Lord Mountbatten has been accused of sexually abusing an 11-year-old boy at a children’s home in Northern Ireland.
The is the first case against the great uncle of King Charles and comes 43 years after his death.
Mountbatten, who was was seen as a father figure and mentor to the young Charles, was “a homosexual with a perversion for young boys” according to FBI files
Legal proceedings have been initiated against a number of institutions in Northern Ireland alleging that Lord Mountbatten abused the child at a notorious Belfast children’s home in the 1970s.
The Mail Online reports: Arthur Smyth, who has waived his right to anonymity, claims he was twice molested by the royal in 1977 at the infamous Kincora children’s home in Northern Ireland.
Lord Mountbatten, Prince Philip’s uncle and a second cousin of King George VI, was murdered two years later when the IRA planted a bomb on his yacht.
Now, for the first time, the High Court in Belfast is set to hear allegations that he abused a boy at the children’s home – which has faced widespread allegations of abuse.
Five years ago a public inquiry found at least 39 boys had been abused at Kincora – four decades after three members of staff were jailed for abusing 11 victims there. The inquiry criticised the authorities for failing to act and the Police Ombudsman for Northern Ireland last year slammed the Royal Ulster Constabulary for its poor response to complaints at the time.
Despite claims security agencies actively aided the abuse, no evidence to support those allegations has been accepted. Mr Smyth, now 56, claims he was first abused by staff member William McGrath – who came to be known as ‘the beast of Kincora’ – shortly after arriving at the home.
He claims that Mr McGrath introduced him to an ‘upmarket’ stranger in August 1977 who preyed on him twice.
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