Sib­lings win £1m abuse pay­out from Church of Scotland

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THREE sib­lings who were sex­u­ally abused by a care home worker have se­cured £1mil­lion in dam­ages from the Church of Scotland.

The sis­ter and her two broth­ers were tar­geted by pae­dophile Ian Sam­son at Lord and Lady Pol­warth Chil­dren’s House in Ed­in­burgh.

Sam­son, then aged 72, was jailed for 14 years in 2013 at the High Court in Glas­gow af­ter he was con­victed of 22 of­fences in­volv­ing the sex­ual abuse and rape of 12 chil­dren over a pe­riod of many years.

Af­ter rais­ing a le­gal ac­tion last year with Digby Brown So­lic­i­tors, the woman se­cured £500,000 from the Kirk while her two broth­ers each re­ceived £250,000, said to be the most com­pen­sa­tion re­cov­ered from a religious body in Scotland.

The Church of Scotland said it hopes the set­tle­ment fi­nally brings a sense of jus­tice to the in­di­vid­u­als af­fected and pro­vides “some small re­dress for the trauma which they ex­pe­ri­enced while in our care”.

Some chil­dren at the home hid in cup­boards and slept in dog bas­kets to es­cape abuse.

In a state­ment the sib­lings, who can­not be named for le­gal rea­sons, said: “Sam­son was evil and robbed us of our child­hood and our fu­ture.”

A Church of Scotland spokesman said: “The abuses per­pe­trated by Ian Sam­son at Lord and Lady Pol­warth Home in the 1970s are mat­ters which have been ex­am­ined by the crim­i­nal courts and by the Scot­tish Child Abuse In­quiry and for which we have ex­pressed our deep and sin­cere re­gret.”

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