Thursday, April 14, 2016

Kincora abuse probe disarray as second witness Colin Wallace rules out testifying

The inquiry into historical sex abuse at the former Kincora boys' home in east Belfast has been dealt a second blow in as many days after another key witness yesterday vowed he would not testify at the probe.

Former Army captain Colin Wallace spoke out after another witness, Roy Garland, said he would not speak at the Historical Institutional Abuse inquiry (HIA) in Banbridge.

Both men feel it does not have enough power to get answers and were disappointed by a High Court ruling that barred a judicial review of Secretary of State Theresa Villiers' decision not to refer Kincora to the more powerful London-based Goddard Inquiry.

Mr Wallace previously told this newspaper that with witnesses ageing every day, time was quickly running out to get to the truth of what really happened at Kincora.

"Is the sexual abuse of children in London really more significant than the sexual abuse of children in Northern Ireland?" he asked.

An unknown number of children were abused at the east Belfast boys' home, which operated from 1958 until 1980.  (more...)

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