I was abused by Lord Mountbatten, claims former boys’ home resident

Court cases have been launched against a number of institutions in Northern Ireland alleging that Lord Mountbatten molested a boy at a notorious children’s home in Belfast in the 1970s.

Arthur Smyth, a former resident of Kincora House, has reneged on his anonymity to bring the allegations against the earl, a great-uncle of the king.

Lord Mountbatten was killed along with three others when the IRA detonated a bomb on his boat in Mullaghmore, Co Sligo in 1979.

Mr. Smyth’s attorney, Kevin Winters of KRW Law, said the civil action alleging negligence and breach of duty of care is being filed against multiple state entities.

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Earl Mountbatten was killed by the IRA in 1979 (PA)

He said he had lodged a subpoena, which will be served at the High Court in Belfast on Tuesday.

Mr Winters said: “At the heart of the case are our client’s allegations of abuse by the late Lord Louis Mountbatten.

“Understandably, many abuse survivors choose to remain anonymous for reasons of apparent sensitivity. Arthur’s decision to reveal his identity must be seen against this background.

“It grew out of anger at the government’s systematic cover-up of abuses in these institutions.

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Belfast lawyer Kevin Winters of KRW Law said he had brought the civil case (Liam McBurney/PA)

“He claims to have been abused twice by the late king when he was 11.

“It is the first time that anyone has brought allegations against Lord Mountbatten to court.

“This decision was not easy for us.

“He understands only too well that it will be a deeply unpopular case, with many people coming within weeks of the Queen’s death.”

The Kincora Home opened in May 1958 on Upper Newtownards Road, Belfast, near Stormont’s Parliament Buildings, and closed in October 1980 following a sex abuse scandal.

The Historical Institutional Abuse Inquiry found that 39 boys were abused in Kincora and in 1981 three men were imprisoned for molesting 11 boys.

However, no evidence was found that security agencies were involved in the abuse.

A recent report by Police Ombudsman for Northern Ireland (Poni) Marie Anderson said complaints from some former residents about the police’s failure to investigate allegations of sexual abuse in Kincora were “legitimate and justified”.

Mr Winters said: “The latest Poni report in Kincora, despite a welcome finding on police investigative errors, only scratches the surface of what was really going on.”

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