate case to those of five other former teachers from the same School, who have already been subject of separate criminal proceedings – three have been convicted and sentenced and two have been convicted and await sentencing. “The prosecution follows an investigation by officers from the Sussex Police Complex Abuse Unit after information was received for the first time in November 2017.


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MP Andrew Griffiths quits ministerial post after “sex texts” to female constituents are revealed

14 July 2018

Theresa May’s former chief of staff has resigned after a Sunday newspaper revealed he sent “depraved” social media messages to female constituents.

Andrew Griffiths, a minister in the Department for Business, is alleged to have sent up to 2,000 sex texts by the Sunday Mirror.

The newspaper  has reported the content of the messages, which it described as “depraved“, will be disclosed tomorrow.


Griffiths moved to Westminster to work for the Shadow Cabinet, as Chief of Staff to Theresa May, where he worked on environment, transport and later family policy. During this time, Griffiths also helped set up Women 2 Win, a campaign to get more Conservative women elected to Parliament. In 2006, Griffiths moved to work for the Culture, Media and Sport team, working as Chief of Staff to Hugo Swire MP. The next year, he focused on community cohesion and local government matters as Chief of Staff to Eric Pickles MP, Shadow Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, and remained Pickles’ Chief of Staff when he became the Party chairman.


The shamed MP also boasted about being powerful in politics.

He claimed he was thinking about the girls as he drank champagne with Prince Charles at Buckingham Palace.

He boasted abut having a friendship with opera star Katherine Jenkins

Many of his texts were sent to Imogen and her friend before and after conducting important Parliamentary business.


He did not feature on the spreadsheet of 40 sex pest MPs WhatsApped by Tory staffers last year


Andrew Griffiths was made minister despite ‘touching’ allegations

17 July 2018

Exclusive: MP who quit over explicit texts was subject of bullying probe when appointed


Tory Minister Andrea Leadsom says Theresa May knew disgraced Tory MP Andrew Griffiths had been accused of groping women when she appointed him


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George Carey allowed church role despite part in abuse cover-up

Former archbishop of Canterbury was criticised in report into abuse by Peter Ball

13 July 2018

George Carey, the former archbishop of Canterbury who was heavily criticised in an independent report for his part in the cover-up of sexual abuse carried out by a bishop, has been allowed to resume an official role in the Church of England.

Lord Carey stepped down last year as an honorary assistant bishop at the unprecedented request of Justin Welby, the archbishop of Canterbury, after a damning report which found the church had colluded over the abuse.

But it emerged this week that Carey has been granted “permission to officiate” (PTO) by Steven Croft, the bishop of Oxford, allowing him to preach and preside at churches in the diocese. Croft is reportedly under police investigation for allegedly failing to respond properly to a separate report of clerical sexual abuse.

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The decision to grant the PTO was made in February despite expectations of further revelations this month about Carey’s role in the case of Peter Ball, a former bishop of Gloucester, at the independent inquiry into child sexual abuse (IICSA).

The inquiry will spend a week scrutinising the C of E’s handling of the Ball case, starting on 23 July. Ball was jailed in 2015 for the grooming, sexual exploitation and abuse of 18 vulnerable young men between 1977 and 1992. Prince Charles has been asked to give a witness statement to the inquiry about his correspondence with Ball.

Carey, who was archbishop of Canterbury from 1991 to 2002, resigned his honorary post after the publication of an independent report on the Ball case by Dame Moira Gibb.

She concluded that senior figures in the church had “colluded [with the abuser] rather than seeking to help those he had harmed”. She said: “The church appears to have been most interested in protecting itself.”

Carey had “set the tone for the church’s response to Ball’s crimes, and gave the steer which allowed Ball’s assertions that he was innocent to gain credence”, said Gibb.

The former archbishop responded to the report, saying it made “uncomfortable reading” and that he accepted its criticisms of him.

In February this year, Carey contacted the diocese of Oxford to request a PTO, which was granted by Croft. It followed letters from members of the congregation where Carey worships that requested he be allowed to resume ministry at their church.

A spokesperson for the diocese of Oxford said: “The granting of PTO enabled Lord Carey to preach and preside in the church where he worships, a church where his ministry is much valued. The granting of a PTO does not indicate a planned return to the role of assistant bishop.”

It is understood that Carey underwent fresh checks on his criminal record and C of E safeguarding training.

The church’s national safeguarding team was not consulted on whether the PTO should be granted.

A survivor of abuse by Ball said he was extremely concerned to learn that Carey had been granted a PTO. “It’s a real stab in the back for Ball survivors,” he said, adding that it would have been prudent to wait until further evidence had been heard by IICSA.

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Croft is one of several senior church figures, including John Sentamu, the archbishop of York, who are reportedly being investigated by South Yorkshire police over alleged failures to act on disclosures of an alleged rape of a teenage boy by a clergyman in the 1980s. The force declined to confirm or deny an investigation was under way.

Matthew Ineson claims he was raped by the Rev Trevor Devamanikkam, and in 2012 and 2013 reported the crime to senior figures in the church, including Croft. He alleges they failed to follow proper procedures and did not advise him to tell police.

Devamanikkam was later charged with indecent assault and buggery without consent, but killed himself in 2017 before coming to trial.

A spokesperson for the diocese of Oxford said: “Written records and notes taken at the time give a different picture to the one Mr Ineson is presenting about how his case has been handled.”

An independent review had been commissioned by the C of E’s national safeguarding team, the spokesperson said.

Ineson told the Guardian: “Steven Croft may disagree about the wording of my disclosures, but nonetheless accepts I did tell him of my abuse. No word of apology has ever been forthcoming for what I have been put through.

“Given the circumstances it is incredible that Croft is still in a position to decide whether PTO should be given to George Carey or anybody else who has been so involved in the dreadful case of Peter Ball or any other safeguarding case.”

PTOs are mostly granted to retired priests who wish to continue their ministry by preaching, taking communion and providing holiday or sickness cover to serving clergy. PTOs are granted at the discretion of the local bishop.


Dame Alun Roberts‏@ciabaudo

Doesn’t Welby have the clout to withdraw this permission to officiate?

Boys from Christ’s Hospital School were sent to protected pervert Bishop Ball



“Using a skeleton key and taking wine from the staffroom resulted in a few nights at the now infamous Peter Ball’s house down near the coast.

Just glad I wasn’t among the boys who are now all over the news having spent time with him and his ‘special friends’….”


5 teachers from Christ’s Hospital School have been jailed for sexual abuse

Christ’s Hospital School teacher jailed for pupil rape

13  July 2018

A former teacher at a top independent school in West Sussex has been sentenced to 17 years in jail for a string of sex offences including rape.

James Husband, 68, from York, was convicted of raping a 15-year-old pupil at Christ’s Hospital School in Horsham.

He was also found guilty at an earlier hearing at Hove Crown Court of five indecent assault charges on the girl.

During the trial, the court heard Husband told the girl: “It’s OK, I’ve had a vasectomy,” before raping her.

Husband, of Wigginton, is the fifth Christ’s Hospital School teacher to be convicted of sexually abusing students.

His crimes spanned a period of more than 30 years and involved 22 victims.

His co-defendant and a former head of house at the school Gary Dobbie, 66, of Albi, France, was convicted of 15 counts involving multiple offences against six boys and two girls as young as 12.

Dobbie, formerly of Hereford, was teaching at independent Shrewsbury School, in Shropshire, at the time of his arrest in 2016.

He has yet to be sentenced.

Jurors heard the abuse took place between 1990 and 2001 and that both men were friends and used to laugh together about their abuse.


Victim of paedophile doctor urges more women to come forward

Woman, known as Jasmine, awarded damages after being abused by Myles Bradbury

11 July 2018

Myles Bradbury at Cambridge crown court

A female victim of a paedophile doctor, who it had been assumed only preyed on boys, has urged other women to come forward after being awarded a five-figure sum in damages.

Myles Bradbury was jailed for 22 years in 2014 for abusing boys at Addenbrooke’s hospital in Cambridgeshire between 2009 and 2013.

It is feared that his abuse began earlier and was more extensive. A 26-year-old woman, referred to only as Jasmine to protect her identity, alleged that Bradbury abused her during his time at Birmingham children’s hospital between 2007 and 2008, when she was 14.

She said Bradbury arranged an appointment that was not needed when she was being checked for blood clots. He then asked her to undress, carried out an unnecessary examination and sexually assaulted her, Jasmine said.

Birmingham Women’s and Children’s NHS foundation trust paid more than £10,000 to settle the case.

In a statement issued her by lawyers, Hudgell Solicitors, Jasmine said: “You try and convince yourself that something like this has not affected you, but it does. I have lost my trust in health professionals.

“My 18-month-old daughter had to go to A&E recently and it was a male doctor, and I wasn’t comfortable with that.

“I haven’t heard of any other girls coming forward, and have seen that all his convictions were against boys, but I don’t believe that I was the only girl to have been hurt in this way.”

Her lawyer, Renu Daly, said: “When she first approached me, she said ‘nobody is going to believe me because I’m a girl and it was in a different hospital’.

“She always felt her examination was totally inappropriate, which it was. Bradbury chose to see her and carry out an examination when she was being investigated for a blood disorder, nothing to do with a physical examination.”

Daly added: “She wanted to raise the profile for other women, on the basis that if there are other women struggling they should come forward. It is less scary to do it when someone else has taken the plunge.”

“I think there are lot of other victims. And it is about getting your life back on track. She has really moved her life on since she first came forward. She was broken to start with. She wants to move on with her life and she is not going to let Bradbury destroy the rest of it.”

In a statement, the trust said: “The safety of the children and young people we see is a priority. When these allegations came to light we contacted all of the families under Bradbury’s care to offer support and advice, referring any concerns to the police.

“At the time, we also conducted a thorough review of our approach to chaperoning to offer families further reassurance around the safety of their children, while in our care. This is something we continuously audit.”


Bob Higgins trial: Coach denies using gifts to groom boys

10 July 2018

Bob Higgins

A former football coach has denied using gifts and threats to “manipulate and groom” trainees in order to sexually abuse them.

Bob Higgins, 65, told a jury he was never alone with any youth player at Southampton or Peterborough United over the course of nearly two decades.

Under cross-examination, he denied putting trainees “under his spell”.

At Winchester Crown Court, Mr Higgins denies 50 counts of indecent assault against boys between 1971 and 1996.

Most of the 24 alleged victims are former youth players at the two clubs.

Prosecutor Adam Feest QC told the court the defendant was a “manipulative person as far as… trainees are concerned”.

‘Second dad’

He threatened one alleged victim with the police and gave another a piece of football kit to gain his affection, Mr Feest said.

The defendant denied the suggestions.

He accepted though his relationship with boys could be “intense, in a football way”.

“You would know which boy’s father was away, which boy came from a troubled background,” Mr Feest said.

Mr Higgins said some called him “second dad” because “that was how they felt”, but he denied selecting boys to abuse.

Mr Feest suggested the ex-coach had “supreme influence” over “teenagers desperate to be professionals” through his power to recommend them for contracts.

Asked about soap-water massages given to trainees, Mr Higgins said he learned the technique from a TV programme about former England and Leeds United manager Don Revie.

‘Lot of soap’

“Did you ever stop to think, ‘Is it appropriate for me to be massaging a young naked boy in this way?’,” Mr Feest asked.

“No,” Mr Higgins replied.

“You accept there was a risk of touching a boy in an intimate place?” the prosecutor continued.

“I might have brushed them. There was a lot of soap on the player,” Mr Higgins said.

The trial continues.


Disturbing account of sexual abuse at Sherborne Prep School revealed in 1990s archive released by Department for Education

10 JUL 2018

Sherborne Preparatory School was rocked by scandal in 1998 when it was alleged that the then-headmaster, Robin Lindsay, had committed a catalogue of abuse dating back to 1972.

The headmaster ‘retired’ from the school after the allegations cam to light, but research into the case carried out by Somerset Live has revealed a number of complaints made against the the head teacher to the Department for Education and police in 1974, 1982, 1985 and 1986.

Under the Freedom of Information Act, Somerset Live has gained the witness statements that helped to make the case against Lindsay, and finally saw him banned from teaching and branded a ‘fixated paedophile’.

The 81 pages include testimonies from staff and teachers at the school, former staff and even include a statement given to the police by a pupil alleging a serious sexual assault.

While the pages have been redacted to protect the identities of those who gave statements, the words themselves make for powerful – and terrible – reading.

They contain concern after concern after concern about inappropriate behaviour towards pupils at the school, with one anonymous person writing:

Evidence from one witness

“My feeling is that Mr Lindsay has an inappropriate interest in boys, particularly those aged about 12 or 13.

Mr Lindsay was in the habit of supervising the boys’ showers and I would often observe him doing this. When walking down the corridors, past the showers, Mr Lindsay’s voice could frequently be heard saying ‘in between – buttocks’. ”

“Mr Lindsay had also told me that he was in the habit of going into the boy’s dormitory to see if there was anyone who could not sleep, and if he found anyone then he would either take them to his bedroom or his study and give them sleeping pills. I was horrified.”

The writer added: “Mr Lindsay certainly had favourites among the boys and I remember one of them saying ‘well, I can get anything I want because Mr Robin is in love with me.”

Included in the bundle are resignation letters from staff at the school, which also mention their concerns about his conduct with the pupils in his care.

There are also complaints about his treatment of the staff and pupils at his school, and suggestions he tried to pressure staff into not co-operating with Inspectors from Ofsted and Social Services. with one writing that they were told: “Feel free to say what you wish to Ofsted, but be careful what you say to the Social Services Department, you cannot trust them.”

Witness statement:

“He believes Social Services’ activities are an intrusion into the running of the school and he sees no reason why he should take their advice or be told what to do by them.

“He takes steps to try and make sure staff present a united front to inspectors and indicates the responses they should make on certain issues. I believe he also coaches children in this regard.”

That same witnesses also writes that they found packages of condoms in a suitcase owned by Lindsay, and later found him with photographs of young boys in swimming costumes in his possession.

The chest of drawers

“Shortly after Mr Lindsay departed on the skiing trip, I took the opportunity to search his room more thoroughly. I opened the top drawer of the chest of drawers and found the packages of condoms. Most of them were not opened, but one had been and I noticed these were strawberry flavour. In addition, I found in the drawer photographs of young boys, ranging in age from about seven to 14 or 15.

They appeared to be of middle eastern race, some were in jeans and t-shirts…the ones of the younger boys were wearing trunks. There was also a photograph of a Caucasian boy of 11 or 12, and it is not clear from the photo whether he is wearing any clothes, but he is on a beach and leaning on a post with writing in English upon it indicating there is a nudist beach in the vicinity.”

Another states: “I heard about a recent event when a boy had reported he had gone to Mr Lindsay’s room at night to tell him he could not sleep. In response, Mr Lindsay had invited the boy into bed with him. I have heard boys say that they hated Mr Lindsay and did not like the way he stared at them in the showers.”

