Elm guest house scandal: First victim of paedophile guest house breaks his silence(UK)04/02/2013 10:34
The former care home orphan says he and his 12-year-old brother were sent by staff to the Elm Guest House for “a treat”.
There they were lured into cider and beer-drinking races to get them drunk and ordered to dress in girls’ fairy costumes while their pictures were taken.
Finally they were forced to take part in vile sex acts after phoney games of hide-and-seek.
The victim, now a family man, broke down in tears as he told the Sunday People of his nightmare at the Elm – and how his tormented brother killed himself a decade after leaving care.
He said: “The people responsible have blood on their hands. I shouldn’t think my brother is the only one to have taken his life because of this.
“I’m speaking out now because I want justice done for me and for my brother.
“What went on was absolutely disgusting. When we told the staff at the care home what was happening at Elm they used to say ‘They are friends, they are good people’.
“No one was listening to us. It’s taken 30 years for anyone to listen.”
The former guest house in upmarket Barnes, south-west London, is now the centre of a major police probe into an alleged child sex abuse ring in the late 1970s and early 1980s.
It is said to have involved senior politicians, showbiz celebrities and members of the royal household.
The first victim to speak publicly has waived his legal right to anonymity but the Sunday People has chosen to identify him only as Dave.
Speaking at his smartly-decorated home, surrounded by photos of his own young children, Dave told how he and his one-year-younger brother were taken into care after their widowed mother killed herself following years of depression.
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