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Secrets and Lies: Mountbatten, the Kincora Boys’ Home, and the quest for truth

Next year, a now 56-year-old man will claim in a Belfast court that he was abused as a child by Lord Louis Mountbatten, in a case that will once again raise the accusation that the notorious boys’ home was at the centre of a paedophile ring for the British establishment

Louis Mountbatten: court case is to hear allegations that he abused a boy who was a resident in a boys’ home in Belfast. Picture: Getty

Last week, Arthur Smyth broke down in tears as he told the world about the sexual abuse he endured as a child at Kincora House in Belfast.

He had been sent there at the age of 11 or 12 – he is 56 now, and living in Australia – and was immediately set upon by William McGrath, who would later be described as “the beast of Kincora”.

“McGrath was the one who instigated it,” Smyth ...