The Showers

“Mr Lindsay insisted that the towels be placed at some distance from the showers themselves, that children were not allowed to rush to recover their towels and were not allowed to cover themselves in any way.”

There were further concerns about Mr Lindsay’s behaviour in the dormitories from staff at the school, as well.

One statement reads:

The dorms

“One boy told me that at lights out Mr Lindsay had the habit of coming into the dormitory to chat with the boys. He would sit on their beds and stroke their hair and insisted on pulling the duvet back so as to sit right next to the boy in question…

“There was one boy who could not bear to be hugged by Mr Lindsay and would duck under his arm and run away. At one point Mr Lindsay said to me ‘He doesn’t like physical contact, does he?’.

The boy said that he did not like physical contact with Mr Lindsay, but did with respect to his parents.

“Mr Lindsay replied that this was ‘absolutely ridiculous – I am in loco parentis here.”

Another speaks of seeing Lindsay going from room to room in a state of undress, while another claimed he had been seen unblocking toilets with his bare hands.


“Mr Lindsay favoured slapping boys on their bare bottoms and indeed he would insist that boys changed into their pyjamas for the punishment to be delivered.”

Perhaps most concerning of all is a statement collected by Dorset Police, alleging a serious sexual assault at the school.

The statement is undated, but appears to have been from a former student at the school, who says he has come forward to try and prevent what happened to him happening to anyone else. The person making the allegation says they are happy to appear as a witness at Crown Court.

The abuse allegation

“Mr Lindsay would always stand by the shower and watch us in there and make an issue out of the fact that we were not allowed to take a towel from the locker to the showers. He would take great pains to weigh us naked.

“One early evening I was the victim of a serious sexual assault. I was aware of a disturbance in an annexe and I went to see what all the noise was. When I entered the room I was set upon by four or five boys. Two boys pushed me down facing the rear on the bed. I was being held down by these boys who were holding my limbs.

“I heard the boys say ‘who’s going to do it?’ then I heard a boy say ‘I will’. I thought I was going to be penetrated and was very frightened. At this point the headmaster entered the room and all the boys stood up and let me go. Mr Lindsay told me to go into his study and I followed him into the room.

“He told me to pull my pyjama bottoms down, which I did. He told me to show him what the boys were doing to me. I said they had not done anything, he repeated the question, but more forcefully.”

After being forced to show what had happened to him, the statement continues:

“He looked at me and said come here. He took hold of me and laid me across his lap and struck me with a cupped hand. He struck me about five times, each time his hand moved nearer to my anus and I was able to feel him becoming erect against me. On the third blow I felt his finger near to my anus.

“I was very angry that I was being punished for the previous incident with the boys, but I was aware this was not an ordinary punishment and he was getting enjoyment out of it.”

Another witness speaks of seeing Lindsay ‘staring up the dress of a 10-year-old girl’, who was later taken to one side and told how to sit in future to preserve her modesty.


‘Prostitutes, orgies, group sex – all of it’: Ex-wife of former Maori leader says he led a paedophile ring who ‘passed victims around like a box of beer’ – and it goes to the ‘highest heights’ of New Zealand’s power structure

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  • Te Awanuiārangi Black was a Māori Party councillor until his 2016 death aged 48 
  • His wife Anihera claimed he and several other men sexually abused young girls
  • He would have affairs, orgies and abuse young girls with paedophiles, she said
  • Mrs Black said he abused because he was assaulted by his father when young

An esteemed politician had orgies, groomed young girls and led a paedophile ring, his wife has claimed in a bombshell video.

Te Awanuiārangi Black, a Māori Party councillor and parliamentary candidate from Tauranga, New Zealand, died aged 48 of organ failure after ‘drinking himself to death’ in 2016.

In an emotional Facebook Live video two years later, his wife Anihera has claimed he and several other men sexually abused young girls and passed victims around ‘like a box of beer.’

Weeping hysterically in the self-filmed video, she said on Saturday: ‘I have an announcement to make on behalf of my kids and I and perhaps it will shock a lot of you and perhaps it will help some of you find some comfort… something that needs to be done.’

Mrs Black explained that her husband, who she met aged 15 and married aged 18, was not the man many in her community thought.

‘Those good deeds Awa did for individuals will live on in the memory of their lifetimes, she said.

‘However the pain and suffering he caused others may live on for generations to come if things are left unsaid.’

She went on to explain how he would have affairs, orgies and abuse young girls with other paedophiles.

‘He became a predator, a recruiter, a teacher, a pimp, a ringleader of one of the many child-adult sex rings here in his beloved Tauranga Moana and he took that s*** nationwide with all his contacts in every stream of life.

‘They would recruit the innocent… share them around like a box of beer, consume every last drop and discarding the empty vessels into the gutter, soulless, cold and broken.’

Mrs Black said her husband behaved the way he did because he was abused by his father as a child.

‘In turn it created the same behaviour in Awa,’ she said.

Awa became a paedophile and over the years, honing his skills, waiting for that perfect moment he had preordained to steal the innocence of others.

‘I wondered why Awa invited so many young people through our home over the years and I thought it was to be a good aunty and uncle. I know differently now.

She then urged his victims to come forward and speak out, adding: ‘I am so extremely sorry and devastated. You are all my babies now and I will do what I can to navigate through your healing process.’

‘Take back the power of the secret. It has no power in the light. Give yourself permission to be heard, be it a whisper or a bloodcurdling scream.’

After her bombshell Facebook Live video, Mrs Black spoke to the New Zealand Herald to explain her husbands’ behaviour in more detail.

She said: ‘He thought he was entitled to have women wherever he slept for the night. That might have rolled a few hundred years ago but it’s not what I signed up for.

‘He was never ever faithful. Prostitutes, orgies, group sex – all of it.’

She added: ‘This goes deep and wide, in terms of the paedophile ring, to the highest heights you can imagine. These people aren’t just labourers and workers at fast food restaurants. These people are suits and people in power.’

Police are investigating the allegations.


Mr Black was a regional councillor and Māori Party candidate.

He also held roles with the Māori Language Commission, Te Wānanga o Raukawa and the Tauranga Moana Iwi Leaders’ Group.

Mr Black’s former colleague at the Bay of Plenty Regional Council, Arapeta Tahana, said he watched the video with his partner.

Former co-leader Te Ururoa Flavell says he had known Mr Black a long time, and felt a range of emotions seeing the video.


Teacher at leading boys’ school arrested on suspicion of sexual misconduct with pupils

8 July 2018

A teacher at one of Britain’s leading boys’ schools has been arrested on suspicion of sexual misconduct with pupils.

Surrey Police are investigating after Hampton School, which charges £20,000-a-year, reported him to the authorities.

The member of staff was sacked from the 450-year-old south-west London school following an internal disciplinary probe earlier this year.

Hampton School, which educates boys aged 11 to 18, is among the highest performing for GCSEs and A-levels in the country.

Its alumni – known as Old Hamptonians – include Lord Kenneth Baker, who was education secretary in Margaret Thatcher’s government, and Brian May, the guitarist in the rock band Queen.

It boasts one of the top rowing clubs in the country and counts two Olympic Gold-winning oarsmen – Greg Searle and Jonny Searle – among its former pupils.

Founded in 1557, when the businessman and local brewer Robert Hammond bequeathed land and property for a school, it became a grammar school in 1910 but changed to independent status in 1975.

A spokesman for the school said: “The welfare of all pupils at Hampton School is always our highest priority.

“As soon as we became aware of concerns, we immediately informed all the relevant authorities. We have been working very closely with them ever since.

“The member of staff was dismissed with immediate effect following an internal disciplinary investigation. Given the continuing police investigation, it would not be appropriate to say more at this point.”

The school says on its website that The Hampton School Trust takes the safety and wellbeing of its pupils “very seriously”.

“The School fully recognises the contribution it makes to the safeguarding of children and the responsibility it has to have arrangements in place to safeguard and promote the welfare of children,” it adds.

Earlier this week, a teacher at Christ’s Hospital School was convicted of assaulting eight of his pupils.

Five teachers from the school, which charges £35,000-a-year for boarders, have now been prosecuted after police investigated complaints made by 22 former students.

On Thursday the school apologised to victims and praised their courage in reporting the abuse. In a statement it said: “The actions of these men were not only criminal but also an utter betrayal of the trust placed in them and of the values of Christ’s Hospital.”

While the school is “worlds apart” from that described in court, with a range of safeguarding measures now in place, the cases served as a “brutal reminder” there is no room for “complacency”, it said.


Staff member at top private school arrested for ‘hoarding child abuse photographs’

The worker at £19,000-a-year Hampton School is also said to have posed as a teenage girl in a fake social media profile

8th July 2018

A STAFF member at a top private school has been arrested for allegedly hoarding child abuse images.

The worker at £19,000-a-year Hampton School is also said to have posed as a teenage girl in a fake social media profile.

Cops were called in after a complaint from a pupil. They interviewed staff and students then raided the worker’s home.

Laptops were seized and the person was held for alleged possession of indecent images.

The arrested member of staff was immediately sacked after an internal investigation at the all-boys school in Richmond Upon Thames, South West London.

A source said: “There were complaints about the fake profile and the behaviour.

“The school acted very quickly in speaking to people and calling in police. It is an extremely shocking situation and, not surprisingly, everyone at the school is talking about it.”

Ex-students at the 1,200-pupil school include Queen guitarist Brian May and Olympic gold medal rowers Greg and Jonny Searle.

“As soon as we became aware of concerns, we immediately informed all relevant authorities. We have been working closely with them ever since.

“The member of staff was dismissed with immediate effect following an internal disciplinary investigation.


Through the Form Charity programme the whole school community helps raise money and awareness for good causes locally (e.g.Princess Alice Hospice, Barnardos, Home-Start and the Shooting Star Trust), nationally (e.g. Jeans for Genes Day and Breakthrough Breast Cancer), and internationally (e.g. Opportunity International, the African Medical and Research Foundation, Pahamune House).

Freemason links to school:

The School

Hampton School, (formerly Hampton Grammar School) is an independent boys school with a history dating back to the sixteenth century, when it was founded at St. Mary’s Church in Hampton, Middlesex on the bank of the River Thames. It is now located on Hanworth Road in Hampton, between Hampton Community College (formerly Rectory School) and Lady Eleanor Holles School, within playing fields bounded by the Longford River.

Though there are no formal ties between the lodge and the school, many of the lodge members have connections with the school and the lodge sponsors the school’s Old Hamptonians’ Masonic Lodge Prize for Social Service.


Karma Police‏@capeannsky

This is a good thread on Epstein: history, charges and where things are now. Very interesting.


Two former teachers at Christ’s Hospital ​​school guilty of abusing pupils

Gary Dobbie and James Husband face jail as number of ex-staff convicted reaches five

5 July 2018

Two more teachers who worked at a top private school are facing jail after being found guilty of sexually abusing pupils.

Five teachers from Christ’s Hospital school have now been convicted after police investigated complaints made by 22 former students.

A jury of seven women and five men at Hove crown court deliberated for 25 hours and 43 minutes before returning their verdicts on the 21 counts against James Husband and Gary Dobbie on Thursday.

The two men, who were friends, would laugh together about their crimes, which took place over the course of 13 years while they lived and worked at the school in Horsham, West Sussex, the court was told.

Dobbie and Husband looked straight ahead from the dock and did not react as the verdicts were read out. The NSPCC described them as “predatory and calculated”

Peter Webb and Peter Burr were both jailed in the last year after admitting committing offences at the school between the 1960s and 1980s. Ajaz Karim was found guilty in April of assaulting six girls between 1985 and 1993 and is due to be sentenced in August.

Husband, 68, of Wigginton in York, was convicted of one count of rape and five of indecently assaulting a girl as young as 14 between 1990 and 1994. He had claimed they had “consensual sex” once when she was 16.

He told a 15-year-old pupil: “It’s OK, I’ve had a vasectomy,” before raping her, the court heard.

Afterwards, he confided in Dobbie about the encounter, who later joked with the girl that she had “beard rash”, indicating that he knew what had happened, the court heard. He also indecently assaulted the same pupil later on.

Husband’s victim described being “disgusted with herself” and said she felt suicidal. She reported him to the school’s chaplain but no action was taken. She said her mother did not believe her story.

Husband left the school after it emerged he was having a consensual affair with a 17-year-old pupil who was not underage and not a complainant in the case.

The married father, whose children were attending the school at the time, “deceived” senior staff by embarking on the affair, jurors heard. The former tutor and head of department talked about the “spur-of-the-moment” encounter which involved several instances leading from holding hands and kissing to sex.

Giving evidence in his defence, he spoke of his desire to kiss her during a period when he felt disgruntled with how the school was being run.

In a diary entry read to the court, the girl said: “Told too many people at school then decided to go for it. The fling. So got off with him on Saturday night. The most amazing thing. Happy.”

Dobbie, 66, of Albi in France and formerly of Hereford, was found guilty of 15 counts involving multiple offences against six boys and two girls as young as 12 between 1998 and 2001.

He was teaching at independent Shrewsbury school in Shropshire at the time of his arrest in 2016.

Dobbie groomed pupils by hosting dinner parties with favourite students at his house in the school grounds, the court heard. He would ply them with whisky and wine while encouraging them to talk about their sexual encounters.

He took a boy as young as 12 to a bedroom, telling him to take off his breeches and underwear while Dobbie performed a sex act on himself, the court heard. Another boy recalls falling asleep on his sofa and waking up to find him kneeling beside him with his hand in his shirt.

Dobbie also helped to raise money for another pupil, who was abused over a period of six years, to take a gap year after leaving school and assaulted him when he returned for a visit.

Sussex police began investigating teachers at the school in 2016 after allegations were made about Husband.

Publicity around the prosecutions prompted several more former pupils to come forward with complaints.


Christ’s Hospital teacher faces further sexual abuse allegations

5 July 2018

Prosecutor Eloise Marshall then told the court there were “outstanding matters” against Dobbie as “two other complainants had come forward during the course of the trial”. 

Gary Dobbie was found guilty was found guilty of 15 counts involving multiple offences against six boys and two girls as young as 12 between 1998 and 2001

Investigations are ongoing and no charges have so far been brought. Police have confirmed they are both former school pupils

Husband will be sentenced on July 13. A date is yet to be set for Dobbie


Kevin Spacey Is Being Investigated for 3 New Sexual Assault Allegations in London

3 July 2018

Three more accusers have reportedly come forward accusing former House of Cards star Kevin Spacey of sexual assault.

London’s Metropolitan Police are investigating the actor after men separately reported him for separate attacks that respectively occurred Westminster in 1996, in Lambeth in 2008 and in Gloucester in 2013, according to TMZ.

