July 2018 Comments

ANON Jul 31st, 2018 @ 10:31 AM

Waterford 'monster' to be sentenced for abuse of girls…

A 65-year-old Co Waterford man who has been described as a monster by one of his victims is to be sentenced in November for abusing three young girls in the 1980s.

Bartholomew Prendergast, who is also known as Bart or Batty, from Dungarvan will be sentenced later this year after pleading guilty to charges of rape and sexual abuse.

The abuse happened when the girls were aged between nine and 15.

The Courts of Criminal Justice in Dublin heard evidence at the sentencing hearing of Prendergast, who last month pleaded guilty to 17 counts of rape and sexual abuse against three young girls in west Waterford.

The court heard Prendergast worked for many years at Waterford County Council and is a well-known musician in the county.

Evidence was given that he abused Stephanie Hickey, now 46 and who lives in the Nire Valley but was originally from Touraneena; Deirdre Fahey, now 52, who lives near Clonmel; and another woman.

The court was told Ms Hickey was abused between the age of 12 and 15 and much of the abuse happened in the back of Prendergast's van and at locations at Touraneena, Tallow and Ballyduff Upper.

The court heard Ms Fahey was abused once when she was a teenager, while the abuse on the third woman started when she was nine.

In victim impact statements read to the court, all three said the abuse had seriously affected and ruined their lives. Ms Hickey described Prendergast as a monster.

The court was also told that a meeting, involving Prendergast, a number of others and a priest, took place when Ms Hickey was 13 or 14 and that counselling had been arranged for him but that the abuse continued afterwards.

A number of character references by friends and relatives of Prendergast were handed into the court and his counsel said there were mitigating factors, including the plea of guilty and pointed out that Prendergast's offending behaviour had ended in 1991.

There was no request for bail and Prendergast was remanded in custody to 26 November when he will be sentenced

ANON Jul 30th, 2018 @ 08:56 PM

Australian archbishop accused of abuse cover-up resigns – Vatican…

The Vatican has announced the resignation of the Australian Archbishop Philip Wilson, the most senior Catholic cleric to have been found guilty of concealing child sex abuse.

The 67-year-old had charge of the Adelaide diocese, and was convicted in May of failing to disclose to police abuse by another priest, James Fletcher, after being told about it in 1976 by two victims, one of them an altar boy who made his revelation at confession.

The resignation came two days after the Vatican announced that the pope had stripped Theodore McCarrick, the former archbishop of Washington DC, of his rank as cardinal and ordered him to live in seclusion.

McCarrick has been accused of sexual abuse of minors and adult seminarians decades ago.

The Vatican said Pope Francis had accepted Wilson's resignation but did not mention the reason.

Wilson had earlier refused to resign, saying he would wait until his appeal against the conviction was finished.

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, who this month urged the pope to sack Wilson, said he welcomed the decision to quit, which "belatedly recognises the many calls, including my own, for him to resign".

"There is no more important responsibility for community and Church leaders than the protection of children," he said in a statement.

Archbishop Wilson said in a statement that he hoped his decision would be a catalyst to heal pain and distress in the Archdiocese of Adelaide.

"I must end this and therefore have decided that my resignation is the only appropriate step to take in the circumstances", he said

ANON Jul 30th, 2018 @ 03:15 PM

Belfast Telegraph helps reunite Kincora survivor with family…

An advert taken out in the Belfast Telegraph has helped a man reunite with family members that he didn't know he had.

Jim Miller thought he was an only child until his cousin rang him to tell him there was an advert in the Belfast Telegraph asking for him with a phone number to call.

The advert asked him to get in touch and read "Richard James Anthony Miller, aged 51, born Canada and last known in Belfast 1964".

His mother had told him he was an only child and that his father had died in 1966.
Mr Miller was taken into care and suffered abuse at the Kincora Boys' Home in east Belfast.

His cousin urged him to respond to the ad and when he rang the attached number he was put through to an agency that helps find missing relatives.

Mr Miller was told that he had family in England and his half-sister wanted to get in touch.

He was initially hesitant but eventually rang the number provided by the agency.

"These are things you see on TV, it's never actually yourself. It was amazing, a mixture of all sorts of emotions but I thought it can't do any harm to phone," Mr Miller told the BBC.

After speaking for a few days he flew to Manchester to meet his half-sister Judy Hindle.

