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Trainer accused by Nicky Campbell of getting a paedophile faces new sex claims in South Africa

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A retired schoolmaster accused of sexually abusing boys at some of Scotland’s most prestigious colleges is now facing very similar allegations in his adopted region of South Africa.

Broadcaster Nicky Campbell has spearheaded the campaign to extradite the 82-calendar year-outdated person, who has admitted fondling male pupils at Fettes Higher education and Edinburgh Academy, which Mr Campbell attended in the 1970s.

The 61-yr-old mentioned he saw the instructor abuse his good friend in his school’s shifting rooms and explained his perform as ‘so ubiquitous’ that all of the pupils understood what was likely on. 

Now, the man – referred to only as ‘Edgar’ for authorized explanations – is accused of abusing yet another boy at Rondebosch Boys’ School in Cape Town, in which he taught from 1979 to 2006, The Mirror studies.

Broadcaster Nicky Campbell states he witnessed his former instructor ‘Edgar’ abuse male pupils at Edinburgh Academy in the 1970s and has spearheaded the marketing campaign to extradite the gentleman to the Uk from South Africa

Edinburgh Academy, where Edgar allegedly abused dozens of boys in the 1970s, has since issued a public apology and says it is cooperating with police

Edinburgh Academy, wherever Edgar allegedly abused dozens of boys in the 1970s, has considering that issued a general public apology and suggests it is cooperating with police

The target, known as Steven, was interviewed by journalist Alex Renton for his Radio 4 series Darkish Corners. He described remaining molested by Edgar a number of periods in a person 12 months in the 1980s.

Steven explained: ‘He was a senior teacher in his 50s, I was a 12, 13-yr-previous boy. All I could say was, “sure sir, no sir”. His favorite a single was being untidy. If your shirt was not tucked in, that was aspect of his modus operandi to have bodily call with you. That would progress to grabbing me. He would press himself up in opposition to me.’

Steven extra that he witnessed Edgar abusing other boys at the faculty. 

Darkish Corners, which investigates abuse allegations at some of Britain’s most elite universities, noted that the Cape City College has appealed for alumni to occur forward with their stories if they believe that they ended up abused. 

Campbell explained the interview as a ‘breakthrough’ and claimed he was happy the ‘net was last but not least closing in’ on the suspect.

He claimed: ‘It’s a true breakthrough. The Scottish and South African lawful authorities have built procedural mistakes, but there is certainly now a incredibly great likelihood Edgar will be prosecuted in South Africa.

Fettes College, made a 'full and unreserved apology' to the Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry over the abuse carried out by Edgar

Fettes School, manufactured a ‘full and unreserved apology’ to the Scottish Little one Abuse Inquiry above the abuse carried out by Edgar

‘I’ve listened to the full unedited interview with tears in my eyes. It is very strong. Your hear the disgrace. It is unbelievable that he has come forward.’

Speaking on BBC Breakfast last July, Campbell said that an additional trainer at his college, Hamish Dawson, had abused him and experienced because died. Now he wants to deliver ‘Edgar’ to justice, who is proving hard to extradite.

‘I believe it is an absolute scandal that the extradition course of action is type of like yeah regardless of what,’ he reported. 

‘[Edgar] could effectively be one particular of the most prolific paedophiles in British prison history if you do the maths and glimpse at how long he taught and how quite a few educational institutions he was at.’ 

He claimed that in 1971, aged 10, he witnessed the man – who has extra than 20 youngster abuse allegations to his title under the ongoing Scottish Little one Abuse Enquiry – abusing just one of his pals in Edinburgh Academy’s showers after rugby coaching. 

‘My pal is laughing but I know from the fear in it that it’s not a superior snicker,’ Campbell recounted. ‘When we walk to the bus stop we don’t even talk about it and we’d hardly ever inform.’

Nicky Campbell spoke in July about witnessing and experiencing sexual and violent physical abuse as a young schoolboy at a Scottish private school during the 1970s

Nicky Campbell spoke in July about witnessing and dealing with sexual and violent bodily abuse as a younger schoolboy at a Scottish non-public university in the course of the 1970s 

The previous Watchdog presenter added he ‘couldn’t have spoken about the school’ when his mother and father ‘were alive’ mainly because of the sacrifices they created to mail him to personal college.

He also called on a improve of the policies for personal faculties who are not subject matter to the exact safeguarding needs as state universities.

Mr Campbell extra: ‘There is no required reporting in the non-public sector and you think now with our comprehending and sensibilities he would be.

‘Schools like that fostered a tradition of omerta and not telling and trying to keep the strategies and these are the individuals who have been running the region.’

After Campbell went public with the allegations, other former pupils of Edinburgh Academy and Fettes University stepped forward with tales of abuse.

Edinburgh Academy has given that issued a general public apology and say it is cooperating with police.

In a statement to the Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry, Fettes University – whose alumni include things like former PM Tony Blair – built a ‘full and unreserved apology’.

It stated: ‘While words of apology may have constrained well worth, we absolutely take and recognise in the past there was sexual, bodily and emotional abuse of pupils when at Fettes University.’

Edgar, who life in a retirement complex in Cape Town, was arrested in South Africa in 2019 by British Police, and is due to look in courtroom on March 17 for a even more extradition listening to.

He explained to a earlier court hearing that he moved to Edinburgh from South Africa in 1967 to request therapy just after dealing with ‘urges’ to contact boys in the school he worked just after graduating, The Situations experiences.

  • Darkish Corners airs on Radio 4 at 8pm tonight, and is on BBC Seems.

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