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The Tragic Magic Circle – Scotlands Shameful Child Sexual Abuse Scandal Continues

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Tales from Scottish Legal La La Land

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A man was arrested on Valentines Day and is still in jail on remand in Scotland, with bail having been refused on 3 occasions [99a] . What is it about this softly spoken genteel 68 year old man that has caused the Scottish establishment to arrange his incarceration for the second time?

Why does Alex Salmond continue to break the law, defy the Information Commissioner and refuse to hand over the information that was given to him and the date it was given? [109][110].

What is the connection between this mans imprisonment and the following?
Four Sheriffs and partners,
Two ex partners of Sheriffs
Two High Court judges and partners
Two Procurator Fiscals and partners
Six ex partners of Procurator Fiscals
Sixteen court staff
Thirty seven staff from Scottish government departments
Seventeen primary school teachers.
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The GB And LB Films.

Many thanks to RD for sharing this with me.

Much has been made recently about this entry in The London Gazette about the seizure of indecent material by Customs and Excise at Dover in 1982.

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London Gazette

What does LB stand for ? What does GB10 stand for ?

RD supplies a very plausible explanation for GB10 at least. GB10 is likely to be an abbreviation of the name of a Golden Boys film. These featured the abuse of boys and were produced by COQ.

“Almost all other magazines consisted of photographs sent in by individuals. In order to avoid criminal proceedings for indecent assault or sexual abuse of children, some publishers used only photographs made in other countries. The same applies to films. Many films were produced by the firm COQ in Holbaek in Denmark, under the title Golden Boys. The ambiance (clothing, landscape, housing style) of various films we saw suggests that these were made in the United States, possibly in the West”.

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This then begs the question, if GB is not the initials of an offender featured in the movie then  isn’t it plausible that LB could stand for  ‘Lover Boys’ part of a series of films, very similar in nature to Golden Boys?  Lover Boys films were “produced” by Color Climax of Amsterdam

I hate to be the one who in recent months has played the role of critical skeptic, I want to see offenders arrested like everyone else but I think that too many people are not looking at the evidence critically themselves.

I’d urge caution when reading any sensationalist story concerning the nature and content of these films. Ultimately, it will be hard evidence that will see VIP child abusers arrested and not coincidences however intriguing they are.

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Savile: Historical child protection investigations

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Many children’s homes but not Haut de la Garenne ?

Written statement to Parliament, Department for Education, delivered on 27 March 2014 by Michael Gove

Education Secretary’s statement regarding investigations relating to Jimmy Savile and a number of children’s homes and schools in England.

I wish to inform the House that the Department for Education has received information about Jimmy Savile relating to several children’s homes and schools in England, dating back to the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s. This information was uncovered as part of the document review process undertaken by the Metropolitan Police Service on behalf of the Department of Health.

Having reviewed the information, I have decided that the Department for Education should pass the information to the appropriate organisations for further investigation. In most cases the work will be conducted by the relevant local authority; in others the relevant institution or a legacy organisation will take the lead.

In order to ensure consistency of approach with the NHS Savile investigations, I am replicating the arrangements adopted by the Department of Health to quality assure the work. I have appointed Lucy Scott-Moncrieff to provide independent oversight and quality assurance of the process, undertaking a similar role to that of Kate Lampard in the NHS trust investigations. I have asked Lucy Scott-Moncrieff to ensure that investigating organisations take all practicable steps to establish what happened and why at the time of the incidents, and any lessons there might be to inform current safeguarding practice in our schools and children’s homes.

I will inform the House of the outcome of this work.

Information has been provided to responsible organisations as set out in the table below:

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 Claims Jimmy Savile abused children at 21 children’s homes and schools in England must be investigated by local authorities, the government has said.

The allegations concern institutions in Yorkshire, London, Manchester, Kent, Surrey and Devon, among others, and relate to the 1960s, 70s and 80s, the Department for Education said.

The information was uncovered as part of a review by the Met Police.

