Children's Home Matron Walks Free of Sex Abuse Charge

Glasgow Daily Record
December 6, 2008 children-s-home-matron-walks-free-of-sex-abuse-charge-86908-20949572/

A JUDGE yesterday told a jury who had found a children's home matron guilty of sex charges that they had to acquit her.

She was alleged to have physically and sexually assaulted schoolgirls at a Church of Scotland children's home.

Jurors at Paisley Sheriff Court had returned guilty verdicts on Janette Gault on three of the charges involving lewd and libidinous activity.

But when they found a similar charge against a second complainer not proven, sheriff Neil Douglas directed them to acquit the matron.

The not proven decision cancelled out the corroboration required for the guilty verdicts to stand.

There were gasps in the public gallery from relatives of the two sisters who gave evidence against Gault, 68, at the trial.

The court heard she was sexually perverted and had committed acts of brutality while in charge of Carnegie Park children's home in Elderslie, Renfrewshire, in the early 1970s.

Outside the court, a spokesman for the family said: "We are disgusted."

The children's home closed in 1980.

Gault, who moved to Ballycastle, Northern Ireland, had denied sexual and physical assault and walked free.


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