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A former resident of a notorious orphanage has said the nuns who abused him will have to “answer to God” for what they did. William Whicher told the Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry his hearing was left permanently impaired by a beating he received from a caretaker during his time at Smyllum Park in Lanark in the late 1950s and early 1960s. The 69-year-old, who went to Smyllum after the death of his parents, said he was routinely beaten by a “cruel” nun, on one occasion losing part of a tooth...

He broke down when he spoke of his friend Francis McColl who died aged 13 after accidentally being struck on the head by a golf club during their time at the orphanage. The witness told the inquiry he saw his friend go down after being hit on the temple during a game,supervised by the caretaker. CLICK HERE to read the full story on the Scotsman news website.

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