John Allen abused one boy at Bryn Alyn care home in North Wales from when he was 11 or 12 until he was 14, Mold Crown court was told.

The boy, now in his 50s, told the court that children were subjected to physical beatings, and residents believed that defendant Allen was a commando who had been in the SAS.

The witness, who is the second complainant to give evidence at Mold Crown Court, said that he regarded Allen as both nasty and nice.

He said he would be promised new clothes and shoes, and be subjected to violence before being abused.

On one occasion, he said Allen found cigarettes on him and he was dragged to a bathroom where Allen beat him in temper before abusing him, the court was told.

He said Allen then told him everything was going to be alright, and that he could do with some new clothes.

The witness said Allen had a key to every room and would routinely abuse him in the dorm.

He told the court he would hear footsteps coming along the corridor. While lying there at night he said he would hope someone else would “get it” that night.

The abuse would happen at least once a fortnight, he claimed, and said that Allen smelt of alcohol and sometimes cigars.

Allen ruled with “an iron fist”, he claimed, and said both staff and boys were scared of him.

Cross examined by Mr John McDermott QC, he agreed that he told the police back in 1993 and in 1994 that Allen had not sexually abused him.

Speaking via a live television link, he said that was not the truth, but at that stage he had not formed the courage to come forward. The witness said that he was still acting “the macho man”.

In the latest police investigation he said that he finally felt strong enough to say what had happened to him at Bryn Alyn.

Asked why he had not told his social worker at the time, he said that he did not recall seeing a social worker and if he had, then he would have been too scared to say anything.

Allen, 73, of Needham Market, Suffolk, denies 40 charges of indecent assault and other sexual offences upon 20 children, between 1968 and 1991. The trial continues.

Article Source: Shropshire Star 14th October 2014

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