Tavistock: the best kept secret in America

Good article from 2001 by Byron T Weeks if accurate on Tavistock, home of mind control

AntiCorruption Society

THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION IS AS PERTINENT TODAY AS IT WAS WHEN IT WAS WRITTEN!

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Preface from John Quinn, NewsHawk Inc
This forwarded article was received from Byron Weeks; who in our opinion really has a good firm handle on exactly WHAT is up on many levels with the extraordinarily extensive “control trips” currently being directed against the peoples of the world by elements of the global shadow government.

Weeks, whom I quoted at length in the book PHOENIX UNDEAD, has sent us this compelling look at a globally-active British institute which has had it’s hands in just about every social and political/governmental movement of note throughout much of the world for the past 50 years.

For example, ever wonder who and what is “behind”, let’s say, the CIA? Well, they don’t swear allegiance to America, that’s for certain. Try the British royal family.

This report is the real stuff–solidly researched…

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Inspection Report on Frontier House Childrens Home, Kent run by John Persich

Kent County Council have released a 1995 inspection report into Frontier House Childrens Home, in reply to a Freedom of Information request [1]

The Report is reproduced below. It is report dated 12 Jun 1995 by Geoff Senior, Inspection Officer, Canterbury and Thanet area, after an inspection visit to Frontier House Childrens Home on 6 Jan 1995.

It is a useful document as it gives some facts, supplemented by other answers to the request. Registration for Frontier House was granted from 12 Jan 1993 in the name of John Burdock Persich and Hazel Persich. It was cancelled on 8/11/95 but was appealed by the Persichs, so the ending of registration was finally ratified on the 12/1/96 [1a]. It also gives the dates of several other inspection visits. The Report says it should be read in conjunction with Reports prepared by S Travers, Dover Social Services, which details the joint police/social services investigation into Frontier House. However Kent Council has refused release of these (see later)

Other than Frontier House, there were three satellite units; Elm’s Avenue,
St Mildred’s Road and Redberry Cottage [1a] These must have had separate registrations, and were not covered by my FOI request.

The recommendation of the Report was to cancel the registration of Frontier House, due to physical, verbal and psychological abuse as well as other faults such as punishment by withdrawal of access to parents. However it took a year to do so but it is not clear how quickly the children were protected in this or the satellite units.

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Timeline

1992 Jan 13 Application for registration

1992 Apr 15 Inspection Visit by Canterbury and Thanet Inspection Unit

1992 Jun 17 Inspection Visit by Canterbury and Thanet Inspection Unit

1992 Aug 17 Inspection Visit by Canterbury and Thanet Inspection Unit

1992 Nov 23 Inspection Visit by Canterbury and Thanet Inspection Unit

1992 Dec 2 Inspection Visit by Canterbury and Thanet Inspection Unit

1992 Dec 16 Inspection Visit by Canterbury and Thanet Inspection Unit

1993 Jan 12 Registration granted for 7 children at Frontier House

1993 May 20 Inspection Visit by Canterbury and Thanet Inspection Unit

1993 Jul 6 Inspection Visit by Canterbury and Thanet Inspection Unit

1993 Aug 2 Inspection Visit by Canterbury and Thanet Inspection Unit

1994 Jan 20 Inspection Visit by Canterbury and Thanet Inspection Unit

1994 May 3 Inspection Visit by Canterbury and Thanet Inspection Unit

1994 May 24 Registration extended to 8 children at Frontier House

1994 Jun 21 Inspection Visit by Canterbury and Thanet Inspection Unit

1994 Complaint by young person saying he had been physically assaulted

1994 Oct Strategy meeting between social services and police

1994 Dec 29 Strategy meeting held after former staff member contacted Social Services Customer Care  Manager, Anthony Mort at Springfield, alleging residents were subject to physical and verbal abuse by staff members

1995 Jan 6 Inspection Visit by Canterbury and Thanet Inspection Unit Reports

1995 Feb 15 Strategy meeting between social services and police

1995 Mar 7 Draft Report sent to Mr Persich

1995 Mar 17 Strategy meeting between social services and police

1995 Apr 21 Strategy meeting between social services and police

1995 May 16 Strategy meeting between social services and police

1995 Jun 30 Strategy meeting between social services and police

1995 Jul 19 Strategy meeting between social services and police

1995 Oct 23 Strategy meeting between social services and police

1995 Nov 8 Registration cancelling appeal by Persichs [1]

1995 London Programme Children in Danger on Frontier House [2]

1996 Jan 12 Registration cancelling ratified [1]

 

The 1995 Children in Danger programme [2] below, presented by Trevor Phillips features Frontier House. It features at one point, an angry John Persich Junior denying any abuse.

 

Unfortunately many other inspection reports it is said cannot be found, and the strategy meeting reports have been refused under FOI

The full request is available here [1], but here are some extracts.

A. We have been unable to locate any inspection reports per se although we have found a mention of visits within a brief report by Geoff Senior,  Inspection Officer, dated 12th June 1995. This states that Frontier House was subject to announced and unannounced visits on 7 occasions between May 1993 and January 1995. The dates of these visits was recorded as  follows:-  20/5/93; 6/7/93; 2/8/93; 20/1/94; 3/5/94; 21/6/94; 6/1/95. However, as already stated, we have not been able to locate any specific reports relating to these visits. [This actually omitted 6 other visits in 1992]

Q. Please could you send me the Report on the investigation by Kent Council and Police, in approx. 1994.

A. There are several reports provided to Strategy Meetings between February 1995 and October 1995. These reports were written by a Senior Practitioner and are dated as follows;-  15/2/95; 17/3/95; 21/4/95; 16/5/95; 30/6/95; 19/7/95; 23/10/95. I have revisited all the reports by the Senior Practitioner and have decided the entire contents remain exempt from disclosure for the reasons  stated previously [ie. The reports relate to and discuss children at the home, the information contained within them is considered personal data and is exempt from disclosure under section 40(2) of the Freedom of Information Act 2000.] If we remove the child specific information, we would essentially be providing you with blank piece of paper save for the title which in the case of the October 1995 report would appear as follows:-      “

I have therefore put in an internal review as it is difficult to accept that there is no non child specific information in these strategy reports.

If anyone wishes to follow up any information,  it may be worth putting in FOI requests about the satellite units, and what the further response of the council was, to the abuse at the Persich run establishments,  as evidenced in the minutes of the Social Services Comittee and any reports, recommendations and conclusions, to it or other committees, and full council.  Ex residents can apply for their own records via a subject access request under the Data Protection Act to Kent Social Services.

Please note that victims of abuse may be triggered by reading this information. These links are generally UK based.

  • The Sanctuary for the Abused [A] has advice on how to prevent triggers.
  • National Association for People Abused in Childhood [B] has a freephone helpline and has links to local support groups.
  • Other useful sites are One in Four [C]
  • and Havoca [D].
  • Useful post on Triggers [E]  from SurvivorsJustice [F] blog.
  • Jim Hoppers pages on Mindfulness [G]  and Meditation [H] may be useful.
  • Hwaairfan blog An Indigenous Australian Approach to Healing Trauma  [J]
  • Survivors UK for victims and survivors of male rape or the sexual abuse of men [K]
  • Voicing CSA group [L] helps arrange survivors meetings in your area

Links

[1] WhatDoTheyKnow Cathy Fox FOI request to Kent County Council https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/frontier_house_kent#incoming-854771

[1a] WhatDoTheyKnow Cathy Fox FOI request to Kent County Council https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/frontier_house_kent#incoming-836865

[2] 1995 London Programme Children in Danger on Frontier House https://youtu.be/e3xiNL5YYrA

[3] 1995  Jun 12 Report of Geoff Senior on Frontier House Childrens Home pdf download via WhatDoTheyKnow https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/337512/response/854771/attach/4/Geoff%20Senior%20report%2012.6.95.pdf

[3a] 1995 Jun 12 Geoff Senior Report on Frontier House Childrens Home cathy fox blog wordpress pdf https://cathyfox.files.wordpress.com/2016/08/geoff-senior-report-12-6-951.pdf

[A] Sanctuary for the Abused http://abusesanctuary.blogspot.co.uk/2006/07/for-survivors-coping-with-triggers-if.html

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Oxendon House Childrens Home Inquiry Report 1994

Oxendon House –  A Case to Answer? Report of the Independent Inquiry Aug 1994 by Brian Roycroft and L A Witham

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I have managed to acquire a digital scanned copy of the 1994 Independent Inquiry Report into Oxendon House. I am extremely grateful to the person who provided the Report and thanks to wizards at Operation Greenlight [4] it is now available as a single searchable pdf [1]  and a perhaps not perfect Open Office doc [1b].

Bedfordshire Councils illegally refused to provide me with a copy via FoI [2] [3]

Oxendon House Childrens Home was near Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire. Emma Romer was the Clerk to the Inquiry helped by John Cooper, barrister.

The Report is split into 4 main parts

Contents, Preamble

Part I Introduction and Background

Part II Account of Events at Oxendon May 1993-Feb 1994

Part III Conclusions

Part IV Recommendations

Appendices 1-16

On first skimming of the Report, it appears, as do many of Brian Roycrofts Reports [6], to be a very watered down version and perhaps misleading version of what actually went on.

Any comments on the Report, analysis of the Report or putting it into context would be gratefully received, either on comments at the end of the article or to me on oxendon@cathyfox.33mail.com

Similarly any stories from victims would be gratefully received in confidence on oxendon@cathyfox.33mail.com

Please note that victims of abuse may be triggered by reading this information. These links are generally UK based.

  • The Sanctuary for the Abused [A] has advice on how to prevent triggers.
  • National Association for People Abused in Childhood [B] has a freephone helpline and has links to local support groups.
  • Other useful sites are One in Four [C]
  • and Havoca [D].
  • Useful post on Triggers [E]  from SurvivorsJustice [F] blog.
  • Jim Hoppers pages on Mindfulness [G]  and Meditation [H] may be useful.
  • Hwaairfan blog An Indigenous Australian Approach to Healing Trauma  [J]
  • Survivors UK for victims and survivors of male rape or the sexual abuse of men [K]
  • Voicing CSA group [L] helps arrange survivors meetings in your area

Links

[1] Oxendon Report (searchable PDF) https://cathyfox.files.wordpress.com/2016/08/oxendon-report-searchable-pdf.pdf

[1a] Oxendon Report Searchable open office doc  https://cathyfox.files.wordpress.com/2016/08/oxendon20report20searchable.odt

[1b] Oxendon report (searchable) open office doc https://cathyfox.files.wordpress.com/2016/08/oxendon-report-searchable.odt

[2] 2013 Oct 5 Cathy Fox FOI Request to Bedford Borough Council https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/report_of_the_public_inquiry_int_2#incoming-437747

The information you requested is part of the Bedfordshire and Luton Archives and Records Service, and it will have to be consulted on the premises. If you would like to view this report you will need to visit the Bedfordshire and Luton Archives and Records Service and ask to view the report. Please ask for Martin Deacon and quote reference CC/Pu4/18. To find out how to visit us please see our website http://www.bedford.gov.uk/archive which gives opening times and a map.

[3] 2013 Oct 5 Cathy Fox Request to Central Bedfordshire Council https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/report_of_the_public_inquiry_int

Refused

[4] Operation Greenlight https://theneedleblog.wordpress.com/operation-greenlight/

[5] Oxendon House –  A Case to Answer ? Report of the Independent Inquiry Aug 1994  Brian Roycroft and L A Witham

[5a] Oxendon House Report Contents, Preamble and Part I pages 1-22 https://cathyfox.files.wordpress.com/2016/08/oxe0top23.pdf

[5b] Oxendon House Report Part 1 pages 23 -end, Part II, Part III, Part IV, Recommendations, Appendices https://cathyfox.files.wordpress.com/2016/08/oxep20-end.pdf

[6] Cathy Fox Blog post and reports including Roycroft https://cathyfox.wordpress.com/?s=roycroft

 

[A] Sanctuary for the Abused http://abusesanctuary.blogspot.co.uk/2006/07/for-survivors-coping-with-triggers-if.html

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Philip Cairns: ‘A ring of people have protected this case’ Irish Times 13 Aug 2016

Recently I published the appeals of Eamon Cooke [5] [6] [7] and to accompany them an article from the Sunday Times on 2016 Jun 19 Sunday  Times Did this DJ really kill Philip Cairns? [1]

In the interests of searching for the truth and also noting that the Sunday Times appears to have an agenda on child sexual abuse, I now publish this article by Conor Lally which can be found in the Irish Times 2016 Aug 13 Philip Cairns: ‘A ring of people have protected this case’  [2]

It is largely about information that Gareth O’Callaghan, a respected investigative journalist, has found out about the Philip Cairns case. He has evidence to suggest Philip Cairn’s death was to do with influential men in South Dublin child abuse ring.

Gareth has the address of a garden where he believes the body could be. At present the Gardai are taking no action with respect to this garden. He has a facebook page Gareth O’Callaghan [3] “Why don’t they just go and dig the garden?” asks O’Callaghan

I don’t suppose the Sunday Times was deliberately misleading people into covering up a Dublin child abuse ring and putting the blame on a dead DJ, were they?

Irish Times Philip Cairns: ‘A ring of people have protected this case’

Gareth O’Callaghan does not believe Eamon Cooke played part in boy’s disappearance

by Conor Lally

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Irish ex MP, Patrick Sarsfield Donegan unmasked as Child Sexual Abuser

At the turn of the millenium in Eire, there was a case of child sexual abuse by a member of Parliament that had uncanny parallels two decades later with the Greville Janner case in England.

He has been identified in 2015 through detective work by Shame of Ireland. Their webpage is here [9] and twitter @ShameOfIreland [10].  They unmasked him by following clues in newspaper articles in which he was not named, but various details were described. This can be read on their post and comments here [2a].

Their work leaves no doubt that the child abuser was Patrick Sarsfield Donegan, but this is perhaps the first time he has been named. He was a TD, but is now dead. [A Teachta Dála (TD) is a member of Dáil Éireann, the lower house of the Oireachtas, the Irish Parliament, equivalent to an MP.]

The corporate media have not followed up this good detective work, reluctant  it seems to expose the crimes of the supposed democratic representatives of the people. This is one reason for the continuing demise of these papers. Maybe one newspaper will step forward, expose the ex TD for the sake of truth and the victims, and credit Shame of Ireland for their work. If not it is up to peoples social media to spread the truth. Please start blogging and / or spreading the truth. Each individual counts.

Patrick Sarsfield Donegan

  • Not charged until 40 years after offending
  • Committed many offences
  • TD (Irish MP)
  • Eventually Director of Public Prosecutions recommended prosecution
  • Evaded prosecution on grounds of ill health, some thought it was illness of convenience
  • Died not long afterwards
  • Never faced trial

All of the above are similar to Greville Janner in England.

Donegan was accused of 70 sex attacks on 5 schoolchildren dating back to the 1950’s. One woman said the abuse started when she was just six-years-old and lasted for eight years. Her accusations were supported by four other women who all said the former politician abused them as young girls. The five women came forward to Gardai in 1997. [2a] At least some of the  attacks were meant to have happened in a school [6], and one child states that she told a nun of the attacks [2a]

The Director of Public Prosecutions decided to go ahead with the prosecution [6]

Donegan got High Court permission in 1998 to challenge proceedings, claiming it was unfair to continue the proceedings having regard to delay in making complaints, his age, the availability of witnesses and material evidence, the generalised nature of the allegations and previous adverse media publicity.

In Mar 2000 Donegan went to High Court seeking an order restraining the DPP from further proceeding with the criminal prosecution. However the proceedings were struck out, as there was no determination to be made as the trial could not proceed due to his age and deteriorating mental condition. The DPP formally withdrew its prosecution 2 months later [6].

This denied his victims justice in the justice system but does not stop the truth.

His whole career will now have to be reassessed in light of this revelation.

Hopefully others will come forward with their stories. It is unlikely this abuse stopped at 5 victims. Shame of Ireland webpage is here [9] and twitter @ShameOfIreland [10]

Timeline

1923 Oct 29 Patrick Sarsfield “Paddy” Donegan born [1]

Educated at Christian Brothers school Drogheda, County Leith [1]

c.1942 [3] Vincentian Castleknock College, County Dublin [1]

1950’s Donegan abused children probably girls, in school [6] probably with nuns, near borders 5 girls and 70 offences. One girl claimed she was abused from ages 6 to 14 [2a]

1954 Elected for first time as Fine Gael TD (Member of Parliament equivalent) [1]

1973 Minister of Defence [1]

1973 Ordered building of ship Asgelard II [4]

1976 Minister for Lands [1]

1980 Dec Announced retirement [12]

1981 Retired [1]

1997 Garda investigation. 5 women reported abuse [2a]

1997 File sent to DPP [6]

1998 Donegan received High Court permission to challenge proceedings, claiming it was unfair to continue the proceedings having regard to delay in making complaints, his age, the availability of witnesses and material evidence, the generalised nature of the allegations and previous adverse media publicity [6]

2000 Mar 30 High Court Mr Justice Kelly. A former politician, who was seeking an order restraining the DPP from further proceeding with the criminal prosecution. The DPP is not to proceed with the prosecution of a former senior politician on 70 charges of indecent assault of five children following expert medical advice that the man is unfit to stand trial due to his age and illness [6]

2000 Mar 31 Irish Times [6] Former politician `not fit to stand trial’ on child abuse charges

The DPP is not to proceed with the prosecution of a former senior politician on 70 charges of indecent assault of five children following expert medical advice that the man is unfit to stand trial due to his age and illness, the High Court was told yesterday.

Mr Justice Kelly struck out proceedings brought by the former politician, who was seeking an order restraining the DPP from further proceeding with the criminal prosecution, which was due to be heard in the Circuit Criminal Court.

The man, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was in national politics for more than two decades, ail and Seanad.

Five persons made allegations of indecent assault against him. The complainants are understood to be adults who claimed they were abused by the man when they were children. Some of the allegations date back more than 30 years and are alleged to have occurred in a school.

2000 May 23 Cavan Circuit Criminal Court [7] The State withdrew the charges

2000 May 24 Irish Times [7] Sexual assault charges withdrawn

2000 May 24 Mirror [2a]  [2] Ex Politician Unfit for Trial; Child sex abuse case is dropped.  SEVENTY child sex charges were dropped because the State decided he was unfit to stand trial. The accused’s barrister Paddy McAntee revealed the DPP had agreed to drop the case based on the individual’s “deteriorating mental condition”.  A victim said “I see this man out and about regularly, he is no more senile than I am.  “All I wanted was a chance to face him in court and tell him what he had done to me.”

2000 Nov 26 Donegan Died [1]

2000 Nov 26 State Gift Paddy Donegan: Biografie [13] 

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2000 Dec 1 Irish Independent Paddy Donegan 1923-2000 [12]

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2015 Apr Donegan unmasked by Shame of Ireland [2a]

Please note that victims of abuse may be triggered by reading this information. These links are generally UK based.

  • The Sanctuary for the Abused [A] has advice on how to prevent triggers.
  • National Association for People Abused in Childhood [B] has a freephone helpline and has links to local support groups.
  • Other useful sites are One in Four [C]
  • and Havoca [D].
  • Useful post on Triggers [E]  from SurvivorsJustice [F] blog.
  • Jim Hoppers pages on Mindfulness [G]  and Meditation [H] may be useful.
  • Hwaairfan blog An Indigenous Australian Approach to Healing Trauma  [J]
  • Survivors UK for victims and survivors of male rape or the sexual abuse of men [K]
  • Voicing CSA group [L] helps arrange survivors meetings in your area

Links

As there are not many links, I have included most of the revelant information under each one

[1] Accessed Aug 2016 Wikipedia Patrick Sarsfield “Paddy” Donegan https://t.co/o6X5GB1XTT

Patrick Sarsfield “Paddy” Donegan (29 October 1923 – 26 November 2000) was an Irish Fine Gael politician.[1]

He was educated at a Christian Brothers School in Drogheda, County Louth and at the Vincentian Castleknock College, County Dublin. Donegan was first elected as a Fine Gael Teachta Dála (TD) for the Louth constituency at the 1954 general election.[2] He lost his seat at the 1957 general election but was elected to Seanad Éireann by the Agricultural Panel. He regain his Dáil seat at the 1961 general election. In the Fine Gael-Labour Party coalition government which took power after the 1973 general election Donegan was appointed as Minister for Defence.

