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Former Kincora resident suing police and government over claims he was trafficked for sexual abuse

The former Kincora home in east Belfast

A FORMER resident at a Belfast boys' home is suing the police and government bodies over claims he was trafficked for sexual abuse on both sides of the Irish Sea.

Richard Kerr has lodged High Court papers alleging a paedophile ring subjected him to years of rape and molestation in a campaign covered up by the state.

The 58-year-old, who spent more than two years at the Kincora home in east Belfast, is seeking damages against the Department of Health, the Northern Ireland Office, the PSNI and Home Office.

His action involves claims for assault and battery, misfeasance in public office, breach of statutory duty and negligence.

Mr Kerr, who now lives in Dallas, Texas, detailed alleged abuse during his time spent at institutions in the 1960s and 1970s.

As well as his time at Kincora, the case involves claims about earlier treatment at Williamson House in north Belfast and a later period at Millisle Borstal in Co Down.

According to his case he was also attacked while working at horse stables near Larne. Another alleged incident involved being molested by a former soldier after being sent to his home in west Belfast.

He maintains that all investigations and inquiries to date have failed to expose the full abuse at Kincora. His lawyers claim failures by the RUC to investigate events at the home.

Based on his allegations, he has not accepted conclusions reached by the Historical Institutional Abuse inquiry.

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