Ex-kids’ home head denies abusing boys
NO-ONE TRIED TO HELP THEM, JURY TOLD
A BOYS’ home head abused four children without interference from other staff, a jury heard.
Michael Robinson, now 65, carried out assaults in his private flat at the Hazelwood home in Mount Hooton Street, Forest Fields, it was alleged at Nottingham Crown Court.
Some incidents took place after he told a boy that “a soap massage would be good for his body”, said Rebecca Herbert, prosecuting.
When the victim appeared uncomfortable, he was told that he “would be put in another home where it would happen anyway.
“The boy didn’t tell anyone about it – he was too afraid,” she said.
Four boys have made allegations against Robinson, who denies 26 charges of indecency dating from the 1980s.
Miss Herbert said the boys were allowed into Robinson’s apartment, where they could play music and watch TV. One was permitted to use a bath while Robinson watched him.
“No-one seems to have been bothered about the situation at all. No-one seems to have particularly interfered with it.
“Michael Robinson was the boss of Hazelwood. What Michael Robinson said at Hazelwood went at Hazelwood,” said Miss Herbert.
One boy said he became one of Robinson’s “favourites” soon after arriving at the home. Robinson, who was officer-in-charge, bought him clothes and took him to a pub.
Evidence was supported by a handwritten logbook which was kept at the home and was found by police officers.
“There are all sorts of entries going back decades into what was happening,” said Miss Herbert.
The four children all had similar hair colours, which suggested they were “the type of young boy he liked”.
On occasions, Robinson pretended to be angry and spanked one of the boys, who began to cry. When this happened, Robinson appeared to get upset and “then started to cuddle him”, said Miss Herbert.
Other abuse took place when Robinson was alleged to have given whisky to a boy who kept quiet about the incidents for 30 years.
Robinson is also accused of persuading a boy to undress and then taking photographs using a Polaroid camera, which produced pictures within seconds.
Another boy told police that Robinson made him stand blindfold while he was being touched.
Miss Herbert said the boy often dodged school and Robinson had “one to one chats” with him.
The trial continues on Monday.