The late royal Lord Mountbatten is to be named in court as an alleged child molester for the first time.
sunday life It was revealed today that the senior royal, who was assassinated by the IRA, is at the center of disturbing new allegations that he molested a boy in Northern Ireland.
Over the decades, those close to the late Queen’s second cousin have consistently dismissed such speculation, perhaps thinking matters were finally over.
But this development is likely to reignite the debate over who exactly Louis Mountbatten was.
The boy at the center of this latest allegation – now a grown man living on the other side of the world – says he was twice molested by the war hero at the notorious Kincora house in east Belfast.
Arthur Smyth has now gone public and is about to bring a civil action in the High Court against the Chief Constable, the Department of Health and the Belfast Trust.
But at the heart of this case – the allegation that the late Queen’s second cousin was a pedophile.
“I just think it needs to be told. I just want it brought to light. It should have been released a long time ago when things were going badly,” Arthur told Sunday Life from his home in Australia.
The development comes just weeks after the latest in a series of inquiries into the Kincora scandal found “systemic” flaws in how police were handling reports of abuse at the home.
The Police Ombudsman found that the RUC, as it was known at the time, failed to act on the information passed and abandoned the many young victims.
Perhaps most shockingly, as the finger rightly pointed at “janitor” William McGrath, a police officer just received a character reference from his boss, Joe Mains, who also happened to be a pedophile.
Mains said McGrath is a “good guy” who has strong religious beliefs and is “high up in the Orange Order.”
No further action was taken and the couple continued their abuse, as did another worker, Deputy Warden Raymond Semple.
They were eventually tried and imprisoned in 1981 – all dead now, taking their secrets to the grave.
The Police Ombudsman’s investigation supported the findings of the Historical Institutional Inquiry on Kincora that there was no evidence that law enforcement agencies were involved in the abuse.
Arthur Smyth says he was sent to Kincora when he was 11 or 12. As the third youngest in a family of nine, most of his siblings were cared for. His story fits the familiar pattern of others being sent to care homes – with the abuse beginning just days later.
His tormentor was William McGrath, later known as “the beast of Kincora”.
“They took me straight to Kincora from the courthouse. It was just black, I didn’t want to be there,” said a sobbing Arthur, known to family and friends as Arty.
“McGrath was the one who instigated it. He would become friends with me when he was out at night and would always say to me, “You know, if you want to be with your sisters, sometimes you have to
“Then he came into my bedroom at night.”
Arthur says McGrath then introduced him to another man in August 1977, who, now 56, describes his behavior as “upscale”.
“McGrath would say you’re going to meet a special friend, and I said, ‘Oh, really,’ and then he ushered me into this room — downstairs was a big office with a big desk and a shower,” says Arthur.
“His name was never mentioned in the room. He let me shower and then McGrath came down and got me after that.”
Arthur says there were two of those encounters.
But it wasn’t until two years later, in August 1979, when Lord Mountbatten was murdered by the IRA while on holiday in Co Sligo, that he first named the man he allegedly had to shower with in Kincora.
“I recognized him on TV, everything became clear to me, but I didn’t say anything. I started crying but couldn’t show it because there were other kids around,” he says. “I got into my bed and started sobbing. I was like, ‘This is the guy who abused me’.”
It has previously been claimed Mountbatten – a war hero and last viceroy of India – was part of the Kincora sex scandal.
The Historical Institutional Abuse Inquiry insisted that abuse at the home was limited to workers McGrath, Mains, and Semple.
And in August, a friend of the two boys killed in the IRA bombing with Lord Mountbatten in Mullaghmore denied allegations that the King was a pedophile.
John Barry has responded to allegations that Kincora warden Joe Mains was smuggling boys into Classiebawn Castle in Co Sligo.
“I was in Classiebawn to which these allegations relate in August 1977 and saw nothing. Never,’ said John.
“And I was there for years before and after that. Nothing. Surely if that were the case my mother would raise me there all those years as a kid?”
Until recently, it was not known that the FBI had created a classified dossier on Mountbatten and his wife Edwina.
They were described as an “extremely low morals” couple, with Mountbatten having “a little boy perversion”.
Arthur’s life was shaped by what happened to him in Kincora.
He was moved to another house nearby, but pedophile William McGrath was always nearby.
“It (new home) was half a mile from Kincora. He picked me up from school and took me back there (for abuse) then dropped me back in his car near the bridge, this went on for months. Your brain shuts down when you’re abused,” he says.
He attempted suicide when he was 18, triggered by the mention of Lord Mountbatten in the news.
“I was on my way to work. I was riding a motorcycle and decided to ride the motorcycle into oncoming traffic,” he says.
“I broke my legs. I recovered from that, but I just wanted it all to be over. They praised someone who should never be praised. They glorified him on TV and I just couldn’t handle it.”
Arthur moved to Australia to escape his troubles and has been there ever since.
His lawsuit also includes affidavits from his loved ones and what he told them about Kincora and Mountbatten.
His wife Alison was told about the abuse a few years into their 30-year marriage.
Arthur is aware of the possible consequences of what he is now publicly claiming.
When asked if he was sure it was Mountbatten, he replies: “You don’t forget who abused you. Trust me. You block it, but you don’t forget it. I closed it for years.
“I was embarrassed about what happened, but now I want peace.”
https://www.independent.ie/world-news/europe/britain/deceased-royal-lord-mountbatten-set-to-be-named-in-court-as-alleged-child-abuser-42070448.html The late royal Lord Mountbatten is to be tried as an alleged child abuser