The Met does not identify people who are subject to investigations until charges have been filed and would not confirm Spacey is being investigated. However, a spokesperson confirmed that officers from the Child Abuse and Sexual Offenses Command are investigating six separate, male-on-male alleged sexual assaults that match the three dates published by TMZ, as well as three dates previously connected to Spacey.

Spacey’s attorney did not immediately return PEOPLE’s request for comment.

In October 2017, actor Anthony Rapp claimed Spacey had previously made inappropriate sexual advances toward him when he was just 14 years old.

In response, Spacey, now 58, issued a statement on Twitter addressing the allegations and coming out as gay.

“I have a lot of respect and admiration for Anthony Rapp as an actor. I’m beyond horrified to hear his story,” he said. “I honestly do not remember the encounter, it would have been over 30 years ago. But if I did behave as he describes, I owe him the sincerest apology for what would have been deeply inappropriate drunken behavior, and I am sorry for the feelings he describes having carried with him all these years.”

Several more people accused the actor of sexual harassment or assault since, and in April, one sexual assault case against the star reported to have taken place in October of 1992 in West Hollywood involving a male adult was turned over to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office for further review.

In November, the actor entered a treatment facility. He has not been out in public since and has been written off the finale season of House of Cards.

On Tuesday, actor Guy Pearce hinted at an unpleasant experience while working with Spacey.

“Yeah… Tough one to talk about at the moment,” he said on Australian talk show host Andrew Denton’s Interview, according to Independent. “Amazing actor; incredible actor. Slightly difficult time with Kevin, yeah. He’s a handsy guy.”


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Prince Charles presents honorary knighthood to Kevin Spacey

Kevin, who is also an ambassador for the Prince of Wales’ charity The Prince’s Trust, looked delighted as he showed off his medal to photographers. Unlike formal knights like Paul McCartney and Elton John, Kevin does not carry the title “Sir” because he was born outside of the Commonwealth. Still, the honour carries a heavy weight of significance as it is only awarded to people who have made an incredible impact in their given fields. Other honorary knights include U2’s Bono and Bob Geldof while Angelina Jolie has been made an honorary dame.


Kevin Spacey in paedophile Jeffrey Epstein’s black book

Westminster ‘paedophile ring’ accuser charged

July 2018

A man who alleged there was a paedophile ring at the heart of Westminster has been charged with perverting the course of justice.

The man, known as Nick, whose real name is being withheld for legal reasons, is also accused of fraud.

Nick’s claims sparked an 18-month Scotland Yard inquiry into allegations public figures sexually assaulted children and three boys were murdered.

The inquiry was dropped and Northumbria Police was asked to investigate Nick.

Nick had claimed he was systematically abused and tortured by senior politicians and members of the armed forces during the 1970s and 1980s.

Those he accused included former Conservative politicians Lord Brittan and Harvey Proctor, and Field Marshal Lord Bramall.

Mr Proctor has welcomed the decision to prosecute Nick.

High-profile raids

After the Met launched Operation Midland in 2014 to investigate Nick’s claims, they held a press conference where a senior detective described the allegations as “credible and true”.

In 2015, the Met carried out a series of high-profile dawn raids on the homes of those Nick had accused.

All of them denied his allegations and the investigation was closed without anyone facing charges, having cost £2.5m.

Last September, Northumbria Police passed a file of evidence to the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) to consider possible charges against Nick.

Thirteen charges

On Tuesday, the CPS head of special crime said there was “sufficient evidence” to bring 12 charges of perverting the court of justice and one of fraud.

Nick is due to appear before Westminster Magistrates’ Court “in due course”.

In a statement, Mr Proctor “congratulated” Northumbria Police for a “thorough and robust” investigation and said there must be no delays in arranging the trial.

“The torture that was and is Operation Midland should end as soon as is possible,” he said, adding: “Justice must now be allowed to take its course.”

Daniel Janner, the son of the late peer Lord Janner, said in the light of the CPS charging decision he would no longer be attempting to bring a private prosecution against Nick over allegations he made against his father.

Police apology

The Met apologised for the way they had conducted Operation Midland and paid compensation to Lord Bramall and the family of Lord Brittan, who died in 2015.

Mr Proctor is suing the Met for compensation.

A report into Operation Midland, carried out by a retired High Court judge, said the force had made a series of errors in the investigation and made 25 recommendations on how police should handle similar allegations in the future.


Man charged with perverting the course of justice


Frank Ferguson, CPS Head of Special Crime, said: “The CPS has considered a file of evidence from Northumbria Police relating to allegations of perverting the course of justice and fraud by a 50-year-old man.

“The police investigation provided evidence that the man had made a number of false allegations alleging multiple homicides and sexual abuse said to have been carried out in the 1970s and 1980s.

“Following careful consideration we have concluded there is sufficient evidence to bring a number of criminal charges.

“He has today been charged with 12 counts of perverting the course of justice and one count of fraud and will appear before Westminster Magistrates’ Court in due course.

“Criminal proceedings in relation to this matter are now active and it is extremely important there should be no reporting, commentary or sharing of information online which could in any way prejudice these proceedings.”

Notes to editors

  • The CPS is unable to publish the name of the man who has been charged due to a risk of prejudicing unrelated, ongoing proceedings involving the defendant
  • Details of the charges:
    • Doing acts tending and intended to pervert the course of public justice, in that he made a false allegation of witnessing the child homicide of an unnamed boy committed by Mr Harvey Proctor
    • Doing acts tending and intended to pervert the course of public justice, in that he made a false allegation of witnessing the child homicide of a boy called Scott
    • Doing acts tending and intended to pervert the course of public justice, in that he made a false allegation of witnessing the child homicide of an unnamed boy, other than the unnamed boy in charge 1
    • Doing acts tending and intended to pervert the course of public justice, in that he falsely alleged that he had been sexually and physically abused by a paedophile ring, with senior ranking officers within the military, military intelligence, a TV presenter and other unidentified men accused as members
    • Doing acts tending and intended to pervert the course of public justice, in that he falsely alleged that he had been sexually and physically abused by a paedophile ring, with politicians, a TV presenter, and other unidentified men accused as members
    • Doing acts tending and intended to pervert the course of public justice, in that he provided a list of sexual abusers and locations falsely alleging that he had been subjected to physical and sexual abuse by the said sexual abusers at the said locations
    • Doing acts tending and intended to pervert the course of public justice, in that he provided sketches of locations at which he had been physically and sexually abused, falsely claiming that he had produced them from memory
    • Doing acts tending and intended to pervert the course of public justice, in that he provided and repeated the name of Aubrey, falsely alleging that Aubrey had been present and subjected to physical and sexual abuse when with him
    • Doing acts tending and intended to pervert the course of public justice, in that he provided a pen knife and two military epaulettes falsely alleging that he had retained them from when he was abused as a child
    • Doing acts tending and intended to pervert the course of public justice, in that he falsely claimed that he had suffered serious injuries as a result of having been sexually and physically abused as a child
    • Doing acts tending and intended to pervert the course of public justice, in that he falsified a ‘Proton’ email account, and provided false information purportedly sent from ‘Fred’, an individual who he had named as present when he was abused by a paedophile ring
    • Doing acts tending and intended to pervert the course of public justice, in that he went together with investigators on site visits and falsely alleged that it was at locations identified by him during those visits that he had been subjected to physical and sexual abuse by a paedophile ring
    • Fraud, contrary to the Fraud Act 2006, section 1, in that on or about the day of day of 26 September 2013, dishonestly made representations to the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority, namely that he was subjected to abuse by a paedophile ring, knowing this to be untrue and intending thereby to make a gain for himself.



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I note that the charges against “Nick” do not appear to include possession of indecent images of children; something which was widely reported in the media.

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The Archbishop of Adelaide, Philip Wilson,  has been sentenced to 12 months – but not jail.


He has been given six months home detention followed by six months on parole


Magistrate Robert Stone adjourned the matter to August 14 while Wilson is assessed for home detention.

In May, the 67-year-old was found guilty of concealing the sexual abuse of children between 2004 and 2006 at the hands of paedophile priest Jim Fletcher in the 1970s.

In sentencing, Mr Stone said “there is no remorse or contrition showed by the offender”.




Peter Fox 🦊🇦🇺 @Peter_Fox59


A lot of disappoinment outside Archbishop Wilson’s sentencing today. One witness said Wilson will sit in his sister’s backyard, near the beach, in the sun, sip his tea & read his newspaper. ‘What sort of punishment is that?’

Maggie Bird‏@Magpie1954nBird

Sad day4victims of sexual abuse -who to are frail sick damaged & have not had the luxury his life allowed-ARCHBISHOP IS GUILTY Of CAUSING rape & sexual abuse for children entrusted into his care he walks free 2the comfort of his home – this is not a proper sentence


Carolyn Gilholme‏ @CarolynGilholme


Not only that, but the fact that he hasn’t resigned indicates that to him this is not serious, just a blip in his continuity. If the Catholic Church had an ounce of contrition he would be sacked and disowned by them.


What am I missing? If an employer has duty of care as part of its job description, and a staff member has been convicted of a breach, why are we waiting for a resignation? Why is that person not dismissed by its employer???



“Wilson handed 12 months’ imprisonment but may be allowed to serve time in home detention.” Would someone with a low public profile, with the same health problems and of the same age have been handed the same sentence?

dot goulding‏@dottigee

Ms Anne Bayley‏@AEBayley
Another example of how how legal system fails victims. Appalled he was not sent to prison. My heart goes out to the victims who could have been spared had he reported. More fuel also for Catholic Church to continue to be above the law
Shaun Warnock‏@shaunwarnock
It is clear that sentencing considerations have not been adequately balanced. The state must appeal.


Former DPP Stephen Pallaras says Adelaide Archbishop Philip Wilson’s lenient sentence is a ‘disgrace’

5 July 2018

SENTENCING remorseless Adelaide Archbishop Philip Wilson to a year on home detention is a disgrace and prosecutors must appeal its leniency, former South Australian Director of Public Prosecutions Stephen Pallaras, QC, says.

Mr Pallaras has lashed out at the home detention sentence handed down to Wilson in the Newcastle Local Court this week after he was found guilty of covering up a paedophile colleague’s abuse of altar boys.

Mr Pallaras’s criticism comes as the Catholic Church in Australia has emphasised it has no power to sack the state’s highest ranking Catholic Church leader, because only the Pope can compel Wilson to resign.

He said the sentence — which is likely to result in Wilson serving a six-month non-parole period on home detention at his sister’s NSW Central Coast home — demonstrated “just how wrong the Newcastle Local Court got this sentence”.

“While many might find spending six months living with their sister an unbearable proposition, as a sentence for this man — who totally betrayed his position of trust and authority, one who shows absolutely no remorse or any understanding of the harm his behaviour has done to so many once young and defenceless people, at a time when it has become painfully obvious that a strong deterrent sentence is desperately needed — a six moth sleepover at his sister’s home is for this arch hypocrite, a disgrace,” he says.

Mr Pallaras says certain features of a case can have a mitigatory effect on the punishment of a court, including a guilty plea and demonstration of remorse while other factors such as refusing to admit criminality, the need for deterrence and need to protect the young and vulnerable may result in a harsher sentence.

Wilson, 67, has confirmed he will appeal his conviction for concealing Father James “Jim” Patrick Fletcher’s crimes and has refused to resign unless he is unsuccessful in that appeal.

Mr Pallaras says the Catholic Church must immediately sack Wilson and the NSW DPP should immediately appeal the leniency of Wilson’s sentence.

“Wilson’s congregation or what is left of it, should tell him very loudly and clearly that a protector and apologist of paedophiles is no longer wanted or welcome in their midst.

“As for Wilson, the fact that he still clings to his uniform and office tells you all that you need to know about his character.”

In a statement, the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference president Archbishop Mark Coleridge said the bishops had closely followed Wilson’s court case and respected his right to lodge an appeal against his conviction.

“We also recognise the ongoing pain this has caused survivors, especially those who were abused by Jim Fletcher,” Archbishop Coleridge said.

“A number of survivors, prominent Australians and other members of the community have publicly called on Archbishop Wilson to resign.

“Although we have no authority to compel him to do so, a number of Australian bishops have also offered their advice privately. Only the Pope can compel a bishop to resign.”

The Vatican has refused to respond to requests for comment.


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The new governor of Pitcairn islandGovernor Laura Clarke, is married to Toby Fisher, a human rights barrister
JAN 2018

Child sex abuse inquiry lawyer resigns over concerns

1 November 2016

A key lawyer for the independent inquiry into child sexual abuse has resigned, BBC Newsnight has learned.

Toby Fisher, one of the first three barristers appointed to the inquiry, said he wanted to stand down in August.

It is understood he was concerned by the inquiry’s “progress and direction” and was not otherwise planning on leaving.

A spokesman for the inquiry would not comment on specifics and Mr Fisher declined to comment.

Mr Fisher had served as first junior counsel – the joint-second most senior barrister on the inquiry – and previously worked on two of the inquiry’s most high profile investigations – into Lord Janner and alleged abuse in Westminster.

Mr Fisher’s decision to leave came about a fortnight after the departure of the inquiry’s third chair, Dame Lowell Goddard and days after Newsnight disclosed the inquiry had been told of an alleged sexual assault by the inquiry’s lead counsel, Ben Emmerson QC.

Asked about Mr Fisher’s departure, a spokesman for the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse said the inquiry had “a large legal team comprising a number of junior counsel, senior counsel and solicitors”.

“They come and go subject to their professional obligations and we are not commenting on specifics,” he added.

The spokesman for the inquiry added that Toby Fisher remains instructed by the inquiry. However, the BBC understands that this is to allow Mr Fisher to answer any queries that arise related to his previous work.



Hugh Davies QC – December 2015

Toby Fisher – August 2015

Elizabeth Prochaska – September 2016

Ben Emmerson QC – September 2016

Aileen McColgan – November 2016


Clarke and her three young children are now settled in at Homewood, the grand official residence in Karori, and will soon be joined by Fisher, who’s been winding up his barrister’s chambers in London. He will join the Crown Law Office in Wellington.

Wellington, once regarded as a pre-retirement posting, is now attracting younger high flyers. Clarke’s predecessor, Jonathan Sinclair, who returned to London to become the principal private secretary to British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, was also a parent of young children at Homewood.


From October 2012 – October 2013, Fisher was junior counsel to the Leveson Inquiry, led by Robert Jay QC.


Toby Fisher, the counsel responsible for its contentious investigation into the late Labour peer Lord Janner

Archbishop of Melbourne quits – he said he would rather got to jail than tell the authorities about any sex abuse of children heard in the confessional.  His replacement – Peter Comensoli – his cousin was jailed for abusing children.

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Cardinal Pell and Peter Comensoli. He was consecrated as a bishop by Cardinal George Pell at St Mary’s Cathedral in Sydney on 8 June 2011.

Cardinal George Pell to face trial on historical abuse charges

May 1 2018


Archbishops and Bishops statement supporting George Pell – Peter Comensoli signed:


…stating he is a man of integrity who is committed to the truth and to helping others, particularly those who have been hurt or who are struggling.


