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A nun has told an inquiry she "slapped" children in her care at an orphanage but said she is "not aware" of beating a boy unconscious. The 73-year-old was giving evidence to the Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry of her time at Smyllum Park orphanage in Lanark, South Lanarkshire, between 1969…
A child dies. A nation mourns. The professionals gather to ask how and why. The media and the public want answers, then justice. It’s sadly an all too familiar process. With Channel 4’s new TV drama Kiri, the British public peek into the world of the social worker at the…
An elderly nun has denied children were beaten, force-fed and humiliated at a controversial care institution. The 92-year-old woman told Scotland's Child Abuse Inquiry she had not witnessed any cruelty or struck any youngsters herself during her time at Smyllum Park orphanage in Lanark. She told the inquiry she was…
Toddler Poppi Worthington was sexually abused before her death, a coroner has ruled. The "fit and active" 13-month-old was in an "unsafe" sleeping environment and suffered injuries to her bottom caused by penetration, Cumbria's senior coroner David Roberts said. Mr Roberts gave his conclusions on Monday following a three-week inquest…
Allegations of historic child abuse at an orphanage have been described as “absolute rubbish” by two former residents. One witness to the Scottish Child Abuse inquiry said he had been “extremely well treated” at Smyllum Park in Lanark. The man, now in his late 60s, said the nuns who ran…
Denying the "orchestrated" abuse which took place in child care homes across Scotland should be a crime, an inquiry has heard. A former resident of Smyllum Park in Lanark made the claim before the Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry in Edinburgh on Tuesday. He described his time at the orphanage as…
Former football coach Barry Bennell carried out the "systematic and persistent" sexual abuse of young boys, including assaulting two youth footballers in the changing rooms at Crewe Alexandra's ground, a court has heard. The 63-year-old, who worked as a youth coach in Cheshire, Derbyshire and Manchester from the late 1970s…
Nuns at an orphanage used anti-Semitic threats while beating a boy of Jewish descent, an inquiry has heard. The witness, who was at Smyllum Park in Lanark during the 1940s and 1950s, said he is "haunted" by memories of his time at the facility. He told how he is still…
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