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Paedophile inquiry 'whitewash': Judge said Tory child sex abuse claims were “best forgotten”, claims former government lawyer
He said the judge who headed an inquiry thought the shock accusations were “too sensitive” to be made public
Child sex abuse claims against a top Tory were “credible” but not investigated properly, a former government lawyer revealed yesterday.
Christopher Allen said the judge who headed an inquiry into the North Wales children’s homes scandal thought the shock accusations were “too sensitive” to be made public and “best forgotten”.
Mr Allen said the judge, Sir Ronald Waterhouse, reckoned a victim was exaggerating to increase his compensation.
Mr Allen, one of five lawyers on the inquiry in 1996, said: “I felt the allegations were credible.
"I would have loved to have seen him (the Tory) pursued because there has got to be something behind the allegations.”
In another blunder, the Tory accused of being a paedophile was said to be dead when the Waterhouse report was published in 2000 – but the unnamed Conservative aide is still alive today.
Sir Ronald, who died in May last year, also thought a second witness who backed up the Tory abuse claims was talking about someone else, it emerged yesterday.
However, the man who led an earlier probe insisted yesterday he had no recollection of allegations a senior Tory was among the child abusers of the 1970s and 1980s.
John Jillings, who carried out an investigation for Clwyd county council in 1994, said his report was pulped because the council was told by its insurers victims would be able to sue.
But he added: “I’d rather not get involved in listing names because it’s a long time behind me. They didn’t include well-known people in public life.”
Yet victim Steve Messham, who said he was regularly taken from Bryn Estyn children’s home in Wrexham to a hotel where he was sold for sexual abuse – including by a senior Tory from the Thatcher era – slammed Mr Jillings’s comments as “appalling”.
He said: “My statements have always been crystal clear. I have never hidden the fact who abused me.”
The Government this week announced two new inquiries following his fresh claims.
And another was launched yesterday into allegations Jimmy Savile abused girls at a children’s home in Jersey.
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