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Claim Army chiefs knew psychiatrist a paedophile

By Lyra McKee

Published 01/04/2016

Morris Fraser
Morris Fraser

An ex-military intelligence officer has said he believes senior personnel in the British Army were aware that child psychiatrist Morris Fraser was a child abuser.

Fraser, who worked at the Royal Victoria Hospital in Belfast in the 1970s as a senior psychiatric registrar in the hospital's child guidance clinic, was allowed to continue working with youngsters despite his convictions, according to a study by Dublin academic Niall Meehan.

The convictions happened in London in 1972 and New York in 1974.

Colin Wallace, a former intelligence officer based at Army HQ in Lisburn in the 1970s, said he'd met Fraser around 1973. "He came to our HQ in Lisburn with a Scandinavian man. The Scandinavian was doing an academic study of community conflict.

"Some time after that, the entire department was told by a senior officer not to grant Fraser use of any of our facilities. By that stage they (the Army) obviously knew there was something untoward. Certainly, by his 1974 conviction, we knew about him."

Wallace was wrongly convicted of manslaughter in 1981. The conviction was later quashed and was the subject of a book by veteran English investigative journalist Paul Foot, Who Framed Colin Wallace?. The book raised questions about whether or not Wallace had been framed for murder after he'd briefed journalists while working for the Army about Kincora Boys' Home and one of its employees, William McGrath.

McGrath was convicted of child abuse in December 1981 over attacks on boys in his care.

Wallace has claimed the Army knew he was a danger to children years before.

Now living in England, Wallace has kept a number of intelligence documents on Kincora.

One, a 1973 briefing detailing McGrath's background and role with loyalist paramilitary outfit TARA, contains a reference to Fraser. Scribbled at the bottom of the page is a handwritten note: 'Ulster's children of conflict, New Society, 15 April 71' with an arrow pointing to the title and 'Dr M Fraser? RVH' written. This is believed to be a reference to a story published about Fraser's research on children in conflict. Wallace says the note was written by one of his colleagues, an Army major, and believes he had intelligence suggesting a link between Fraser and Kincora or those who were working in the home.

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