"I didn't need a photograph," Mr Miller said.

"Even though I had no idea what she looked like, as soon as I saw her, I knew who she was."

Judy said it was an instant connection with her half-brother.

"From the minute we spoke on the phone, it was like what they call a soul connection it was instant," she said.

Mr Miller then learned he had extended family in Canada and spent a number of years living there and re-connecting.

ANON Jul 30th, 2018 @ 03:12 PM

Seven suspected child trafficking victims rescued in NI…

Seven suspected child trafficking victims were rescued in Northern Ireland over the last four months, police said.

Nine women and three men were also freed by officers probing the “hidden crime”.

Victims often have no access to medical treatment, live in over-crowded houses and cannot keep the money they earn, specialist officers said.

PSNI detective chief inspector Mark Bell said: “It can be hard to believe that this type of crime exists today but it is all too real, especially for the victims.

“They are often afraid to speak out or unable to report their ordeal to police for a number of reasons including language barriers or simply because they are held captive.

“It’s for this reason we all need to work together to help victims and stop this unacceptable crime.”

The PSNI has a Modern Slavery Human Trafficking Unit (MSHTU) and is supporting the UN’s World Day against Trafficking in Persons on Monday.

Mr Bell said: “I would appeal to people to be aware of goings-on in their communities and keep a look out for a number of tell-tale signs.

“These include people who can’t produce their passport or personal documents, who appear to be under the control of others or who have unexplained injuries, live in over-crowded accommodation or those who appear not to have any cash as they are not allowed to keep the money they earn.

“Modern slavery and human trafficking is a priority for the PSNI and our unit was established on April 1 2015 to provide a dedicated proactive approach to tackling this complex crime.”

He added: “Victims are often afraid to speak out or unable to report their ordeal to police for a number of reasons including language barriers or simply because they are held captive.”

Benson Jul 29th, 2018 @ 10:09 AM

One of the best things that the bishops of the American Catholic Church did during the great wave of sex abuse revelations 16 years ago — and yes, there’s a low bar for “best” — was to establish a National Review Board, staffed by prominent layman, with the authority to commission an independent report on what exactly had happened in the church.

The result was a careful analysis by the John Jay College of Criminal Justice that detailed the patterns of priestly sex abuse in American Catholicism between 1950 and 2002: How many, how often, what kind of abuse, what strategy of predation, how many victims, which sex, what age, how the priest’s superiors responded (or didn’t), how often the courts were involved, what scale of settlements were paid, and so on through a wealth of grim statistical detail.

Then attached to that data was a larger discussion from the Review Board’s members, which managed to be reasonably evenhanded about subjects (priestly celibacy and homosexuality, above all) that lend themselves to culture-war hysteria both inside and outside the church. Thanks to the members’ labors, any journalist or historian interested in assessing the problem of priestly sex abuse dispassionately, and anyone seeking the truth about a lurid and polarizing story, can turn to a sober and detailed accounting — one that that the church itself commissioned.

Now, unfortunately, it needs to happen again. But what needs to be commissioned this time, by Pope Francis himself if the American bishops can’t or won’t, isn’t a synthetic overview of a systemic problem. Rather, the church needs an inquest, a special prosecutor — you can even call it an inquisition if you want — into the very specific question of who knew what and when about the crimes of Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, and why exactly they were silent.

Here are the allegations against McCarrick as we have them right now. In 1971, as a young priest, the future cardinal sexually assaulted a 16-year-old altar boy — the crime that almost 50 years later finally led to his public exposure as a pederast. Around the same time, he groomed and molested a teenage boy who had been the first child he ever baptized, whose family considered him a close friend — groping and masturbating him, taking him to a San Francisco restaurant and plying him with booze before he fondled him, taking him to a fishing camp with other boys and sleeping with him naked.

ANON Jul 29th, 2018 @ 09:39 AM

Pope accepts resignation of top Irish American cardinal…

Cardinal Theodore E. McCarrick, the former Washington, D.C. archbishop who is facing sexual abuse allegations going back nearly 50 years, has resigned, the Vatican announced in a statement on Saturday.

“Yesterday evening the Holy Father received the letter in which Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, Archbishop emeritus of Washington (U.S.A.), presented his resignation as a member of the College of Cardinals,” said the statement.

“Pope Francis accepted his resignation from the cardinalate and has ordered his suspension from the exercise of any public ministry.”

