‘Abusive’ trainer at Edinburgh Academy ‘was like Jimmy Savile’

Broadcaster Nicky Campbell has informed an inquiry of sexual abuse he endured at Edinburgh Academy as he in contrast a trainer to Jimmy Savile.

Mr Campbell, 62, attended Edinburgh Academy, a fee-paying college, between 1966 and 1978, from the ages of 5 to 17.

He informed the Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry that he was sexually assaulted by a trainer, Hamish Dawson, who died in 2009, and alleged he witnessed a primary-age little one being sexually assaulted by one other trainer, Iain Wares, whom he in comparison with Savile.

Permission was given by the inquiry’s chair earlier this 12 months to establish Wares, 83, who was beforehand a “protected person” and was referred to by a pseudonym.

Mr Campbell stated he had used prescription medicine to deal with the reminiscences of Edinburgh Academy, and stated he was “haunted” in the midst of the night time by his schooldays.

Mr Campbell stated he hid the abuse, which started in junior college however escalated in senior college, from his adoptive dad and mom, Sheila and Frank Campbell.

He recalled being in preparatory college when he allegedly noticed Wares molesting a pupil aged about 10 years previous within the showers.

Mr Campbell stated: “This has haunted me because it occurred.

“It all haunts you. I’ve had my penis touched by a trainer.

“The scent of carbonated cleaning soap is triggering.

“I keep in mind Wares leaning over the again of my pal and masturbating him.

“He would have been about 9 or 10 years previous.

We weren’t taught by him, however folks would say, he’s harmful, weirdo, weirdo, weirdo

Nicky Campbell, abuse sufferer

“I remember my friend laughing and giggling, “it’s a game, stop, stop.

“I remember Wares saying, “it’s a game, it’s a game”, and my pal shifting away.”

He added: “We weren’t taught by him, but people would say, “He’s dangerous, weirdo, weirdo, weirdo.

“Violence was a big thing for him too.”

On one event, aged 14 or 15 years previous, Mr Campbell claimed he was attacked by a trainer, who can’t be recognized for authorized causes, so violently {that a} pal who witnessed it thought he was being mugged by a stranger.

Mr Campbell recalled threatening to name the police after the assault – which prompted his mom to contact Edinburgh Academy.

In a two-hour testimony earlier than Lady Smith, Mr Campbell stated participating within the Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry was “the best decision he had ever made”.

He described himself as a “survivor”, and stated: “I’m 62 years old but Hamish Dawson’s hands are still in my underwear playing with my penis.”

He described the bodily assault by one other trainer as “being tossed like a ragdoll, punching and kicking me,” and stated the abuse “helped shape our lives in the most heinous way”.

Mr Campbell spoke with contempt concerning the Crown and Procurator Fiscal Office which, in 2019, dominated it was “not in the public interest” to extradite Wares, now in his 80s, from South Africa, on the grounds of age.

He in contrast Wares to Jimmy Savile, saying: “Savile was on everyone’s minds at the BBC.

“Savile’s opportunities were one-to-one. Iain Ware’s was one-to-20 boys.”

Mr Campbell grew to become visibly offended when talking about Wares dwelling in a “plush retirement home” – and demanded a public apology from Edinburgh Academy, claiming it moved the trainer on to Fettes College, one other excessive profile college additionally in Edinburgh.

Mr Campbell stated: “You sent him there after a parent complained. You must do it unreservedly, and do it now.”

He stated obligatory reporting “breaks this pernicious code” and urged for it to be introduced in.

A spokesman for the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service (COPFS) stated: “This has been a complex investigation and COPFS appreciates that it has been difficult for all those involved.

“In order to protect any future proceedings and to preserve the rights of the complainers, the Crown will not comment further at this stage.”

Mr Campbell wrote a memoir, Blue-Eyed Son, revealed in 2004, and was given an OBE for providers to youngsters within the Queen’s birthday honours in 2015.

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