Woman’s head smashed against radiator while at Aberdeen Catholic orphanage

Evening Express


Three sisters were beaten until they bled and called derogatory names on their first day at an Aberdeen orphanage, an inquiry has heard.

The claims were made by a woman in her 60s, who cannot be named, who lived at Nazareth House in Claremont Street from 1967.

Speaking at the Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry, she told how nuns at the Catholic-run home put on a pretence of niceness when the sisters were dropped off by a social worker, but this changed as soon as they left.

The witness, who was the eldest and aged 10 at the time, while the youngest was a toddler, said: “We got up to the second floor and it just started, really quite severe.

“Hitting, punching, hitting you on your ears. We were Glasgow tinks, we were whores, we were sluts.”

The witness added that they were “battered” until they were left bleeding all over their bodies.

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