The statement added that McCarrick, 88, would remain in seclusion “for a life of prayer and penance until the accusations made against him are examined in a regular canonical trial.”

The cardinal was removed from public ministry on June 20, following an investigation into claims that he had sexually abused a 16-year-old altar boy 47 years ago while serving as a priest in New York.

He has said he has no recollection of the alleged abuse and that he is innocent.

However, other allegations have since emerged from men who said McCarrick, while working as a bishop in New Jersey, sexually harassed or abused them when they were young adults studying for the priesthood.

According to The New York Times, it was revealed that some members in the church hierarchy had known for decades about the accusations against McCarrick. It was also discovered that tens of thousands of dollars in settlements were paid over the years to men who had made allegations of abuse against McCarrick.

McCarrick is the highest-ranking Catholic official in the U.S. to be removed for the sexual abuse allegations, and the first cardinal since 1927 to resign from the College of Cardinals, The Washington Post reports.

Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo, the president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, said in a statement that Pope Francis’ acceptance of McCarrick’s resignation “reflects the priority the Holy Father places on the need for protection and care for all our people and the way failures in this area affect the life of the Church in the United States.”

ANON Jul 27th, 2018 @ 01:37 PM

Football sex abuse in Scotland: Policies not fit for purpose report…

Child protection policies in Scottish football are "not fit for purpose" and must change to prevent future cases of sexual abuse, according to a report.

The work was commissioned by the Scottish FA in December 2016 following allegations of historic abuse spanning decades.

The independent inquiry is led by former children's charity executive Martin Henry.
It will publish a collection of interim findings on Thursday.

The report cannot be published in full until legal proceedings, in some cases relating to the report, have been concluded.

Among its findings, it highlights:
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:: Gaps in the system that still leave children at risk
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:: A shortfall in money and resources to help tackle the issue
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:: A need for football clubs to accept greater responsibility for affiliated youth clubs

The requirement of a designated Scottish FA board member for safeguarding issues
Scottish football's governing body announced it would commission the report at the end of 2016 after a number of victims came forward to tell their story.

That also followed criticism from the Scottish Parliament, where the Scottish FA was accused of being "asleep on the job" around areas of child protection.

Earlier that year, BBC Scotland revealed a gap in background checks for coaches working with children across the country.

As of November 2017, a total of 298 criminal cases have been recorded with Police Scotland linked to sexual abuse in Scottish football

ANON Jul 27th, 2018 @ 01:32 PM

Mother and baby homes forum addresses 'pain'…

Children's Minister Katherine Zappone said she is hoping to ease the long-standing "pain and suffering" endured by survivors of the notorious mother and baby homes through collaboration with the State.

She attended the inaugural meeting of the Collaborative Forum with former residents of the homes at Government Buildings yesterday.

"This is a real opportunity for us to take one more step in putting our shameful past behind us not forgetting it, or simply 'moving on', but acknowledging, knowing, recording, and building on it; using our past to help us to move forward," she said.

The forum was established to provide what she termed "open and consistent engagement between the State and former residents" of the Church and State-run homes between 1922 and 1998.

During that time, an estimated 6,000 children and babies died, including at least 796 children whose death certificates from the Tuam Mother and Baby Home, uncovered by Galway historian Catherine Corless, led to the establishment of a Commission of Investigation.

ANON Jul 27th, 2018 @ 01:30 PM

'These children deserved better' - mother and baby home survivor urges gardai to investigate…

A survivor of the Bethany mother and baby home has said he will report the institution to the gardai as he says "the children who died there deserved better."

Derek Leinster was born in the Dublin institution in 1941 to an unwed mother, he suffered mentally and physically and at one point nearly died after he was hospitalised with Bronchial Pneumonia, Diptheria, Pertussis, Enteritis.

Mr Leinster (77) was adopted when he was four but still has some medical problems which are linked to his time in the Bethany Home.

He is the founder of the Bethany Home Survivors Group and is determined to get justice for those who were abused at the institute, which was run by a committee of Protestant clergy and laypeople.

Mr Leinster, who now lives in Warwickshire in the UK, told Independent.ie: "I have thought about it long and hard but I have reported the Bethany Home to the gardai, it's a huge crime scene.

"These children were supposed to be protected and cared for but they weren't, instead they were starved ad abused.

