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

Abuse survivor Richard Kerr
Abuse survivor Richard Kerr
Kincora Boys' Home
Kincora Boys Home in Belfast
Home Secretray Theresa May
Colin Wallace insists he has tried to expose the cover-up of the sex abuse scandal at Kincora
Former Kincora residents Richard Kerr and Gary Hoy outside Belfast High Court

By Liam Clarke

Richard Kerr is still scared. He has been warned of Establishment feathers being ruffled. Living in Texas, he feels safe enough on the other side of the Atlantic, but is nervous of returning here again.

He last travelled here from his US home in February for a legal battle to demand that Kincora is investigated as part of a UK-wide public inquiry. This probe would have greater powers to get to the truth than Sir Anthony Hart's Historical Institutional Abuse inquiry in Banbridge. Judgment in the case is still reserved.

"I'm still in some fear," he says tonight on Channel 4. "I need to know that I can have faith in our government. But right now, when they're not willing to bring Kincora into Westminster, the message that sends to me is that there's some kind of cover-up."

Mr Kerr pointed out that people like Ian Paisley senior have been accused of sexual misconduct on the internet - yet to Mr Kerr's knowledge, the former DUP leader was never involved in abuse, and two intelligence officers who have spoken out concur.

Other senior figures have more suspicion attaching to them. The Jimmy Savile and Cyril Smith cases are well known. Now Enoch Powell is being investigated for Satanic child abuse, although nothing is proved. Other figures like Sir Knox Cunningham and Eric Witchell, an Anglican monk who worked for a time in the care system here, have been accused, as have senior politicians.

If such allegations are untrue they cannot be allowed to destroy reputations. But if they are true, we owe it to the victims to leave no stone unturned.

Colin Wallace, a former army intelligence officer, was the first to try and raise Kincora by leaking information to the Press. But his harrowing experience has had a chilling effect on others. He was forced out of the Army, wrongly imprisoned for manslaughter and decried as a Walter Mitty.

"One of the things that is now being realised here is that the breadth of the abuse is UK wide - Kincora is not isolated," Mr Wallace said. "Looking at it through the experience of one person really brings it home to you that this is all linked together. When I started out raising this it was difficult to believe that even Kincora was happening, never mind a wider paedophile ring.

"Now you have senior police officers in England saying they were threatened with the Official Secrets Act to stop them investigating. Richard Kerr's story supports that; his sincerity is clear."

Victims and whistleblowers must be allowed to speak out freely. The only way they will feel safe giving evidence is if they are compelled to do so by a legally enforceable subpoena and given watertight assurances.​

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 

Further reading

Bishop names Enoch Powell in paedophile ring, satanic worship scandal

Royal family member was investigated as part of paedophile ring before cover-up, ex-cop says

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

Theresa May: Child abuse runs through British society like 'a stick of Blackpool rock' 

Metropolitan Police to be investigated over claims of child sex abuse cover-ups because MPs and officers were involved

Anonymous promise 'Nightmare on Elite Street' for public figures accused of child sex abuse cover-up

Russell Brand asks 'is the establishment riddled with paedophiles?' in latest Trews YouTube video

Margaret Thatcher stopped officials publicly naming Sir Peter Hayman as suspected paedophile


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' 

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'

From the archives

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

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