In October 1976 Donegan made a controversial speech on an official visit to the opening of new kitchen facilities in an army barracks at Mullingar. He described as a “thundering disgrace” President Cearbhall Ó Dálaigh’s refusal to sign the Emergency Powers Act, 1976, instead using his powers under Article 26 of the Constitution to refer it to the Supreme Court.[3] The Taoiseach, Liam Cosgrave, refused Donegan’s resignation, and instead Ó Dálaigh resigned as President of Ireland. The whole episode badly damaged the government’s reputation.

In 1976 Donegan became Minister for Lands, and in 1977 he served briefly as Minister for Fisheries. Donegan retired from politics at the 1981 general election, and died in 2000. He was buried in his home town of Monasterboice.

References

[1] “Mr. Patrick S. Donegan”. Oireachtas Members Database. Retrieved 31 August 2012.

[2] “Patrick S. Donegan”. ElectionsIreland.org. Retrieved 31 August 2012.

[3] “Politicians pay tribute to Paddy Donegan”. RTÉ News. 26 November 2000.]

[2] 2000 May 24 Mirror EX-POLITICIAN UNFIT FOR TRIAL; Child sex abuse case is dropped via Free Library http://www.thefreelibrary.com/EX-POLITICIAN+UNFIT+FOR+TRIAL%3B+Child+sex+abuse+case+is+dropped.-a062274422

[2a] As above [2] via Shame of Ireland Rob Northall https://t.co/5O9q7kJtmf Clues marked in bold.

SEVENTY child sex charges against a former senior politician were dropped yesterday because the State decided he was unfit to stand trial.

The offences were formally dropped two months after the High Court ruling based on his age and ill health.

Yesterday, the accused’s barrister Paddy McAntee revealed the DPP had agreed to drop the case based on the individual’s “deteriorating mental condition”.

The decision to rule out a trial two months ago was slammed at the time by one of the man’s alleged victims. The now middle-aged woman described the decision as a “Pinochet-style” let-off. She told the Irish Mirror: “This is very distressing. “I see this man out and about regularly, he is no more senile than I am. “All I wanted was a chance to face him in court and tell him what he had done to me.”

The woman claims she suffered years of trauma since the abuse which she said started when she was just six-years-old and lasted for eight years. Her accusations were supported by four other women who all said the former politician abused them as young girls.

The woman revealed that she had considered taking a civil action against the former public figure, but could not afford to do so. She said: “I do not have the money to go to court myself. “This was not about money for me or the other women who came forward. “I only wanted to have my day in court.”

The man had been accused of 70 sex attacks on five schoolchildren in the border area. He was charged after a Garda investigation into the abuse allegations, some of which date back 50 years. The allegations were surrounded by a wall of secrecy for more than 40 years until five women came forward to Gardai in 1997.

The alleged victim said: “I tried to tell people at the time, but no one wanted to know. “I told a nun and I eventually told my mother, but it was a different time and people could not imagine that such a well-respected man, a politician, could do such a thing. “He used to give me sweets after the abuse, which was the most serious type of abuse, and warn me not to tell my parents about what happened.”

A file was forwarded to the DPP who decided to take a prosecution against the man. The accused then lodged a legal appeal with the High Court in a bid to block the criminal proceedings against him.

His lawyers claimed it would be unfair to place him on trial because of his age, the availability of evidence and witnesses and adverse publicity in the media. However, an affidavit on behalf of the DPP yesterday stated that the prosecution would not be proceeding in the light of a psychologist’s report into the man’s mental condition.

[3] Accessed Aug 2016 Castleknock College Union Requiescat in Pace https://www.knockunion.ie/obituary/requiescat-in-pace-9986

[4] Afloat http://www.afloat.ie/blogs/sailing-saturday-with-wm-nixon/item/27583-a-new-tall-ship-for-ireland?-its-back-to-the-future  Unfortunately for the respectability of the maritime movement in Ireland, our supporters in the higher echelons of politics have often tended to be from the colourful end of the political spectrum, whatever about their placing in the left-right continuum. Thus it was that, at mid-morning on St Patrick’s Day 1973, I got an ebullient phone call and an immediate announcement, without the caller saying who he was. “Winkie” he bellowed, “That ship is going to be built. I’ll make sure of it. I’ve just made a ministerial decision”. It emerged that it was our very own new Minister for Defence, Patrick Sarsfield Donegan TD.

[6] 2000 Mar 31 Irish Times Former politician `not fit to stand trial’ on child abuse charges http://www.irishtimes.com/news/former-politician-not-fit-to-stand-trial-on-child-abuse-charges-1.261612

The DPP is not to proceed with the prosecution of a former senior politician on 70 charges of indecent assault of five children following expert medical advice that the man is unfit to stand trial due to his age and illness, the High Court was told yesterday.

Mr Justice Kelly struck out proceedings brought by the former politician, who was seeking an order restraining the DPP from further proceeding with the criminal prosecution, which was due to be heard in the Circuit Criminal Court.

The man, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was in national politics for more than two decades. ail and Seanad.

Five persons made allegations of indecent assault against him. The complainants are understood to be adults who claimed they were abused by the man when they were children. Some of the allegations date back more than 30 years and are alleged to have occurred in a school.

A file had been sent to the DPP three years ago and he had decided that the elderly man should be prosecuted. He faced 70 charges of child sexual abuse.

The former politician got High Court permission two years ago to challenge the intended criminal proceedings, claiming it was unfair to continue the proceedings having regard to delay in making complaints, his age, the availability of witnesses and material evidence, the generalised nature of the allegations and previous adverse media publicity.

Yesterday Mr Patrick MacEntee SC, for the man, told Mr Justice Kelly the State had accepted there was no issue to be determined. Expert advice was that the man was not fit to face trial through age and illness, and in those circumstances the DPP had agreed to enter a nolle prose-qui in the Circuit Criminal Court.

An affidavit on behalf of the DPP stated that, in the light of a psychologist’s report, the DPP had decided the former politician was not in a position to stand trial due to his deteriorating mental condition. The prosecution would not be pursued.

[7] 2000 May 24 Irish Times Sexual assault charges withdrawn http://www.irishtimes.com/news/sexual-assault-charges-withdrawn-1.274367

The State yesterday withdrew 70 charges of sexual assault against a former politician. The High Court was told in March that the DPP would not be proceeding with the prosecution following medical advice that the man was unfit to stand trial because of his age and illness. At Cavan Circuit Criminal Court yesterday, the State withdrew the charges.

[8] House of the Oireachtas Dáil Éireann Members’ Directory http://www.oireachtas.ie/members/default.asp?housetype=0

[9] Shame of Ireland Webpage http://theenchantingvalley.ning.com

[10] Shame of Ireland twitter @ShameOfIreland

[11] For more details of how Patrick Donegan was unmasked see articles, information and databases in the comments [2a]

[12] 2000 Dec 1 Irish Independent Paddy Donegan 1923-2000 http://www.independent.ie/regionals/argus/news/paddy-donegan-19232000-26925217.html

[13] 2000 Nov 26 State Gift Paddy Donegan: Biografie http://state.gift/paddy-donegan_3384374.html

[A] Sanctuary for the Abused http://abusesanctuary.blogspot.co.uk/2006/07/for-survivors-coping-with-triggers-if.html

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Dr Anthony Baker, Abuser, Ashwood Medical Practice

Dr Anthony Baker has been brought to my attention. I am told he has complaints against him of false diagnoses and sexual abuse including child sexual abuse.

drbakerpic                                                              Dr Anthony Baker

He has now probably retired but despite complaints to the General Medical Council he was still allowed to practise.  In 2012 Dr Baker ran the Ashwood Practice in Woking, Surrey, where he assessed children in foster care and provided expert witness advice to family courts. He also assessed the mental condition of their parents as part of care proceedings. His practice had a contract with Kent County Council and was also paid several thousands of pounds by West Sussex County Council and West Berkshire Council. . He was visiting professor at Kingston University in Surrey between February 2010 and February 2011 [1]

This paragraph updated 12 Aug. According to different sources he has several different working addresses. One in 2003 states Ashwood Medical Practice, Bagshot. Another states Ashwood Medical Practice Woking [1]. Another from 1994 states he was working from his home in Haslemere [8] . Doctoralia gives his addresses as Grove House Medical Practice, Woking and Hillview Medical Centre, Woking, Department: Ashwood Associates, Position: Visiting Consultant Psychiatrist [3]. He appears to have the theme of using the name Ashwood

A quick internet search reveals examples of people giving examples of Anthony Bakers sordid behaviour.

A – I know him very well. He did the same to me writing to my solicitor saying [wrongly] the same thing I had a personality disorder.
I was in a alcohol treatment clinic in the late 80’s Baker was the director. Years later he denied me being my consultant despite him making a referral to the Cassal hospital in Ham London!!
He should not have a licence to practise he is a bully, arrogrant and a manipulator. Very dangerous indeed.
I have reported him a few times to the GMC the first time he threatened me I would be worse off if I continued with the complaint. In latter years the GMC say my complaint is historic and so cannot be heard!!! [12]

B – I was destroyed by the sexual and psychological abuse of this man as a 15/16 year old girl. I am now 36 and have yet to rebuild my life and that of my family who were also left devastated at his evil hands. This man is a pedophile sex predator and must be brought to justice. I have wanted to bring a civil action against him ever since. If anyone is able to help me to finally do this and find some sort of peace in my life as a result please reach out to me. There must be enough children who have and are suffering at his hands to bring a group action against him? My GMC case against him had an unsatisfactory outcome. [12]

C – This doctor destroyed my life and that if my three sons who were denied their mother. They are now grown up but he did us all damage. We should not allow this to happen we need group action whist he still lives. [12]

D – Cant believe my eyes finding this page, as I had all my life been carrying secrets against this man, and have always wanted to remember him to be able to take up investigation. Im 30 years old having only recently got my files back from social services…finally got his name. Amazed how many other people have been affected. A bad man. My memories are from 9-11 years old, still clear. He needs to be investigated. This is real and numerously acted cases of abuse!  [12]

E – For Years They appear to Have Ran A Criminal Racket Whose Victims Were Unsuspecting Parents of Adversaries to Clients Of TWM Solicitors and Others Solicitor Practices. M’s Sister Knew F was Being Stitched Up Before The Report Was Written How Could This Be An Isolated Event? It Appears The Target Behind Dr Baker’s Approach Was To Use The Contact With Children As Blackmail In The Financial Aspects Of Divorce Every Court In England And Wales Relied On Dr Baker He Was Judge And Jury In Every Case He Touched Referred To As “Tony” By Baker J. That Was Until KvK and The Employment By M Of Boodle And Hatfield. The Information Behind The Disclosure Orders Being Sought Since 2012 Will Possibly Lead To Their Arrest And Charging.In K vK The Judiciary Appear To Have Sought To Protect Them. The Allegations, If Upheld By A Jury Represents A Judiciary Acting With Pure Contempt For All Victims And Total And Utter Contempt To Society Why Did 4 High Court Judges Refuse Insight Into The Here And Now That Sat Behind The Disclosure Requests By F??? The Munbygate investigation [6]

F- There is even material online that links him to ritual abuse in a wider network [10]

There is more information about Dr Baker in the links at the end of this article.

Sue O’Callaghan says “Since 2004 parents have contacted me regarding false diagnoses made by Dr Baker, usually Borderline Personality Disorder or Munchausens and always in need of ‘in patient’ therapy.Interestingly Dr Baker has appeared before the General Medical Council on numerous occasions. The GMC has declined to release information as to how many times, nor the outcome of each case. I personally took him to the GMC but he did not even receive a warning!”

Sue appeals “Anyone with information on Dr Baker please do come forward so we can bring this man to justice.” Her email is Susan.m.ocallaghan@googlemail.com

Unfortunately there are many professionals whose behaviour does not meet the required professional standards and veers into criminal behaviour.

Gerald Walmsley, a GP in Kent, was jailed for three and a half years after being found guilty of abusing women over more than 10 years. The court heard that women had twice gone to the police but had not been believed [2]

Rodney Ledward, the consultant gynaecologist struck off the medical register for incompetent surgery which may have left scores of women injured, was alleged to have frequently made rude and suggestive remarks to patients [2]

A clinical psychologist in Liverpool, Peter Slade, was found guilty of a series of sex assaults but in a controversial decision the British Psychological Society decided not to erase him from the register [2]

Dr John Stephens is an unsavoury character who charged NHS patients money for visits. Daily Mail Doctor suspended for charging elderly man £150 a time for home visits [7]  Exposure it seems apparently only made him go private for Spire Health Care [15]  I am told he has unsavoury friends who also abuse. He is a Freeman of the City of London, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine! If anyone has any information on him or his friends please contact me on Doctorsabuse@cathyfox.33mail.com

 

Stevens2

Dr John Stephens

There are many more.

Perhaps the first layer of officialdom that the public seek for justice is the professional body of the perpetrator concerned. This is often a false hope. The professional bodies come from a background of representing their members not regulating them. They are concerned with their member and their own reputation not the victim.

As can be seen from the cases of Tony Baker and Rodney Ledward, the General Medical Council were found wanting as was the British Psychological Society in the case of Peter Slade.

The problem becomes even more serious, as seen also with child sexual abuse and forced adoption when there are clusters of incompetence or corruption in and across the professions or systems that we the public rely on for child protection, crime prevention or in the justice system.

The Police failed in the case of Gerald Walmsley above and many cases of child sexual abuse and forced adoption. In many cases they actually help the perpetrators and fit up the whistleblowers  see Child Sexual Abuse Campaigners and Whistleblowers targeted by state organisations [14]

The Anthony Baker case, as do many forced adoption cases, highlights the incompetence or corruption of solicitors and the courts including judges, who for various reasons seek to cover up the initial crimes [6a]

If you have experience of Dr Anthony “Tony” Baker please make the effort to contact Sue on Susan.m.ocallaghan@googlemail.com . It is only together that we can fight the systems that lie to keep us from letting the truth be known.

If you have information on Dr John Stephens or his abusive friends [7] or any doctor, please contact me on Doctorsabuse@cathyfox.33mail.com

Please note that victims of abuse may be triggered by reading this information. These links are generally UK based.

  • The Sanctuary for the Abused [A] has advice on how to prevent triggers.
  • National Association for People Abused in Childhood [B] has a freephone helpline and has links to local support groups.
  • Other useful sites are One in Four [C]
  • and Havoca [D].
  • Useful post on Triggers [E]  from SurvivorsJustice [F] blog.
  • Jim Hoppers pages on Mindfulness[G]  and Meditation[H] may be useful.
  • Hwaairfan blog An Indigenous Australian Approach to Healing Trauma[J]
  • Survivors UK for victims and survivors of male rape or the sexual abuse of men [K]
  • Voicing CSA group [L] helps arrange survivors meetings in your area

Links

[1] 2012 Aug 3 Psychiatric Crime Database UK psychiatrist Anthony Baker’s sordid past spurs call for overhaul of child protection system http://www.psychcrime.org/news/index.php?vd=1439&t=UK+psychiatrist+Anthony+Baker%27s+sordid+past+spurs+call+for+overhaul+of+child+protection+system+

[2] 1998 Nov 21 Independent Jeremy Laurance Steep rise in sex abuse of patients http://www.independent.co.uk/news/steep-rise-in-sex-abuse-of-patients-1186209.html

[3] Doctoralia Prof. Anthony William Baker Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist http://www.doctoralia.co.uk/consultant/baker+anthony+william-10249250

[4] 2008 Sept Michael Sieff Foundation Early Years Conference http://www.michaelsieff-foundation.org.uk/content/speechfiles_09_08/Delegateslistfinal.pdf

[5]  Sue O’Callaghan Taken pdf ebook download https://cathyfox.files.wordpress.com/2016/08/sue-ocallaghan-dr-baker-taken_pdf-ebook-dec-11th-1.pdf

[6] Munbygate Dr Anthony Baker and Mrs Sylvia Duncan http://www.munbygate.com/dr-anthony-baker-and-mrs-sylvia-duncan

[6a] Munbygate http://www.munbygate.com/

[7] 2010 Sept 29 Daily Mail Doctor suspended for charging elderly man £150 a time for home visits https://t.co/vvCjPUsLoW Dr John Stephens

[8] 1998 Nov 19 Birmingham Post Psychiatrist ‘planted sex abuse memories’  via the free library http://www.thefreelibrary.com/Psychiatrist+%27planted+sex+abuse+memories%27.-a060702714

[9] 2012 Mar 21 What Do They Know FOI request by C Smith-Byrne https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/dr_anthony_william_baker

[10] 2014 Aug 25 We who Oppose Deception blog FROM THE HORSE’s mouth: survivor of ritual satanic abuse and informant of paedo network https://wewhoopposedeception.wordpress.com/2014/08/25/from-the-horses-mouth-survivor-of-ritual-satanic-abuse-and-informant-of-paedo-network/ Dr Tony Baker, Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, denier of ritual abuse

[11] 2007 Working with children and young people who sexually abuse Edited by MArtin Calder http://www.russellhouse.co.uk/pdfs/field.pdf The Community Management of Young People Who Sexually Abuse. Dr Tony Baker, Baker and Duncan Consultancy,
Ashwood Centre, Woking, Surrey

[12] 2011 May 11 What Do They Know FOI Request by C. Smith-Byrne Visiting “professor” teaching sex therapy at Kingston University? https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/visiting_professor_teaching_sex

GMC Reference Number  2209887
Given Names  Anthony William
Surname Baker
Gender Man
Primary Medical Qualification
MRCS 1974 Royal College of Surgeons of England
LRCP 1974 Royal College of Physicians of London
MB BS 1974 University of London
Provisional Registration Date  20 Nov 1974
Full Registration Date 08 Jan 1976

A – I know him very well. He did the same to me writting to my solicitor saying the same thing I had a personality disorder. My solicitor was so worried for many reasons and I was seen over a period of time by 2 other mental health doctors who both cleared me of ANY MENTAL ILLNESS.
I was in a alcohol treatment clinic in the late 80,s Baker was the director. When my lawyer asked for assistance on me he reported the personality line. Years later he denied me being my consultant despite him making a referal to the Cassal hospital in Ham London!!
He claimed he was my Mothers doctor-who in fact took her life some months later in 1989.
He should not have a licence to practise he is a bully,arrogrant and a manipulator. Very dangerous indeed.
He even make allegations of my father abusing my sister-but would tell my father himself I only told my father years later.
I have reported him a few times to the GMC the first time he threatned me I would be wrose off if I continued with the complaint. In latter years the GMC say my complaint is histroic and so cannot be heard!!!

B – I was destroyed by the sexual and psychological abuse of this man as a 15/16 year old girl. I am now 36 and have yet to rebuild my life and that of my family who were also left devastated at his evil hands. This man is a pedophile sex predator and must be brought to justice. I have wanted to bring a civil action against him ever since. If anyone is able to help me to finally do this and find some sort of peace in my life as a result please reach out to me. There must be enough children who have and are suffering at his hands to bring a group action against him? My GMC case against him had an unsatisfactory outcome.

C – This doctor destroyed my life and that if my three sons who were denied their mother. They are now grown up but he did us all damage. We should not allow this to happen we need group action whist he still lives.

D – Cant believe my eyes finding this page, as I had all my life been carrying secrets against this man, and have always wanted to remember him to be able to take up investigation. Im 30 years old having only recently got my files back from social services…finally got his name. Amazed how many other people have been affected. A bad man. My memories are from 9-11 years old, still clear. He needs to be investigated. This is real and numerously acted cases of abuse!