"Someone should be held to account over this, those children deserved better."

Mr Leinster said he contacted gardai last week with evidence he has collected over the years about the Bethany Home and he said he feels it's never too late to report what happened.

"I think the gardai should be investigating this, those who ran these homes should be exposed and this cannot continue to be brushed under the carpet.

"I'm not going to let people forget about this because those children mattered, they had rights.

"People have been put on trial for crimes committed during World War Two, time shouldn't be a barrier to the truth gross crimes were committed against children," he added.

He continued to say: "Children were beaten, starved, uncared for, who knows what else went on?

"The State and the Church ignored the rights of children whose only 'crime' was being born out of wedlock."

A garda spokesman told Independent.ie that he could not comment on a case involving named individuals.

ANON Jul 25th, 2018 @ 06:06 PM

Paedophile carpenter groomed girls while wife had cancer…

A man who groomed three teenage girls while his wife was being treated for cancer, and had sex with one of them, has been jailed for six years.

Ricardo Dias-Cyrino, 56, met his victims on a mobile phone app site and used the name "Cuddly Daddy".

He made a wooden box in which he put sex toys, and over which he spanked one girl, St Albans Crown Court heard.

Dias-Cyrino, of Loxley Road, Berkhamsted in Hertfordshire, admitted a number of child sex charges.

As part of the grooming process, Dias-Cyrino set up a fake online account in the name of a girl called Katie who spoke about how enjoyable sex with him was.

He met his first victim, a 16-year-old girl, in Hampshire in mid-2017 and plied with alcohol before taking photographs of her, putting her over a wooden box and spanking her, then having sex with her.

'Sordid and disgusting'

Dias-Cyrino, a carpenter by trade, built the wooden box which he filled with sex toys and clothing and secreted in the back of his work van, the court was told.

He groomed two other girls, both aged 16, who he persuaded to send photographs of themselves, but did not meet with either of them.

He was caught in March after attempting to meet four 13-year-old girls who turned out to be fake profiles set up by a paedophile-hunter group and a law enforcement officer.

Dias-Cyrino admitted two charges of sexual exploitation of a child, four of attempted sexual exploitation of a child, as well as distributing and making indecent images.

Sentencing him, Judge Michael Kay QC said: "The details of your offending are sordid, disgusting and in some respects extraordinary."

Timothy Bass, defending, said his Dias-Cyrino was "in a very dark period in his life his wife had cancer, he turned to the internet and looked at fetish sites".

"He recognises he has problem and is keen to address it."

ANON Jul 22nd, 2018 @ 10:23 AM

1/3...'This is their history and we need to give it back' why a former St Patrick's Guild nurse is appealing for belongings of adopted babies…

"The first thing that hit me was the colours on the wall. There was a company called Berger, and they were bringing out all these colours of paint- like lilac and bright orange. I'd never seen colours like it.

"My father was a smoker, so everything in our house was cream.

And then there was the smell of talcum powder.

The colours and the smell, they were the first things to hit you when you entered Temple Hill."

Cathy Garton (63) trained as a nurse at Temple Hill, the infant hospital at St. Patrick's Guild adoption home in Blackrock, Dublin from 1974 until 1976.

As a young 18-year-old with babysitting experience, the position was ideal for a young Cathy.

The women were trained in everything from infant care and diseases to anatomy and child psychology, Cathy says.

"We had to sit exams alongside caring for the babies," she told Independent.ie.
Cathy fondly recalls her time at Temple Hill.

So much so, that she held on to every identity wristband and photograph she had of the children she looked after, and now Cathy is appealing for other nurses that did the same to come forward.

The former nurse started the Temple Hill Nurses campaign this year, after an encounter with child agency Tusla, who now look after the records for the adoption home.

"When a social worker came out to me around three and a half years ago, they were young and had just been given paper work they hadn't met anyone that actually worked there.

I gave them all my information and showed them what I had.

ANON Jul 22nd, 2018 @ 10:21 AM

2/3..."They had no photos or plans of the hospital, so I gave them all the wristbands and photographs I had.

I kept three photographs of children I had for the longest time, and they meant a lot to me."

Last November, Cathy says she received a call from Tusla. They wanted to meet in person and find out more about her experience at Temple Hill.

"When I got up there my contact said to me, before we start, I want you to know that all the bands and photographs have been given back to the children they belonged to."

