Al­le­ga­tions of La­nark child abuse are rub­bish, wit­ness says

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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 the home were be­ing un­fairly por­trayed as “mon­sters and out-and-out child beat­ers”.

A sec­ond wit­ness, also in his 60s, said pre­vi­ous ev­i­dence given to the in­quiry was a “gross dis­tor­tion of the truth”.

Other wit­nesses have re­counted a cat­a­logue of abuse at Smyl­lum Park, which was run by the Daugh­ters of Char­ity of St Vin­cent de Paul and closed in the 1980s. This in­cluded beat­ings, hu­mil­i­a­tions, cold show­ers and chil­dren be­ing force-fed ined­i­ble food.

Yes­ter­day’s first wit­ness, who can­not be named, de­scribed his time at Smyl­lum as “pos­i­tive”. Asked about vi­o­lence in­flicted by the nuns, he added: “I didn’t see any­thing like that. There are lots of lies be­ing told.”

The in­quiry con­tin­ues.

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