[13] Date ? Sue O’Callaghan Taken – The inspirational true story of one mother’s
epic win against social services https://cathyfox.files.wordpress.com/2016/08/drbakertaken_pdf-ebook-dec-11th.pdf

[14] 2015 Jul 12 Cathy Fox Blog Child Sexual Abuse Campaigners and Whistleblowers targeted by state organisations  https://cathyfox.wordpress.com/2015/07/12/child-sexual-abuse-campaigners-and-whistleblowers-targeted-by-state-organisations/

[15] Spire Health Care Dr John Stevens http://www.spirehealthcare.com/harpenden/our-facilities-treatments-and-consultants/our-consultants/dr-john-stevens/

Dr John Stephens MB, BS, LRCP, MRCS, DRCOG
Practicing at:
Spire Harpenden Hospital
Specialties:
  • General Practice (GP)
Special clinical interests:

John Stephens has a dedicated interest in family medicine, preventative medicine, ante-natal care, childhood diseases, skin conditions, allergies and asthma, kidney and bowel diseases

Research interests:

Post-Graduate Education

Year of first medical qualification:
1973
Current membership(s) of professional, national and regional bodies:

Royal Society of Medicine
Medical Defence Union
General Medical Council

Contact Details
Telephone number to make a private appointment:
0800 585 112 or 07887 855 933
Private secretary:
Anne
Private secretary telephone number:
01438 833 333
Private secretary email address:
anne@thestephens.org.uk
Personal email address:
john@thestephens.org.uk
Availability:
Private Appointments by request.
Background Information
Professional profile:

Dr John Stephens has wide experience of all aspects of General Practice and works as a primary care physician in the private health sector within Spire Harpenden Hospital. This includes rapid access to medical care within a hospital environment, longer consultation periods and a comprehensive network of supporting consultant specialties.

He qualified in medicine from Guy’s Hospital Medical School, London in 1973 and worked at Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospitals.

John Stephens has worked for over forty years as a General Practitioner, from 1973 to 2010 within the National Health Service.

He is a Freeman of the City of London, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine.

As a private GP he can offer you and your family:

  • Rapid treatment of acute illnesses eg infections and flu
  • Immediate referral to consultants
  • Health checks and medicals
  • Cancer screening, blood tests, smear tests
  • Investigations including x-ray, mammography, ultrasound, MRI and CT
  • Lifestyle advice
  • Monitoring chronic conditions; asthma, diabetes and blood pressure
  • Private prescriptions
  • In-house pharmacy
  • Weight management
  • Cardiac investigations – referral to cardiologists for exercise ECG’s, 24 hour ECG and echo-cardiogram
Personal profile:

Married with three grown up children, Dr Stephens is interested in family activities, art and travel.

[20] The Clinic for Boundaries Studies http://www.professionalboundaries.org.uk/support-and-recovery/

The Clinic is no longer providing support services to members of the public/clients/patients.  Consideration is being given to the possibility of support services in the future and further information will appear on this website in due course.

If you are seeking support with reporting a concern or making a complaint you may be able to get free advocacy for NHS complaints.

In England from the Independent Complaints Advocacy Service (ICAS), which is run independently by local charities.  You can search for advocacy online here: https://www.healthandcarehelpfinder.net/.

In Wales advocacy is provided by Community Health Councils which can be found here: http://www.wales.nhs.uk/ourservices/contactus/nhscomplaints

In Scotland you can access the free and independent Patient Advice and Support Service  http://www.patientadvicescotland.org.uk/

In Northern Ireland you can contact the Patient and Client Council: http://www.patientclientcouncil.hscni.net/

If the matter relates to registered counsellors or psychotherapists you can make contact with the complaints systems through the listing on this page:  http://www.professionalstandards.org.uk/what-we-do/accredited-registers/find-a-register

If you wish to talk to someone about a BACP member you can contact the ‘Ask Kathleen’ service here: http://www.itsgoodtotalk.org.uk/about-bacp/ask-kathleen

These sites may also be of use:

Advocateweb

Therapy Exploitation Link Line

To share your experience of UK Health Services, good or bad, you can use Patient Opinion.

[A] Sanctuary for the Abused http://abusesanctuary.blogspot.co.uk/2006/07/for-survivors-coping-with-triggers-if.html

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Paul Edward Prestidge 22 March 2016 Court of Appeal

The appeal against sentence was dismissed.

Redaction

Some reports have had victims names redacted and some assault details redacted.

This is a difficult balance-  normally I would think that  I should not “censor” details but on consultation with various people I have taken the decision to redact. This is mainly to protect victims, their friends and relatives from unnecessary detail and to stop the gratification of those who seek salacious details.

In addition to the obvious “victims redaction” to protect victims details, there may also be “assault redacted” across most of the spectrum of abuse. The assaults are left in the charges, but mainly redacted when repeated with reference to the individual. I have also redacted unnecessary detail of assaults.

Redaction may obscure sometimes the legal reason for the appeal, but should make no large difference to the vital information for researchers that these documents contain. That vital information is mainly names of the perpetrators, past addresses, institutions where assaults occurred, the actual charges the perpetrators faced, and dates – on which newspapers are pathetically inaccurate and this information enables the links between people and places and abuse at various times to be ascertained.

Some transcripts may have been subject to automatic reading softwware and whilst effort has been made to correct these, the text should not be regarded as definitive.

If you think that the balance is not correct or that a particular redaction needs reconsideration, please say.

This particular appeal is not redacted

Index of Newspaper and Journal articles on this blog [1]

Index of Court Appeals on this blog [2]

[2016] EWCA Crim 470

No. 2016/00327/A2

IN THE COURT OF APPEAL

Tuesday 22 ndMarch 2016

Lord Justice Gross

Regina v Paul Edward Prestidge


Computer Aided Transcription by Wordwave International Ltd trading as DTI 165 Fleet Street, London EC4A 2DY Telephone No: 020 7404 1400; Fax No 020 7404 1424 (Official Shorthand Writers to the Court)

Mr B Hilliard (Solicitor Advocate) appeared on behalf of the Appellant

JUDGMENT

(As Approved by the Court)

Tuesday 22nd March 2016

Lord Justice Gross: I shall ask His Honour Judge Kramer QC to give the judgment of the court.

His Honour Judge Kramer QC:

1. On 4th December 2015 in the Crown Court at Truro the appellant, who is now 36 years old, pleaded guilty to an offence of notification of false information on 28th May 2010 in purported compliance with the notification requirements, contrary to section 91(1)(b) of the Sexual Offences Act 2003 (count 1). No evidence was offered on count 2, an allegation of failing to comply with the notification requirements contrary to section 91(1)(a) of the Sexual Offences Act 2003, and a verdict of not guilty was recorded. On 18th December 2015 he was sentenced by His Honour Judge Carr to 18 months’ imprisonment on count 1. He was ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £120 and was required to comply with the notification requirements for ten years.

2. On 17th May 2007 in the Crown Court at Plymouth the appellant had been convicted of two offences of possessing an indecent or pseudo-photograph of a child, contrary to section 160 of the Criminal Justice Act 1988; four offences of taking indecent photographs or pseudo-photographs of children, contrary to section 1 of the Protection of Children Act 1978; one offence of making an indecent photograph or pseudo-photograph of children, contrary to section 1(a) of the Protection of Children Act 1978; and an offence of voyeurism, contrary to section 67(1) of the Sexual Offences Act 2003. His offending had taken place over a period of three years and had involved making and retaining child abuse images. Examples of his offending included a time when at a cub camp the appellant asked boys to strip off. He would then take pictures of them dancing. On another occasion he played games in which at least one 9 year old boy was stripped naked. For that offending he was sentenced to a total of 18 months’ imprisonment, made the subject of a Sexual Offences Prevention Order; he was required to comply with the notice requirements under the Sexual Offences Act 2003; and he was disqualified for life from working with children. A Sony laptop computer, which contained indecent images of young males and other children, and floppy disks were ordered to be forfeit. Accordingly, in 2010 he was subject to the notification requirements within the terms of section 80 of the Sexual Offences Act 2003.

3. On 28th May 2010 the appellant reported to Newquay Police Station that he proposed to travel to Spain for a short family holiday with his parents and brother. He completed a police form stating that his return date was to be 27th June 2010. That was untrue.

4. Police enquiries revealed that, in fact, the appellant had travelled with a 17 year old boy. He had made a one-way booking with a ferry company and did not return on the date he had specified. Enquiries also revealed that he had been working as a teacher with children and young people at schools in Spain. It is said that whilst there he had contact with the Spanish Police and was informed that the restrictions that applied to him here did not apply in Spain.

5. However, once he had been discovered there, he left in February 2014. He went to Cambodia, where he worked in an international school. In Cambodia it was discovered that he was a convicted sex offender in this country. Concerns were expressed by parents and staff as to whether or not the appellant may have harmed their children.

6. On 17th October 2015 he was arrested at his home in Cambodia. He was deported back to this country, leaving Cambodia on 26th October 2015.

7. The notification requirements were superseded by an interim Sexual Harm Prevention Order made on 17th December 2015.

8. The appellant appeals against his sentence by leave of the single judge on the ground that the sentence was manifestly excessive and wrong in principle, because: (i) the judge disregarded the contact that the appellant had with the authorities whilst in Spain; (ii) he gave too much weight to information from the National Crime Agency; and (iii) he failed to give the appellant credit for his early guilty plea.

9. When sentencing, His Honour Judge Carr expressly stated that he did not sentence on the basis that the appellant had committed any contact offences, for there was no evidence to that effect. But he said that the parents of the children were concerned about the realisation that they had placed their trust in someone unworthy of that trust. Moreover, what the appellant had done was “something more serious than simply a failure to notify for the purposes of a holiday that overstayed. It was a deliberate attempt to avoid the notification to allow you to once again work with children in countries where the checks either took time or did not occur at all”.

10. We agree. In the circumstances of this case we do not accept the proposition in the Advice on Appeal that “the false information given by [the appellant] was relatively innocuous”. The judge was, in our judgment, right to regard this offence as one crossing the custody threshold. The sentencing guidelines do not cover offences contrary to section 91 of the Sexual Offences Act 2003, for which the maximum sentence is five years’ imprisonment.

11. In this case the original offences for which the appellant was sentenced in 2007 were serious offences involving young children, in particular young boys. The breach in 2010 was deliberate and dishonest. It led to the appellant flouting the restrictions placed on him, prohibiting him from working with children, which he proceeded to do over a significant period. However, the breach took place some three years after the imposition of the requirements to give notice. This was the first, albeit serious, breach of the requirements. There was no evidence of any actual unlawful contact between the appellant and the children in Spain and Cambodia.

12. We have noted that in his sentencing remarks the judge, unfortunately, made no reference to any credit that he might have given to the appellant for his guilty plea, except to note at the outset that he had done so. The preliminary hearing took place on 24th November 2015, but the respondents agree that the appellant pleaded guilty at what was in effect the earliest practicable opportunity. Assuming full credit to have been given, even though that was not expressly stated, the sentence of 18 months’ imprisonment imports a starting point of 27 months.

13. Despite Mr Hilliard’s valiant submissions, we have concluded that the judge was entitled to take a serious view of the appellant’s deliberately dishonest conduct, designed as it was to avoid the notification provisions, thereby undermining the intended protection that the provisions are intended to provide. A starting point, after a trial, of 27 months’ imprisonment for the appellant’s criminal conduct was not in our judgment excessive.

14. Accordingly, the sentence of 18 months’ imprisonment was amply justified. In those circumstances this appeal is dismissed.

Index of Newspaper and Journal articles on this blog [1]

Index of Court Appeals on this blog [2]

Please note that victims of abuse may be triggered by reading this information. These links are generally UK based.

  • The Sanctuary for the Abused [A] has advice on how to prevent triggers.
  • National Association for People Abused in Childhood [B] has a freephone helpline and has links to local support groups.
  • Other useful sites are One in Four [C]
  • and Havoca [D].
  • Useful post on Triggers [E]  from SurvivorsJustice [F] blog.
  • Jim Hoppers pages on Mindfulness [G]  and Meditation [H] may be useful.
  • Hwaairfan blog An Indigenous Australian Approach to Healing Trauma  [J]
  • Survivors UK for victims and survivors of male rape or the sexual abuse of men [K]
  • Voicing CSA group [L] helps arrange survivors meetings in your area

Links

[1] Index of Newspaper and Journal articles on this blog https://cathyfox.wordpress.com/2015/05/23/newspaper-stories-index-timeline/

[2] Index of Court Appeals EWCA on this blog https://cathyfox.wordpress.com/2015/05/08/a-timeline-of-court-and-ewca-documentation-on-cathy-fox-blog/

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Tim Tates submission to IICSA – Child Sexual Abuse Inquiry

The text I have reproduced below of Tim Tates submission has lost its formatting whilst copying to this blog. I do not have time to  reformat but there is a link to the  pdf itself which is easier to read which  is available here 2016 Jul 30 Tim Tate [1] Submission to the IICSA – redacted version. It makes for very interesting reading.

It is also available on Tim Tates webpage and blog [2] but you might have to scroll down to find it.

I have featured some of Tim Tates other work previously on my blog [3] Suffice for me to say, he gets my respect for the quality and quantity of his work against child abuse.

If you would rather read his submission below then I should explain that there are numbers accompanying some text, which refer to the notes at the bottom of each page. There are also page numbers at the bottom of each page, and of course numbered sections, which all means it is difficult to read here, without adjusting the formatting. It is worth leaving in however, as search engines can pick up the text, which they cannot do in a pdf.

