Antrim at centre of child abuse scandal

Thursday, 13 April 2017

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THERE have been fresh calls for an investigation into a children's home in Antrim after a serial sex offender admitted abusing a child in its care.
Back in 1985 Henry Clarke told police that he had preyed on a young boy at Bawnmore Boys' Home in Newtownabbey 17 years previously, before admitting carrying out 'similar activity' in Firmount Children's Home in the Greystone estate.
Having evaded capture for so long, during which time he moved to Canada to open a boys' home there, he firmly believed that his sordid secrets would finally be laid bare in a court of law. But he was wrong.
The Director of Public Prosecutions felt that the passage of time 'rendered proceedings stale and inappropriate', so no charges were brought.
To all intents and purposes, Clarke had got away with it and was enjoying a new life - while his victims struggled to come to terms with theirs.
But his reign of terror was finally exposed with the publication of the voluminous Historical Institutional Inquiry report.
*Read the full, shocking story in this week's Antrim Guardian


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