Nuns case police officer ‘faces charges’

Evening Times

THE policewoman in charge of an investigation into alleged abuse by nuns 40 years ago was probed by top brass after wearing a Loyalist “No Surrender” badge on her uniform at a Rangers game, a court was told.

Nuns Anne Kenny, 79, known as Mother Rosaria, and Agnes Reville, 77, known as Mother Martin, deny assaulting eight girls at Dalbeth approved school in Bishopton, Renfrewshire, in the 1970s.

Yesterday, the jury at Paisley Sheriff Court heard Detective Constable Lesley McAuley – also known as Lesley Strachan – was in charge of the probe into alleged wrongdoing at the approved school.

One of her colleagues who worked with her on the inquiry in 2009, PC Nigel Gilmour, who has since been promoted to sergeant, was asked by defence QC Ronnie Clancy, representing Kenny: ” Was Lesley McAuley in the driving seat,” and he replied: “Yes.”

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