Submission to IICSA
Tim Tate: investigative journalist, author and documentary film-maker
July 30, 2016
1
SUBMISSION TO
THE INDEPENDENT INQUIRY
INTO CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE
Tim Tate
Investigative journalist, author & documentary film-maker.
July 30, 2016
CONTENTS
Introduction Pages 1 – 2
Background Pages 2 – 5
Child pornography investigation 1986 – 1987 Pages 5 – 10
Child Sexual Abuse Investigations 1987 – 1998 Pages 11 – 14
Historic Child Sexual Abuse Investigations 2013 -2016 Pages 15 -30
Police intelligence: paedophiles & child pornographers 2013-16 Pages 31 – 34
Conclusions & Recommendations Pages 34 – 37
Appendix 1: Relevant Tim Tate books & films
Appendix 2: Sexual Offences, Consent and Sentencing”; Roy Walmsley & Karen White.
Home Office Research Study No. 54.
Appendix 3: “The Tim Tate Lists”
Appendix 4: PIE Membership List: 1983 – 84
Appendix 5: Transcript of Maganlal Solanki ‘doorstep’ interview
Submission to IICSA
Tim Tate: investigative journalist, author and documentary film-maker
July 30, 2016
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1. Introduction
My name is Tim Tate. For almost 40 years I have worked as a journalist,
documentary film maker and author.
I do not claim to be an expert on child sexual abuse. However, many of my books
and films1 have investigated the problem, and have brought me into extended working
contact with police and prosecutors (both in the UK and internationally) victims and
paedophiles, social workers and therapists. As a result I believe I have first-hand
information which may be useful to the Independent Inquiry Into Child Sexual Abuse.
This submission contains only information of which I have direct knowledge.
I should stress that my work was never motivated by direct personal experience. I
was not abused as a child and until I was asked to look at the problem as journalist I
had given little thought to the issues of child sexual abuse, paedophilia and child
pornography.
In the early 1980s I was working for the BBC radio (later television) investigative
programme, Checkpoint. I was asked to look at complaints from children in care that
they were being badly treated. I made two programmes – one radio, one television –
about their plight and, in particular, about the use of behaviour modification
techniques and drugs to control or restrain them2.
Thereafter, several of the social workers and former police officers who I met while
those programmes suggested I should investigate the worldwide trade in child
pornography and its relationship with (loosely) organized groups of paedophiles.
When I moved to the ITV franchise, Central Television, in 1985 (as part of the launch
team for what would become The Cook Report), I began working on this suggestion.
1 A full list of my relevant films and books – and the awards my work has been given – is attached as
2 Children In Care: Checkpoint, BBC Radio 4, 1983 & The Mindbenders, Checkpoint, BBC1, 1984
Submission to IICSA
Tim Tate: investigative journalist, author and documentary film-maker
July 30, 2016
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For the next two years I met and formed close working relationships with the only
specialist police unit attempting to combat child pornography, and with the most
important specialist in enabling paedophiles understand – and control – their sexual
attraction to children.
Both of those working relationships (detailed in later pages) would provide me with
the first-hand knowledge contained in this submission.
2 (a). Background: The Law in the mid 1980s
In the mid 1980s it was illegal England and Wales to have sexual contact with girls
or boys under the age of consent. The age of consent for girls was 16; for boys it was
21.
It was also illegal, under the 1959 Obscene Publications Act, to publish in England
and Wales – whether for profit or not – something which:
“is, if taken as a whole, such as to tend to deprave and corrupt persons who
are likely, having regard to all relevant circumstances, to read, see or hear he
matter contained or embodied in it.”3
However, there was no law prohibiting the possession of pornography (whether adult
or child) and no specific legislation covering indecent or obscene film or video
images of children.
2 (b). Background: the societal and political background
The late 1970s and early 1980s experienced the emergence of a paedophile liberation
movement, and a largely-simultaneous seismic change in technology. Together, these
created societal and political pressures on governments and the police service: both
were slow to react and, as a result, policy and practice for the protection of children
lagged behind the reality of the situation.
3 The decisive case of DPP v Whyte (1972) established that it was not enough for one person to be
depraved or corrupted: it had to be proved that a significant number of persons likely to have come into
contact with the photograph, film or sound recording would be corrupted.
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The paedophile liberation movement began in 1974 as a small sub-committee within
the Scottish Minorities Group4 in Edinburgh. Within a year, this migrated to London,
joined forces with a recently-established group in the capital, Paedophile Action
Liberation (PAL) and then announced itself publicly as a new campaigning group, the
Paedophile Information Exchange (PIE)5.
PIE (and its precursor groups) argued that adult-child sexual contact was both natural
and, in general, either harmless or positively beneficial. It justified these claims by
referencing the 1948 Kinsey report6: one chapter (Chapter 5) of this worldwide bestseller
had purported to show – using tables and graphs detailing apparent scientific
experiments – that children as young as four months old were capable of experiencing
multiple orgasms (and, therefore, pleasure) when stimulated by adults.7
In 1975 PIE submitted a paper to the Criminal Law Revision Committee. It proposed
lowering the age of consent to four, with children above this age presumed to be able
to give their assent to sexual contact with an adult.8 PIE also inserted itself into the
National Council For Civil Liberties (NCCL).
Whilst PIE’s proposals were not adopted, there is evidence to suggest that the overall
message it sought to put forward was receiving consideration within the UK
government. A 1979 Home Office Study Document9 floated the idea of reducing the
de-facto age of consent for heterosexual acts to 13. It cited the 1948 Kinsey report as
a key source document. (The suggestion was not adopted.)
4 This later changed its name to the Scottish Homosexual Rights Group.
5 The problems posed by PIE are explored more fully later in this submission.
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6 Sexuality in The Human Male; Kinsey et al; University of Indiana, 1948.
7 These so-called scientific experiments were, in reality, no more than ‘reports’ sent by individual
paedophiles which described their (unsupervised) abuse of children. A full investigation of was made
in my Channel 4 documentary, Kinsey’s Paedophiles. This film can be viewed on my website:
http://www.timtate.co.uk/films. There is no password protection.
8 ‘Evidence on the law relating to, and penalties for, certain sexual offences involving children’. Keith
Hose, PIE, November 1975.
9 “Sexual Offences, Consent and Sentencing”; Roy Walmsley & Karen White. Home Office Research
Study No. 54. Copy attached in the Appendices to this submission.
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2 (c). Background: the policing of child abuse in the mid 1980s
Contact abuse of children by adults was then dealt with, reactively, by local or
regional police forces and social services department. There was no nationallycoordinated
specific register of men (or women) who had been convicted of sexual
offences against children. Nor was there any pro-active policing aimed at intervening
to protect known or future victims.
Child pornography – indecent images of children, as we now term this – was illunderstood
and even more badly policed. The only force which maintained a
dedicated unit investigating IIOC was the Metropolitan Police. Its Obscene
Publications Branch – then designated T013 – was based inside New Scotland Yard
and, in addition to handling investigations in the Greater London area, had become
the only law enforcement department which maintained any sort of intelligence on
providers and consumers of IIOC throughout the United Kingdom.
TO13 was a uniformed, rather than detective, branch. This had been Metropolitan
Police policy since the exposure of corruption in its precursor squad during the 1970s,
which Mr. Justice Mars-Jones described as being “on a scale which beggars
description”. A decade later the legacy of this scandal was a lingering (if unfounded)
suspicion of, and hostility towards, TO13. Its officers reported a belief within the
Metropolitan Police that “what we do is not important. We get treated as woodentops
… and when it comes to handing out extra money to fund operations, it usually goes
to the glory squads”10.
3. Child Pornography investigation 1986-87
When I began researching the Cook Report documentary investigating child
pornography in 1986 I established contact with the then senior officer in TO13,
Superintendent Iain Donaldson. He described himself deeply troubled by the
problem of indecent images of children, and by the paucity of resources at his
disposal for pursuing those who traded them.
10 Obscene Publications Branch sergeant, quoted in Child Pornography; An Investigation’. Tim Tate,
Methuen, 1990.
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Prior to 1983, child pornography (IIOC) had been primarily a sub-genre within the
commercial adult pornography market. In 1969 Denmark had legalized the
production and sale of all forms of pornography – adult and child.11 For the next ten
years, commercial Danish pornography companies produced at least 36 separate 8mm
films (each duplicated a large – if unquantified – number of times for worldwide
distribution), and a much greater number of magazine series, showing the sexual
abuse of children. Many were barely out of infancy: all were pre-pubertal.
The titles of these commercially-produced child pornography films and magazines –
Child Love, Sucking Daddy, Lolita, Pre-teen Trio and Fucking Children are
representative examples – became familiar to law enforcement officials throughout
the world. They were distributed professionally by registered companies and were
frequently recovered in police raids on contact sex abusers across three continents12.
By 1983 the child pornography market was changing. Three years earlier Denmark
had abandoned its ‘liberalisation’ experiment and commercial production had ceased.
Increasing efforts by US Customs and Postals services, conducted internationally,
were making commercial distribution of the films and magazines less attractive to
mainstream adult pornography wholesalers and retailers. Instead, the films and
magazines were increasingly traded – often without payment – between paedophiles
and/or loosely-formed groups or ‘rings’ of those with a sexual attraction to children.
This posed challenges for traditional police efforts to interdict the material.
This challenge increased when, in 1983, Sony and JVC released the first domestic
video camcorders. This technology revolutionized the creation of IIOC. Films and
photographs no longer needed developing; copying videos could easily and cheaply
be carried out at home, rather than requiring expensive tele-cine equipment.
11 It remained an offence, however, to show obscene material to anyone under the age of 18.
12 These films and magazines, primarily produced by Rodox Color Climax Corporation of
Copenhagen, were not unique: other Danish, Swiss and American pornographers produced rival series.
But Rodox-CCC’s material was the most widely distributed – and seized.
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The advent of camcorders and video-cassette recorders re-booted child pornography
as a cottage industry largely run by and for paedophiles themselves. This made
policing it much more difficult.
By 1986 TO13 had a staffing complement of Donaldson, five sergeants and five
constables. However, of this working team of 10 (Donaldson was the supervising
administrator) only two were tasked with investigating child pornography.
Metropolitan Police policy required the other eight to police adult pornography – both
‘hard’ and ‘soft’. Donaldson was attempting to change this; but his superiors refused
his requests to prioritize IIOC.
It was for this reason that Donaldson agreed to co-operate with the Cook Report. Two
officers – a sergeant and a constable – were assigned as liaison between the
production team and TO13.
I and a colleague conducted three separate undercover operations. The first was
aimed at testing the extent to which IIOC was being traded semi-openly via top-shelf
softcore pornography magazines. With the agreement of TO13 (which was not then
permitted to conduct such sting operations) adverts were placed in several
publications, used generic code-words to solicit IIOC.
The second targeted commercial sex shops in Amsterdam. TO13 believed (correctly)
that Holland was the main wholesale global ‘staging post’ for all pornography,
including IIOC. Using hidden cameras we asked sex shop vendors in the Red Light
District if they could sell us child pornography.
The third focused on what was then a new phenomenon: computer bulletin boards.
US law enforcement had identified these pre-world wide web, internet-based groups
as a growing medium by which paedophiles exchanged or traded IIOC.
Simultaneously, I arranged to meet with and seek assistance from the two primary
American law enforcement agencies working to police the global market in child
pornography: US Customs Child Pornography and Protection Unit and US Postals’
Prohibited Mailings Division (both based in Washington DC).
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It was agreed that the results of all these co-ordinated investigations would be turned
over to TO13, as well as being included in the Cook Report documentary13.
The UK stings – both via top-shelf magazines and bulletin boards – produced a
handful of responses which offered copies of (mostly) commercial child pornography
magazines or films, together with one offer to ‘share’ privately-made still obscene
photos of children being penetrated by adult men. This latter led to a filmed
‘doorstep’ interview of the man, a self-confessed paedophile, who was subsequently
charged and convicted.
The Amsterdam sting caught a sex shop proprietor willing to sell child pornography:
in covertly-shot footage, he demonstrated how he would evade British law
enforcement by dismantling the videocassette and sending only the tape inside. This
spool duly arrived at the Cook Report offices less than a week later: it showed a prepubescent
girl being molested and sexually abused. Subsequent technical analysis (by
US Customs) showed it to have been shot on a camcorder, in Germany, within the
previous two years.
The liaison with US Customs and US Postals yielded two lists of known British
consumers of child pornography. Each of the men on these lists had purchased IIOC
from a US-based individual or (in one case) business, who had all been prosecuted for
commercial distribution of child pornography by one or other of the two agencies.
The senior officer from Customs, John Sullivan, and his counterpart at Postals, Dan
Mihalko, confirmed that they had previously sent these names to the UK government.
(Neither were clear on the mechanics of this, but both understood that the lists had
been sent to the Home Office by the US State Department and/or the US Treasury
Department.) Both expressed mild surprise that they had not received any follow up
or request for supporting evidence.
13 The film was transmitted in the summer of 1987, reaching an audience in excess of 12 million
viewers. It can be viewed at the following site: [REDACTED] Because of the changed data protection
position pertaining today, it is password protected. For the IICSA’s use only, the password is
[REDACTED].
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I took these two lists (as well as the list of those who had responded to our UK stings)
to Supt. Donaldson at TO13. He had seen neither of the US lists before; none of the
names of those British child pornography customers were listed as IIOC consumers
on TO13’s hand-written card index.
Donaldson believed that this evidence – coupled with the fact that it had not been sent
to him by the Home Office and/or his superiors at New Scotland Yard – provided him
with ammunition for his struggle to prioritize child pornography investigations within
TO13. It was agreed that we would subsequently film an interview with him, during
which Roger Cook would show him the lists and ask if he had ever seen them before.
Donaldson undertook to play dumb and appear surprised by them, believing that the
resulting embarrassment when the documentary was broadcast would strengthen his
hand with Metropolitan Police management.
Within two years of the programme, new legislation was introduced making
possession of child pornography illegal. The prioritizing of child pornography within
TO13 took several more years to achieve. In the interim, it appears that little or no
work was done to investigate the names of the British consumers provided by US
Customs and US Postals.
I understand that Counsel to your Inquiry has been given copies of these lists, which
have been labelled (not by me) “The Tim Tate Lists”.14 A copy is provided in the
confidential appendices to this submission.
An examination of these lists shows that several men identified on them were
subsequently convicted of a series of serious offences including the possession and
distribution of IIOC, as well as contact offences against children. However, these
prosecutions did not take place until several years after the lists were given to TO13,
thus leaving the men free to commit offences in the interim.
Specifically:-
14 By Peter McKelvie, to Ben Emerson QC.
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• Charles Napier (No. 39 on US Customs List).
A former official of PIE, Napier was convicted in 1995 on two counts of
sexually assaulting an underage boy. In 2015 he was further convicted of
sexually abusing 23 boys between 1967 and 1983.
The first prosecution took place eight years after the US Customs list
including his name was given to TO13.
• Graham R. Wake (No. 50 on US Customs List)
In 1993 Wake was convicted of sexually abusing boys throughout the 1980s.
He was also found to have hundred of IIOC in his home. Police also found
evidence that he had been corresponding with two other men who had
responded positively to the Cook Report sting.
This prosecution took place six years after the US Customs list including
his name was given to TO13
• Terence James Waters (No. 52 on US Customs List)
A former member of PIE, in 2009 Waters – an art teacher – was convicted of
possessing several thousand IIOC, including drawings of children being raped.
The court heard that Waters met regularly with other paedophiles and shared
more than 14,000 images (photographic and video) showing the sexual abuse
of children. In 2011 he was further charged with (and admitted) seven counts
of indecent assault and five of indecency with a child. The court heard
evidence that Waters had built a “secret room” in the school loft above his art
room: during the 1970s and 1980s he took boys there to abuse them.
These prosecutions took place twenty-two and twenty-four years
(respectively) after the US Customs list including his name was given to
TO13
Had Supt. Donaldson been permitted by Metropolitan Police management to
assign adequate resources to investigating these men in 1987, many children
could have been protected from the sexual abuse they subsequently suffered.
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4. Child Sexual Abuse Investigations 1987 – 1998
Following the broadcast, and by agreement with Supt. Donaldson I remained in
working contact with the two TO13 officers he had assigned as liaison. I did so
because I was then working on a book about child pornography15, and because I was
undertaking new investigations for it as well as for further documentaries on the issue
of child sexual abuse.
To further these I worked closely with the leading UK expert on paedophiles and
sexual offending. Ray Wyre, a former probation officer, ran a court-approved
programme to work with paedophiles with the aim of preventing future offending. He
was also a consultant to a number of police forces and social services departments on
the issue.
In 1994 we jointly produced a documentary and a book investigating the crimes of the
serial child killer Robert Black1617. While serving a life sentence for abducting and
almost killing a child, Black had asked Wyre to work with him so that he (Black)
could understand what drove him to offend. The sessions were tape recorded, with
Black’s permission.
As well as demonstrating a succession of historic failures by police and courts (and
the importance of child pornography in sustaining Black’s paedophilia), the
documentary also exposed a very serious and continuing problem in the collation and
distribution of intelligence about paedophiles.
The National Criminal Intelligence Service was established in 1992, with funding
from the Home Office. It was tasked with gathering intelligence on a series of crime
priorities, and with disseminating that to police forces in the areas where the criminals
operated. Child pornography and organized child sexual abuse formed one of the
stand-alone branches within NCIS.
15 Child Pornography – An Investigation; op cit.
16 The Murder of Childhood; “Dispatches” (Channel 4, 1994): The documentary can be viewed at
http://www.timtate.co.uk/films. There is no password protection.
17 The Murder of Childhood; Ray Wyre & Tim Tate, Penguin Books, 1995.
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Prior to the formation of NCIS, details of criminal offences were held on either or
both the Police National Computer or the Criminal records Office database. Both
recorded this information by name of offender, rather than by type of offending, thus
making intelligence co-ordination more cumbersome.
The only unique database of adults known to have involvement with IIOC and/or
organized paedophilia was a manual card index maintained by a civilian co-ordinator
in TO13. This index contained approximately 3,000 names, including vital crossreferencing:
it also included several hundred names and addresses of those who had
been members of the Paedophile Information Exchange (and its precursor group,
Paedophile Action Liberation). These names had been found on PIE membership lists
seized in or around 1978.
In early 1994 I was informed by one of TO13’s officers that NCIS had insisted on
taking possession of, as well as the responsibility to maintain in future, the card index
database. I contacted the then head of TO13, Supt. Mike Hames. He confirmed
that, despite his strenuous objections, the card index was being handed over to NCIS.
No back up copy was made.
I sought (and was granted) a filmed interview with NCIS for use within the Robert
Black documentary. During this, it emerged that despite being convicted of the
sexually-motivated abduction and attempted murder of a child four years earlier (as
well as previous contact offences against children) and the fact that he was awaiting
trial on charges of three other sexually motivated murders of pre-pubescent girls,
Robert Black’s name was not included on the NCIS database. The explanation given,
on camera, by NCIS was that “he has never come to our notice, and the information
that is available on him has never been submitted to our office.”18
There were two reasons Britain’s most dangerous paedophile was not listed on the
country’s now sole dedicated database of child sex offenders, fully two years after
NCIS was established.
18 The documentary, including this on-camera statement, can be viewed at http://www.timtate.co.uk/films.
There is no password protection.
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The first was that NCIS system was not compatible with any other police computers:
it could not access the CRO, the PNC or even feed into HOLMES, the database
created as a result of the disasters of the manually-based Yorkshire Ripper
investigation.
The second was that the NCIS paedophile unit was grossly understaffed. For the first
two years it had a full time staff of just one officer (with one occasional part-time
assistant). In late 1993 this was increased to two officers (with part time help), but
staffing was not intended ever to grow larger than three full time members. By
contrast the NCIS football hooligan unit, housed in the next door office, had a fulltime
complement of between 11 and 12 officers.
What became of the 3,000 names hand-written on the TO13 card index and which
was, by the end of 1994 held by NICIS ? There has never been an official answer to
this. But within a year I obtained evidence that these names had not been entered on
to the NCIS computers.
In 1995 I made a film for ITV which investigated the problem of British (and
American) paedophiles travelling to the Philippines to sexually abuse children there19.
With the assistance of the Philippines police and government, I obtained the files on a
number of British and US citizens who had been charged, prosecuted or deported for
contact offences involving pre-pubescent boys and girls. These files had been sent to
NCIS in 1992.
In America, the FBI used the Philippines’ documents to mount undercover operations
which proved the men were also committing paedophilic offences in the US. Also at
the time, several western governments had passed laws which enabled them to
prosecute their own nationals for contact offences committed in foreign countries.
19 Defender of The Children; “Network First”. Viewable at https://vimeo.com/88078950. There is no
password protection.
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In Britain, the Home Office refused to put forward similar legislation. Instead, a
Conservative Home Office minister (in an on camera interview) assured us that NCIS
was across the information, and that he had confidence in its ability to deal with the
intelligence gained from its counterparts in the Philippines.20
However, when presented with the files on known British paedophiles (which had
been provided to it three years earlier) the then head of NICIS’ paedophile unit,
denied ever having seen them. When asked, on camera, why we had been able to
obtain this information but he had not, Chief Inspector Bryan Drew said “presumably
because you asked for it”.
One of the men identified in the Philippines files – and who was also shown, in covert
filming in the documentary, boasting how he would pay off either the prosecutor or
the victims of his abuse – was Douglas Slade. Slade had been a founding member of
Paedophile Action Liberation (PAL); his name was on the old TO13 card index. By
1995 it had apparently still not been entered on to the NCIS database.
Twenty one years later, in July 2016, Douglas Slade was convicted of a series of
contact sexual offences a Bristol Crown Court. These had taken place in the late
1970s and early 1980s.
The PIE membership lists which included Slade’s name and address were seized
in 1978. Had action been taken against him then, many of those British victims
could have been spared the abuse he inflicted on them.
Further: had the Home Office adopted – and used – extra-territorial legislation,
much of Slade’s abuse in the Philippines might have been prevented. Nor was
Douglas Slade an isolated example.
20 This policy was reversed following the election of the Labour government in 1997. The Sexual
Offences Act 1997 created extra-territorial legislation, allowing for the prosecution in UK courts of
men alleged to have abused children abroad. However, research published in 2014 suggested that in
the intervening years only five such prosecutions had taken place (https://www.theguardian.com/socialcare-
network/2014/dec/19/simon-harris-british-citizens-child-abuse)
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5. Historic Child Sexual Abuse Investigations 2013 – 2016
In 2012, following the revelations about Jimmy Saville, Peter McKelvie, a senior
former child protection professional, contacted Tom Watson MP with information
indicating that prominent figures in politics had historically been involved in abusing
children. In the early 1990s Mr. McKelvie had been a central figure in exposing the
activities of Peter Righton; documents he had discovered during this investigation
suggested the existence of a well-connected network of highly-placed paedophiles.
Mr. Watson raised the matter in the House of Commons.
As a result, the Metropolitan Police established a ‘scoping exercise’ – Operation
Fernbank – to examine the strength (or otherwise) of evidence. This subsequently
became a full-fledged criminal investigation under the title Operation Fernbridge. At
the same time, other politicians and parts of the media began their own enquiries and
went on to publish a succession of stories about a VIP paedophile ring21.
In the Spring of 2014 I was asked to meet with Tom Watson MP in his office at
Westminster to discuss my knowledge of alleged historic offences. Several weeks
earlier I had also had the first of two meetings with senior officers from Operation
Fairbank/Fernbridge: these took place at Empress State Building, the Metropolitan
Police station from which Fairbank/Fernbridge operated. The subjects of these
meetings were as follows:
21 The “investigative website” Exaro News took the lead in these stories and has claimed credit for
causing, among other police enquiries, Operation Midland. I have been, and remain, extremely critical
of Exaro News because its stories relied on the sole and uncorroborated testimony of single individuals.
This is bad – and irresponsible – journalism: however, because I have no direct knowledge of the
allegations which were the subject of Operation Midland, this submission does not address them.
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(i) PIE
I had investigated the Paedophile Information Exchange (PIE) for my book on
child pornography.22 Using the organization’s own (published) documents I had
shown that during the 1970s it had acted, inter alia, as a means for paedophiles to
share or trade child pornography. The ‘Contacts’ section of its magazine, Magpie,
contained advertisements soliciting IIOC: advert no. 373 was typical.
Doctor, male. Poet and author, interested [in] photos little girls in white pants
and little boys out of white pants …
There was also evidence which suggested that PIE’s leadership had managed to
run the organization from inside the Home Office building in Queen Anne’s Gate
London.
In 1979, Stephen Adrian Smith (also known as Stephen Freeman) began working
for an electrical company contracted to undertake work at the Home Office. In
1986 he published a book in which he claimed to have stored PIE material in an
office in the basement between 1979 and 1982, and to have had PIE’s telephone
line directed to a phone in that office.
In the summer of 1984, Smith and two other PIE – David Joy and Peter Bremner –
officials were arrested and charged with sending indecent material through the
post. Joy and Bremner were tried and convicted, but Smith fled to Holland. The
Home Office initially sought his extradition but subsequently abandoned the
attempt. No explanation was given.
In the late 1970s and early 1980s, the Home Office had come under public
pressure to proscribe PIE as an organization. It declined to do so, apparently on
legal grounds. The legal advice which would – presumably – have been provided
by the Attorney General’s office to the Home Secretary has never been published.
22 Child Pornography – An Investigation (op. cit)
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In 1981 the Conservative MP Geoffrey Dickens had named Sir Peter Hayman, a
senior diplomat, as a member; he subsequently submitted to the Home Secretary,
Leon Brittan, a dossier which, according to newspaper reports, identified up to
eight other high profile paedophiles. (In 2014 Lord Brittan told newspapers he
had no recollection of this dossier.)
In July 2013, in response to a Freedom of Information request from a journalist,
the Home Office published the results of an internal review (“Executive Summary
of review of Home Office organised child sex abuse files”) which showed that it
could not locate the so-called Dickens dossier, but which did disclose the
existence of 11 empty files. The contents of these files had, according to the
review, been correctly destroyed in line with contemporary “applicable document
retention policies”; their titles, however, had survived and these indicated the files
had related to PIE.23
I submitted an FOI request for those 11 titles, and for a copy of the “applicable
document retention policies”. The Home Office repeatedly refused to provide
either, before claiming that it never had the information in the first place.
In the meantime, however, questioning of the Home Office Permanent Secretary,
Mark Sedwill, by the Home Affairs Select Committee24 led to the disclosure that
rather than 11 relevant files, the Home Office had now discovered a total of 114.
Mr. Sedwill was asked by committee chair, Keith Vaz MP, to provide the file
titles. He initially refused, but subsequently complied. Throughout this episode,
and even after Mr. Sedwill sent the file titles to the Home Affairs Select
Committee, the Home Office continued to refuse my request for exactly the same
information.
23 The report stated: “the recorded title files, together with media reports of events at the time, give
some indication of the probable contents of these files”.
24 July 8, 2014.
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In early June, 2014 I was put in contact with Tim Hulbert, a retired social services
manager. In the late 1970s and early 1980s Mr. Hulbert, had been a paid
consultant to the Voluntary Services Unit. This was an interdepartmental
organization, based inside the Home Office: its role was to co-ordinate
government action across different departments and ensure there was no conflict
between the aims and actions supported. Mr. Hulbert’s salary was paid by the
Home Office.
Mr. Hulbert told me that during the first year of the Thatcher government in 1979
he was working at his desk in the Home Office when he saw a document which
suggested that PIE had received funding from the Home Office.
The document was a request for renewal of funding worth £35,000 (thus
indicating that previous funding had been granted). Mr. Hulbert said he was
concerned by this – both because of PIE’s public campaigning to abolish the age
of consent and because he thought that the grant of funding conflicted with the
aims and policies of another department – DHSS – which was responsible for
child protection. He said that he raised the matter with his immediate manager,
Mr. Clifford Hindley.
According to Mr. Hulbert, Mr. Hindley instructed him to drop his objections
because (inter alia), PIE “was being funded at the request of Special Branch,
which found it politically useful to identify people who were paedophiles”25.
Mr. Hulbert told me that he decided not pursue his concerns because “at that time
questioning anything to do with Special Branch – especially within the Home
Office – was a ‘no-no’”. He did not discover whether the renewal of funding
application had ever been sanctioned.
25 This is a verbatim quote from my interview with Mr. Hulbert, who was recalling, to the best of his
ability, the words used by Mr. Hindley. The interview took place by phone on June 18, 2014.
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In 2013, Mr. Hulbert had approached Tom Watson MP. He told him exactly the
same story as he told me, and Mr. Watson arranged for Mr. Hulbert to speak with
officers from Operation Fernbridge. He was subsequently interviewed by, and
gave a formal statement to, Fernbridge’s senior officer, Chief Inspector Paul
Settle26.
The Home Office subsequently set up an enquiry. An experienced investigator
