The Sunday Herald

Lewis victims plan private prosecution

THREE girls who were subjected to a decade-long ordeal of horrific sexual, physical and mental abuse are in talks to launch a private prosecution against their alleged attackers.

Days after a report by social work inspectors revealed the full horror of the alleged abuse suffered by the girls, who are now in foster care, the Sunday Herald can reveal that Western Isles Council is to contact lawyers on their behalf to mount a legal case.

The report by the Social Work Inspection Agency (SWIA) found more than 220 incidents of abuse over a 10-year period - including allegations of satanic rituals - at the hands of at least four adults, including the girls' father. It described how the girls, who were living on the Isle of Lewis, were made to go without proper food, clothing or bedding, and how one girl routinely slept in a cupboard. …

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