Historical Abuse at Edinburgh Academy: Six Men Charged, Including Nicky Campbell’s Alleged Abuser
In a significant development, five men aged between 69 and 90 have been arrested and charged in connection with historical abuse at Edinburgh Academy. The alleged abuse occurred over a 24-year period between 1968 and 1992, involving young people at the school. A sixth man, aged 74, has also been reported to the procurator fiscal. Television presenter Nicky Campbell, who gave evidence to the Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry, alleged abuse by a maths teacher at the academy.
Decades of Allegations Unveiled: Nearly 50 Witnesses Speak Out
The Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry heard testimony from nearly 50 witnesses, accusing as many as 20 staff members of abusing pupils at the fee-paying school. The abuse reportedly took place over a span of several decades, prompting a police investigation. A subsequent inquiry by BBC’s Panorama revealed alleged records of abuse from the 1970s were not retained.
Edinburgh Academy’s Response: Appalled and Apologetic
A spokesperson for Edinburgh Academy expressed deep regret for the historical incidents of abuse, stating they were “appalled” by the revelations. The school has refrained from commenting on individual cases due to ongoing legal proceedings. The institution acknowledged the scrutiny it faced during the Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry and commended the bravery of those who shared their stories. The school pledged to respect the legal process and encouraged any victims of abuse to contact Police Scotland.
Police Acknowledge Complexity of Investigation: Urges Reporting of Crimes
Detective Inspector Colin Moffat acknowledged the complexity of investigating historical child abuse cases but assured the public that all reports would be thoroughly investigated. He expressed gratitude to everyone who came forward to assist the police inquiries.
Nicky Campbell’s Struggle: Alleged Abuser Faces Trial in South Africa
Nicky Campbell, who claimed he was abused by a maths teacher at the academy, has been instrumental in shedding light on the historical abuse. The accused teacher, Iain Wares, faces more than 80 abuse charges and is fighting extradition to the UK. Currently residing in South Africa, Wares is set to stand trial for indecent assault in Cape Town in February 2024.
This development marks a significant step in addressing historical abuse, emphasizing the importance of holding individuals accountable for crimes committed against vulnerable members of society.