was seconded from his regular duties at H.M. Customs and Excise. This
investigator has not publicly been named, ostensibly to protect the sensitivity of
his investigations. Given Mr. Hulbert’s account of what ensued, I believe the
IICSA should know that his name was [REDACTED], and that (according to
allegations by other journalists) he worked regularly with the intelligence services.
If true, this would appear to be a significant potential conflict of interest.
According to Mr. Hulbert, Mr. [REDACTED] telephoned him and asked him to
come in to the Home Office for a formal interview. Because of the tone and
content of this conversation, Mr. Hulbert was nervous. He wrote to the Home
Office requesting details of Mr. [REDACTED]’s rank in the civil service and
asking for express permission from the Metropolitan Police (under whose aegis
Operation Fernbridge was being conducted) to appear before Mr. [REDACTED].
Mr. Hulbert told me that he did not receive agreement to these requests and the
proposed meeting “fell through”. He subsequently received a second telephone
call from Mr. [REDACTED]: the contents of this conversation suggested to Mr.
Hulbert that rather than conducting an investigation into the alleged Home Office
funding of PIE, Mr. [REDACTED] might be seeking to hold a disciplinary
hearing. Mr. Hulbert feared that this could find him in breach of the Official
Secrets Act and could jeopardize government pension.
He thereafter asked Operation Fernbridge for a formal assurance that any answers
he gave to Mr. [REDACTED]’s enquiries would not be used against him. He said
that did not receive any such assurance.
26 I confirmed this with Mr. Watson and with Operation Fernbridge.
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As a result Mr. Hulbert did not meet with Mr. [REDACTED], preferring instead
to submit a formal statement along the lines of that which he had already given to
Operation Fernbridge. He told me that he subsequently made several phone calls
and sent several e-mails to Mr. [REDACTED], to ensure that his statement had
arrived. However, he said that he never received any response.
I agreed with Mr. Hulbert that I should write a piece for the Sunday Express,
outlining his allegations but without identifying him. After this appeared, I
arranged for Mr. Hulbert to be interviewed – and identified – by ITV News27. To
the best of my knowledge, Mr. Hulbert received no financial benefit of any kind
for giving these two interviews.
In November 2014, the Home Office published the report of a review into Mr.
Hulbert’s allegations, as well as into the Home Office’s knowledge of organised
child sexual abuse allegations from 1979 – 1999. The Wanless Report (named for
its head, Peter Wanless, chief executive of NSPCC) met Mr. Hulbert; he also
spoke to Mr. [REDACTED]. The Report concluded:-
“7.5. It is the reasonable conclusion of the senior investigator, taking all facts
into account; including information both seen and heard, that on the balance
of probabilities and in the absence of supporting evidence or a
corroborative account, the alleged funding from VSU to PIE did not take
place.
“7.6. There is clear evidence that VSU provided funding to organisations who
were connected to PIE, namely Albany Trust and Princedale Trust. It is
impossible to determine whether VSU funding provided to either of these
organisations was indirectly used to support the work of PIE, but no evidence
was found to conclude that it did.28”
27 Transmitted: ITV Network, July 15, 2014.
28 An Independent Review of Two Home Office Commissioned Reviews Looking At Information held In
Connection with Child Abuse from 1979 – 1999. Wanless & Whittam, HMSO, Novermber 2014.
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However, the Report also indicated that there was no firm – let alone
documentary – evidence to disprove Mr. Hulbert’s account and that therefore it
could not be ruled out entirely.
“Review 2 concluded that on the balance of probabilities, the alleged funding
of PIE did not take place. While this represents the judgement of the original
reviewer it is not a fully satisfactory answer to whether the Home Office ever
directly or indirectly funded PIE.
“We cannot offer categorical assurance one way or the other. It is possible
that a Special Branch inspired payment might have taken place – the official
records offer no direct evidence to suggest it did, and no other civil servant we
have had contact with has corroborated Mr Hulbert’s memory, but the records
are insufficiently complete to rule it out entirely”29.
In relation to the missing files and what the Home Office knew (and did with)
allegations of organised child sexual abuse, Wanless concluded:
“ … it is not possible at this remove of time on the information that has been
made available to us to say precisely what was given to the Home Office
throughout this period, or what action the Home Office took in relation to
each allegation that was referred to it.
“No system of routinely recording such referrals existed then, or now. In those
circumstances, on the material at the Home Office it is not possible to
consider or comment with any confidence on how the police and prosecution
authorities handled any material that was handed to them at the time30”
One document which was noticeable by its absence from the Home Office files
and enquiry reports was PIE’s membership list. This had originally been seized
by the Metropolitan Police in the late 1970s.
29 Wanless: Page 33 (op. cit)
30 Wanless: Page 7 (op. cit)
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Contemporary press reports, quoting Charles Oxley, a Scottish headmaster who
had infiltrated the organization, put the number of members at around 1,000.
However, the list itself had never been made public; and if the Home Office’s
internal reviews of its files were accurate, neither had it been passed on by the
Metropolitan Police.
In 2013 I learned the whereabouts of a copy of the list. I spent several months
tracking down and then interviewing the person who held it. I ascertained that this
person had come into possession of it while he was a serving police officer in the
1970s and 1980s. I was also able to discover where it had been kept in the
intervening years: a full chain of custody, in other words. I was also assured that
it had been sent to IICSA.
In 2015 a copy of the list was sent to me31. I analyzed it carefully and found strong
evidence that in the 1970s and 1980s both the Metropolitan Police and the Home
Office had failed to assign sufficient importance to membership of PIE, and that
children were subsequently sexually abused as a result.
The list I received is dated 1983 – 1984 (though there are handwritten annotations
made, evidently by police officers, in 1985). These dates are important: they
coincide with the period in which Leon Brittan, the Home Secretary, was under
pressure to ban PIE.
There are 307 individuals listed as members. Four of the members were women.
Most – though not all – of the 307 have a membership number beside their name.
There are no recognizable politicians’ names on the list, although Sir Peter
Hayman, the diplomat outed as a PIE member by Geoffrey Dickens MP in 1981 is
included (his name, without any address, has been handwritten in pen).
31 Whilst I believe this copy to be identical to that previously provided to IICSA, I have included a
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This number of members is lower than the widely reported figure of 1,000. I
queried this with the former police officer who had held the list. He told me that
the copy he had was only one version of what had been, originally, a much
lengthier document. The original full list of members was, in those pre-computer
days, physically photocopied, cut up and parceled out to several police forces.
This copy of the list – the only one, to the best of my knowledge, still in existence
– was the result of that process.)
The document I received shows that some effort had been made to establish the
accuracy of the PIE membership records. 254 of the names were listed as UK
residents: of these, addresses were shown and/or confirmed for 213 of them. Of
the remaining 41, just one was found to be an assumed name; 11 addresses were
“unknown” and 4 others were shown as no longer in existence. 16 individuals
were found to be unknown at the address given for them, with a final nine showing
no street address at all. Of the 53 foreign members, there was one each in
Sweden, Norway, Luxemburg, Canada and Iran; 2 each in the Republic of Ireland
and West Germany (as it was then); 5 in Australia, 13 in France and 24 in the
United States.
There were few overt cross-references to criminal convictions. Of the UK
residents listed, three (all men) were recorded as having criminal records: CRO
numbers have been written, in pen, beside their names – but with no details of
what offences were committed. Additionally, one other member was listed as
being in prison – again with no offence details shown. These men with criminal
records were rank and file members. The criminal convictions of PIE’s Executive
Committee – a matter of public record – are not shown.
I do not have access to the Criminal Records Office database (maintained since
2006 by the Association of Chief Police Officers) or the former Criminal Records
Bureau (now part of the Home Office Disclosure and Barring Service). Nor do I
have access to the Police National Computer which also maintains a database of
criminal records. It is therefore impossible to know how many of the 254 UKresident
PIE members on the 1983-84 list might subsequently have been convicted
of child sexual abuse.
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But I was able to consult some publicly available records which showed that
several prominent PIE members on the list – notably Peter Bremner, Charles
Napier, Leo Adamson and Terence Waters – were subsequently convicted of
contact offences and IIOC.
There is also little or no indication in the list of an understanding that each of these
PIE members posed a potential threat to children; nor of the relevance of their jobs.
Of the two clergymen listed, one was a senior army chaplain. Research in publicly
available records indicates that this man appears later to have resigned his
commission but also to have had a history of involvement with the Christian youth
organization, the Boys’ Brigade.
Similarly, there were members whose address were those of a school. Member
No. 132, for example, was a teacher at an independent prep school for boys.
Publicly available records show that he quit teaching unexpectedly early, but
continued – according to his obituary – to help young pupils by taking them to
sports fixtures in his car and buying them equipment.
In none of these instances, involving highly sensitive professions involving
regular access to children, is there any publicly-available record which
suggests these PIE members were monitored by police or that their employers
were warned that they posed a potential risk to children.
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(ii) Leon Brittan & Operation Fernbridge
I first met senior officers from Operation Fairbank/Fernbridge on December 11,
2013. Four days earlier the investigative website Exaro News had published a
story alleging that officers from Operation Fairbank had “seized a video that
places a former Conservative cabinet minister at one of several parties where
boys were sexually abused by men … Exaro has also learned that police have
‘talked to’ the ex-minister about his attendance at the ‘sex party’”32.
The story was picked up and subsequently reported by mainstream newspapers.
Although Exaro did not name the ex-minister, it was common knowledge amongst
journalists that this was Leon Brittan (now Lord Brittan), the former Home
Secretary.
I questioned the Fairbank/Fernbridge officers about this allegation. They denied it
unequivocally and angrily. They insisted that no such video had been seized; nor
had they “talked to” any ex-cabinet minister. According to the senior detective,
the story had been invented and then given to Exaro by a man claiming to be a
survivor of historic sexual abuse.
This man had been interviewed at length by Fairbank/Fernbridge: they believed
that he had very probably been abused as a child, but that he was extremely
vulnerable and suggestible; and that some of his key allegations had been wrong.
In particular, the dates he gave for having been transported to Holland and
sexually abused there showed him to have been an adult, not a child, when the
abuse was alleged to have taken place.33
32 Met’s paedophile unit seizes video of ex-minister at sex party: Exaro News, December 7, 2013.
http://www.exaronews.com/articles/5152/met-s-paedophile-unit-seizes-video-of-ex-minister-at-sexparty
33 This man would become a key early “witness” for several Exaro News stories. In 2015 he retracted
or denounced some of these articles, claiming that Exaro either tricked or pressured him into naming
Lord Brittan. I have since spoken to him and have confirmed his unhappiness at the way he says Exaro
behaved.
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The ‘sex party’ which the ex-cabinet minister was supposed to have attended was
subsequently alleged to have taken place at Elm Guest House in Barnes, south
west London. This was a guest house catering for gay men: it closed down in
1982 after a raid by the Metropolitan Police. Twelve boys gave statements to the
police, alleging that they had been abused at EGH, but these were not pursued at
the time and the owner, Haorun Kasir, was convicted of a single count of the
minor offence of running a disorderly house, or brothel.
Between 1982 and 2013, a series of allegations had appeared on websites which
alleged (variously) that underage sex parties had been held at EGH, attended by
politicians (including Sir Cyril Smith), spies (Sir Anthony Blunt) and prominent
entertainers. One website contained photographs of what it claimed were pages
from EGH’s guest book, showing the names of politicians and celebrities.
Some of the young boys alleged to have been abused at these parties had,
according to the websites, been taken there from care homes in the local area.
The senior Fairbank/Fernbridge officer told me that his unit had discovered
evidence of abuse within these homes and that two men were to be charged. But
although interviews were on-going, there was no evidence implicating ‘VIP
paedophiles’34.
On March 29, 2014, Exaro News and the Sunday Express published new
allegations. These claimed that in 1982 H.M Customs & Excise had seized a video
cassette which showed “child abuse in the presence of a former cabinet
minister”35; and further that the retired Customs officer involved had been told by
his former employers not to speak about the incident.
34 The men he named were Anthony McSweeney, a Catholic priest and John Stingemore, a care home
manager. In March 2015, McSweeney was convicted of sexual assaults on a 15 year boy in the
Grafton Close Children’s Home, and of making IIOC. Stingemore died before the case came to trial.
35 Customs seized video of child sex abuse and ex-cabinet minister. Exaro News, 29 March 2014.
http://www.exaronews.com/articles/5225/customs-seized-video-of-child-sex-abuse-and-ex-cabinetminister
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Once again the article did not name the ex-cabinet minister (though it did name
the former Customs officer): however, it was common knowledge amongst
journalists that the politician referred to was Leon Brittan.
The basis for the story was a notice of seizure of indecent or obscene articles by
Customs & Excise, published in the London Gazette in 1982. It detailed the
confiscation of “three untitled 8mm films, 1 video cassette entitled GB 10”, 1
video cassette entitled “Amsterdam Tramway Museum” 1 video cassette entitled
“LB” and 1 order form imported into the United Kingdom and found at the
Eastern Car Terminal, Dover Kent, England, on or about 18th January 1982”.
The owner of these items, at whom the seizure notice was aimed, was shown to be
“R.H. Tricker36” with an address in Amsterdam. The seizing officer, named in the
London Gazette notice, was a Mr. Maganlal Solanki.
In March 2014, a journalist for the Sunday Express tracked down Mr. Solanki,
now retired, to his home address in Birmingham. The journalist went there and
attempted to interview Mr. Solanki, covertly recording the encounter. A tape of
the ‘interview’ was passed to Exaro; it was also passed on to three MPs.
The Exaro story alleged that “the retired Customs officer identified the former
cabinet minister, but is so scared about the sensitive nature of the video that he
refuses to say what the ex-minister is doing exactly.”
By chance I had a previously-arranged meeting with the senior officer from
Operation Fernbridge scheduled for four days after the Exaro story appeared. On
April 2, 2014 I met him at Empress State Building.
36 Russell H. Tricker was a convicted British paedophile who had emigrated to Amsterdam in the late
1970s.
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Over a two hour interview, conducted in the building’s canteen/restaurant, this
officer gave me what he said was the truth about the 1982 Customs seizure, Mr.
Solanki, Elm Guest House and Leon Brittan.
I have no means of independently verifying the most important parts of his
account (though I was able to obtain a copy of the Solanki recording which
confirmed that part of the officer’s story. See below). However, his allegations are
so serious that I believe it is important they be examined formally. Since Lord
Brittan died in January 2015 no criminal proceedings can be brought; IICSA is
therefore the only forum for these claims to be tested.
The senior officer stated that detectives from Operation Fernbridge had also
interviewed Mr. Solanki, now in his 80s and somewhat infirm as a result of a
series of strokes. Mr. Solanki had denied the Exaro/Express allegations. He had
told Operation Fernbridge that he couldn’t remember anything about the 1982
seizure – and certainly not having viewed the Tricker tapes and films, thereby
“identifying” the ex-cabinet minister.
But he went on to state that he did recall stopping Leon Brittan on another
occasion – he could not recall the year – when the politician came into the port of
Dover from Europe. Inside the politician’s car Mr. Solanki said he had found
video tapes: he viewed these and saw that they were child pornography. The
Fernbridge officer told me he asked Mr. Solanki what exactly was on the tapes:
the retired Customs officer was embarrassed, but said they depicted boys and
girls, clearly under 12, having sex with each other.
How, the detective asked, did he know the man he stopped was Leon Brittan ?
Mr. Solanki said he had asked to see the man’s passport. Additionally, Brittan
had described himself as “an MEP”.
This posed a problem. Leon Brittan was never an MEP. He went from being an
MP and government minister to being a European Commissioner. The detective
eventually decided that since Mr. Solanki was very evidently telling the truth as
he recalled it, he had most likely misheard the phrase “MEP”.
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Mr. Solanki told the detective that after he had seized the tapes, he sent Mr.
Brittan on his way and referred the incident to his superiors. He also indicated
that the seizure would have been recorded in the log book kept by Customs
officers at Dover. The Fernbridge officer told me he was then making plans to
look for these.
Nor, according to the senior officer, was this the only line of enquiry Operation
Fernbridge was pursuing into Leon Brittan. A second and active strand involved
Elm Guest House.
When the Metropolitan Police officers had raided Elm Guest House in 1982, they
believed – correctly – that it was being used for (adult) male prostitution.
However, the officer in charge of the raid had alerted the local social services
department that there was a possibility at least one child might be on the premises
and that, if so, a social worker and a place of safety would be needed.
The police did indeed find one child – a boy of around eight years old – in the
guest house. He was taken to a local children’s home and, according to a
document the Fernbridge detective found in council archives, was jointly
interviewed by a detective constable and a social worker on the night of the raid.
Operation Fernbridge tracked down the (now-retired) constable in question. He
was interviewed and described the boy as being the most sexualised child he had
ever seen. He also said that the boy described being sodomised by nine adult men
at the guest house, but seemed somewhat surprised that the police were interested.
He told his interviewers that “Uncle Leon” would take care of the problem, and
that “Uncle Leon” worked up at “the big house”. The constable said he had
understood this to be a reference to Parliament and had realised that Uncle Leon
was probably Leon Brittan.
All of this should have been recorded in a statement. But the Fernbridge team was
surprised to discover that although a statement of sorts did exist, it was not signed
by the boy; nor did it make any mention of “Uncle Leon”.
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They questioned the retired constable: he explained that it was late at night when
the boy was questioned and he had taken a joint decision with the social worker
that the statement could be signed after the boy had got some sleep. But next
morning the boy had “acted out” and refused to sign.
The Fernbridge officers also questioned the retired constable about why he hadn’t
recorded the “Uncle Leon” information in the (unsigned) statement: he became
uncooperative, giving them the distinct impression that he was concerned about
either disciplinary proceedings or a potential threat to his police pension.
Fernbridge went on to track down the boy – now a man in his early 40s. Although
he initially seemed willing to speak, he then refused to do so. Despite this, the
senior officer concluded our meeting by saying that he was convinced that Leon
Brittan had had an active sexual interest in children – but that he was unsure
whether he would ever be able to bring any charges.
I followed up the meeting by obtaining a copy of the Solanki recording and
transcribing it37. This showed very clearly that the retired Customs officer had
repeatedly declined to answer the journalist’s questions; had made no comments
which could – even at a stretch – be interpreted as confirming that he had viewed
the Tricker tapes nor had he identified Leon Brittan’s presence in them. Instead it
is the journalist who repeatedly uses Brittan’s name, without any meaningful
response from Mr. Solanki. To that extent, the senior Fernbridge officer’s account
seemed to be accurate.
I then made FOI requests to HMRC (the successor organization to H.M. Customs
& Excise) for information relating to the Tricker tapes seizure. These requests
were rejected on the ground that HMRC owed a duty of confidentiality to a
British taxpayer (Mr. Tricker). These refusals ignored the fact that Mr. Tricker
was not at the time of seizure (or any other material time) a British taxpayer.
37 Attached in the Appendices to this submission
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I have no means of knowing whether the story told by the senior officer from
Operation Fernbridge is true (though I can see no benefit for him to have
lied). Shortly after our interview he was removed from the investigation. I
have not spoken with him since.
6. Police intelligence on paedophiles and child pornographers: 2013 – 2016
The National Criminal Intelligence Service (NCIS) ceased to exist in April 2006
when it was merged into the newly-created Serious Organised Crime Agency
(SOCA). In October 2013 SOCA was itself dissolved and its operations merged into
the new National Crime Agency (NCA). Intelligence on organized paedophiles and
those sharing or trading IIOC became part of the remit of a sub-command, CEOP
(Child Exploitation and Online Protection Command).
In 2014 I was contacted anonymously by someone who claimed to work for CEOP.
This person claimed that CEOP was severely under-resourced, having a full time
complement of just seven officers; their workload was so overwhelming that,
according to this informant, untrained staff were being brought in from other sections.
It was impossible to ascertain whether these allegations were factually correct.
Although CEOP publishes an annual report, this does not break down staffing levels.
Further, The National Crime Agency (and, thereby, its sub-commands) is specifically
excluded from the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act. FOI requests are not
accepted, and CEOPS has a policy of not commenting on specifics38.
However, in the spring of 2014 I found anecdotal evidence which suggested that the
CEOPS-operated system for collating and distributing intelligence about those
producing IIOC was not functioning. The evidence emerged from a raid on the
home of a 22-year-old Latvian man living in Skelmersdale, Lancashire, in February
2013.
38 Interview with CEOPS press officer May 8, 2014.
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The raid followed a tip-off by the Russian interior ministry. It had discovered that a
child pornography video file had been uploaded to a website based in the Russian
Federation from an IP address in Britain. The information was passed to CEOPS: it
identified the IP address as a private home in Skelmersdale and tasked the Lancashire
force with carrying out a raid on the premises.
The home was owned by a Latvian-origin man and his wife who had two young
children; however they shared the house with the man’s brother, a 22-year old factory
worker called Andreas Bauminis. When confronted by Lancashire police, Andreas
Bauminis admitted downloading child pornography involving girls as young as 11
from a Russian-based internet file sharing site. He refused, however, to discuss the
file which, according to the Russian Interior Ministry, he had uploaded.
Officers seized and checked his computer. On it they found IIOC images and films
showing the sexual abuse of pre-pubescent girls.. However one film was what
appeared to be a 20-minute ‘snuff’ video: this showed a girl, approximately 15-yearsold,
being raped, then strangled with wire until she appeared lifeless.
During her ordeal the girl was seen to be foaming at the mouth with her eyes rolling
back into her head. At the end she did not appear to be blinking or breathing, and her
abuser was seen to wrap the body in a plastic sheet and drag it out of the room.
When the case came to court in 2014, police officers and the Crown Prosecution
Service lawyers told the judge that they were convinced the girl had been killed on
camera. Judge Denis Watson QC ruled that whilst it was difficult to say whether the
girl in the video had died, “all the evidence points to the fact that she almost certainly
did.39”
I interviewed the Lancashire Police officer who had seized and viewed the video file.
He said:
39 R. v Bauminis; Liverpool Crown Court, March 18, 2014
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“The girl was white, with blond hair and a slim build. It was apparent that the
man was either her father or step-father.
“The man began to shout obscenities at the girl. Then he sexually abused her
before strangling her and sexually abusing her again. After that he laid out a
clear plastic sheet – like a dustsheet for decorating and laid the body in this. He
then wrapped the body tightly all over in this.
“It took about 2 or 3 minutes for this laying out and wrapping up to take place. I
was convinced that this was not acting and that the girl was dead. If she had
been play-acting when the plastic was wrapped around her face she could not
have been able to keep so still and not react.
“If it was acting – and I do not believe it was – it was better than an Oscarwinning
performance. You could see the girl’s face and eyes: they didn’t blink or
move at all.
“The dialogue – of the man and the girl – was American. I believed, therefore
that this abuse and killing took place in America. I also estimated – from the
quality of the images – that it was fairly recent: no more than 2 or 3 years old40.”
According to Mike Hames the former head of the Metropolitan Police Obscene
Publications Squad (TO13)41, this video was the first “snuff” child pornography to
ever be seized. It should have been the start of a major international investigation.
Instead, nothing was done with it for at least 14 months.
The Bauminis videos should have been passed to CEOP almost immediately after
they were seized. CEOP is part of an international law enforcement organisation –
The Virtual Global Assistance Taskforce. Member bodies like CEOPS are required to
share evidence like that found in Bauminis’ flat.
40 Interview (verbatim) with Det. Constable Edward Wenham, Lancashire Constabulary; May 7, 2014
41 Interview with retired Supt. Mike Hames, May 2014.
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The particular reason for this is that the lead agencies of the Task Force – the US
National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and the US Customs Service
“Operation Predator” – maintain a powerful “Child Victim Identification Program”.
This is the world’s most exhaustive computer database of images of individual
children used in child pornography. It is used to identify – and often rescue – these
victims, as well as to prosecute their abusers.
But by May 2014 –14 months after the raid on Bauminis’ home – Lancashire Police
admitted that it had not sent his videos and photographs to CEOPS. Instead there
remained in the force’s evidence rooms42. As a result, CEOPS had not passed them
on to the Virtual Task Force, and no action had been taken to attempt to identify
either the murdered girl or the victims shown in the other seized IIOC. That, in turn,
meant the abuser in the ‘snuff’ video, whose face was clearly visible, may have been
free to abuse other children.
It is possible that the Bauminis case is an isolated glitch in the system of UK and
international intelligence gathering on organized paedophiles and child
pornographers. But because CEOP is insulated from scrutiny by FOI requests, it is
impossible to be sure of this.
7. CONCLUSIONS & RECOMMENDATIONS
Twenty-six years ago I called for “a full and detailed enquiry into the incidents and
effects” of child sexual abuse, organized paedophilia and the trading or sharing of
child pornography (IIOC)43.
It is, in my view, greatly to the credit of former Home Secretary Theresa May that the
IICSA was established in 2015, and that it has a sufficiently broad (and well-funded)
remit to fulfill this task.
42 Interviews with Lancashire Constabulary and CEOP press officers; May 2014. The files were sent to
CEOP after I published this story in the Sunday Express.
43 “Ten Specific proposals” [in] Child Pornography – An Investigation (Op. cit)
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The information presented in this submission raises disturbing questions about the
priority and resources assigned to the investigation of organized paedophilia and the
trade in child pornography from the 1970s forward. Those questions need answers.
The information also raises very difficult questions about the evidence gathered by
Operation Fairbank/Fernbridge concerning alleged VIP, or politically important, child
abusers. Those questions, too, need to be examined and answered.
IICSA has the powers to summon witnesses and to compel testimony under oath. It
should use them.
I believe that the following individuals should be called to give evidence: it is
important that they do so to provide clear and unequivocal answers about the
information set out in this submission.
But it is just as important that they do so under oath: there have been repeated
allegations (though often with no evidence cited) that pressure to remain silent has
been brought to bear on police officers and other public officials. A summons to
testify, backed by the fear of committing perjury, is an appropriate and effective way
to break through this alleged intimidation.
Recommended Witnesses
(i) Supt. Iain Donaldson (Retired); Former head of TO13, the
Metropolitan Police Obscene Publications Squad.
Supt. Donaldson will be able to explain which of his superior officers
obstructed his efforts to re-focus TO13 from adult pornography to IIOC.
He will also be able to explain what happened to the information contained
in the so-called “Tim Tate Lists” (derived from US Customs, US Postals
and the Cook Report investigations) and why no prosecutions derived from
them. Similarly, Supt. Donaldson can explain what was done with the
information contained in the PIE Membership lists.
Submission to IICSA
Tim Tate: investigative journalist, author and documentary film-maker
July 30, 2016
36
(ii) Supt. Mike Hames (Retired). Former head of TO13, the Metropolitan
Police Obscene Publications Squad.
Supt. Hames will be able to clarify how and why TO13’s manual card
index database was removed from it, and what effect this had on the
investigation of organized paedophile activity and the distribution of IIOC.
(iii) Det. Chief Insp. Bryan Drew. Former head of the paedophile unit at
NCIS
Chief. Insp. Drew will be able to explain why so few staff were assigned
to his unit (in contrast to other NCIS teams). He will also be able to
explain what happened to TO13’s manual card index. Finally, he should
be able to offer clarification as to NCIS’ inability to obtain and/or
disseminate data on British paedophiles travelling to (or living in) foreign
countries for the purposes of sexually abusing children.
(iv) Tim Hulbert, former VSO employee.
Mr. Hulbert will be able to give – free of the intimidation he perceived – a
full account of the PIE funding application he says he saw inside the Home
Office.
(v) Mr. [REDACTED], ‘Customs & Excise Investigator’ assigned to
enquire into Mr. Hulbert’s allegations
Mr. [REDACTED] will be able to clarify what he said to Mr. Hulbert and
why this should have caused Mr. Hulbert to fear reprisals. Mr.
[REDACTED] will also be able to answer (uncorroborated) claims that he
has – or has had – a working relationship with the intelligence services.
(vi) Det. Chief Insp. Paul Settle. Former head of Operation
Fairbank/Fernbridge
DCI Settle will be able to confirm (or deny) the information put forward in
this submission about his team’s investigation of the late Lord Brittan.
Specifically, he will be able to confirm (or deny) that former Customs
officer Maganlal Solanki told Operation Fernbridge that he had stopped
Mr. Brittan at Dover and had seized child pornography from him.
Submission to IICSA
Tim Tate: investigative journalist, author and documentary film-maker
July 30, 2016
37
DCI Settle will also be able to clarify the results of Operation Fernbridge’s
investigations into the alleged abuse at Elm Guest House and the role
played (or otherwise) in it by Leon Brittan.
(vii) Maganlal Solanki. Former Customs & Excise officer
Mr. Solanki will be able to confirm (or deny) giving to operation
Fernbridge the account of the alleged seizure at Dover contained in this
submission.
(viii) Mark Sedwill. Permanent Secretary, the Home Office
Mr. Sedwill should be able to provide evidence concerning legal advice
received by the Home Office in the 1970s and 1980s and which –
allegedly – persuaded the Home Secretary not to proscribe the Paedophile
Liberation Exchange organization.
(ix) The current head of CEOP
The head of CEOP should be required to provide data on the number of
full-time officers working under his command (as opposed to the number
of police officers under warrant available to him on request); of the
numbers of cases currently under investigation, and of those which are
either waiting to be assigned or have not been accepted by CEOP due to a
lack of resources.
The head of CEOP should also be able to provide evidence as to the
number of instances when it has provided IIOC images to the Global task
Force; and how many of those have resulted in the identification of either
an abuse victim or a perpetrator.
I am grateful to the IICSA for allowing this submission and for reading it. I am
happy to answer any questions which may arise.
CONTACT DETAILS
E-mail: tim@timtate.co.uk
Website: http://www.timtate.co.uk

