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Kincora scandal: How Colin Wallace's world turned upside down

Former Army officer Colin Wallace
Former Army officer Colin Wallace

By Steven Alexander

Born in Randalstown, Colin Wallace worked his way through the Territorial Army, 'B' Specials, UDR and SAS before winding up as an information officer at Thiepval Barracks in Lisburn in 1968.

He was involved in disinformation and black propaganda at the Information Policy Unit and acted as a source for journalists, feeding stories both true and invented.

In 1974 Wallace attempted to expose the scandal of Kincora Boys' Home, where it has been claimed that fanatics, paedophiles, paramilitaries and politicians were involved in abusing children.

After Wallace complained to his superiors he was sacked, and in 1975 transferred to England after being accused of passing confidential information to journalist Robert Fisk.

Shortly after the Kincora scandal became public knowledge Wallace was arrested and later convicted for killing antiques dealer Jonathan Lewis, who was found drowned in West Sussex in 1980.

Wallace – who had been having an affair with Lewis' wife – served six years in jail, but always protested his innocence.

His conviction was eventually quashed in 1996, and in the famous book Who Framed Colin Wallace? journalist Paul Foot suggested that Wallace had been framed by rogue members of the security services.

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