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Raze Kincora 'house of horrors' to the ground, says Peter Robinson

By Liam Clarke

Published 24/04/2015

This property in East Belfast was formerly Kincora boys home
This property in East Belfast was formerly Kincora boys home
Call: Peter Robinson

The First Minister has backed calls for Belfast's "house of horrors" where some of the most vulnerable children in society were systematically abused by paedophiles to be demolished.

Peter Robinson has suggested that Kincora boys home - where the sexual abuse of boys has been linked to an Establishment paedophile ring - could be bought by the State and razed to the ground.

Three senior care staff at the former boys home were jailed in 1981 for sexually abusing 11 boys. Since then there have been constant claims that MI5 allowed the abuse to continue in order to blackmail senior politicians and others with influence.

These claims have been fuelled by interviews in the Belfast Telegraph. They involved retired army intelligence officers and Richard Kerr, a former Kincora resident who revealed he was trafficked to England and abused by a VIP paedophile ring.

Mr Robinson yesterday described the house as "a lasting physical reminder of that abuse."

He added: "In so many other cases where horrific crimes are tied to a particular building, it has been demolished. There is a strong case for the same to happen with Kincora.

"The building has been used in the intervening years, and is in private hands, but that does not prevent the State from purchasing the site and removing that last physical reminder of the abuse suffered by those young boys."

Margaret McGuckian of Savia, the abuse survivors' pressure group, raised the issue with Mr Robinson last year when she met him with Clint Massey and Gary Hoy, two Kincora victims who pass the former residential home most days.

"When I met Mr Robinson and discussed this with him he was really honest and sincere. I had Clint and Gary with me," she said.

"I get calls nearly every other night and they are still recorded: 'I am going up to Kincora with the firelighters to burn it'".

She revealed that Mr Hoy had asked the DUP leader: "Peter what would you do if your son went through it?"

"Peter told him, 'I'd crack.' It impressed me that he was talking as an ordinary man and a father, not a politician" said Ms McGuckian.

Mr Massey (57) now lives in Bangor. "I pass it regularly. I can't ignore it. It brings up the hairs on the back of the neck every time I go near it," he said.

Richard Kerr, who now lives in Dallas, said he was delighted by the First Minister's call and hoped others would back him.

"I am still having trauma treatment from what happened. Going back to Kincora with the Belfast Telegraph was something I needed to do but it made me sick to the pit of my stomach. It would be wonderful if this building was replaced by something that would help victims," he said.

Kincora is at present owned by Market Solutions, a consultancy. A spokesman said: "It has been refitted as offices some time back and will shortly be renovated for rental."

Further reading

Kincora: Memories for abuse victims will never go away

Traumatic revelations on Kincora

Ignore the hysteria and get justice for victims of Kincora

Kincora: Labour would include abuse at Belfast home in UK-wide inquiry

Kincora: Calls to add child abuse at Belfast boys home to Westminster VIP paedophile probe

Richard Kerr: I was molested by powerful people at Dolphin Square and Elm Guest House in London  

Intelligence officer Brian Gemmell sorry for failing to pursue Richard Kerr's case

Kincora: Without protection, Richard Kerr is afraid to tell all

Kincora: Theresa May accused over sex abuse probe 'snub'

Child sex abuse victims must not be collateral damage  

Kincora: Only a full inquiry will do  

Kincora victim Richard Kerr in explosive new claims as he returns to horror house 30 years on  

'I'm haunted by survivor's guilt... it helps to have my story heard'  

Kincora children trafficked throughout UK, claims former resident Richard Kerr  

Kincora: Justice Goddard's inquiry offers the only viable option for justice, Naomi Long  

Calls grow for probe to cover Kincora  

I will reveal the secrets, says ex-Army officer Colin Wallace

Kincora: MI5 knew about it but did nothing, that much is certain  

Full story of Kincora Boys' Home in east Belfast yet to be told, says child sex abuse victim

Kincora: Ulster Unionist leader Mike Nesbitt joins calls for inquiry into abuse at boys' home

Baroness's brother 'tried to limit probe into Kincora'

Kincora: MI5 'must hand over files on abuse at east Belfast boys' home'

Ian Paisley's dead pastor friend linked to sexual abuse of children  

Editor's viewpoint: We must know truth of Kincora

Child abuse inquiry must look at Kincora Boys' Home, says Amnesty International

MI5 'blocked exposure of Kincora sex abuse scandal'

Kincora Boy's Home scandal: South African intelligence 'secretly backed loyalist paramilitary group Tara'

Kincora Boys' Home scandal: journalist Peter McKenna dies

State papers: The perjury that allowed Kincora suspect preacher to walk

Westminster’s dark secret: abuse of children, adultery, homosexuality and sadomasochism were all seemingly lumped together

Civil servant Mark Sedwill admits Home Office ‘probably’ destroyed paedophile dossiers  

Westminster child abuse dossier: Geoffrey Dickens also gave copy of file to top prosecutor Sir Thomas Hetherington - so why did DPP fail to act on evidence of paedophile ring?  

Historic child abuse files missing

Tory peer Lord Brittan defends handling of 1980s sex abuse dossier

Abuse claims police matter - Clegg

Abuse probe 'into soul of society'

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Kincora: Sex racket at children's home (Irish Independent, 1980)

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