salvegirl

Please note that victims of abuse may be triggered by reading this information. These links are generally UK based.

  • The Sanctuary for the Abused [A] has advice on how to prevent triggers.
  • National Association for People Abused in Childhood [B] has a freephone helpline and has links to local support groups.
  • Other useful sites are One in Four [C]
  • and Havoca [D].
  • Useful post on Triggers [E]  from SurvivorsJustice [F] blog.
  • Jim Hoppers pages on Mindfulness [G]  and Meditation [H] may be useful.
  • Hwaairfan blog An Indigenous Australian Approach to Healing Trauma  [J]
  • Survivors UK for victims and survivors of male rape or the sexual abuse of men [K]
  • Voicing CSA group [L] helps arrange survivors meetings in your area

Links

[1] 2016 Jul 30 Tim Tate Submission to the IICSA – redacted version https://cathyfox.files.wordpress.com/2016/08/tim-tate-submission-to-the-iicsa-redacted-version.pdf

[2] Tim Tate blog and webpage http://timtate.co.uk/category/blog/#_ftn1 – Might have to scroll down for the IICSA submission

[3] Cathy Fox Blog Search for Tim Tate https://cathyfox.wordpress.com/?s=tim+tate

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New Zealand Child Sexual Abuse – One Example

I had often thought that New Zealand, as a country of the “Crown” and a “Commonwealth” country similar to Canada, US, Australia and UK, would have the same problem with child sexual abuse as the others.

This example from New Zealand shows similar elements with those other countries

  • child sexual abuse
  • social services encouraging child sexual abuse
  • police favouring the abusers
  • parental alienation/separation
  • justice system corruption and secret gagging orders
  • church involvement
  • mind control

It is not known whether the other elements sometimes present with child sexual abuse, are involved in this case or in New Zealand, ie freemasonry, secret services or ritual abuse.

Update on 9 Aug 2014, I have been told there is a website dedicated toNew Zealand Child Abuse here [2]

Here is one set of parents story

 

Our experiences when we discovered our underage child was victim of grooming and sexual crimes in New Zealand

Our names are Dave and Margaret. We have been married over 35 years now and are loving, capable, and dedicated parents for whom our family is top priority. Alarmingly, one day we discovered that adult men were having group sex with our 14-year old daughter, so we asked police to prosecute as significant sexual crimes had been committed [1].

New Zealand Police informed us that they could only prosecute the men under instruction from social services (CYF), so following their advice we reported the matter to social services. Our family had no previous dealings with social services, and were surprised that police would not act directly on our reporting serious child sex crimes.

Initially, social services were very supportive of us as parents – they said we were doing all the right things under challenging circumstances. We agreed to their suggestion to send our daughter to counselling as we expected that counsellors would reinforce the message we were giving our daughter that she was putting herself in a very dangerous position with the child sex gang.

Three men, all employees of St John Ambulance, had embarked on a gang sex crime spree of grooming and underage sex. Police soon discovered that our child was only one of 5 underage victims of the gang. Three adult men, employees of St John Ambulance, were arrested and criminally charged.

Unfortunately for our daughter and for our family, the CYF counsellor took a very surprising position, deciding that our 14-year old child should be removed from our home so that she could continue to explore her sexuality with the adult men, unimpeded from family influence. The counsellors determined that as parents we had no right to protect our child from sex criminals.

1. The CYF Counsellors

CYF arranged for our daughter to be counselled by Dafanie Goldsmith of the Rosa Counselling Trust:

1. The counsellor maintained that the relationship between our 14-year old child and the adult gang members was “love and romance”. Even though the counsellor and her supervisor knew that two of the St John Ambulance men had conducted serious sexual crimes on our daughter including having group sex with her [2]. We were flabbergasted when the counsellor coyly described our child’s group sex activities with adult men in this way.
2. The counsellor refused point blank to discuss the sex crimes with our daughter in any way because she maintained that they caused no harm to her. The counsellor’s view was that the only harm to our child was from her parents because we caused a fuss when we found out about the child sex gang. This viewpoint of the counsellor and her supervisor (and later supported by CYF) is exactly the same view expressed by well-known paedophile Tom O’Carroll [3]
3. After meeting with our daughter for only 30 minutes, the counsellor and her supervisor took steps to get social services to remove our child from our home so that she could continue her sexual relationships with the gang free from any family influence.
4. We attempted to explain to the counsellor the effects of the grooming and the underage sexual crimes on our daughter, however she was completely closed to our viewpoints and said: “I don’t need to listen to you – I’ve had 20 years counselling experience and I’ve seen it all before”.
5. Years later in 2012, in a UK-televised special debate in the House of Commons, British MP John Hemming was so outraged at the treatment of our family by counsellor Daphanie Goldsmith that he labelled her a “bad practitioner” in the Westminster debating chamber.
6. The counsellor and her supervisor have no formal qualifications whatsoever.

2. Social Services (CYF)

Social services were initially very supportive of our parental efforts when we contacted them in order for the police to criminally charge the child sex gang members. However, after meeting with our daughter only for 30 minutes, the counsellor Daphanie Goldsmith recommended CYF remove our daughter from our family, and CYF’s behaviour toward us changed dramatically:

1. We twice wrote to CYF detailing our concerns about the counselling, however they did not reply. CYF ignored our written request for an urgent meeting on the matter.
2. Our view that the CYF counselling was damaging to our child is supported by a huge number of psychologists and qualified counsellors (see section 7).
3. CYF expected us to turn a blind eye to our child’s sexual exploits, they wanted us to allow her to continue to be a victim of statutory rape and statutory gang rape.
4. A formal CYF enquiry would later find that we have acted in the best interests of our daughter at all times. Our parenting skills and dedication to our family has been commended by a large number of professionals in NZ and around the world (see sec 7).
5. We contacted members of parliament to get CYF away from our family – it took the help of 4 MPs for CYF to eventually agree to leave our family alone.
6. Our daughter has told us on numerous occasions that all contacts she had with CYF focussed entirely on what they told her were her “bad parents”. Together with the counsellor, the CYF social worker alienated our child against her family.
7. However, CYF was not happy that we wanted to hold them accountable for their actions. Realising they had no legal grounds to remove our daughter they secretly encouraged her to leave home on her own, promising her that when she was 16 the State would provide for all her needs on condition that she has no further contact with her family.
8. As soon as she turned 16 our daughter left home. She did not want to live in our home under the rules and restrictions commonly found in most good homes. The State financed her to live independently. We were even prevented from paying her school fees. Our daughter moved in with school teacher/church pastor David Hayden, who met with us only once then told us he would do everything in his power to prevent our daughter ever having a relationship with her family ever again. David Hayden enabled our child to live without any rules and restrictions, and it resulted in a dramatic deterioration in her behaviour. It is over a decade since these events, and we have had extremely limited contact with her since she left home at 16.

3. The isolation of our vulnerable child from the protection of her loving family

Our daughter, who attended Westlake Girls High school, left home days after her 16th birthday. She moved in with David Hayden the Science teacher at Westlake Boys High school and pastor at Albany Christian Centre (now Inspire Church). The church had encouraged her to leave home. We had never before met or spoken with Mr Hayden. His wife, Madeleine Hayden was an employee of Kristin School.
David Hayden enabled our school child to live without any of the rules or restrictions normally associated with good parenting. She lived in a room away from the main house, able to come and go whenever she pleased. The deterioration in her behaviour at the Haydens was sudden and significant:

  • Our child was absent from school for a great deal of the two years she lived at the Haydens – far more days absent than the maximum absenteeism set by the Ministry of Education for a child to remain at the school.
  • Her academic performance plummeted from the 88% average for all subjects which she achieved when she lived at our home, down to 42% at the Haydens.
  • We saw photographic evidence on the internet of a lifestyle which would horrify any good parent – such as the day she spent as the “hired entertainment” for a men’s stag party aboard a launch on Auckland’s Hauraki Gulf – sitting on the laps of strange men in her bikini.
  • While at the Haydens and still at school, our child began an affair with a 33-year old strip-club and night-club owner, continuing even after the man became engaged to be betrothed. She would spend nights in a hotel with him (preferably with private jaccuzi), and had sex with him in his strip-club, in his car and in his parent’s house. She later sold the sordid details of this affair to Womans Day magazine who printed it as their cover story.