The wristbands, Cathy explained, were removed when they became too tight for the young babies and replaced as they got older.

The photographs she took during night shifts, to remember the children she cared for.

And in January of this year Cathy says she met one of the children, now a grown adult, in person.

He was one of the children she had cared for the longest and was able to present him the three photographs she held on to.

"When I met him, I was able to give him these photographs of him at six months, eleven months, and one of the two of us from Christmas 1975.

"He'd never seen a photo of himself before the age of three, and there was his first Christmas in one photo.

It was just as emotional for me as it was for him."

The experience pushed Cathy to appeal for other wristbands to be returned. She set up the Facebook page alongside her friend Muireann O'Hora.

"I knew I had something so myself and Muireann set up the page. It was slow at the start.

One or two people got the impression that I was glory hunting.

"But it's not about me, it's not about you, it's about the children. I've met these children, this is their history and we need to give it back to them.

"We need to let them know they were loved, they were cuddled and sang to.

We absolutely loved them."

ANON Jul 22nd, 2018 @ 10:18 AM

3/3...In recent months, controversies have emerged surrounding illegal adoptions that took place in St. Patrick's Guild. According to Tusla, an estimate of at least 126 births were incorrectly registered between 1946 and 1969 but Cathy says they knew nothing about it at the time.

"Everyone talks about how of a sad place it must have been, but it absolutely was not. We didn’t know we were supposed to be sad, we loved these children to pieces.

"At the time we understood the mothers had a bad run of luck, we had a chance to give the children a new life that they couldn’t give them.

We were loving these children with the knowledge of them being adopted to a better home.

"It is very upsetting to hear now. How could we have not seen this? When those girls came to visit their babies, they came in smiling but they all left crying hysterically.

The majority of these mothers had no choice with priests knocking on their doors.

"These women were so brave.

I can't imagine my life without any of my children and grandchildren.

I had a husband that stood by me- I was lucky, but there were so many that weren't."

Since the appeal has launched, Cathy claims that parcels with wristbands and photographs have been arriving on her doorstep multiple times a week.

"There are thousands of children in Ireland that are adopted, and we as the nurses can't help them all.

But I've had parcels of post coming in every second day you can see the way these things were kept.

"All wrapped up, some in biscuit tins. We tell people to attach a cover letter if they want, so it will go with the items if the child wants to meet the nurse.

"People kept them all these years because they loved them.

You can't but be moved."

Anyone with information on the belongings is encouraged to contact the Temple Hill Nurses Facebook page.: https://www.facebook.com/Temple-Hill-Nurses-859539830890236/

ANON Jul 21st, 2018 @ 11:33 AM

1/2...'Break the silence, take back your life,' woman raped by father urges victims of abuse…

A woman subjected to years of rape and abuse at the hands of her father has urged others who are suffering to "take back your life; break the silence".

John Murphy (61) has been jailed for 18 years for the "horrendous" sexual abuse of his daughter throughout her childhood from the age of three.

Murphy, formerly of Nephin View Manor, Foxford, Co Mayo, pleaded guilty at the Central Criminal Court to the rape, indecent assault and sexual assault of his eldest daughter.

Sophia Murphy suffered the litany of abuse at locations in Co Galway and Co Mayo on dates between 1988 and 2001.

The former member of the Defence Forces also pleaded guilty to a final incident of sexual assault of Ms Murphy in 2010.

Murphy is currently serving an eight-year sentence in Arbour Hill prison for sexual abuse involving Ms Murphy's two younger sisters, imposed last February at Castlebar Circuit Court.

Ms Murphy, now aged 33, was aged between three and 15 at the time of the majority of the offences.

She has waived her right to anonymity so her father can be named.

In her victim impact statement which she read to the court, Ms Murphy said: "Silence protects the abuser and imprisons the victim.

Take back your life; break the silence. You are not a victim for sharing your story, you are a survivor."

ANON Jul 21st, 2018 @ 11:31 AM

2/2…Sophia addressed her father during her statement.

"It's the only chance I'm ever going to get to tell you how much you destroyed my life, for your own sick pleasure.

You put your horrible hands all over me.

I was never my own person; you touched me whenever and wherever you wanted."

She described the pervasive nature of the abuse and the effect it had on her.

"There is not a day in my life I don't remember you abusing me. You abused me sexually, emotionally and physically.