Bishop Peter Comensoli to be the next Archbishop of Melbourne

29 June 2018

Archbishop-elect Comensoli, currently the Bishop of the Broken Bay Diocese in NSW, was appointed as Melbourne’s ninth Archbishop on Friday evening by Pope Francis to replace Archbishop Hart who has held the position since 2001.

“Sometimes people erroneously think references to my cousin are references to me,” Archbishop-elect Comensoli said in a 2014 witness statement tendered to the Child Abuse Royal Commission.

“This is why I have always refered to myself as Peter A Comensoli, to distinguish myself from Peter L Comensoli.


Fr Peter Lewis Comensoli was jailed for child-sex crimes.


His cousin, Father Peter L. Comensoli, was jailed but was allowed to remain “Reverend”

In 1989, the Wollongong Catholic diocese (south of Sydney) was warned that Father Peter Lewis Comensoli was sexually abusing boys in his parish, but the church authorities allowed him to continue in parish work. In 1993, a newspaper exposed this church scandal. Police then charged Comsensoli and he was jailed in 1994. But the church failed to laicize him and he was listed as “Reverend” for the next 16 years, until his name finally vanished from church directories in 2010 — 16 years after his conviction. As explained at the end of this article, this Father Peter Lewis Comensoli should not be mistaken for another Catholic clergyman — his cousin, Bishop Peter Andrew Comensoli who has been appointed (in June 2018) to become the next Archbishop of Melbourne.

In the Sydney District Court on 18 October 1994, Father Peter Lewis Comensoli (then aged 55, of the Wollongong diocese, south of Sydney) was sentenced to 24 months jail (18 months minimum) after pleading guilty to the indecent assault of altar boys. His conviction was reported in Sydney and Wollongong newspapers.

Despite this conviction, the annual edition of the Directory of Australian Catholic Clergy (published by the National Council of Priests) continued to include the “Reverend” Peter Lewis Comensoli, describing him as a “supplementary priest” of the Wollongong diocese. His name was not dropped from the annual Australian Catholic directories until 2010 — sixteen years after his conviction.

In 1989, a number of high school students told another Wollongong priest, Fr Maurie Crocker, that they had been sexually abused by Father Peter Lewis Comensoli and by Christian Brother Michael Evans. Father Crocker alerted the church authorities but (he said later) the church authorities did not seem surprised or alarmed. The church allowed Comensoli to continue in parish work — that is, still dealing with young people.

In 1993, Wollongong’s Illawarra Mercury daily newspaper decided to expose Father Comensoli and Brother Evans. These articles led to a police investigation of Peter Lewis Comensoli and Michael Evans.

Two of Peter Lewis Comensoli’s victims agreed to make a signed, sworn police statement. These two victims were aged 10 and 17, when they were altar boys at one of Comensoli’s earlier parishes — St Mary’s parish in Berkeley, in urban Wollongong.

Peter Lewis Comsensoli then resigned from his current parish (St Brigid’s at Gwynneville, in urban Wollongong). The Wollongong diocese leadership accepted the resignation. A diocesan spokesman was quoted in the Mercury (9 November 1993, page 1) as saying: “He [Fr Comensoli] will always be a priest of the diocese but he is not working in the diocese at the moment.”


Paedophile priest pleads guilty again

23 May 2016

The court heard the charges stem from sexual assaults that occurred on teenage boys between 1966 and 1968 at Shellharbour in the Illawarra, and Ingleburn in Sydney.

The crimes involved three separate boys, who can’t be named.

It’s not the first time the paedophile priest has pleaded guilty to such crimes.

He was jailed for two years in 1994 after pleading guilty to the indecent assault of teenage altar boys.


Medomsley detention centre: Former officers deny abuse

29 June 2018

Clockwise from top left: Kevin Blakey, Alan Bramley, Johnson Brian Greenwell, David McClure, John McGee, Christopher Onslow, Neil Sowerby

Clockwise from top left: Kevin Blakey, Alan Bramley, Johnson Brian Greenwell, David McClure, John McGee, Christopher Onslow, Neil Sowerby

Seven former officers have denied abusing teenagers at a youth detention centre during the 1970s and 1980s.

The men, who are in their 60s and 70s, worked at the former centre in Medomsley, County Durham.

All are charged with physical abuse and misconduct in a public office, and four are also accused of sex offences.

Appearing at Teesside Crown Court, they pleaded not guilty and were bailed to return for three trials, with the first due to start on 3 September.

They are:

  • Kevin Blakey, 65, two counts of misconduct, two counts of wounding, and two of assault
  • Alan Bramley, 69, misconduct, wounding, and two counts of assault
  • Johnson Brian Greenwell, 70, misconduct, serious sexual assault, false imprisonment, and two counts of assault
  • David McClure, 62, misconduct, wounding, and four counts of assault
  • John McGee, 73, misconduct, four counts of assault, two counts of indecent assault, serious sexual assault, and wounding
  • Christopher Onslow, 71, two counts of misconduct, two of serious sexual assault, two counts of wounding, two counts of wounding with intent, three counts of assault, and one of indecent assault
  • Neil Sowerby, 60, misconduct, three counts of serious sexual assault, two counts of assault and four counts of indecent assault

Nearly 1,400 men have claimed they were abused at Medomsley, which prior to its closure in 1988 held teenage offenders who had committed relatively minor crimes.

The seven defendants deny all the charges against them.


What happens if the cover-up is itself covered up? This is the question that the Church of England must face with the publication of an extraordinary report into the occasion, eight years ago, when it gave itself a pass mark on the issue of sexual abuse. A report then published, prompted by scandals earlier in the decade, was meant to measure the extent of historic sexual abuse known to the church. Instead it produced the frankly incredible claim that there were only 13 cases in 30 years that had not been dealt with properly.

Now that Peter Ball, a former bishop of Lewes and of Gloucester, has been convicted of indecent assault and been sentenced to 32 months in jail, while Lord Carey, who as archbishop of Canterbury attempted to rehabilitate him and suppressed some of the evidence against him, has been barred from working as a priest in retirement, it is time to review the church’s earlier self-examination. The Ball case is only the most visible of what is now obviously a considerable load of past cases. The archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu, along with two of his bishops, has been formally reported to the police for alleged inaction over the case of one of their priests who was as a young man raped by an older priest.

So it is disappointing to see that the church has managed to produce another report that appears to argue that the original clean bill of health was the product of perfectly innocent misunderstandings. Sir Roger Singleton is a distinguished social worker and at the same time a charter member of the great and good. So his report is full of damning evidence of incompetence and obstruction within the original review, but it is written in a tone that suggests unflagging zeal hindered only by quite unforeseeable circumstances. It must be read with attention to the rotten steak and not the sizzle.

When the house of bishops first discussed the matter, in 2007, one bishop objected that “the real victims could include those clergy and church officials about whom unfounded allegations had been made”. On the other hand, something would have to be seen to be done: “It was noted … that a failure to proceed might be taken as evidence of a church culture which colluded with child abuse.” Perish the thought. In the event, those parts of the church that wanted to collude continued to do so. Seven bishops sent in no reports whatsoever: none are named in the report, although the church has since named their dioceses. All have now retired.

In keeping with this general aversion to reality, a decision was made early on to examine only files of cases, and not to talk to any survivors, on the grounds that to do so might be traumatic for them. None were asked if they would feel better for being ignored. The files were much easier to deal with, in part because they were haphazardly stored, in some cases in garages, and of varying age and completeness. Some records, says the report, referred merely to “an unfortunate saga” or “past difficulties”. “The state of many files does generate a risk that safeguarding concerns were not recognised as such,” writes Sir Roger in a magnificent understatement.

In the end, despite these hazards, nearly 50 lost cases were sent in for consideration from the diocese of Chichester alone (and there are 43 more dioceses). The compilers of the original report whittled these down to 13 for the whole country. It is difficult to understand how Sir Roger could be confident that there was no massaging of the figures.



Jack Straw – whats wrong with him? Extraordinary rendition and trying to stop abused chidlren speaking out

UK tolerated ‘inexcusable’ treatment of detainees by US after 9/11, damning official report finds

28 June 2018

British intelligence officers witnessed prisoners being tortured and played active parts in the rendition of terrorist suspects into the hands of the secret police of brutal regimes knowing that they faced inhuman treatment, a scathing report has said.

The British authorities, the Intelligence and Security Committee (ISC) concluded, turned a blind eye to routine mistreatment by US authorities although the UK intelligence agencies became aware from an early stage that this was going on.

The ISC noted that the official US policy remains that prisoners should not be mistreated, in spite of President Donald Trump’s previous assertion that “torture works’.

But the committee called on the government to conduct a review of “consolidated guidance”, the rules under which intelligence officers do not become complicit in torture by the British state or allied countries.

Tony Blair’s government, in power during the period of the investigation, could have done more to influence the policies of George W Bush’s administration, the committee said.

Jack Straw, the then-foreign secretary, said after the report’s publication that although he was in charge of MI6 and GCHQ, he was unaware of some of the collusion in abuse. “I have today learnt much about the activities and the approach of these agencies of which I was not aware before,” he said.

Although the report, “Detainee Mistreatment and Rendition”, gives goes into detail about UK collusion in abuse by the US and other foreign governments, the ISC said it was stopped from talking to several key witnesses by Downing Street. As a result the intelligence and security services are held to account in the document, but the politicians escape relatively unscathed.

The committee was prevented from questioning Mr Straw and David Blunkett, the then-home secretary in charge of MI5, even though cabinet secretary Jeremy Heywood assured the ISC when the report was commissioned in December 2013 that it could summon “relevant former ministers and officials”.

The report says: “Had the further witness statement we sought been made available to us and had we therefore continued the inquiry beyond this point, we may have differently categorised some of the cases of concern, and taken a different viewpoint.”

One of the questions Mr Straw would have faced is in a passage in the report which noted that MI6 “sought and obtained authorisation from the foreign secretary” for paying for a plane in which rendition was carried out.

Mr Straw insisted in response that he would have been happy to give evidence. He said: “These are extremely important reports which need to be taken very seriously and their conclusions followed through. As the report makes clear, I was not invited to give evidence to the committee, though I would have been pleased to do so, had I been asked.

“Although I was formally responsible for both SIS and GCHQ during my period as foreign secretary (June 2001 to May 2006), I have today learnt much about the activities and the approach of these agencies of which I was not aware before.”

The investigation by the committee found that British spies witnessed detainees being mistreated at least 13 times, were told by prisoners on 25 other occasions that they were being mistreated, and were told of mistreatment by foreign agencies on 128 other occasions.

But despite knowing of the abuse, the UK agencies continued to supply questions for interrogations, the committee said. It found there were 232 cases this took place despite the knowledge or strong suspicion that the information was being obtained by torture or other abuse. The damning statistics charted show that there were 198 cases where there was definite knowledge of mistreatment.

There is no evidence, said the report, that British officers themselves took part in torture, and there was “no smoking gun” suggesting otherwise.

The UK agencies played a major role in the rendition of suspects, the committee said. MI6 and MI5 financially subsidised, or offered to subsidise, the rendition of suspects on three cases and provided information enabling arrests and transportation in 28 cases as well proposing or agreeing to rendition on 22 others. They failed to stop rendition in 23 cases, including those of British nationals or residents. Two renditions took place through Diego Garcia, the British owned island on the Indian Ocean whose population had been deported to make way for an American base.

British intelligence and security services responded that the inquiry found its officers did not take part in any mistreatment. But a senior Whitehall security official said: “We are used to being held to account by the ISC and oversight bodies, and it is right that we as a service are subject to a robust system of independent oversight and accountability.

“We have engaged transparently and fully with many parliamentary processes, civil cases and police investigations that have taken place since post-9/11. The ISC’s reports are frank and clear. We were simply not prepared for the work we became involved in following 9/11. There were deficiencies in capability and understanding; and therefore in the guidance and training that we gave to staff.

The ISC report says: “We have considered the actions of those in the agencies’ head offices. Immediately after 9/11, the agency heads and deputies were briefed by the CIA: these briefings clearly showed US intent but were not taken seriously.

“It is difficult to comprehend how those at the top of the office did not recognise the pattern of mistreatment by the US. That the US, and others, were mistreating detainees is beyond doubt, as is the fact that the agencies and defence intelligence were aware of this at an early point. The same is true of rendition: there was no attempt to identify the risks involved and formulate the UK’s response. There was no understanding [within the UK government] of rendition and no clear policy – or even recognition of the need for one.

Theresa May issued a statement saying the lessons of what happened in the aftermath of 9/11 “are to be found in improved operational policy and practice, better guidance and training, and an enhanced oversight and legal framework”.

She added: “We should be proud of the work done by our intelligence and service personnel, often in the most difficult circumstances, but it is only right that they should be held to the highest possible standards in protecting our national security.”

Sonya Sceats, Freedom from Torture chief executive, said: “At this time when President Trump openly endorses torture and has placed a suspected perpetrator in charge of the CIA, it is more important than ever that Theresa May delivers on her predecessor’s promise of a judge-led inquiry to show in deeds, not just words, that Britain stands firm in its support for the absolute torture ban.”


What did Jack Straw know about the UK’s role in torture and rendition?

Key questions the former foreign secretary should answer in light of damning parliamentary reports

28 June 2019

After the release of damning reports on British involvement in the torture and kidnap of terrorism suspects after 9/11, the former foreign secretary Jack Straw said he had learned for the first time about much of the security services’ activity from the reports – and painted some aspects of them as a vindication.

He said the reports showed “that where I was involved in decisions I consistently sought to ensure that the United Kingdom did act in accordance with its long-stated policies and international norms”.

Nonetheless, the details in the parliamentary reports pose a number of difficult questions for Straw, who did not face the intelligence and security committee:

Why did you authorise the financing of a rendition operation in October 2004?

The reports explain that the British government and its intelligence agencies helped to finance three rendition operations. On one occasion, at least, Straw authorised the payment of “a large share” of the costs. He is certain to be asked to answer this if he gives any media interviews.

Who were the two victims of that operation, where were they sent and what happened to them on arrival?

The identities of the victims are hidden behind codenames in the reports, as are the place where they were kidnapped and the country to which they were taken. The committee says they were taken to a place where there was a “real risk of torture or cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment”. He is highly unlikely to answer this question.

Why did you tell the foreign affairs committee the following year that anyone who believed the UK had been involved in rendition was a conspiracy theorist?

In December 2005 Straw told the Commons foreign affairs committee: “Unless we all start to believe in conspiracy theories and that the officials are lying, that I am lying, that behind this there is some kind of secret state which is in league with some dark forces in the United States … there simply is no truth in the claims that the United Kingdom has been involved in rendition.”

Straw has never explained why he made this statement.

When Scotland Yard was questioning you about the rendition operations in which two families were flown to Libya in early 2004, did you tell the detectives about this later matter?

