Jimmy called round to our house one afternoon maybe 15 years ago. We made a cup of tea and sat talking about this and that for around an hour. I had stuff to do and remember wishing he’d head off.
Jimmy had been taken “into care” as a child in Derry and lodged with the nuns. Months later, a social worker arrived, put him in a care and drove to Kircubbin in Co. Down, about 100 miles away. He was handed over to a De La Salle brother at the gate of Rubane House for Boys. The abuse started more or less immediately.
How long after he arrived?
“He took me straight into a room, he had my trousers off in ten minutes, maybe five.”
He had been collected from a Church institution by a representative of the State and delivered into the hands of his abusers in another Church institution.
A few weeks after he’d called, someone phoned and said that Jimmy had been found hanging from a fire escape on the Northern Road.
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