You never left me alone," said Ms Murphy. "It was just never ending, day after day, night after night."

Mr Justice Michael White noted the "length, intensity and depravity of the sexual abuse".

He said the garda evidence and Ms Murphy's victim impact statement had been "harrowing", adding the breach of trust from Murphy was a "very grave wrong".

Mr Justice White said that taking into account the depth, length and nature of this abuse, the headline sentence before taking into account the mitigating factors had to be life imprisonment.

The judge said in his view Murphy's remorse was genuine and he had acknowledged the great hurt he had caused his daughter.

He noted Murphy's guilty pleas and his health problems.

Mr Justice White imposed consecutive sentences totalling 18 years, which were backdated to when Murphy went into custody in December 2017.

Murphy has 73 previous convictions for the sexual assault of four victims. He received an eight-year sentence in February for sexual abuse involving Ms Murphy's two younger sisters

ANON Jul 21st, 2018 @ 11:28 AM

1/2...Almost 5,000 children referred to Tusla had no social worker by December…

Agency’s annual report shows 48 young adults who had left care were homeless

Almost 5,000 children at risk referred to Tusla, the Child and Family Agency, last year had not been allocated a social worker by December, the agency’s 2017 annual report shows.

Published on Tuesday the report also shows of the 345 children in specialised residential care at the end of last year, three had no allocated social worker while 12 had no care plan.

In addition, of over 2,000 young adults who had left care and were availing of aftercare services last December, 48 were homeless.

Some 53,755 child protection and welfare cases were referred to Tusla last year, an increase of 13 per cent compared with 2016, according to the report .

By the end of the year its social work teams had 24,891 open cases and while 80 per cent of these (19,999) had an allocated social worker, 4,892 had not.

Though high, and despite the increase in referrals, it represents a 10 per cent fall in the number of unallocated cases compared with the end of 2016 when there were 5,435.

And it is a 50 per cent reduction on the 9,742 unallocated cases when the agency was established in 2014. Every child deemed at highest risk, on the child protection notification system, had an allocated social worker.

ANON Jul 21st, 2018 @ 11:26 AM

2/2...Foster care

At the end of last year there were 5,700 children in foster care, of who 29 per cent (1,660) were being fostered by relatives. Some 95 per cent of all children in care had an allocated social worker and 92 per cent had a care plan.

There were 345 children in residential care – representing six per cent of all children in care at the end of last year.

These are children who “cannot live at home or in foster care” and residential care “aims to provide a physically, emotionally and psychologically safe space, in a planned way, where children and young people can heal, develop and move forward in their lives”.

At the end of December 2017 three of them had no social worker and 12 had no care plan.

The report says over 2,000 (2,037) young adults aged 18 to 22 who had left State care were availing of aftercare services.

Almost half (893) were still living with their foster carers and 10 per cent (196) had returned home. Some 26 per cent (510) had “moved to independent living”, five per cent (96) were in residential placement while two per cent (4 were in “supported lodgings” ie homeless.

The agency had its highest number in almost a decade of separated children seeking asylum referred to it. There were 175 unaccompanied child referrals the most since 2009 when there were 203.

Through last year 59 organisations providing services to victims of domestic, sexual and gender-based violence, were supported.

These include 22 emergency refuges or safe homes with 155 family units of accommodation, operating in 17 counties.

The agency conducted 152 assessments of potential adoptive parents last year. In addition it had 922 new applications from people seeking to trace either a biological parent or adult child following separation at birth by adoption.

At the end of the year 729 people were awaiting a tracing service.

Tusla is the statutory lead agency in regulating early years’ services and education welfare services (EWS).

Its EWS, which deals with families where children are missing a lot of school, worked with 3,522 new individual children in 2016/2017 academic year.

It issued 721 school attendance notices and 156 court summonses to parents and guardians about their children’s poor school attendance

ANON Jul 21st, 2018 @ 11:22 AM

A man who sexually assaulted two children in their beds while their mother went to the shops has been jailed for six years and eight months…

Thomas Sean McCarthy, 37, was arrested hours after he sexually assaulted his two victims, aged six and four, on April 1 this year at a village in the Wellingborough area of Northamptonshire.

DC Cathy O'Connor described the crime as “an opportunist and violent sexual assault”.

