‘I was raped by Cyril Smith’ says ex-school pupil

Rochdale Observer - - CHILD SEX ABUSE INQUIRY - Da­mon.wilkin­son@men-news.co.uk @Da­monWilkin­son6

AFORMER Knowl View pupil has told how he was raped by Cyril Smith at the school.

The man said he first at­tended the ‘hor­ri­ble’ res­i­den­tial boys school in Rochdale, in the 1980s when aged 12 or 13.

Giv­ing ev­i­dence to the In­de­pen­dent In­quiry into Child Sex­ual Abuse the man, who can­not be iden­ti­fied for le­gal rea­sons, de­scribed Knowl View as ‘worse than a prison’.

He said pupils were mainly ‘left to their own de­vices’ at night.

One night he said a mem­ber of staff ‘pulled him out of bed’ and ‘frog­marched’ him to a flat, pos­si­bly a staff ac­com­mo­da­tion area, where 29 stone Smith was sit­ting on the bed.

He said Smith, a gover­nor at the school, made him take off his py­ja­mas and per­formed a sex act on him be­fore rap­ing him.

“He forced me to lie face­down on the bed,” the man said.

“I did as in­structed. I had no clothes on. He climbed on top of me. He was enor­mous and I felt I was be­ing crushed.”

Ear­lier he told the in­quiry about his first en­counter with Smith.

He said one night he woke up to see a ‘very big, fat man’ sit­ting on his bed.

The man then sex­u­ally as­saulted him.

Ter­ri­fied, he spent the rest of the night sleep­ing un­der a fel­low pupil’s bed and the fol­low­ing morn­ing said he was ‘too scared’ to tell staff what had hap­pened

Shortly af­ter­wards he saw the same man in the school and a friend told him it was ‘Cyril Smith, the MP for Rochdale’.

On an­other oc­ca­sion the man said Smith again per­formed a sex act on him and when he re­fused to do the same to Smith he was ‘given 20 cig­a­rettes and thrown out of the room’.

He also re­called an­other in­ci­dent where he was raped by an un­known man while ‘high on cans of ale and cans of gas’ as Smith sat on the side of the bed laugh­ing.

The wit­ness said he ‘blocked out’ the at­tacks, but in 2012 re­ported one of the in­ci­dents to the po­lice.

Two years later, af­ter see­ing a coun­sel­lor, he went back to the po­lice.

The man also dis­cussed the phys­i­cal abuse which took place at the Bam­ford school, which closed in the mid-90s.

He said pupils who were naughty dur­ing the night were made to stand in the gym naked by teach­ing staff.

When asked what ‘level of naugh­ti­ness’ led to such a pun­ish­ment he replied ●●For­mer Rochdale MP Cyril Smith is al­leged to have sex­u­ally abused young boys at Knowl View School and Cam­bridge House hos­tel ‘talk­ing’.

Smith served as Rochdale MP from 1972 to 1992, and died aged 82 in 2010.

The na­tional in­quiry is ex­am­in­ing how he, and oth­ers, were able to al­legedly prey on young boys at Knowl View and Cam­bridge House hos­tel, which was also in Rochdale.

The Lon­don hear­ings are ex­pected to last an­other seven days.

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