Secretary of State, PSNI and more to be sued for ‘state cover-up’ linked to Kincora

Current Secretary of State Theresa Villiers, who has been in post since 2012. Kincora closed in the 1980s, and Dr Fraser is reported to have left the professional register in the 1990s.

Current Secretary of State Theresa Villiers, who has been in post since 2012. Kincora closed in the 1980s, and Dr Fraser is reported to have left the professional register in the 1990s.

A firm of solicitors has announced it intends to take legal action against a number of agencies, including the security forces and the Secretary of State, after an article was published about a psychiatrist with child sex convictions.

A number of organisations have called for action following the report about the activities of Dr Morris Fraser.

The article was published yesterday by the website Spinwatch (which describes itself as carrying out “public interest investigations”), and was written by Niall Meehan, head of the journalism faculty at Dublin’s Griffith College.

It states that Fraser – who had links to east Belfast’s notorious Kincora Boys’ Home – had been convicted of sexual assault on a boy in 1972 but was allowed to continue his career.

The firm KRW Law last night said it intends to take legal action against “the General Medical Council, the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, the Ministry of Defence and the PSNI” over what it claims was a “state cover-up”.

The National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children in Northern Ireland called for a “thorough investigation into the case of Dr Morris Fraser” following the article, while Amnesty International said that the Kincora scandal should now be included within England and Wales’ Goddard Inquiry, which it described as “the only [child abuse] investigation with powers to compel files and witnesses”.

The last reference in Mr Meehan’s article to Fraser states that in 1995 he voluntarily left the medical register (after having been jailed over indecent child images three years earlier). It adds that he was “believed to have moved to Amsterdam”.