For the whole time our child lived with David Hayden, her family were unable to have any contact with her. David Hayden cut off all contact with our child, and told us that he would do everything in his “power to ensure she never has any contact with her family ever again”. David Hayden even prevented our daughter attending sex abuse counselling with Dr Christine MacKay, because he said he wanted to stop even indirect communication between our child and her family.

One week after the Haydens cut off all contact with our family, our daughter and David Hayden filed papers in the Family court to “divorce” her parents. The court case is a gagging application to silence us and prevent us speaking about anything relating to our daughter. There were no allegations of inappropriate parenting or any wrongdoings on our part [4].
A whole year went by with our daughter having absolutely no contact with any member of her family – not one single word. When we tried to contact the senior pastor at Hayden’s church, he conspired with Hayden to attempt to entrap us into contravening an interim gagging order the courts had imposed while the gagging case was in progress. Hayden then applied to the courts to have us imprisoned for contacting his church (see next section).

hayden and their daugheterDavid Hayden with our daughter

After more than a year of no contact with our child, one Sunday, we stood outside their church with placards. We were desperate, concerned for our child – we had to do something. We cleared our placard action with the NZ police beforehand. Inside the church, David Hayden addressed his congregation misleading them into believing that we had sexually abused our daughter and that the matter was before the courts.

He knew this was a lie, designed to shift focus from his deplorable actions of isolating our child – he was at the time attempting to take gagging orders against us in the courts which comprised no allegations of wrongdoing by us. Members of Hayden’s church congregation subsequently shouted abuse at us (such as: “Kiddy Fuckers!”, “Leave your daughter alone and go fuck your other children!”) indicating they believed the slanderous lies of David Hayden.

It is known that predators target young, vulnerable sex crime victims, and that their strategy is (1) to isolate their victims from the protection of family, (2) to alienate the child against their family, (3) to ensure the child is dependent upon them, and then (4) to ensure their actions are kept secret. David Hayden’s predatory actions with our child are extreme in all these criteria.

A large number of professionals have spoken out very strongly against the predatory actions of David Hayden. For example, Auckland psychologist Sara Chatwin described Hayden’s actions against our family during a 2012 interview broadcast on TVNZ’s Close Up programme as follows: “all power and all control of their child has been taken away, particularly by people with an agenda, people who want to exploit children”. A copy of the TV programme is here:
Part 1 (8 minutes): http://bit.ly/TVNZ-StJohnPaedophile-1
Part 2 (7 minutes): http://bit.ly/TVNZ-StJohnPaedophile-2

4. The gagging court cases to shut us up

In the witness box, our daughter refused to give evidence against the St John Ambulance child sex gang resulting in the collapse of the criminal case against the three adult men. She smiled at the accused men in the dock, and completely ignored her family in the public gallery.

Top psychologists believe that our daughter has been so alienated against her family that she is a victim of Stockholm Syndrome – a condition where the victim turns on those who have her best interests at heart, and protects those who are harming her. The condition occurs infrequently with kidnapping victims as well as under-age victims of sexual crimes.

What followed within days after the collapse of the criminal trial against the St John Ambulance child sex gang members, was a chilling series of events. David Hayden and our daughter applied to the courts to have us gagged. Their court action was financed by the State.

hese gagging orders involved an attempt to set historical legal precedent in New Zealand because it required that she had to legally “divorce” her family in order to gag her family. As part of her legal case to gag her parents, our daughter testified to the family court that she was victim of sexual crimes by the St John Ambulance men she had refused to testify against in the criminal court mere days earlier.

More details can be read in this cover story of a national magazine:

A total of 4 separate gagging proceedings were applied for over the next 2 years. We very quickly amassed $50,000 on lawyers fees, and soon ran out of money, thereafter conducting our own legal defence for the bulk of the period. In contrast, the opposing lawyers, solicitor John Hancock and barrister Barry MacLean, had an unlimited pool of public funds with which to harass our family in the courts. None of the legal cases taken out against us was ever successful.

In the courts, there were never any allegations of inappropriate parenting – our case was simply an application to silence our family. By tying us up in the courts, David Hayden could continue his isolation of our child from the protection of her loving family. The secret Family court made it very clear that they were quite prepared to send an innocent family to prison in order to keep us quiet at all costs. We were told we needed to be “re-educated”. The lies and shenanigans we had earlier received during NZ’s complaint-handling process were to be dwarfed by those directed against us in the secret court.

Here are some details of our horrifying court experiences:
1. At the initial interim court hearing, the opposing barrister Barry MacLean, launched into a tirade of lies to discredit the mother, Margaret. It comprised vicious vitriol – a 20-minute stream of baseless fabrications. At the end of his tirade, Justice Ryan called a recess for morning tea. When the court re-assembled after the recess, the court was surprised to see that Barry MacLean had left the building with no intention of returning. Having told his lies, he simply left, abandoning the court proceedings. As the opposing barrister was not present, we and our lawyer were now not permitted to address the court. We were thus denied an opportunity to refute Barry MacLean’s tirade of lies besmirching Margaret’s character. Rather than postponing the hearing or cancelling the hearing as would be required by the rule of law, Justice Ryan closed proceedings and retired to consider his verdict. Needless to say, the verdict was to impose an interim gagging order on us until a full hearing could be scheduled two years later, allowing David Hayden to isolate our child from the protection of loving family.

2. Our two sons were gagged “ex-parte” (without notice) by Justice Clarkson [5] – our sons were not permitted to be present in court and were not permitted to offer any defence, or even know there was a secret legal case against them. No evidence at all was led against our elder son – he was gagged simply because he was our son. Only partial evidence was presented against our other son. The judge imposed an ex parte gagging order knowing it was without full disclosure, making it illegal. These secret gagging orders unjustly silencing our sons are still in existence today, over a decade later.

3. The court kept us waiting for 2 years until they gave us a final hearing – a long time in the life of a teenager isolated from all contact with her family. At one point we were offered a deal – if we voluntarily accept permanent gagging, they would return our daughter to us for three months. We refused. For State-sponsored lawyers to attempt to trade time with our beloved child in return for our silence about State atrocities, is the most heinous form of blackmail.

4. We asked if we could have a cup of coffee with our daughter. The counsel to assist the court, barrister Emma Parsons (who is supposed to be impartial), replied that she would not put this proposition for a cup of coffee to our daughter because her school exams were coming up, and thereafter it was Christmas. Ms Parsons declared we would have to wait 5 months until she would ask our daughter whether she wanted to have a cup of coffee with her parents [6]. In our family, Christmas is a special time for family, however according to the court, Christmas was the reason given to continue the isolation of our child from the protection of family.

5. An application was made by David Hayden and our daughter to imprison us (her parents) for allegedly breaking the interim gagging order. As described in the previous section, after our child had been totally isolated from her family for over a year, we were trying to make contact with her or those enabling her to be harboured at the Hayden’s house. As the father Dave was out of town on business, so Margaret attended the court hearing. Our eldest son accompanied his mother, but he was not a defendant. Justice Clarkson opened the hearing by stating that she had not yet had time to read our affidavit submitted in defence of the imprisonment application.

However this did not stop the frenzied judge threatening Margaret with immediate imprisonment, her first words to Margaret were: “Give me one reason why I should not send you to jail right now!” When the opposing lawyer Barry MacLean spotted our son in the courtroom, he urged the judge to also threaten our son with immediate imprisonment in the same way. Justice Clarkson eagerly complied, ordering our son to the stand, shrieking at him that he too would likely be imprisoned immediately. Our terrified son was not even a defendant in the proceedings. At no time was our son accused of doing anything wrong. He was simply the victim of vicious State bullying in order to frighten him into never disclosing to anyone what had been done to his family.

From that day onward we felt unsafe in New Zealand. The message from the Family court was loud and clear – they would go to any lengths to silence us and cover up atrocities against our family, they demonstrated that they would not be constrained in these efforts by the law or the rule of law. We were innocent yet terrified, and decided that day to flee NZ as soon as the court cases were cleared up. Fearing imprisonment from a court that seemed out of control, we hired a lawyer – she concluded that we would “never get a fair trial in New Zealand”. We had not contravened the interim gagging order, but our lawyer advised that in order to stay out of prison, we should accept a deal on offer – we had to swear that we would never publish a book in NZ about State atrocities against our family, and we had to pay the opposing crooked lawyer Barry MacLean a pile of money. We were innocent, but as we had zero confidence in the integrity of the court, we accepted the deal because prison would seriously affect Dave’s international business where most of his customers are in the USA.

6. Three days before the final hearing, the opposing barrister Barry MacLean presented yet another affidavit to the court – it comprised yet another pack of lies. In response, we presented an affidavit to the court providing evidence that MacLean’s 3-page affidavit contained 12 blatant lies, 9 statements of innuendo, and 2 incorrect facts. That’s a lot of perjury packed into 3 pages. Justice Ryan did nothing at all about this, and made no reference to the lies, or any other aspect of the lawyer’s conduct in his summation.

7. At the final hearing, we were specifically barred from bringing any witnesses for cross-examination. In contrast, the opposing lawyers were allowed witnesses for cross-examination.

8. Our final hearing lasted a whole court day. We were provided only 20 minutes at the very end of the day to present our legal argument. The whole of the rest of the day was allocated to the opposing legal team to present their argument.

9. During the final hearing, before we had the opportunity to present our case, Justice Ryan advised our daughter that if her present gagging application was unsuccessful, she should consider applying for a protection order to gag her parents. The judge, the counsel to assist the court, and our daughter’s solicitor and barrister, then openly discussed whether a protection order would be an appropriate tool to gag us, the parents. Counsel to assist the court (who is supposed to be impartial) told us that a protection order would be appropriate to gag us because she said we needed to be “re-educated” (presumably this meant we needed to be educated on the benefits of one’s under age child having gang sex).

A protection order has provision for compulsory “education sessions”. A protection order would also mean that if our severely alienated teenage daughter ever wanted her family imprisoned, all she needed to do was simply enter the same building as us (such as our home or workplace) – police would then be obliged to immediately imprison us without a trial. Our daughter’s gagging application was unsuccessful, and she did thereafter apply for a protection order to gag her parents, however thankfully, this too was unsuccessful.

10. In affidavits to the court, we provided a huge body of evidence of actions severely alienating our daughter against her family – alienating actions by the St John sexual predators, CYF, the CYF counsellors, the school, David and Madeleine Hayden, and our daughter’s State-funded lawyers. Our evidence of alienation was backed up by strong, clear opinions from top psychologists. NZ case precedence [7] requires a judge to act swiftly and decisively to evidence of alienation of children from parents. However, throughout the two-year period, all our pleas to Justice Ryan to deal with the alienation were totally ignored, even though at one point in proceedings the judge remarked to the opposing barrister: “I’m sure you will agree that there has been significant alienation in this case”. Why did the judge not act if he agreed there was severe alienation? We can only surmise that the Judge Ryan views the alienation of children against their parents as acceptable if it contributes to isolating a young sex crime victim from the protection of her loving family.

11. After two years we won the case and obtained our freedom of speech back. Our vulnerable child had been isolated from the protection of her family for two years by David Hayden, during which time we had not been permitted to speak about it. Even though we won the case, by delaying judgement, the judges had enabled the actions of a predator.
In only 3 court appearances, 6 out of the 8 principles comprising the rule of law, as identified by Lord Tom Bingham [8], had been seriously violated. One could expect these standards of justice in countries such as Somalia or perhaps Zimbabwe. The St John Ambulance men who had committed sexual crimes on our daughter had got off free, but in order to cover up their atrocities, and in order to isolate a vulnerable child from the protection of her family, two lawyers had used State money to bully us into silence.

5. Outcomes for our family

a) Outcomes for our daughter

Clearly a 2-year protracted court case against all members of her family, would alienate a young teenage sex crime victim even further against her family.
Dr Joe Carver, Clinical Psychologist, a world-renown expert on Stockholm syndrome, wrote to us: “In your situation, you have almost all the high-risk components (of Stockholm Syndrome) with the exception of life-threatening (hostage, prisoner, death threats, etc.). The support of the pastor is especially distressing as that family is using their position as supposedly moral, honest people to provide credibility and approval to your daughter’s situation.”

b) Outcome for our eldest son

Our eldest son, a quiet, reserved, sensitive boy, was dealt to with particular harshness and hostility during the secret Family court gagging procedures. He endured a vicious attack by the judge and lawyer during one court day, simply because he was our son. He was not a defendant in the court that day, he was simply an observer who accompanied his mother. However, a frenzied judge saw fit to order him to the stand so that she could terrorise him by threatening to imprison him immediately, even though he was never ever accused of doing anything wrong. They savagely bullied a defenceless, innocent, frightened young man to ensure his silence, so that he would never dare tell of what has been done to his family, and so he would say nothing of the isolation of his young, vulnerable sister by the Haydens.

Shortly after the court cases our son killed himself.

c) Outcome for us as parents

We have been married now for over 35 years and regard ourselves as decent, well-respected, honest, devoted, law-abiding parents. Our surviving son is a fine, well-balanced, respectable young man. Encouraged by David Hayden, our daughter has sadly shunned her parents and brothers, and all extended family, ever since she left home at 16 – well over a decade ago. Our experience has been an absolute parent’s nightmare. Every society has bad people who commit sexual crimes, however our research indicates that the brutally abusive way we were treated by NZ State authorities and by David Hayden, is probably unprecedented anywhere in the world in recent history. The appalling, unprecedented pressure on a young teenager to end all relationships with a good, loving family should not be tolerated. There should be consequences for the guilty.
In effect, we lost two children – one dead and one severely alienated. To date, no one has yet been held to account.

Our multiple secret court appearances left us frightened and afraid, and concluding that it is too dangerous to live in a country where one has no protection from the law – the family courts are NZ’s Guantanamo Bay where, cloaked in secrecy, the State does it’s dirty deeds beyond the constraints of the law and the rule of law. It is absolutely terrifying to realise that a judge will ignore and law and the rule of law, and was quite prepared to lock us up for no reason whatsoever, with no accusation and no evidence of any wrongdoing. We had endured two years of secret court terror, at the hands of a Stockholm Syndrome teenage victim and a sinister church pastor.

Even though we eventually won the court cases, the total disregard for proper procedures and disrespect for the rule of law inside the secret court fills us with fear. The very day we won the last court case we began packing our bags – we uprooted our high-tech business, and we fled the country, going to London. We had previously notified the courts of our departure together with the reasons. The business now employs Londoners instead of Aucklanders and creates high-tech products for some of the largest companies in the world. Our company is a fine example of what happens when businessmen lose confidence in courts  that have no appetite for upholding the rule of law. The economic consequences for NZ as a direct result of our ordeal are obvious [9].

A few months after escaping to London, we had the traumatic experience of having to fly back to NZ to bury our eldest son. Perhaps some breathed a sigh of relief – a brilliant, innocent, gentle, decent young man, who has never been accused of doing anything wrong, but was targeted purely because he was our son, would no longer be a threat in exposing the truth about NZ State atrocities and about a sinister predator.

Our daughter is now a qualified lawyer in NZ. However the only court cases she has been involved in are the five gagging cases against her own family. Despite being qualified in law, she steadfastly clings to the belief that adult men having sex with under age children is quite acceptable, even though NZ law clearly makes it a crime. Her false belief is supported by NZAC counsellors, CYF, David Hayden, as well as their team of lawyers who harassed our family.

In contrast, we the parents believe in upholding the law, we believe that it is a parents’ obligation to protect their children from child sex criminals, and we believe that adult men having sex with an under age child is a serious crime. For our beliefs we have been harassed to the extent that we had to flee the country, our son killed himself after being illegally bullied, and we have lost all contact with our daughter for many years. We seek justice for these consequences.

d) The future

Through our court cases, YouthLaw had attempted to create a child rights utopia in NZ, a society where children could divorce their parents, where children could shut their parents up, and where parents could be prevented from protecting their children from sex gangs. YouthLaw were defeated in their aims because our family stood up to them and fought back despite huge imbalances in resources. NZ society would be very different had they won.

The two judges, Ryan and Clarkson, cannot dismiss their frequent and significant disregard for the rule of law by claiming ineptitude – gross judicial corruption is the only reasonable explanation.

David Hayden continues to exert influence over our daughter over a decade later. Clearly he is still committed to his goal to ensure our daughter “never has any contact with her family ever again”. We are concerned that when our daughter has children, Hayden will poison the next generation as well.

Paedophiles who do their research will conclude that not only because of our experiences, but also because of others such as the Roast Buster gang victims [10], NZ is reluctant to punish child sex gangs. NZ remains very committed to covering-up child sex and state wrongdoings against innocent families.

John Saks, Founder and Chairman of the For the Sake of our Children Foundation in NZ, wrote: “(In your case, you) have state sponsored alienation of a family……Your daughter is considerably more fortunate than most in her circumstance as evidenced by the tremendous effort you have put into ‘righting the wrong’. Your efforts should be applauded, and I am very thankful that at least one daughter in our nation has parents hugely committed to her….It is my hope that your suffering/agony has not been in vain – and that many other sons and daughters of our nation and other nations may be better off because you ‘stood tall’ for them also”.

Paul Adams, Member of the NZ Parliament wrote to us: “My heart goes out to you. This is an absolutely absurd situation…. No wonder we have problems with our children in this country when we try to stop parents being parents, especially good ones, like you obviously are, trying to do what is right for your daughter caught up in a tragic situation….You have done very well and I think you need to be commended for your actions”.

The world needs to learn about the dangers to a good, decent family that exist in New Zealand.

6. Outcome of our official complaints

Our experiences with the NZ Police and Ministry of Education, as well as the outcomes of complaints we filed to the New Zealand Association of Counsellors (NZAC), social services, the Ombudsman and the NZ Teachers Council, can be found here. Not one of the “independent” complaint authorities found any merit in any of our complaints or component thereof. Yet so many experts in NZ and around the world are so adamant that serious wrong doings were committed against our family. The only conclusion we can draw is that NZ’s complaint handling authorities exist for the prime purpose of covering-up wrongdoings. NZ should learn the lessons of the Hillsborough Enquiry.

7. What others have said about our ordeal

Comments from around 100 people, including Members of Parliament in NZ and the UK, from professionals such as university Professors, Psychologists, Counsellors, concerned members of the public, as well as family friends, can be viewed here.

8. Media Coverage

The parents, Dave and Margaret, can be contacted at their pseudonym email address:
frankpjacksonnz@gmail.com

Notes

[1] The legal minimum age of consent is 16 years under New Zealand law.

[2] The names of these St John Ambulance men are Karl Berghan and Sam Brens. Google their names for more information. These two men were presented with their second Queen’s awards in 2012 by New Zealand’s Governor General despite him being fully informed of their crimes. We have recorded our dealings with St John ambulance here: http://bit.ly/1CYSw3w

[3] A 60 Minutes interview with well-known paedophile Tom O’Carroll, where he expresses the viewpoint that adults having sex with children causes no harm, the only harm is from police and parents making a fuss:
http://www.news.com.au/entertainment/tv/minutes-investigates-alleged-westminster-paedophile-network/story-e6frfmyi-1227447820543

[4] Westlake Girls High School counsellor Alison Horspool had taken our daughter to YouthLaw to commence these gagging proceedings against her parents and brothers.

[5] The actions of this judge are so horrific that we have drawn up a detailed affidavit on it here: http://bit.ly/Judge_Clarkson

[6] It took about a year for that offer of a cup of coffee to be put to our daughter, however her lawyers insisted that we sign a confidentiality agreement covering the cup of coffee. They wanted to ensure that anything we learned from our child during that cup of coffee remain a secret. We refused to sign, so never actually had the cup of coffee with our child. We still wonder to this day, what were they hiding? What does our daughter know that her lawyers were so desperate for us not to find out?

[7] See for example Jones v Skelton [2007].