Police have said Savile abused more than 200 people over six decades.

The former BBC DJ and presenter died in October 2011, aged 84, before the sex abuse allegations came to light.

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“Finlayson-Newman Report”: Listen – Take Seriously What They Say (1993) Lothian

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City of Edinburgh Council have released the “Finlayson-Newman Report”:
Listen – Take Seriously What They Say (1993)  authored by Alan F Finlayson and Alison J Newman [1] prepared for John Chant, the Director of Social Work, Lothian Region. This was in response to a Freedom of Information Request [2].

The report was originally published in September 1993. It was in response to comments by Lord Caplan at the close of the trial of William Hogarth in July 1992. Hogarth was a residential care worker of the Social Work Department and was found guilty of 6 charges of assault over 7 homes and 3 childrens homes.

A review of present and planned arrangements for responding to complaints from young people in care with recommendations for further action.

The council also say that “Within the text there is regular reference made to “Shrubhill”. This is in fact Shrubhill House which was…

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Judge Mental: Judge Denis Watson

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Judge Denis Watson QC gets the ‘Judge Mental’ award today for sentencing Andreas Bauminis, a Latvian national to only 8 months in prison despite the fact that he possessed an alleged snuff movie.

“A 20-minute ‘snuff’ video showed a 15-year-old girl being raped, strangled with a wire and apparently murdered before being wrapped in a plastic sheet and dragged out the room.”

Regardless of whether it was genuine or not, and the Judge having watched it thought it was genuine, anyone who would seek to get pleasure from such a video should receive a much greater custodial sentence than 8 months (out in 4 months).

It is also rather odd that a story that involves a ‘snuff’ movie, which must surely now be evidence in a potential murder inquiry somewhere in the world and a tip off from The Ministry of the Interior of the Russian Federation has only been reported in a few local newspapers. So, unusual did this seem to me that I had to contact Liverpool Crown Court and the Police myself to verify the details.

Well done to those news sites that have covered it.

A SHOCKING ‘snuff movie’ was found at the Skelmersdale home of a young factory worker along with other appalling child abuse images, a court has heard.

And a judge told Andreas Bauminis: “It is hard to imagine or contemplate a more grotesque, revolting, repulsive and inhuman series of images.”

The disgusting videos were discovered at the home of Bauminis following information from the Ministry of the Interior of the Russian Federation about use of internet file sharing sites.

Police went to his home, which he shared with his brother’s family, including two children, in February last year and seized his computer tower.

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Gay Rights Activist Brendan McGowan Jailed

Regular poster GW has posted:

The Rainbow project tells me, to paraphrase;

– They have reviewed their records of meetings, reports and membership lists and have found no evidence of McGowan as a member

– The group has spoken to founding members, who confirmed that McGowan was not involved

– He has never been a member nor held any roles, or carried out roles for the group.

– The group has strict vetting procedures and all staff and volunteers are required to undergo “AccessNI” checks.

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A 69 year old Derry man who groomed a 12 year old schoolboy for his own sexual desires is beginning an 18 months jail sentence after admitting a number of sexual abuse offences at Derry Crown Court.

Brendan McGowan, from Brewsters Close in the William Street area of the city,  pleaded guilty to a total of nine charges,  including indecent assault,  committing an act of gross indecency with or towards the boy and inciting the boy to commit an act of gross indecency…

…The young victim was a fourth year in school when he realised what was happening was wrong and stopped seeing McGowan.

The court was told after not telling anyone for a number of years, he eventually reported the abuse to police when in May 2012.

The court also heard McGowan was a homosexual and had been to the forefront of setting up the Rainbow support group for gay people in the city.

Derry Daily

Can anyone tell me if this is the same ‘Rainbow Support Group’ that is funded by BBC Children in Need, The Northern Ireland Police Force, Derry City Council (for whom Brenden McGowen worked as a swimming instructor), and The National Lottery, among others ?

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Is it this Rainbow Support Group ?

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The one that offers support for ‘gay’ children ?

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