Northampton Crown Court heard McCarthy, from Wellingborough, Northamptonshire had been friends with the victims’ mother and, when she left McCarthy alone with the children in order to visit a local shop, he assaulted them in their beds.

Ahead of sentencing at Northampton Crown Court, McCarthy had admitted two counts of sexual assault by penetration, two of sexual assault by touching and one of possessing indecent images of children.

DC O’Connor, from the child protection team at Northamptonshire Police, said: “We welcome the sentence handed down by the judge.

“This was an opportunist and violent sexual assault on two young girls whose mother had entrusted the defendant to look after while she went to a local shop.

He is a danger to children and this sentence will remove that threat for some years to come.

“His two victims have been incredibly brave considering their ordeal.

“They have helped detectives throughout the investigation and are continuing to receive support.”

McCarthy was also placed on the Sex Offenders’ Register for life.

ANON Jul 19th, 2018 @ 10:00 AM

Katherine Zappone to hear views on Tuam home site…

Children’s Minister Katherine Zappone is to visit Tuam next Monday to hear from people affected by the mother and baby home scandal.

Former residents of the Co Galway home and their relatives have overwhelmingly voted for a full forensic excavation of the site and DNA analysis of all remains.

Ms Zappone has said she wants the views of people on the future of the site of the Tuam mother and baby home.

“As I prepare to make a recommendation to Government on the future of children’s remains and the site of the former mother and baby home in Tuam, I am anxious to have another opportunity to hear first-hand the views of people affected,” she said.

“The consultation by Galway County Council as well as legal and expert advice will help inform my decision.

“However, I do firmly believe that all voices must be given an opportunity to be heard.”

She said while there were “complexities” surrounding the future of the site, it was important the decisions taken were credible and transparent.

A consultation process carried out by the county council on what to do with the location was heavily criticised by survivors and relatives who said it was designed to delay and prevent a decision being made.

They called for an inquest to be opened into the deaths of children at the home.

Earlier this month, Tuam Home Survivors Network chairman Peter Mulryan, whose sister was recorded as having died there, wrote to Taoiseach Leo Varadkar to say he regarded the attitude of Ms Zappone to the matter as “an outrage”.

“You need to inform yourself if you have any comprehension of how important this matter is,” he wrote.

“No more public hand-wringing or apologies thank you, those are of no value to us.

Just be assured, we the survivors of this Irish holocaust are not going away.”

Ms Zappone, who is hosting a meeting at 7pm at the Ard Rí House Hotel, Milltown Road, on Monday, said: “I am inviting all those who believe they have yet to be heard, and those who wish to support previously expressed views, to attend.”

However, her department said discussions will be closed to the media

ANON Jul 17th, 2018 @ 09:59 AM

Bethany Home survivor’s plea to the Taoiseach….

A letter to the Taoiseach:

I am one of the few left that were born in Bethany.

I have great respect for what your government has achieved in Ireland over the years.

We are now out of the dark ages and admired throughout the world for our way of life.

A lot of the laws in Australia have been started by the Irish and I am very proud of that.

I am now 79 and know I do not have long to live. I was adopted illegally three times according to my knowledge and my name was changed three times.

I was born Maurice Johnson and have a birth certificate under that name. After many years of investigation and with the help of Derek Leinster I have been able to find my mother’s family.

Only last month I found out that I had a brother, I have spoken to him and if God wills I hope to meet with him.

I have no nationality, as there is no record of a Paul Graham being born anywhere.

Your civil servants have directed me to various agencies to try and fix the problem without success as they want me to engage my own legal person.

“All I want is to be able to die in the knowledge that I am officially Irish

Surely it would not be too difficult for the appropriate department to give me a passport or a letter giving me Irish citizenship”?

I also would like to know when, if ever, will the question of what will be the decision of your government in relation to removing this stain of blood from the map of Ireland.

I have written several letters to the protestant Archbishop of Ireland and he refuses to accept that his Church was involved in any way despite the written proof that Derek Leinster has uncovered.

I have now written to the HM the Queen, as head of this Church, asking that she intercedes with the archbishop to accept some responsibility.

All the Churches in Australia have done this.

Thank you for being so open and honest and I hope that Catholics as well as Protestants are treated equally in this terrible past.

I am an alcoholic, however I am pleased that I have been sober for over 40 years. I have forgiven my mother for giving me away (which was very hard to do).

