I’ve come to dread media stories about Elm Guest House and stopped blogging about them a while ago. Myth is layered on top of legend, and legend on top of rumour and speculation. Few stories do what a newspaper story is supposed to do, and that is inform.
This story in The Daily Mail is not in the same category. – HERE
Stephen Wright and Richard Pendlebury should be commended, not least for protecting the victim’s identity while still giving a fair and informative account of what happened, that isn’t as easy as people might think.
There are one or two minor issues which I would question but even if they were wrong, and I don’t know that they are, they would not detract from the broad narrative that has been laid out, they are, as I said, minor.
There would appear to be key new sources which have given significant new detail. A social worker present at the police interview and at least one police officer involved in the raid. I have no way of verifying or contradicting these sources at this time but I have sent a couple of emails to very reliable contacts I have who’ll know but I have no reason to believe the story is incorrect, I’m just checking.
[Update, my first contact, a former social worker connected to events at the time, has replied to me and broadly supported the Daily Mail account.]
Stephen Wright and Richard Pendlebury have also avoided the error that other journalists have made and not sought to weave existing sensationalist myth into the story that they have. Frankly, the story that they have doesn’t need embellishment but I think it is just as important to note what has not been written as it is to take notice of what has been written.
Finally, to answer the question written in the title, ‘Is this the last word on Elm Guest House’ ?
Probably not, though Stephen Wright and Richard Pendlebury have supplied what looks like the first near complete narrative. It is in the nature of ‘legal restrictions’ that they pass with time, there are also other related Elm Guest House issues that will be looked at, and of course the myth will go on, continually embellished with rumour and speculation online.
I just hope that people don’t lose sight of the fact that at the very centre of this story is the sexual abuse of a young boy.
Nevertheless, one of those present at Elm Guest House that day was the young boy. He was removed from the premises and interviewed by detectives in the presence of a social worker at nearby Richmond police station. His initial testimony was truly shocking.
He said that a man at the guest house had explained to him about how homosexual men did ‘tricks’ with each other. Afterwards, the man raped the boy in a bedroom. This was the first time the child had been sexually abused in this way.
A few weeks later, the boy was again at the guest house when Kasir told him that other men could do ‘tricks’ with him, for which he would get paid. The boy told her that he didn’t want to do it, but Kasir, he said, told him the money was too good to turn down.
The boy said that afterwards, a ‘foreign’ man who was staying at the guest house came into a room in which the boy was asleep, woke him and got undressed.
The boy said he told the man that he didn’t want to do anything and he should get his money back from Kasir. The man said nothing and, despite the boy’s struggles, committed a serious sexual assault on him.
When the man had gone, Kasir came in and spoke to the child as if nothing had happened.
He claimed that some days later, in the same room, another man undressed and brutally raped the boy for about an hour. The boy remembered that it hurt a lot.
The following morning he saw the man with Kasir, and the adults both remarked quite casually that he looked in physical discomfort. The man even said he hoped he was all right.
Much More at The Daily Mail