Straw was questioned – as a witness, not a suspect – by detectives investigating the Libyan renditions. It seems unlikely that he would have volunteered that he had authorised the financing of a subsequent rendition operation.

Did you tell the then prime minister, Tony Blair, what you were doing?

For some, this is the key question. It has never been answered.



Straw was Deputy to Hodge at Islington Council. A major driving force behind Child brides in the UK. Straw is the Politician behind the phrase “cultural sexual diversity”. In 2009 Straw made it illegal for any Child to complain about abuse while in the care system ( The Times and Independent Feb.15th 2009 ). Placed all the Thomas Hamilton ( Dunblane massacre ) papers under a 100 year secrecy law by claiming it was to protect the families‘ feelings. Jack Straw’s brother William has a conviction for a sex attack on a schoolgirl.


“I’d like to see Jack Straw face a criminal court” says who saysreveals he was the only civil servant who wrote an objection against obtaining intelligence through torture.


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In 2004, Margaret Hodge, Harriet Harman and Elizabeth Butler Sloss were involved with the review of civil cases in which children had been taken into care, along with those cases that had resulted in criminal prosecution.

All three have links with paedophiles



What a trio…what a coincidence. All three have links with paedophiles: Butler-Sloss, Harriet Harman and Margaret Hodge!

Margaret Hodge and her best mate Harriet Harman: two peas in a pod:

Harriet Harman tells ‘revolting’ anti-Semitic joke on live TV

There used to be a little group of senior Labour ladies – the likes of Patricia Hewitt, Harriet Harman, Tessa Jowell and Margaret Hodge – who had a ‘Thursday Club’ on a traditionally quiet night in the House, when they would link arms and have a girls’ night out at the Coliseum being entertained by whatever the ENO were offering that night.
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Northern Irish civil group infiltrated by UK police

Another British police spy infiltrated a Northern Irish civil society group during the Troubles, it has been confirmed.

An officer with the code name Alan Nixon was working undercover in the Irish Solidarity Campaign between 1969 and 1972. It is the third time that Scotland Yard has admitted that officers were targeting grassroots groups campaigning for British troops to leave Northern Ireland at the height of the Troubles.

The disclosures of officers’ code names and the groups that they infiltrated have been made as part of their Pitchford inquiry, which is investigating undercover operations by police forces in England and Wales since 1968.


Former DJ Jonathan King’s sex assault trial COLLAPSES meaning he may have to wait until next year for case to be heard amid claims he ‘assaulted nine teenage boys in the 1970s and 80s’

  • Former DJ and TV presenter, 73, has been on trial for a series of sex charges
  • But the court case collapsed today and may be re-tried at the later date 
  • King is accused of molesting boys he picked up in his Rolls Royce

The trial of former DJ Jonathan King for historical sex offences collapsed today and he may have to wait until next year to find out if he faces a retrial.

The 73-year-old is accused of sexually assaulting 11 boys after allegedly picking them up in his Rolls Royce and plying them with drink.

But two weeks into the trial, Judge Deborah Taylor discharged the jury at Southwark Crown Court for legal reasons that cannot be reported.

Judge Taylor said: ‘Members of the jury, I am going to discharge you from this case because of reasons I am not going to go into at this stage.

‘Thank you for your careful consideration in this case which I have noticed over the past few weeks.’

King now faces a possible retrial in June next year.

The charges date back to the the 1970s and 80s, when King was well-known for his performances on TV and radio.

He insists he had only ever had consensual sex and did not have sexual contact with some of the alleged victims.

King, pictured in 1975, became famous for his pop music before appearing on TV and radio

King, pictured in 1975, became famous for his pop music before appearing on TV and radio


James Torbett: Glasgow pensioner on trial accused of sexually abusing boys at football ground

26 June 2018

A pensioner has gone on trial accused of sexually abusing boys at a football ground and training facility.

James Torbett, known as Jim, faces 12 charges of abusing six boys, aged from four to 17 on the dates in question, one of whom has since died.

The alleged abuse spans from 1970 to 1994 and is said to have taken place at various locations including Barrowfield Football Ground in London Road and Scotstoun Football Training Facility, both Glasgow.

Abuse is also alleged to have occured at a a further football training facility in Bristol, school premises in Scotland, at a dormitories in France and Belgium, at factory premises in Shawbridge Street in Glasgow, at locations in Blackpool and London and in motor vehicles.

The 71-year-old from Glasgow denies all the charges against him, which include inducing boys to perform sexual acts and placing money in the mouth of one alleged victim.

Torbett is also accused of grabbing hold of the private parts of a boy aged between four and six and threatening him, and on another occasion making him perform oral sex.

He is further accused of removing the clothes and underwear of a boy aged 11 or 12 at Barrowfield Football Ground and watching him and two other boys enter the showers.

He has lodged a defence of abili for one charge, of sexually abusing the same boy in a vehicle on the M8 motorway in Glasgow between dates in 1985 and 1986, claiming to have been in New York on that occasion.

The trial at the High Court in Glasgow heard agreed evidence that the police seized mobile phones from Torbett and one alleged victim in May last year, which have now been forensically examined.

The court also heard the alleged victim who has since died provided six statements to the police.

The trial, before Judge Tom Hughes, continues today.


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Depraved child rapist, Ian Knight aka Ian Murray, was allowed into Buckingham Palace to watch wife receive honour from Prince William

His wife,  Pauline Murray-Knight, works for Childline


Child rapist visited Buckingham Palace to see wife receive MBE before starting 12-year sentence

A child rapist visited Buckingham Palace with his wife to watch her receive an MBE – before he was later jailed for his crimes.

Jailed Ian Knight, 55, of Nuneaton, Warwickshire watched on as Major Pauline Murray-Knight was honoured by Prince William in December.

She received the honour for her work in mental health. She also counselled male and female rape victims.

Child rapist visited Buckingham Palace before starting 12-year sentence

Ian Knight was found guilty of 10 sex offences in March (Picture: SWNS)

The abuser appeared at the palace on the same day Ed Sheeran and JK Rowling were honoured – and a victim has hit out at authorities for allowing him the day out.

The victim told the Sunday People that Knight had ‘ruined my life.’

And added: ‘I can’t believe he was at the palace while police were aware he was accused of such serious offences. My blood ran cold.’

‘To find out the man ­responsible for my trauma has been to such a worthy occasion fills me with fury.

‘His victims deserve recognition and not him. I hope we can all find peace and he rots in prison where he belongs.’

Major Pauline Murray-Knight, Adjutant General's Corps (Staff and Personnel Support Branch), is made an MBE (Member of the Order of the British Empire) by the Duke of Cambridge at Buckingham Palace. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday December 12, 2017. See PA story ROYAL Investiture. Photo credit should read: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

Major Pauline Murray-Knight is made an MBE by Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge

Knight, a former soldier, was jailed for 12 years in March after being found guilty of 10 sex offences at Warwickshire Crown Court.

Two offences included repeatedly raping one of four victims, three girls and a boy, from when she was only eight.

The court heard Knight continually raped a girl, 8, when he was in his early teens and took every opportunity he could to abuse her.

He also assaulted a young boy during a game of hide and seek and was only brought to justice when his victims came forward.

Buckingham Palace told Metro.co.uk they had no comment.


Pauline Murray – Knight MBE is a Mental Health and Well – Being Consultant working with STILLHR . Pauline has been a Mental Health facilitator and coach for many years and has developed her knowledge during 33 years of military service and 20 ye ars as a therapist. In June 2017, she was honoured with an MBE in recognition of her selfless work as an advocate for mental health support, her charity work and her dedication to promoting Mental Health First Aid

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Armed Forces Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) instructor Major Pauline Murray-Knight, of the Adjutant General’s Corps (AGC), has been recognised in the Queen’s birthday honours list.

Nottingham-based Major Pauline Murray-Knight received an MBE in recognition of her selfless work as an advocate for mental health support in the military community, and her work as a Mental Health First Aid instructor.

Reflecting on the prestigious recognition, Major Murray-Knight said: “It’s really nice that someone has recognised me in this way. It will give me more opportunity to promote mental health and awareness. I get immense job satisfaction. Helping others is the best part of my job.”

(AGE 50 IN 2017)


Her citation states: “She has selflessly supported mental health initiatives and shown endless capacity to provide welfare support to those in need. (…) Her work has benefitted many Forces’ families, including those of soldiers killed, injured or traumatised on operations.”

Long periods of time away from family during service, exposure to high stress situations and trauma, and the difficulty of adjusting between military and civilian life – all can impact on the mental health of military personnel, veterans and their families. The most common ways these stressors impact on members of the Armed Forces are depression, anxiety, adjustment disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder, and alcohol misuse.

MHFA training courses teach people to spot the signs and symptoms of mental health issues, offer initial help and guide a person towards support. Developed in collaboration with the UK’s leading military support charities, Armed Forces MHFA is tailored to the unique culture and mental health needs of the military community.


I have been promoting Mental Health for many years. I enlisted in 1984 and have a wide range of experience including operational tours and extreme trauma. I was the liaison officer for the families of soldiers injured and killed whilst is service. I have been involved in CNO duties and have a desire to support the service community.

I am also a MOD and civilian mediator, clinical hypnotherapist, male and female rape and abuse support worker, child line counsellor, Master of NLP, CBT and EFT and a TRIM Coordinator. I am trained in Trauma Incident Reduction (TIR).

I hope that the stigma of mental health ends soon. With education and understanding we can create a better understading of Mental Health and wellbeing as a whole.

I promote equality, diversity and inclusion and I believe we all have the right to live life in our own way as long as it does not have a detrimental impact on others.

I am an Armed Forces MHFA and adult instructor (2 day, 1 day and hald day). In 2017 I was awarded an MBE due to my selfless commitment and work towards improving Mental Health in the military and civilian community..


Kavre Court postpones Peter Dalglish’s hearing for witness examination

22 June 2018

DHULIKHEL — Judge Arjun Adhikari has postponed Canadian Peter Dalglish’s hearing for witness examination on Thursday at Kavre Court.

Talking to Kathmandu Tribune, Adhikari said, “We want to know further about the witnesses and the hearing is now postponed possibly for two weeks or more.” Dalglish was arrested for pedophilia charges and although he was supposed to appear at the Kave Court on Thursday he didn’t.

Judge Adhikari too seem perplexed as of why he wasn’t brought to the court. “He is supposed to be here but I don’t know why he hasn’t be brought forth.”

Peter Dalglish’s lawyer had gone to meet him at the Kavre jail after the hearing on Thursday was postponed.

A government lawyer told Kathmandu Tribune that the hearing has been postponed since the court wants to properly examine the witnesses’ statements. According to Nepal’s law, there would be a minimum of five witnesses for the next hearing.

Dalglish faces a possible 11 years jail term or more if convicted for the rape charges. Nepal’s law will be updated on August where ‘pedophilia’ will be included as a severe crime.



Vatican ex-diplomat sentenced to five years on child pornography charges


23 June 2018

A former Vatican diplomat has been sentenced to five years in prison for child pornography offences.

Monsignor Carlo Alberto Capella pleaded guilty at a Vatican court, which heard that dozens of pornographic photos and videos were found on his mobile phone.

He said he had suffered a personal crisis while working at the Vatican embassy in Washington DC.

The priest was recalled from the US last year after authorities notified the Vatican of their suspicions.

The US had asked that Capella’s diplomatic immunity be lifted so he could face charges there. Canadian police later issued an arrest warrant for Capella, an Italian.

The former diplomat will serve his sentence in the Vatican’s small prison, and pay a fine of €5,000 (£4,400; $5,800).

The case is the latest allegation involving child sexual abuse to hit the Catholic Church.

All of Chile’s 34 bishops offered to resign in May following a child sex scandal and a cover up. Pope Francis has since accepted three of their resignations.

Also in May, Australia convicted the archbishop of Adelaide, Philip Wilson, of concealing historic child sexual abuse in the 1970s. He has stepped aside from his duties but not resigned as archbishop.

In 2013, the Holy See recalled and defrocked its envoy to the Dominican Republic, Jozef Wesolowski, and ordered he be tried for child sex offences.

Wesolowski was found dead in 2015 before he could stand trial.

A man considered the Church’s third-ranked official, Vatican treasurer Cardinal George Pell, is due to go on trial in Australia on charges of historical sexual offences, which he denies.



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Vatican diplomat admits he possessed child abuse images

Monsignor Carlo Alberto Capella tells court he developed ‘morbid’ desire

22 June 2018

A Catholic priest who worked as a diplomat at the Vatican’s embassy in Washington has admitted at the start of his trial that he had possessed images of child sexual abuse while based in the US.

Monsignor Carlo Alberto Capella, who was arrested in the Vatican in April after he had been recalled, told the court in the Vatican that he had developed a “morbid” desire after he arrived in the US to take up the diplomatic post in 2016. “It was never part of my priestly life before,” he told the court, adding that he was unhappy at the embassy in Washington.

In August 2017, the US state department notified the Holy See of a possible violation of laws relating to images of sexual abuse of children by a member of the diplomatic corps of the Holy See accredited to Washington.

A few weeks later, the US requested that Capella’s diplomatic immunity be waived to open the way for possible prosecution there, but the Vatican refused.

After Capella was recalled to Rome, police in Windsor, Canada, said they had issued an arrest warrant for him on suspicion of possessing and distributing child abuse images on the internet while visiting a church in Canada.

The trial was adjourned until Saturday.



Church of England downplayed extent of child abuse allegations to protect its reputation, report finds

22 June 2018

The Church of England disregarded dozens of allegations in its inquiry into child sexual abuse and then downplayed the issue to protect its reputation, a critical report has found. 

A report by former Barnardo’s chief executive Sir Roger Singleton found that close to 100 cases were whittled down to just a handful for a review released in 2010.

Inconsistent and overly specific criteria reduced the number of cases they reported for the Past Cases Review, leading it to conclude after examining 40,000 files that just 13 cases of alleged child sexual abuse merited formal action. 

Sir Roger, who was commissioned to complete an inquiry into the review, said he believed the Church “downplayed” the issue in public statements to avoid reputational damage.

However, he also said he found “no evidence whatsoever of a deliberate attempt to mislead” or that anyone broke the law.

“In the public statement that it issued reporting on the review, [the Church] rather failed to give a comprehensive picture of the concerns that existed,” he said.

“It narrowed down the definitions of who had actually been responsible for abuse by limiting it to just new cases and cases where the Church took formal action. This had the impact of reducing the numbers from probably nearer 100 to just two which appeared in the public statements.”

Asked whether he found that Church officials were avoiding reputational damage, Sir Roger told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: “I think that is one of the factors that led those who prepared the press statement to emphasise the positive points for the Church and rather to downplay the negative aspects.”

The report criticises the church for failing to involve victims and survivors in the process, and recommends that seven dioceses needed to repeat it.

