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Kincora victim passes away without a state apology for his sexual abuse

By Claire O'Boyle

A man who suffered sexual abuse at a Belfast boys' home has died before recommendations from the Historical Institutional Abuse Inquiry were put into action.

Clint Massey, who was assaulted at the age of 16 at Kincora, was told in January that he had only months to live, and had called on politicians to "stop bickering".

Mr Massey, who was suffering from lung and brain cancer, had said he wanted "to be here when this is finally wrapped up".

Former Ulster Unionist leader Mike Nesbitt expressed his sorrow at the news and called on the Secretary of State to move quickly on the recommendations of Sir Anthony Hart's 2017 report.

"Here was a man who had to live his entire adult life carrying the burden of abuse which was forced upon him through no fault of his own, by those who were charged with protecting him," Mr Nesbitt said.

"His story is one of ultimate failure by the state and those acting on the state's behalf.

"Yet Clint not only waived his right to anonymity in his efforts to secure justice for fellow survivors, he spoke publicly without an ounce of self-pity.

"Fifteen months after Clint and several hundred other victims were vindicated by the report from the Public Inquiry into Historical Institutional Abuse, those deserving of redress continue to die rather than receive the help they so patently deserve.

"Secretary of State Karen Bradley has promised a statement on the budget and MLA salaries.

"I urge Mrs Bradley to add the recommendations of the public inquiry report to her 'to do' list.

"As Clint's sad passing proves, to do nothing is an obscenity too far."

Margaret McGuckin, who represents the Survivors and Victims of Institutional Abuse group, which has been campaigning for redress, said she was "so saddened" by the news.

She said: "Clint was a very shy, insecure, timid man when we first met." She added that he would be "sadly missed".

Retired judge Sir Anthony Hart published the findings of the inquiry in January 2017, shortly before Stormont collapsed. It examined allegations of abuse against hundreds of young people in the care system between 1922 and 1995.

One of many recommendations made was that compensation should be given to victims, as well as an apology by the state. The recommendations have not yet been implemented.

Speaking in January, Mr Massey called on politicians to take action, and said some were being "unbelievably petty".

He said politicians were "throwing a spanner in the works" as victims of child abuse were finally on the cusp of getting closure.

Last year Mr Massey said he didn't care about the money, saying it was acknowledgement from the state that he had been let down that was more important.

At least 29 boys were abused at east Belfast's Kincora home between the late 1950s and early 1980s. Three senior care staff at the home were jailed for abusing 11 boys in 1981.

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