Scottish Sunday Times, 2 April 2017
Fresh abuse claims at QVS
Fresh sex abuse claims hit Scots military school
breaks silence on 1970s assault at QVS
There were fresh
calls last night to widen the Scottish Government's child abuse inquiry
after a former pupil of a military boarding school in Dunblane claimed
he was abused by a teacher.
It has emerged police launched an investigation after
a victim broke decades of silence to reveal his abuse at the hands
of a housemaster at Queen Victoria School (QVS) in the 1970s.
The man, now in his fifties, was told by detectives
last month that his abuser, who died 24 years ago, would have faced
being charged if he had still been alive. The former pupil is
believed to be the first victim of alleged sexual abuse at the school
known to have come forward. It reignites concerns raised in
1991 by a QVS teacher who feared boys were at risk. A police
probe failed to find evidence at the time.
Separately, detectives have looked into claims that
a woman was abused as a child in the 1990s by her father who had links
The Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry (SCAI), launched
in 2015, has named dozens of establishments under investigation, but
QVS is not one of them. The school is funded by the Ministry
of Defence (MoD) and counts Prince Philip as its patron.
[Ed ~ As mentioned in other pages on
this site: "As patron of QVS, and having been made aware of the
physical and sexual abuse of pupils there, why did Prince Philip not:
Distance himself from
the perverted exploitaion of pupils by withdrawing his patronage
immediately from QVS?
- Publicly condemn the abuse? and;
- Demand a public inquiry into the allegations?"
I can think of only one reason. What
Janine Rennie, from the charity Wellbeing Scotland,
said: "If the inquiry is going to be effective, it cannot exclude
an establishment where there is evidence of abuse." LINK
The former QVS pupil told police
last year he was abused by a teacher, Ben Philip LINK,
while in primary school. Speaking to The Sunday Times, he recalled
Philip "fondling" his genitals while he was in bed in the
dormitory and putting his hands down his pants while he was sitting
at Philip's desk during class. The man only told his father
"I think it is my duty to mention these facts,"
the man said. "[The police] took my case very seriously.
It was only [last month] that an officer gave me a final update.
If certain teachers had still been alive then there would be enough
evidence with what they had accumulated from myself and other ex-pupils
to make a case.
"I thought going to the police was the right
thing to do, as there may be old boys out there who have suffered
over the years.
The Sunday Times understands that the MoD and QVS
co-operated fully with the investigation into Philip, who lived and
worked at the school. He died in 1993, aged 46, when he fell
from a ladder while hanging Christmas decorations.
We can also reveal that police investigated the claims
of a woman that she was abused as a girl in Dunblane in the 1990s.
A local resident first raised concerns over the girl's welfare in
1991, and in 2015 was asked by detectives to provide a fresh statement.
The resident, who spoke to this paper last week, said the woman's
father had close connections with QVS and that the case was quietly
An MoD spokewoman said: "We take any allegations
of this nature very seriously and any claims of historical abuse involving
Queen Victoria School have been passed to the police. We will
fully co-operate with their inquiries."
A spokesman for the SCAI said it will announce further
investigations in due course that "may include other boarding
A spokeswoman for Police Scotland said: "There
is no ongoing investigation concerning Queen Victoria School.
Police Scotland will not discuss further details of any reports made."
[Ed. ~ How does this equate with what the MoD
spokeswoman said, above? It would seem that when the national
police force of Scotland. was formed in 2013 with the merger of eight
regional police forces to become the Police Service of Scotland, or
simply Police Scotland, it also absorbed all the sins of the separate
forces to neither confirm nor deny any prior cover-ups. Let's
not forget that several forces were implicated in the QVS entanglement
linked with Thomas Hamilton's escapades. LINK]
Meanwhile, police in Kent have launched a review
after a parent of an ex-pupil of the Duke of York's Royal Military
School, complained that the force failed to robustly investigate a