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This property in East Belfast was formerly Kincora boys home

This property in East Belfast was formerly Kincora boys home

Call: Peter Robinson

Call: Peter Robinson

This property in East Belfast was formerly Kincora boys home

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."

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