It also said cathedrals which were not involved in the original report should undertake their own reviews and old files which were not reviewed during the original process should be examined.

In written evidence given to the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse in March, Sir Roger detailed the reasons that dioceses ruled out individual cases, which included that clergy had died, retired or that allegations related to a bellringer or choir member, who were deemed to be outside the scope of the report.

In a case in Exeter Diocese, there was “concern about obsessional interest in satanic ritual abuse and conduct generally” by a retired priest, which it was decided would be dealt with by the Archdeacon. 

Another excluded individual had been accused of abusing an adoptive daughter and accessing child pornography, in allegations that were investigated in 2001 with no further action being taken. 

Bishop Peter Hancock, the Church of England’s lead safeguarding bishop said: “These criticisms have been taken very seriously and acted upon and the House of Bishops have offered full support to implementing the recommendations in the report and any subsequent actions.

“We are committed to making sure that any known individuals who have not been dealt with appropriately in the past are assessed and any current potential risks to children and others are rigorously managed, including by reporting these individuals to the statutory authorities for investigation.”

Abuse survivors said the new report was not critical enough. In a joint statement a survivor known as Gilo and his lawyer David Greenwood of Switalskis said the past cases review had been a “whitewash”.

“It left vast numbers of clergy un-investigated, unreported to the police, free to continue abusing and effectively protected by the church,” they said. 


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Charles Howeson is jailed for sex attacks

The prominent city businessman was found guilty of indecently assaulting eight young men

22 June 2018

Plymouth businessman Charles Howeson has been sentenced to seven and a half years in prison for sexually abusing young men.

Last year the 69-year-old 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 last week, following a retrial at Bristol Crown Court.

Today in the same court, the judge ordered him to pay £50,000 in costs.

He will also be on the Sex Offender’s Register for life.


Ex-DJ Jonathan King, 73, ‘twice raped 14-year-old he picked up outside luxury London hotel Claridge’s, after plying him with brandy and boasting of threesomes with teenagers’

A former DJ raped a teenager waiter after plying him with brandy, a court heard.

Jonathan King, 73, picked up the 14-year-old boy from outside luxury London hotel Claridge’s where the young teen worked, a jury was told.

The victim was introduced to the pop personality through a friend in the 1970s but did not come forward until he heard of King’s arrest for a separate charge in 2001.

The disgraced pop personality is accused of using his fame to lure youngsters for rides in his Rolls Royce where he would take them for dinner, drinks and tours of his luxury London flat.

The victim told jurors: ‘I started working at Claridge’s hotel at 14, part-time as a commis waiter. This was 1977 or 78.

He said the other waiter asked if he wanted to go out after work and said a friend was picking them up.

‘We met Jonathan and we were taken to Chinese restaurant in Piccadilly above the McDonald’s,’ he said.

‘They all new Jonathan because when we walked in they said hello and invited him in as if he was a friend.’

He asked his friend who he was and he explained he was a famous DJ.



Christ’s Hospital School: Rape accused tells of affair with 17-year-old

!5 June 2018

A former private school teacher accused of raping a 15-year-old girl has told of an affair with another student.

James Husband, 68, recalled the consensual liaison with a 17-year-old girl at Christ’s Hospital School while giving evidence in his trial.

Hove Crown Court heard he was married and his children attended the school during the “spur of the moment” affair.

He and co-defendant Gary Dobbie, ex-head of house at the Horsham school, both deny sexually abusing pupils.

Mr Husband, of Wigginton in York, denies four counts of rape and five of indecently assaulting a different pupil when she was as young as 14 between 1990 and 1994 while he taught at the prestigious school.

Mr Dobbie, 68, of Albi in France and formerly of Hereford, faces a string of allegations against six boys and two girls as young as 12 between 1998 and 2001.

He denies 12 counts of indecently assaulting four boys and two girls, attempting to indecently assault a boy and two counts of indecency with a child.

He was teaching at independent Shrewsbury School, Shropshire, at the time of his arrest in 2016.

Mr Husband left his job as a history teacher when it emerged he was having a consensual affair with the 17-year-old pupil who was not underage and is not a complainant in the case, jurors were told.

Giving evidence, he told the court there were several instances with the girl – from holding hands and kissing to sex – but said he did not consider it a relationship.

During cross-examination, the court heard him describe the moment he kissed the student on the lips after a disco at night in the school grounds.

He said: “I can see her in my mind’s eye looking up at me. I can remember the kiss.

“The look on her face suggested that she wanted me to.

“I wanted to kiss her.”

In a diary entry read to the court, the girl said: “Told too many people at school then decided to go for it. The fling.

“So got off with him on Saturday night. The most amazing thing. Happy.”

Mr Husband later conceded to the court that he had had sex with two 17-year-olds.

Addressing the charges involving the other girl which he denies, claiming they had consensual sex once when she was 16, he said: “I don’t know why [the alleged victim] has brought these allegations against me.”

Jurors previously heard he had told the girl when she was 15: “It’s OK, I’ve had a vasectomy,” before raping her.

The trial continues.


Former DJ Jonathan King, 73, ‘raped a 15-year-old boy then slapped an imaginary sticker on his shoulder while praising him for ‘”being brave”‘

  • Ex-DJ abused youngsters in 1970s and 1980s after giving them alcohol, jury told
  • Man spoke out when King bragged he was ‘guilty of being good at seduction’
  • He told his trial today alleged attack at King’s flat ‘wasn’t seduction – I was raped’
  • Claims he was told: ‘You’ve won the Jonathan King order of merit for being brave’

He asked if the boy was hungry and he took him to a Chinese restaurant he claimed he went to with his ‘best friend’ Kenny Everett and got him drunk on beer, it is alleged.




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How dare they! The Catholic Church should not be above the law. Hell, with 4,444 CATHOLIC VICTIMS revealed by they should already be de-registered as a Criminal Organisation with all those who aided & abetted abusers jailed.

‘It doesn’t affect us’: Priests to defy child sex abuse confession law

CATHOLIC priests in South Australia won’t obey a law requiring them to report child sex abuse to police because the confessional is ‘sacred’.


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So how has the George Pell trial been going? Oh – that’s right – the Catholic Church lawyers got a gag order on the media disclosing anything: secrecy & special protection. Exactly why the mountain of child abuse happens in the first place.

 Former DJ Jonathan King ‘infiltrated one of Britain’s top public schools to prey on boys as young as 14 before luring them to his flat for sex in the 1970s and 80s’

  • Former DJ is said to have plied youngsters with alcohol in the 1970s and 80s
  • He often showed them pornography before sexually assaulting them, jury told
  • The 73-year-old denies 24 serious sexual assaults on boys aged 14 to 16
  • Child claims he went to collect Springsteen tickets and star grabbed his penis  
  • Public schoolboys say they gave tours and he lured them home with free gifts


Pop personality Jonathan King infiltrated a top public school to prey on young boys before plying one with alcohol and showing him porn while touching his penis, a court heard today.

The former broadcaster, now 73, was shown around by a 15-year-old boy before luring him and his friends to London with the promise of free records and gig tickets, Southwark Crown Court heard today.

When King’s first school guide came to his home he was asked to compile a ‘weird’ list of things including family, friends and sex and put them in order of importance.

‘He thought it was odd, but he completed the list putting family first,’ said prosecutor Rosina Cottage, QC.

On another visit to the same school, King then offered one of the boy’s friends tickets to Bruce Springsteen’s ‘Born in the USA’ tour date at Wembley.

The boy found his insistence ‘a bit weird’ but travelled to London to collect the tickets.

King picked him up from Waterloo in his Rolls Royce and took him to his west London flat.

King gave the boy a beer – then showed him a porn film and touched his penis. The victim said he was ‘petrified’ by this, the jury heard.

Miss Cottage told how King tried to reassure him ‘saying that he could telephone a girlfriend to arrange for her to come over and relieve him of his virginity.’

The boy said he wanted to leave, King gave him the tickets and let him go.

Later he dedicated the song ‘Illegal Alien’ by Genesis to both schoolboys on his Christmas Day radio show.

Asked in police interview if he had touched the boy, King quipped: ‘I don’t think I would have done unless he’d asked me very politely.’

King, who had a series of top ten hits and hosted TV shows like ‘Entertainment USA’ is accused of sexual offences against 11 victims at Southwark Crown Court.

On another occasion King took one of his victims to visit a ‘friend’ at school – a sixth form border.

When police raided his home they found a picture pinned up of a blonde boy, signed on the back: ‘To Jonathan, Love X, Nov ‘78.’

Police also found a diary detailing sexual exploits with young boys on a trip to Mexico.

He speaks of ‘trolling’ and ‘cruising’ to pick up 15 and 16-year-old boys in his car for sex.

One night King took a family out for dinner and visited their home to spend time with their 16-year-old son.

He writes: ‘After the oldsters went up to bed, telling John not to be too long I bought him a drink and then we strolled up to my room to exchange addresses.

‘Well. Of course the books came out and were utilised. From small beginnings to great progress!

‘I played it very much on the – goodness me huge for 16 lines. Soon I was measuring with tonsils. Some pangs of guilt dispelled by goodness how did that happen?’

He speaks of landing in Acapulco and after dropping his bags immediately goes out cruising.

‘A fabulous boy, 15, ran across the road in a tiny pair of shorts and nothing else.’

Ms Cottage said: ‘He gets in the car and he pays him five dollars. I don’t think really the rest needs much explaining – “Jets everywhere.”

‘We say this is exactly what he’s doing in London and by this time he’s very expert at picking those who are just the right age for him.

‘He wants them young – older boys gets “bristly” and that’s not what he wants.’

These were the ‘trophies’ in his sick ‘game of power and manipulation over boys.’

Most of the charges against King, 73, involve pickups in the car outside venues where he knew he could find young boys – cinemas and record shops.

Many of the victims describe the lasting impact of mental health issues, drink dependency and suicide attempts as a result of the abuse.

While some were one-off encounters, others were preyed on repeatedly.

The charges relate to exposure, to touching both over and under clothes, sex acts and the most extreme sexual abuse.

The defendant said that he had only ever had consensual sex and did not have sexual contact with some of the alleged victims.

Cambridge graduate King had hits with ‘Everyone’s Gone to the Moon’ and ‘Una Paloma Blanca.’

He discovered Genesis and wrote and produced hits for teen idols the Bay City Rollers.

In court he wore a black suit with bright blue and red Nike high-tops.

King, of Bayswater, denies 17 charges of indecent assault and seven counts of buggery on males aged between 16 and 21.

The trial continues.



Hove Court  listings 14 June 2018



MSM seems to have stopped reporting on the Christ’s Hopsital School’s abuse trial re: Gary Dobbie.  Last news report was on  1 June 2018, but case is ongoing (Dobbie being tried with James Husband)


Four former teachers at Sussex school charged with sexual offences

Men who taught at Christ’s Hospital boarding school face total of 36 counts over alleged offences between 1980 and 1996

Christ’s Hospital school in West Sussex
Christ’s Hospital school counts Sir Barnes Wallis, the inventor of the bouncing bomb, among its former pupils. Photograph: Alamy

Four former teachers at a West Sussex boarding school have been charged with a range of sexual offences including rape against 15 male and female alleged victims across a 16-year period.

The accused, all men in their 60s and 70s who taught at Christ’s Hospital school near Horsham, face a combined total of 36 counts relating to alleged offences between 1980 and 1996. They were arrested last November.

Gary Dobbie, 66, is charged with seven counts of indecent assault on a male, one count of attempted indecent assault on a male and three counts of indecent assault on a female.

James Husband, 67, is charged with five counts of indecent assault on a female and four of rape,

and Ajaz Karim, 62, is charged with nine counts of indecent assault on a female and one of attempted indecent assault on a female.  (found guilty)

Peter Webb, 74 -charged with six counts of indecent assault on a male  found  (guilty)


more here


Plymouth businessman Charles Howeson will return to court next week to be sentenced for indecently assaulting eight men.

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The former Royal Navy Commander was convicted by a jury back in December of ten counts of indecent assault against young men in the 1980s and 1990s.

During the original trial, the jury failed to reach a verdict on two alternative charges, attempted buggery of a boy and indecent assault.

Today, a jury found Howeson not guilty of both those counts.

The court was told Howeson, of Craigie Drive in Stonehouse, intends to appeal his convictions.

He is due to be sentenced on Friday at Bristol Crown Court for his convictions last year.

Howeson is due to be sentenced at Brstol Crown Court next Friday – June 22.

Following the initial trial, Judge Horton told Howeson that he would be sent to prison.

He offered the defendant the chance to speak to a probation officer and face up to his guilt.

Daniel Janner, QC for Howeson, replied: “The defendant’s position remains the same. He didn’t commit these offences and he has been wrongly convicted.”


Jury told dark past had ‘caught up with’ businessman accused of attempt rape of boy

Prosecution and defence barristers give closing speeches in Charles Howeson case as jury prepare to be sent out by judge to consider verdict

13 June 2018

A jury heard how the dark past had “caught up with” a leading city businessman who stood accused of attempting to rape a boy 30 years ago.

Prosecutor Paul Dunkels QC summed up the Crown’s case against 68-year-old Charles Howeson, noting how the former Royal Navy commander had been convicted of ten counts of indecent assault against eight young men last December following a lengthy trial.

In his closing speech to the jury of nine men and three women at Bristol Crown Court, Mr Dunkels noted how victims of sexual abuse were frequently unable to talk openly about their suffering for many years.

He noted how the partner of Howeson’s accuser had told the court how the man was left sobbing as he finally recounted the sexual assault in a field near the businessman’s home in Crownhill in the late 1980s.

Mr Dunkels, recalling the words of defence barrister Daniel Janner QC, asked the jury if they thought these were “crocodile tears”, adding there was “no reason to put on an act for her, surely?”

Judge Horton said he would conclude his summation on Thursday morning before sending the jury out to consider their verdict.


Former DJ Jonathan King, 73, ‘claimed Page 3 glamour model Samantha Fox was his girlfriend to lure boys as young as 14 into his Rolls-Royce to take them to his flat for sex in the 1970s and 80s’

  • Former DJ is said to have plied youngsters with alcohol in the 1970s and 80s
  • He then showed them pornography before sexually assaulting them, jury told
  • Court told he still had letters and photos of ‘victims’ at his home 30 years later
  • The 73-year-old denies 24 serious sexual assaults on boys aged 14 to 16

Former DJ Jonathan King claimed glamour model Samantha Fox was his girlfriend as he lured young boys into his Rolls-Royce and sexually assaulted them, a court has heard.

The convicted sex offender, 73, allegedly exploited his position in the record industry to carry out attacks on 11 teenagers as young as 14 in the 1970s and 1980s.

King, an ex-pop star and producer for acts including Genesis, is said to have lured youngsters into his Daimler or Rolls-Royce cars before driving them home, where they were plied with alcohol.