I just want to die in peace

Paul Graham, Eastlakes NSW 2018, Australia

ANON Jul 14th, 2018 @ 10:24 AM

1/2...Ex-Pembroke mayor David Boswell jailed after child rape…

A former Pembroke mayor convicted of raping a child has been jailed for 18 years.
David Boswell, from Pembroke Dock, carried out the sex attack on the young girl in the 1990s.

The 58-year-old was found guilty of four counts of indecent assault and one count of rape after a trial at Swansea Crown Court last month.

He was also handed a sexual harm prevention order and restraining order stopping him contacting under 16s.

Boswell raped and indecently assaulted one girl and indecently assaulted another, the court heard.

He was cleared of three other counts of indecent assault against the two complainants.

A judge was told the victims remain frightened of Boswell to this day.

In a statement read to the court, one of his victims said: "I feel like a freak. I feel like

I'm damaged for what he did to me."

Boswell was elected to represent Pembroke St Mary North in May 2017.

He went on to become town mayor, but stepped aside from the role less than three months later after being charged by police.

ANON Jul 14th, 2018 @ 10:21 AM

2/2...The former soldier and lorry driver was then suspended by the Conservative Party.

Boswell had claimed the allegations were "complete lies", but was convicted after a trial.

Judge Keith Thomas said: "This was a gross abuse of trust."

Following sentencing, Dyfed-Powys Police said Boswell's victims had been incredibly brave in coming forward.

Supt Ross Evans said: "This has been a long and difficult investigation for the victims.

"I hope anyone else who has experienced similar abuse at any stage of their life can find courage from this case to see that all reports will be taken seriously and fully investigated."

An NSPCC spokesman added: "This case has highlighted how victims of past abuse are burdened with the fear of their abuser into their adult life.

"Boswell's public profile would only have heightened this for his victims.

"But the bravery of the women subjected as children to Boswell's despicable crimes has helped put him behind bars where he cannot harm others."

Officials have confirmed Boswell technically remains a county councillor.

A spokesman said the council cannot legally remove him until any potential appeal has been exhausted.

ANON Jul 14th, 2018 @ 10:19 AM

1/2...Paedophile jailed for 'campaign of rape'…

A man who conducted a "campaign of rape and sexual abuse" against six young children has been jailed for 30 years.

Paul Chisnall, 36, of Pyhill in Peterborough, was convicted of 30 sexual offences involving five girls and a boy aged between six and 13.

The offences spanned nearly two decades and he made "blackmail-type threats" to stop one victim from reporting it, Cambridge Crown Court heard.

He was given an eight-year licence period on top of the custodial term.

Sentencing, Judge David Farrell said Chisnall's actions were the "most depraved and sickening abuse of young vulnerable children" and called him an "engrained paedophile".

"There is not a doubt in my mind there's not an ounce of remorse. You will continue to [offend] unless you receive considerable input in jail," he added.

Chisnall was arrested in May last year when police received information about the abuse of two girls between 2002 and 2010.

This led to three more girls and a boy coming forward.

'Sickening crimes'

In an impact statement read out in court, one victim said there was a "weight lifted from my shoulders" after he had been found guilty of the offences.

One said he hoped Chisnall "tortures himself every day" for the abuse, while another said the sentencing hearing on Friday was "the first day of the rest of my life".

Angela Rafferty QC, defending, said Chisnall "maintained his innocence but a glimmer of hope is that he indicated to the probation officer and to me that he is willing to engage in treatment".

Chisnall was also given a sexual harm prevention order.

An NSPCC spokeswoman said: "The courageous survivors of this vile abuse have stopped a depraved predator after years of committing sickening crimes."

ANON Jul 14th, 2018 @ 10:17 AM

2/2...Crime Sheet;

Chisnall was found guilty of:, Five counts of rape

:: Seven counts of rape of a child under 13
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:: Five counts of indecent assault

:: One count of assault by penetration
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:: Three counts of sexual assault of a child under 13

:: Two counts of indecency with a child
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:: Three counts of causing a child under 13 to engage in sexual activity
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:: Three counts of assault of a child under 13 by penetration
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:: One count of taking indecent images of a child

ANON Jul 13th, 2018 @ 09:52 AM

Top Chilean priest held over allegations of child abuse…

Prominent Chilean Catholic priest, Oscar Munoz, who held senior positions in the archdiocese of Santiago, has been detained ov