As a Child I Had No One, No Adult I Could Trust, Who Wouldn't Try to Use Me for Sick Sexual Kicks; FAMILY ABUSE HORROR RELIVED; Man Tells of Shocking Attacks and Life of Neglect; Parents Accused of Assaults on Siblings

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As a Child I Had No One, No Adult I Could Trust, Who Wouldn't Try to Use Me for Sick Sexual Kicks; FAMILY ABUSE HORROR RELIVED; Man Tells of Shocking Attacks and Life of Neglect; Parents Accused of Assaults on Siblings


Byline: JILLY BEATTIE

FROM the age of four a boy and his three sisters were tortured by the people they should have been able to trust most.

The male victim spent the next 35 years battling demons created by the sexual and physical abuse and tried repeatedly to take his own life.

His earliest memories are plagued by images of his mother assaulting him, forcing him not only to thrill her but watch as she had sex with her brother.

But a chance meeting gave the man the confidence to start his life again and for the past six months the 39-year-old has fought for justice against eight of the people he said tried to destroy his life to satisfy their perversions.

In court yesterday were six suspects, his mother, 58, and 60-year-old father, two uncles, his mother's ex lovers Patrick Kilmartin and former RUC officer Tommy Fitzpatrick.

They faced 91 sample charges including sexual abuse and assault.

The five men and one woman had pleaded guilty to 47 offences while 44 charges were left on the books.

The victims' mother faced 50 charges and was convicted of 24, including sexually abusing her son by making him "breastfeed" from her and neglecting other children in the house.

Yesterday he said he would like to see his mum apologise, adding: "I wanted to hear her say sorry, to make the world understand what they did to us, how their abuse affected my life. As a child I had no one, no adult to turn to who I could trust, who wouldn't try to use me for some sick sexual gratification.

"It has taken me 35 years to get to this point and now, on the verge of my 40th birthday, I get to start my life."

Belfast Crown Court heard how in addition to the sexual trauma the kids endured, they were also regularly starved, left to sleep on filthy mattresses, with one forced to lie on a moulding, urinesoaked makeshift bed.

The neglected Co Down children were rarely fed and competed with rodents in the home for basics such as cereals.

And when they did eat a dinner, the girls recalled being regularly beaten if they complained about what they were given.

The court heard how two of the daughters were hit so fiercely by their dad that they wet themselves.

The sample charges were originally brought from hundreds raised against the abusers.

The six other people accused of similar crimes at the time were not brought before the court, while one, a third uncle was ruled unfit to plea.

The man, who initiated the case, said: "For years my life has been a mess. I was uncontrollable from a very young age.

"As babies we were kept in our cots, unable to learn to walk or play or do the normal things two-year-olds do. And when we got too big for the cots, we were dragged into a nightmare of sexual depravity and abuse, physical punishments and endless neglect.

"We were all wild because we had to fend for ourselves, steal food to survive. We had no guidance, no parenting, no care, nothing only abuse.

"I ran away from home repeatedly and no one cared enough to look for me.

"Eventually social services would catch up with me and take c mt me back to the hellhole they called my home.

"They threw me back into the pit of perverts and paedophiles led by my mother.

"I complained and told on them repeatedly and I asked for help but no one came, no one cared enough until 1986 and by then it was too late, we were damaged goods.

"My mother was drunk or getting drunk all the o time, literally all the time. I don't really remember her sober.

"I was the third child of three boys and three girls and I took this case in a bid to protect them and all of our children from harm and also other children.

"After years spent in chaos I started to get my own life sorted out a few years ago with the help of the first person I ever learned to trust, who wanted nothing from me, who only wanted to listen and see if he could help. …

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