He told some of his ‘star-struck’ targets that Samantha Fox was his girlfriend and he could introduce them to famous comedian Kenny Everett, the jury were told.

He also gave them presents, including records and concert tickets, showed them pornography and made false promises of sex with teenage girls, said prosecutor Rosina Cottage QC.

‘When they were in his power and in no position to repel his advances he would assault them. It appears that it was a game of manipulation and power over boys aged about 13 to 16,’ she said. ‘He would play the same routine again and again, honed for success.’

King, of Bayswater, central London, is standing trial at Southwark Crown Court where he denies 24 serious sexual assault charges against boys aged between 14 and 16, alleged to have taken place between 1970 and 1988.

Dressed in a dark suit, white shirt, blue tie and colourful trainers, he appeared in court under his real name, Kenneth George King.

Wearing round glasses and a bum bag, he sat expressionless in the dock as the case against him was opened.

A jury was told King denies he would ever have sex with anyone under age or force himself on someone without consent.

But the prosecutor said his denials are ‘hollow’ and revealed he was convicted in 2001 of sexual offences against five teenage boys in the 1980s.

Referring to the current allegations, she added: ‘He claims not to know or remember most of the boys, despite their photographs or letters or addresses and details still being in his home up to 30 years later, like trophies kept for his own private perusal.’

The court heard King would target straight, immature boys, securing sex by showering them with gifts of records, concert tickets, meals and alcohol, as well as paying insincere compliments and making false promises.

Almost all the encounters involved pickups in the car outside venues where he knew he could find young boys – cinemas and record shops.

Ms Cottage said: ‘This case concerns sexual assaults by this defendant upon 11 teenage boys in the 1970s and 1980s.

‘The defendant used his position in the music industry and his fame to lure boys into his Daimler or Rolls-Royce, where he would flatter them and pretend that they could help him with research or promotion.

‘He would then drive them to his home where he would give them alcohol and promise them sex with teenage girls and show them pornography.’

One alleged victim did not report the incident out of embarrassment, but decided to come forward after an article about King in The Independent newspaper angered him.

In the 2012 interview, King bragged: ‘The only apology I have is to say that I was good at seduction.’

One of the alleged victims said King told him on his 21st birthday that he ‘was too old and ugly for him now.’

The trial, which could last until August, continues.

DJ ‘name-dropped famous people to impress “star-struck” victims’

The court heard King name-dropped stars like comedian Kenny Everett and model Samantha Fox in a bid to impress alleged victims.

In April 1970, he pulled up alongside a 15-year-old on Tottenham Court Road in his white Daimler Sovereign Saloon and asked whether he wanted to help him promote some records.

The car was fitted with tinted windows, a TV, a stereo and cocktail cabinet.

King name-dropped stars from the time like comedian Kenny Everett (left) and model Samantha Fox (right), the court was told

He took the boy to a Chinese restaurant and got him drunk while name dropping Kenny Everett before and then took him back to his home.

The prosecutor described how the victim was shown King’s music room and ‘his next memory was of waking, naked, in the defendant’s bed which had black shiny sheets.

After carrying out a sex attack on him, King gave him £5 for a taxi home and he never saw him again.

The prosecutor showed jurors a video of King’s home, pointing out a topless picture of 1980s page three model and singer Samantha Fox.

‘Samantha Fox is someone who the defendant occasionally described as his girlfriend to one or two of these young men,’ she added.

One said he was ‘star struck’ when King pulled up in his car and started speaking to him.

Who is Jonathan King and why is he famous?

Cambridge graduate Jonathan King rose to fame as a singer, songwriter and music producer in the 60s and 70s.

He had hits with ‘Everyone’s Gone to the Moon’ in 1965 and ‘Una Paloma Blanca’ in 1975.

He discovered Genesis and wrote and produced hits for teen idols the Bay City Rollers.

During time in New York in the 1980s, he hosted the BBC TV show ‘Entertainment USA’.


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Prince Charles to give evidence about former Bishop of Gloucester to child sex abuse inquiry

The inquiry will examine how Bishop Peter Ball evaded justice

12 JUN 2018

Prince Charles has been called to give evidence to a sex abuse inquiry when it looks into the case of a former Bishop of Gloucester who was jailed for abusing young men.

A confirmed witness statement has been requested from Prince Charles and his private secretary by the inquiry which will be examining how Peter Ball escaped justice for so long.

The pair prayed together at Highgrove and Charles supported Ball when the allegations of sex abuse first surfaced in 1992, soon after he was made Bishop of Gloucester.

It was over 20 years until Ball was brought to justice. In 2015 he was jailed for 32 months for indecently assaulting two men in their late teens in the 1980s and 1990s and a charge of misconduct in a public office.

The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse is now expected to examine accusations that Ball abused his powerful friendships to evade being caught for decades.

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Aides say the Prince is willing to answer any questions the enquiry has about his dealings with the former Bishop who was a guest at his wedding to Camilla Parker Bowles in 2005.

Ball established a monastery in Gloucestershire with twin brother Michael, also a bishop.

It is said he actively courted the powerful and dined at the Savoy with Margaret Thatcher on a regular basis.

His friendship with Prince Charles began in 1992 when he was made Bishop of Gloucester, a short time before Ball was arrested for gross indecency after one of his trainees claimed he was made to rehearse “penitential psalms” naked in the middle of the night.

The October 2015 trial heard that he abused boys as young as 15 between the late Seventies and early nineties.

At the 2015 trial it was alleged that back in 1992 when the allegations originally surfaced he had the backing of “Cabinet ministers, the Royal Family, MPs, JPs and a lord”.

He was jailed but freed after serving half of his 32-month sentence and now lives in Somerset.

At a hearing last week, counsel to the inquiry Fiona Scolding QC revealed that witness statements had been requested from the prince and his principal private secretary.

She said the Prince had expressed his willingness to assist and this had led to “lengthy and complex discussions” .

Lawyer Richard Scorer, who is representing complainants at the inquiry, told Sky News: “It is imperative that the inquiry leaves no stone unturned in its efforts to establish how Peter Ball was able to evade justice for two decades.

“If this means calling Prince Charles and other prominent establishment figures as witnesses then the inquiry should do so without fear or favour.”


Jimmy Savile was bishop Ball’s principal entree into the Waleses’ household.


Peter Ball was propelled into the royal circle by two people… One was prebendary Willie Booth, a former chaplain at Westminster School, the other was Jimmy Savile.

After his appointment to Gloucester was announced, Ball became a regular visitor to Highgrove and was held in such high regard that Charles attended his enthronement.


Jimmy Savile committed a number of sex offences in Sussex at the time when Ball was bishop

Charles sent Savile a box of cigars and a pair of gold cufflinks on his 80th birthday with a note that read: “Nobody will ever know what you have done for this country Jimmy. This is to go some way in thanking you for that.”


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Bishop Ball with Prince Charles and Camilla. Ball gave the homily at the funeral of Camilla Parker Bowles’s father, Major Bruce Shand, in 2006

 He attended the couples wedding and was invited to address mourners at the funeral of Major Bruce Shand, the Duchess of Cornwall’s father, in 2006.


Prince Charles Provided Free House To Bishop Ball Arrested in UK Child Abuse Probe


Charles’ dozens of letters to ‘calculating’ paedophile bishop as victims demand they are made public

  • Prince Charles is believed to have written to paedophile bishop Peter Ball 
  • Ball was jailed two years ago for using his position to groom 18 young men 
  • The former Bishop of Gloucester exchanged letters with Prince Charles 


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Jimmy Savile victim says compensation is a ‘joke’ after years of abuse

A woman who was repeatedly abused by Jimmy Savile has revealed she has been offered just £3,250 in compensation.

Leisha Brookes was one of up to 1,000 victims abused on BBC premises by the disgraced DJ.

The 50-year-old has bravely spoken out about the abuse, which happened every other weekend for more than two years.

But after waiting almost five years for a payout from the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA), she was devastated by the final settlement fee.

Leisha said: ‘It’s disgusting to be honest, a joke.

‘No amount can take the pain away or change what they did.

‘You go for decades not being listened to, and then this.’

Leisha was given £18,750 from the BBC years ago but expected her compensation to be boosted through the CICA, a government agency that administers payouts to victims of serious and violent crime.

But they told her she had been awarded £22,000, including the original sum she was given by the BBC.

Leisha said she was abused by up to 30 men at the BBC Television Centre when she was aged between eight and 11.

She was initially invited to the building by a family friend, but would return as a guest every other weekend.

The abuse has led to her attempting suicide more than 20 times and causing all her relationships to break down, while all five of her children have been taken away.

She used the BBC award to pay off debts and now lives as a recluse on £155 a week in disability benefits in a tiny council house in Colchester, Essex.

Leisha added: ‘I can’t be touched by men, I can’t go in crowded places near men.

‘If a man phones me up I’ll put the phone down. If there are men either side of me in a supermarket queue I have to put my shopping down and leave.

‘My life has been destroyed by everything that happened to me as a child.

‘I am severely psychologically damaged, even now. My story has been proven, and yet here I am, still fighting.’

A spokeswoman for CICA said they did not comment on individual cases.

A spokesman for the BBC added: ‘The terms of the Savile compensation scheme were agreed with lawyers for the victims, as well as the NHS and the Savile estate.

‘It is not for the BBC to comment on the criminal injuries compensation scheme run by the Government.’


Gilo‏ @seaofcomplicity

IICSA comes under fire from group of survivors. Not enough consultation. Too much ££ spent on ill-conceived PR. Victims & Survivors Forum has not met in past 14 months. @InquiryCSA

Peter Dalglish’s hearing postponed for next week

June 10 2018

Canadian Peter Dalglish’s hearing scheduled for this Thursday has been postponed for next week. Dalglish is currently put behind Dhulikhel jail.

Although the hearing was dated for Thursday the government lawyer is on leave so the hearing for Thursday has been canceled.

Dalglish has been spending time behind the jail while waiting for his final hearing for the rape case.


Charles Howeson to appeal sex abuse convictions, court told

11 JUN 2018


Former DJ Jonathan King arrives at court to stand trial accused of a string of historical sex assaults on nine teenage boys in the 1970s and 80s

  • DJ is famous for his appearances on radio and TV in 1960s, 70s and 80s
  • He is due to court today to face charges of sex attacks on teenage boys
  • The alleged offences are said to have taken place between 1970 and 1988

Former DJ Jonathan King arrives at Southwark Crown Court this morning ahead of his trial

Former DJ Jonathan King has arrived at court ahead of his trial for multiple historical sex offences.

The ex-singer and Genesis producer is accused of assaults on nine teenagers aged between 14 and 16, between 1970 and 1988.

The 73-year-old, of Bayswater, West London, is appearing at Southwark Crown Court under the name Kenneth King.

His trial, which is due to begin today, is expected to last up six weeks.

King was famed for songs including Everyone’s Gone to the Moon and Hooked on a Feeling and discovered the band Genesis as a music producer.

He appeared many times on television on both sides of the Atlantic including on shows like Top of the Pops and Entertainment USA.




Australian celebrity paedophile ring revealed

A PAEDOPHILE ring in Australia’s arts community included literary figures and famous artists for whom prepubescent sisters were “jailbait”.

 June 10, 2018

STUNNING revelations of an Australian paedophile ring involving celebrity arts figures have been laid bare by the daughters of a prominent playwright.

Rozanna and Kate Lilley, the daughters of playwright and poet Dorothy Hewett, say they were forced into sex aged 15 by men including the late Bob Ellis and Martin Sharp, The Australian reports.

Sharp, Australia’s foremost pop artist, designed record covers and posters for Bob Dylan, Donovan and Eric Clapton and wrote songs for Clapton’s band, Cream.

Ellis was a political commentator, write and film maker who penned 22 television and screenplays.

The Lilley sisters, who each have written new books, say their mother encouraged underage sex between her daughters and famous men she entertained at her Sydney house.

The sisters say the men enjoyed having young girls around and their mother, considered a left wing radical and admired feminist, encouraged their joining in the libertine sex scene of the times.

“We were these nubile girls … jailbait,” Kate Lilley said, describing her mother’s house as “a brothel without payment”.

Rozanna and Kate Lilley (left, as teenagers) claim they were molested by author Bob Ellis (top right), and (bottom right) painter Martin Sharp and photographer David Hamilton.

Rozanna and Kate Lilley (left, as teenagers) claim they were molested by author Bob Ellis (top right), and (bottom right) painter Martin Sharp and photographer David Hamilton.Source:Supplied

Poet Dorothy Hewett, above with daughters Kate and Rozanna Lilley in about 1976, encouraged her underage daughters having sex with older men.

Poet Dorothy Hewett, above with daughters Kate and Rozanna Lilley in about 1976, encouraged her underage daughters having sex with older men.Source:Supplied

Dorothy Hewett’s Sydney house was like an ‘unpaid brothel’ for the underage sisters who were ‘jailbait’ for prominent arts figures.

Dorothy Hewett’s Sydney house was like an ‘unpaid brothel’ for the underage sisters who were ‘jailbait’ for prominent arts figures.Source:Supplied

Other men included a local film producer who is still alive and a poet who raped Kate Lilley when she was underage, plus renowned British erotic photographer, David Hamilton.

Known for his soft-lit images of prepubescent young girls, 83-year-old Hamilton took his own life in 2016 after a former model accused him of raping her in 1987 when she was 13 years old.

In the Woollahra terrace Hewett shared with her husband, writer Merv Lilley, a queue of famous men attended parties in the salon-like atmosphere where the sisters spent their early teens.

Sex was facilitated by Hewett who also slept with some of the men, while her husband had sex with other women.

When she turned 16 years old, Kate Lilley had already slept with six men and her younger sister Rozanna had slept with a dozen men by the time she reached the age of consent.

The men were older artists and writers, including Bob Ellis and Martin Sharp, and Hamilton who photographed pornographic images of Rozanna.

Rozanna said she had sex once, when she was 15, with Martin Sharp, who decades later apologised to her.

Decades later, artist Martin Sharp called Rozanna Lilley to apologise for taking advantage of her sexually.

Decades later, artist Martin Sharp called Rozanna Lilley to apologise for taking advantage of her sexually.Source:News Corp Australia

Writer Bob Ellis would have sex with Kate ‘whenever he turned up’ and with her younger sister.

Writer Bob Ellis would have sex with Kate ‘whenever he turned up’ and with her younger sister.Source:News Corp Australia

Kate (left) and Rozanna Lilley who say their famous mother failed to protect them from sexual predators on the arts scene. Picture: John Feder.

Kate (left) and Rozanna Lilley who say their famous mother failed to protect them from sexual predators on the arts scene. Picture: John Feder.Source:News Corp Australia

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Kate Lilley’s new book, Tilt. Source:Supplied

David Hamilton took close photographs of her genitals after showing her pornographic images of girls to prove others had consented.

“It was unbearable at home,” Kate Lilley said, “I used to have sex with men to prevent them having sex with Rosie.