[8] Tom Bingham, The Rule of Law, 2011. ISBN: 978-0-141-03453-9

[9] British Trade Minister Lord Jones announced the relocation of our firm to London in a dedicated press article in the Mail on Sunday. Whilst those hiding child sex gang abuse, corruption in NZ, and predator actions, no doubt celebrated our departure, the British government department of Trade and Industry were delighted at their gain.

[10] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roast_Busters_scandal

Links

[1]  Dave and Margaret Our experiences on discovering our daughter was victim of sexual crimes in NZ pdf download  https://cathyfox.files.wordpress.com/2016/08/our_experiences_on_discovering_our_daughter_was_victim_of_sexual_crimes_in_nz.pdf

[2] New Zealand Child Abuse http://newzealandchildabuse.com/historic-abuse-claims/

[A] Sanctuary for the Abused http://abusesanctuary.blogspot.co.uk/2006/07/for-survivors-coping-with-triggers-if.html

[B] NAPAC http://www.napac.org.uk/

[C] One in Four http://www.oneinfour.org.uk/

[D] Havoca http://www.havoca.org/HAVOCA_home.htm

[E] SurvivorsJustice Triggers post http://survivorsjustice.com/2014/02/26/triggers-what-are-they-and-how-do-we-work-through-them/

[F] SurvivorsJustice Blog http://survivorsjustice.com/

[G] Jim Hopper Mindfulness http://www.jimhopper.com/mindfulness/

[H] Jim Hopper Meditation http://www.jimhopper.com/mindfulness/#cultivate

[J] 2016 Jan 5 Hwaairfan blog An Indigenous Australian Approach to Healing Trauma https://hwaairfan.wordpress.com/2016/01/05/an-indigenous-australian-approach-to-healing-trauma/

[K] Survivors UK website for victims and survivors of male rape or the sexual abuse of men https://www.survivorsuk.org/ and twitter https://twitter.com/SurvivorsUK

[L] Voicing CSA website – http://voicingcsa.uk/ helps arrange survivors meetings in your area. Voicing CSA supports the IICSA and VSCP and works to help adult survivors of child sexual abuse find their voice

This is all written in good faith but if there is anything that needs to be corrected please email nz@cathyfox.33mail.com

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the truth will out, the truth will shout, the truth will set us free

“The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing” – Edmund Burke

“He who does not bellow the truth when he knows the truth makes himself the accomplice of liars and forgers.” Charles Peguy

To sin by silence when we should protest makes cowards out of men  – Ella  Wheeler Wilcox

 

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5 Sunday Times / Times Articles on Goddard Abuse Inquiry Resignation

Five pieces [one added 11.35 Aug 7th, one added Aug 8th] 4 from the Sunday Times -two articles and two opinion efforts from Aug 7th and one from The Times Aug 8th

They all very much follow the pro Janner, anti Goddard, anti child sexual abuse inquiry as there is no Westminster child sexual abuse, propaganda, that the paper has been pushing out recently. Whether the strands are linked is a matter to be found out…

That said there is some interesting information, but can lawyers be trusted, especially considering the characters they get to support them? eg usual suspects Dominic Lawson in the Sunday Times, Libby Purves in the Times and David Rose in the Mail  [6] Child abuse inquiry judge Dame Lowell Goddard did not resign – she was ‘sacked’, legal sources reveal. To be fair I know nothing of Robert Mendick at this time but here is his article in the Telegraph [5] Lord Janner’s family in legal bid to exclude him from child sex ?

A contrary view to the above is available here 2016 Aug 5 Guardian [7] The Guardian view on the child abuse inquiry: don’t stop now

Are the establishment pulling together to use this opportunity to shut down the inquiry? It should also be remembered that all lawyers for the inquiry should be under some sort of confidentiality clause and if we have lawyers on the inquiry blabbing, what does this say about their trustworthiness?

2016 Aug 7 The Sunday Times [1] GODDARD RESIGNATION Pantomime dame Out of her depth and out of a job: how the child abuse inquiry lost its head

In the Millbank offices of the child sex abuse inquiry, tensions between Dame Lowell Goddard and her team had been building for some time.

They reached a climax on Thursday when a source alerted The Sunday Times. “The confrontation with Goddard will take place today,” the insider said. “If she tries to cling to office and goes to Theresa May or Amber Rudd, she will discover that there is no support for her.”

A few hours later Goddard had gone — tendering a curt resignation letter that was immediately accepted by Rudd, the home secretary. It was the culmination of months of unrest in which the New Zealand high court judge, appointed in February last year, had suffered a “terminal” loss of confidence in her by her legal team and fellow panellists.

Staff were unhappy with her “autocratic” manner, and she was said to be disdainful of the four panellists who sat alongside her. The lawyers working for her and those appearing in the hearings had lost faith in her ability to accomplish her mission.

On Friday, Rudd met representatives of child sex abuse survivors to reassure them that the inquiry would continue, but there are growing fears that its remit is simply too unwieldy for one person to control.

Goddard may get a three-month severance payment of around £90,000 and will continue to use a £2,000-a-week flat in Knightsbridge, west London, until she returns to New Zealand or makes other arrangements. Her brief tenure has proved a painful and expensive diversion from the government’s long-term goals of clarity and resolution of a debilitating social ill.

According to an insider, the final straw came two weeks ago during a preliminary hearing into the case of the late Lord Janner. Goddard appeared baffled by a request for reporting restrictions to be imposed and admitted that she was unfamiliar with “local law”.

It was an “uncomfortable” moment for those involved, said the insider. Another described it as a “disaster” that made her position impossible.

Goddard had become a laughing stock. She could not make straightforward decisions of law

Early last week, rumours began circulating that the inquiry staff were upset by Goddard’s behaviour, as well as her apparently shaky grasp of the minutiae of UK law. One source said: “Is she difficult? Yes. You need a thick skin to work with her.”

Another went further: “Goddard’s treatment of the staff and of the panel of four assisting her has been autocratic. She made it clear that she had no time for the panel and would like to run things herself.

“But she also seems to have a poor memory, which became painfully obvious.” Last week’s reports that Goddard had spent three months out of the country during her first year in charge merely compounded the concerns of many close to the inquiry.

One senior criminal QC noted: “There is a widely held view that Goddard was simply out of her depth and had become something of a laughing stock. She could not even make straightforward decisions of law and lacked the absolutely vital confidence of QCs appearing in front of her.”

The decision by the inquiry to devote its first investigation into allegations against Janner had been a “PR disaster” and veered out of control, according to insiders.

“It went off-piste and became all about establishing guilt instead of doing what it was set up to do, [which was] look at institutions,” said one.

Ben Emmerson QC, the counsel to the inquiry, bears some responsibility for the Janner controversy. He suggested at the first preliminary hearing that the inquiry was likely to make “findings of fact” on whether some of the allegations were true.

That led to widespread criticism in legal circles over the justice of making such decisions when the accused was dead and the cross-examination of witnesses was not allowed.

Janner’s son Daniel, himself a QC, yesterday called for the investigation into his father to be scrapped. “Goddard should never have taken my father’s case as the only strand focusing on an individual rather than an institution,” he said.

“He was never convicted of any offence, and singling out an innocent person for the one non-institutional strand reflects a serious failure of judgment.”

Janner went on: “My family seeks justice. This can be achieved in the civil proceedings when the false accusations can be properly and fully cross-examined, whereas they cannot in this inquiry.”

Another barrister, Matthew Scott, who has taken a close interest in the proceedings, added: “An inquiry that was set up largely on the basis that there had been some sort of ‘VIP paedophile ring’ needs at least to acknowledge the possibility that politicians and others in public life are not — as conspiracists were telling us — part of an ‘elite’ protected by a code of omerta, but are in fact just as vulnerable to false accusations as anyone else.”

Scott added: “Either Ms Rudd must come up with a new chair with the authority to radically change its methods and direction, or she must have the courage to turn to her new boss and say . . . ‘I’m afraid it can’t work; I’m going to tear it up and start it again.’ ”

Goddard was appointed after two previous chairwomen, Baroness Butler-Sloss and Dame Fiona Woolf, had quit after being seen by abuse victims as too close to the Establishment.

The first substantive hearings are not due until March 2017, by which time the inquiry will have cost around £36m before a single piece of evidence has been heard.

The search for a successor is under way, but an interim chair may be appointed, with Alexis Jay, who already sits on the inquiry panel and led the highly regarded Rotherham child sex exploitation inquiry in 2014, seen as the most likely candidate.

It is not impossible that Jay will become full-time chairwoman to allow the inquiry to move on swiftly.

Goddard’s treatment of the staff and of the panel of four assisting her has been autocratic. She made it clear that she had no time for the panel and would like to run things herself

Goddard herself blamed her departure on the “legacy of failure” that dogged her appointment from the start. “The conduct of any public inquiry is not an easy task, let alone one of the magnitude of this,” she said in a statement. “Compounding the many difficulties was its legacy of failure, which has been very hard to shake off, and with hindsight it would have been better to have started completely afresh.”

Whoever replaces her will face a Herculean task. The inquiry remit is so wide and open-ended that any jurist might quake at the prospect of having to formulate a coherent approach.

Keith Vaz, chairman of the home affairs select committee, which has summoned Goddard and Rudd to a hearing on September 7, said it might be necessary to break up the inquiry into separate parts. This, however, would be a return to the situation that existed before May launched the independent inquiry into child sexual abuse (IICSA) when a number of inquiries were taking place simultaneously.

“It just may be that this is too big an inquiry,” said Vaz. “It may be better to do this in sections, because what we are also trying to do is stop abuse happening now, as we proceed, and we cannot do that if we are waiting 10 years or five years for a recommendation. We can’t just move on as if nothing has happened. We really do need to look into it.”

A government source played down the chances of any dramatic change in the inquiry’s scope or format: “It is ongoing. There are a lot of people who have been working on this for a while who are continuing to do that, so there are no suggestions that it will be scaled back or changed.”

Another problem for Goddard’s successor will come with the so-called Truth Project, in which survivors can give anonymised testimony of their experiences. Around 2,000 people are expected to testify and a hotline has been established for new complainants. Critics have said that the collection of testimony is “absorbing huge amounts of staff time” and is distracting from the inquiry’s core work on institutions.

Abuse victims, who have generally been impressed with Goddard’s sensitive attitude, are unlikely to approve any move to scrap it. Goddard may also have fallen foul of jealousy among London’s legal profession, given her £500,000 annual pay package and the fact that she was always viewed as an outsider.

Yet the speed with which she departed, once dissent over her role had become public, suggests that no amount of money or grand judicial lodgings could compensate for what became an impossible task.

Additional reporting: James Lyons

 

2016 Aug 7 The Sunday Times [2] Dominic Lawson Months wasted hunting headlines rather than the truth about child abuse

I am surprised everyone seems so surprised by the resignation of the highly expensive New Zealand import Dame Lowell Goddard as head of the independent inquiry into child sexual abuse.Well, not everyone. You, my dear readers, will recall that five months ago this column expressed incredulity at Dame Lowell’s £500,000 package (twice that of the lord chief justice): “It is not as if Goddard . . . is some sort of judicial superstar. In an admittedly unscientific recent survey of New Zealand’s 63 judges, she ranked 63rd. The compilers cited a trial she conducted, which on appeal was condemned by a ruling of five law lords from our own judicial committee of the privy council as follows: ‘It is impossible to imagine a clearer example of a trial that has gone off the rails.’”

All right, I had a bit of inside information; I had been picking up from those close to the inquiry just how, well, useless Goddard was. But that only became blazingly clear to onlookers two weeks ago, when at a preliminary hearing she seemed completely unfamiliar with British law on a straightforward matter involving non-disclosure, causing the inquiry’s chief counsel, Ben Emmerson QC, visible embarrassment.

It was also evident, at least according to the account of an astounded Joshua Rozenberg, the leading legal correspondent present, that the four panel members of the inquiry “were not on speaking terms with her”. That’s because they (along with the legal team) had completely lost confidence in Goddard; and in turn, that’s why she had to go. The Home Office already knew how bad things had got, which is why the new home secretary, Amber Rudd, took about a second to accept Goddard’s two-sentence letter of resignation.

The useless Goddard seemed completely unfamiliar with British law

Light comedy was accidentally provided that evening on BBC’s Newsnight by the former children’s minister Tim Loughton, as he declared crossly that Goddard was “deeply impressive, and I know she’s greatly respected by the people she’s got working closely around her”. The unfailingly foolish Loughton was one of the Tories who had backed the Labour MP Tom Watson’s completely spurious allegations under parliamentary privilege that there had been a paedophile conspiracy at the heart of Westminster.

This was the febrile atmosphere in which the then home secretary Theresa May set up an inquiry with the almost impossibly extensive remit of investigating how every single British institution, both public and private, had failed to protect children from abuse over the past 45 years. To compound the problem, Mrs May performed the unfortunate hat-trick of hand-picking three chairwomen (no man was eligible, apparently), each of whom has been found unsuitable for mission impossible.

Gordon Brown used to joke (no, really) that “there are two sorts of chancellors: those who fail and those who get out in time”. Mrs May, now safely installed at No 10, has demonstrated the same can be said of home secretaries.

But she cannot be blamed for the specific way in which, under Goddard, the inquiry immediately went off the rails. Remember that its remit, as stated in its terms of reference, was: “To consider the extent to which state and non-state institutions have failed in their duty of care to protect children from sexual abuse and exploitation; to consider the extent to which those failings have since been addressed; to identify further action needed to address any failings identified; to consider the steps which it is necessary for state and non-state institutions to take in order to protect children from such abuse in future.”

So how did Goddard begin her investigations and hearings? Not into a public institution with legally proven cases of sexual abuse under its watch (such as the Church of England or the BBC) but a single individual against whom nothing had been proved: the late Lord (Greville) Janner. It is true that at the time of his death, Janner — who had severe dementia — was under the cloud of a 2015 Crown Prosecution Service statement that it had evidence which would have justified prosecution of the peer for sexual assaults against youths. However, the director of public prosecutions, Alison Saunders, also said “this was an extremely difficult and borderline case”.

Not according to the media, still in a frenzy following the ludicrous assertion by the police that the late Jimmy Savile had “groomed the nation”. This was not just a tabloid frenzy. In an editorial after Janner’s death last December, The Guardian angrily declared that he “is now beyond justice, at least of the earthly kind. Nor will his victims get their day in court.” Not even “alleged victims”. The Guardian just knew Janner was guilty: who needs a trial?

Unfortunately, the same belief seems to have been held by the inquiry’s chief counsel, a volatile campaigning lawyer with an eye for the news (and sometime Guardian columnist). Again, to quote this column from last March: “On the first day of the inquiry’s proceedings, its QC, Ben Emmerson, declared that he would attempt to make ‘findings of fact’ in cases of individual abuse, blithely referring to ‘Lord Janner and other individuals allegedly associated with him in his offending’.”

I believe that Emmerson, like his favourite newspaper, saw Janner as the easiest of targets and that it would bring the inquiry early kudos (not to mention press coverage) if it brought “findings of fact” that the peer had indeed been a child abuser.

Goddard backed Emmerson up by declaring that “the naming of people that have been responsible for the sexual abuse of children . . . is a core aspect of the inquiry’s function”. But it wasn’t, and not only because the late Greville Janner was not an institution. The Inquiries Act 2005 tells Goddard that she must not “determine any person’s civil or criminal liability”.

Although the inquiry seemed prepared to do exactly that, it made clear to Janner’s family that its representatives would not be allowed to subject witnesses to cross-examination. These would remain anonymous, behind a screen. When Janner’s son Daniel — a leading criminal barrister — protested, he got a letter from the inquiry conceding only that it was “likely to exercise discretion to allow direct questioning sparingly, with due regard to the need to protect vulnerable witnesses”.

I wrote here last March that I had no idea whether Janner’s family or his accusers were right, but “as legal process, this stinks”. It has since emerged that Janner’s principal accuser, now middle-aged, in 1991 made false allegations of sexual assault against the woman running the care home he had lived in, Barbara Fitt — at the same time he first told police he had been abused by Janner. Mrs Fitt was exonerated later that year, but died suddenly at the age of 44, months after she had been formally cleared.

In common with others who much later came forward with similar allegations against Janner, this principal accuser is making civil claims for damages against the late peer’s estate. So when their lawyer, Liz Dux of Slater and Gordon, declared that her clients (some of whom have convictions for fraud and obtaining property by deception) “are not motivated by anything other than getting to the truth,” that, itself, is not the whole truth.

The other truth is that the inquiry should, after more than a year of mismanagement and £18m of costs, drop its headline-hunting obsession with a peer who (being dead) cannot defend himself — and devote itself to its statutory duty.

2016 Aug 7 The Sunday Times [3] Scrap this inquiry and think afresh

Amber Rudd, the home secretary, intends to find a replacement for Dame Lowell Goddard as quickly as possible, and says “the success of this inquiry remains an absolute priority for this government”. As an immediate reaction to Dame Lowell’s departure, that is perhaps understandable. The child abuse inquiry was, after all, established two years ago by her predecessor, now her boss, Theresa May.

Mrs May, in establishing the independent inquiry into child sexual abuse, clearly believed she was doing the right thing. Last year she said child abuse was “woven, covertly, into the fabric” of British society. She could be forgiven for thinking so. The full scale of the Rotherham child sex abuse scandal was only then emerging. The air was full of allegations of abuse by former politicians, many of them Tories, with a number of the allegations promoted by Tom Watson, Labour’s deputy leader. On the back of the Savile affair and the conviction of Rolf Harris, other entertainers — often wrongly, it turned out — were in the police’s sights.

Things have changed. It is now clear that many of the allegations against politicians and entertainers were either malicious or the imaginings of fantasists. It is also clear that the inquiry is too big and unwieldy to succeed.

Dame Lowell, its third chairwoman, warned before taking on the role that an inquiry that “does not have achievable goals . . . cannot deliver”. She was right. As home secretary, Mrs May spent wisely to tackle the scourge of modern slavery in Britain. Her successor needs to find a better way to spend the money on learning the lessons of the past and preventing future child sexual abuse. Persisting with this inquiry is not it.

Updated 11.35 Aug 7th with this article

Links

[1] 2016 Aug 7 The Sunday Times GODDARD RESIGNATION Pantomime dameOut of her depth and out of a job: how the child abuse inquiry lost its head http://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/pantomime-dame-kdjs080mr

[2] 2016 Aug 7 The Sunday Times Dominic Lawson Months wasted hunting headlines rather than the truth about child abuse http://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/a-year-wasted-hunting-headlines-rather-than-the-truth-about-child-abuse-zf9n69d96

[3] 2016 Aug 7 The Sunday Times Scrap this inquiry and think afresh http://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/scrap-this-inquiry-and-think-afresh-5njpcvzln

[4] 2016 Aug 7 The Sunday Times GODDARD RESIGNATION Mutinous lawyers toppled head of sex abuse inquiry http://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/mutinous-lawyers-toppledhead-of-sex-abuse-inquiry-25t55xxs8

[5] 2016 Aug 6 Telegraph Robert Mendick Lord Janner’s family in legal bid to exclude him from child sex abuse inquiry http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/08/06/lord-janners-family-in-legal-bid-to-exclude-him-from-child-sex-a/

[6] 2016 Aug 7 Daily Mail David Rose Child abuse inquiry judge Dame Lowell Goddard did not resign – she was ‘sacked’, legal sources reveal http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3727441/Child-abuse-inquiry-judge-Dame-Lowell-Goddard-did-not-resign-sacked-legal-sources-reveal.html

[7] 2016 Aug 5 Guardian The Guardian view on the child abuse inquiry: don’t stop now https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/aug/05/the-guardian-view-on-the-goddard-inquiry-dont-stop-now

[8] Cathy Fox Blog Index of Newspaper and Journal articles on this blog https://cathyfox.wordpress.com/2015/05/23/newspaper-stories-index-timeline/

[9] 2016 Jan 8 The Times  Libby Purves This farce of an inquiry needs a total rethink http://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/this-farce-of-an-inquiry-needs-a-total-rethink-cs9xbbqq3

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