Siblings win £1m abuse payout from Church of Scotland
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.”