“But then I would find out they did have sex with Rosie.”
Kate Lilley’s teenage years are referred to in poems in her new book, Tilt, which the 57-year-old poet and university English professor has published.

Rozanna, 55, an anthropologist and autism researcher also writes poems about sexual abuse by (unnamed) older men in her book, Do Oysters Get Bored? A Curious Life.

Kate Lilley told The Australian she had sex four times with Bob Ellis when she was aged 15 and 16, “whenever he turned up”.

Rozanna has written a poem about her sexual encounter with Ellis as a child.

At the age of 13, Rozanna Lilley was cast in the lesbian-themed film Journey Among Women about female convicts living in the bush.

Her mother, Dorothy Hewett, wrote the script.

The film is still available on DVD.

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Rozanna Lilley on the set of Journey Among Women. Source:Supplied

The Lilley sisters’ parents Merv Lilley and Dorothy Hewett at their Blue Mountains home shortly before Hewett’s death.

The Lilley sisters’ parents Merv Lilley and Dorothy Hewett at their Blue Mountains home shortly before Hewett’s death.Source:News Limited


Andreas Baader‏@stop1984

“plus renowned British erotic photographer, David Hamilton”

Photographer, David Hamilton


Ellis, a supporter of the Australian Labor Party, wrote speeches for a number of Labor leaders (such as Bob Carr, Paul Keating and Kim Beazley) and wrote extensively on Labor history.

Writer Bob Ellis – His university life put him in contact with Clive James, Bob Hughes, Germaine Greer and Les Murray, who were also studying there at that time.


Bob Ellis funeral

Mourners included feminist Germaine Greer


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Germaine Greer calls for punishment for rape to be reduced

May 31 2018

Germaine Greer has called for the lowering of punishment for rape and said society should not see it as a “spectacularly violent crime” but instead view it more as “lazy, careless and insensitive”.


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Germaine Greer

Cindy Wooden‏@Cindy_Wooden

Vatican announces Msgr Carlo Capella, former official at Vatican nunciature in Washington, will go on trial June 22 on charges of possession and exchange of child pornography, aggravated by the enormous quantity of material he is accused of having.

Former Vatican diplomat indicted on child pornography charges

June 9, 2018

Rome (CNN)A former diplomat at the Vatican Embassy in Washington has been indicted by a Vatican court on allegations he possessed child pornography, the Vatican said Saturday.

Monsignor Carlo Alberto Capella allegedly “possessed and exchanged a large quantity of child pornography,” according to a Vatican statement.
Capella is set to face a trial at the Vatican starting June 22.
Under Vatican law, updated by Pope Francis in 2013, possession of child pornography carries a maximum sentence of 12 years in prison.
Capella was recalled from his position at the Vatican Embassy in Washington in August after the US State Department notified the Vatican of “possible violation of laws relating to child pornography images.”
Capella has been in custody at the Vatican since April.
The child pornography case comes as the Catholic Church continues to grapple with child sex abuse allegations against priests and accusations that higher-ups have tried to conceal such crimes.
Pope Francis has said the church should be ashamed of its treatment of victims and must move past the historical culture of abuse and secrecy.
Last month he sent Vatican investigators to Chile to look into historical child abuse and accusations a bishop covered up crimes against minors.

Alison Wright @alisonmawright 2

“Mountbatten’s connection to the Anglo-Irish Vice Ring also merits a thorough investigation by IICSA.” It is essential that the whole truth is disclosed. It only makes sense that these abuses have gone unpunished for so long if you consider the Royal connections.


Savile and Mountbatten were in the same cult. Savile boasted about brokering the Irish peace talks (presumably through the same network), the report into his activities at Broadmoor revealed. won’t touch it with a barge-pole.

“…we were told, that he (Savile) had been the driving force behind the Major–Clinton Northern Ireland peace negotiations.”

82 Bob Barber, former head of security, Broadmoor Hospital
In March 1998, Savile was invited to attend one of the evenings (West Yorkshire Police dinner event) and he gave a speech on his business interests in Northern Ireland and his upbringing in Leeds. He also spoke about how he felt policing had changed since his youth.


Lord Louis Mountbatten former chauffeur Norman Nield exposed him

Meanwhile, in New Zealand, there have been such newspaper headlines as, “‘Uncle Dickie’ the Sex Pervert” (N.Z. Truth, Sept.  8, 1987), since Mountbatten’s former chauffeur, Norman Nield, started revealing details of the late Lord Mountbatten’s alleged sexual exploitation of boys.

Paedophile Lord Louis Mountbatten

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Who Is Uncle Dickie on ‘The Crown’? Prince Charles’ Protector and Confidant

As depicted in The Crown, Mounbatten is uncommonly close with Charles, taking him shopping for the Eton uniforms he never gets to wear, and urging him to open up emotionally. It’s historically accurate that the two maintained a close relationship, but Mountbatten was also friends with British DJ Jimmy Savile, a man suspected of enabling pedophilia in Britain.


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Jimmy Savile in Dublin with Charles Haughey, 1980
Central Remedial Clinic founder Lady Valerie Goulding with then President Erskine Childers and Jimmy Savile. Savile also befriended Charles Haughey.

Are gardaí investigating Savile’s activities in Ireland? They’re staying tight-lipped

A solicitor who represented a number of Savile’s victims said that Ireland needs to “dig deeper” with its investigations.

13 July 2014

GARDAÍ HAVE REMAINED tight-lipped on whether any any lines of inquiry relating to Jimmy Savile’s visits to Ireland between the 1960s and 1980s are being followed.

Savile led charity walks for the Central Remedial Clinic (CRC) on a number of occasions throughout these decades, and reportedly visited the organisation’s centre in the 1970s.


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Jimmy Savile during a sponsored charity walk in Belfast on the Ravenhill Road in November 1976

Savile, Dublin & Belfast: Time to re-evaluate his role in The Troubles?


How Jim fixed it in Ireland

Jimmy Savile abuse claims are disgusting, says Northern Ireland friend Rosemary Craig (Lecturer in Law at Ulster University Belfast, United Kingdom)

But Mrs Craig, who befriended Savile through her work with the Disabled Police Officers’ Association of Northern Ireland (DPOA), said: “I find it quite unbelievable — this is definitely not the man that I knew.”

Her husband, an ex-RUC officer, was severely injured after being shot by the IRA. She has done a lot of work with the DPOA.

She added: “Jimmy was a great friend and helped with the disabled police officers’ charity.

“I wrote a letter to Jimmy Savile and he immediately responded. He sent me the money to fly over with a disabled officer and got him a new lightweight wheelchair. He put me on to Richard Branson who brought a Virgin aeroplane into Northern Ireland and took 375 disabled officers, their helpers and families to Florida for a holiday. All down to Jimmy Savile.”

Mountbatten death – Savile BBQ at Balmoral cancelled

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Peter Ball abuse inquiry requests statement from Prince Charles

Wed 06 Jun 2018

By Press Association

The Prince of Wales has been asked to give a witness statement to a public inquiry about a paedophile bishop who was jailed after abusing young men.

Peter Ball was sentenced to 32 months in 2015 for a string of offences between the 1970s and 1990s, and the handling of allegations against him is now being examined by the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA).

At a hearing on Wednesday, counsel to the inquiry Fiona Scolding QC said that statements had been requested from the prince and his principal private secretary.

According to a transcript posted on the inquiry website, she said: “We have also requested a witness statement from both His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales and his principal private secretary.

“The Prince’s solicitors have indicated their client’s willingness to assist us and have raised a number of important issues for us to consider.

“This has led to lengthy and complex discussions and we are currently considering the latest points they have raised. We hope to be able to provide an update to core participants on this in the next couple of weeks.”

Charles had exchanged a series of letters with Ball, the former Bishop of Gloucester, whose diocese covers Highgrove, the prince’s country home.

A spokesman for the prince told the Daily Mail last year that the correspondence contained nothing of relevance to the clergyman’s offending.

Lawyer Richard Scorer from Slater and Gordon, who is representing complainants at the IICSA, said: “It is imperative that the inquiry leaves no stone unturned in its efforts to establish how Peter Ball was able to evade justice for two decades.

“If this means calling Prince Charles and other prominent establishment figures as witnesses then the inquiry should do so without fear or favour.”



Suffer little children

Eric Witchell, Williamson House and Enoch Powell’s wretched old volcanic shafts

7 June, 2018

Eric Witchell is a serial paedophile. In the 1970s he ran Williamson House where he preyed on pre-pubescent boys and young teenagers. He and his accomplices drove at least three of them to commit suicide; and another two to attempt it. One of his charges was supplied to Enoch Powell MP, for abuse. A select few were transferred to the notorious Kincora Boys Home when they reached 14 years of age. At Kincora they became fodder for MI5 ‘honey trap’ blackmail operations.


Part One: Williamson House


Eric Witchell, a serial paedophile, was a key figure in the Anglo-Irish Vice Ring about which Village has been writing for the last two years. He is currently living in London aged 70, safe in the knowledge that a succession of senior MI5 figures have gone to extraordinary lengths to cover-up what he and his associates did in Belfast, London, Manchester, Liverpool and elsewhere as they – MI5 – benefited from the existence of an Anglo-Irish paedophile network of which he was a key member. In Northern Ireland (NI) MI5 exploited the network to gain leverage over influential Loyalists, including members of the DUP.

Witchell, who hailed from England, was born in 1948. He became a Franciscan at the age of 19. Before his appointment to Williamson House, he had been a housefather in an English boys school attached to the Franciscans. He became the Officer-in-Charge (OiC) of Williamson House in May of 1975 at the age of 27.

The small boys Witchell abused were abandoned, vulnerable and powerless waifs. A select few were later sent to the notorious Kincora Boys Home where they were used as bait in MI5 ‘honey trap’ blackmail operations. Sir Michael Hanley was Director-General of MI5 at the time. Ian Cameron ran MI5 operations on the ground in NI for Hanley from his office in Lisburn.

Some of the children of Williamson House

Witchell betrayed the trust bestowed upon him by Belfast’s child welfare authorities but also by the Anglican Franciscan Order of which he was a member. He was, however, a godsend to Hanley and Cameron.

The Williamson House scandal is worse than the outrage at Kincora insofar as younger children were abused at it.

Witchell’s sordid branch of the Anglo-Irish Vice Ring supplied very young children to VIPs including Enoch Powell MP. The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) was set up to investigate allegations of child abuse by VIPs including Westminster MPs. There is no indication yet that Witchell will be questioned by IICSA which is based in London despite the fact that Witchell is one of the most important living witness to the existence of a VIP vice ring and lives in London.

Witchell did not appear before the Hart Inquiry. Had he done so – and told, or been made to tell, the truth – Judge Hart would have reached a wholly different conclusion to the one he published in 2017. Hart denied the existence of any sort of vice ring beyond the walls of Kincora Boys Home.


Witchell secured the post at Williamson House despite the fact his tutor at the National Children’s Home Training College in England had advised the appointment panel of Belfast‘s Welfare Department that at “this stage I would have some doubt in commending him to be the Officer- in-Charge… I would commend him to you for employment, but I would not commend him to you for employment as Officer-in-Charge”. It was fortuitous for MI5 that Witchell became OiC despite this because he was the vilest sort of paedophile, someone who was prepared to farm out the children in his care to a wider network of child molesters.

This suited MI5 because it enabled them to manufacture blackmail opportunities and ensnare Loyalist politicians, paramilitaries and Orangemen and force them to do their bidding.

Witchell in the mid 1970s

After Witchell became OiC at the home, he moved into an apartment in the attic. It had a TV, sofa, sleeping quarters and a drinks cabinet. This was where he abused the young boys. He would usher his chosen victim upstairs and lock the door behind them. Physically, he was tall, thin and imposing. He wore glasses and had black longish hair. He was an exceptionally cruel and violent man with an insatiable sexual appetite. His preference was for prepubescent boys but he assaulted teenage boys too. His taste ranged from masturbation to anal rape. At least three of his victims would never recover from the assaults he and his associates perpetrated, and committed suicide; another two attempted to kill themselves.

Officially, he held the post of OiC at Williamson House until 1 March 1980 but he actually left before then as the RUC and MI5 were losing control of the secrecy surrounding the scandal.


By the early 1970s MI5 had probably gained control over all of the key figures in the Anglo-Irish Vice Ring including Councillor Joshua (Joss) Cardwell, a Unionist politician and paedophile, who was also Chairman of Belfast Corporation Welfare Committee. The Committee was responsible for both WH, Kincora and other homes in Belfast where sexual violence was commonplace.

Cardwell was also a friend of Joe Mains, the Warden of Kincora. Together Cardwell and Mains supplied boys from Kincora to England and Scotland. As Village reported last February, it was Cardwell who instructed Joe Mains to send Richard Kerr, who had been at Williamson House but was now residing at Kincora, to London in the mid-1970s. He was abused by a high-profile TV star there: a man still well known to the public, so much so that his photograph recently appeared in an Irish national daily newspaper.

On another occasion, while still at Kincora, Kerr was sent to be abused by a Tory MP in London. Another Kincora boy, Stephen Waring, was also sent to the UK from Kincora. He committed suicide in 1977 by jumping into the sea at night from the Belfast-Liverpool ferry rather than face any more torment.

Another key figure who aided Cardwell and Mains in running the Ulster branch of the Anglo-Irish Vice Ring was the Town Solicitor, John A Young. He was involved in deliberately losing some of the complaints about abuse that were sent to his office in August of 1971.


The author and journalist Robin Bryans, who died in 2005, amassed a wealth of information about the child rapists who were involved in the Ulster branch of the Anglo-Irish Vice Ring of which Eric Witchell was a key member. (See Village October 2017) Bryans provided a patchy and fragmented outline of the network in a series of books which have always been difficult to acquire. Strangely, some of Bryan’s books are not now available in Britain’s copyright libraries. He also made similar allegations in a series of ‘open’ letters that were suppressed with gagging writs.

In February 1990, Bryans told this author that: “The Kincora thing will be covered up. I would love to go on talking if I thought it was going to come out, but it’s not, because I know how the Establishment works. Be careful of the word Kincora, because you are going to limit it. There were other homes involved. There were three homes. There was one for boys from 12 to 16, and then there was one for younger ones”.

Williamson House looks suspiciously like it was the ‘one for younger ones’.

Williamson House is now long gone. It was closed in October 1983 and knocked to the ground in the mid-1980s. It had consisted of two buildings, numbers 446 and 448 on the Antrim Road. It was originally opened by the Belfast Welfare Authority in 1957. Until 10 March 1976, it was run as two separate units. Thereafter the two houses were managed as a single home, catering for up to 18 boys and girls usually aged between 4 and 18. It was not unusual, however, for the older teenagers to leave before they reached 18.

Some of the boys went to Bawnmore where abuse also took place; some of the girls to boarding schools, one of which was located in Derry. O