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Scots nuns sued for 'torture'

BY JOE JENKINS

NuNs who allegedly forced orphans in their care to eat their own vomit have found themselves at the wrong end of a £1 million claim by their alleged victims.

A group of 100 former residents of the Nazareth Houses in Aberdeen and Glasgow are seeking an outof-court settlement for the trauma they claim was inflicted on them during the 1960s and 1970s. Eight nuns and several lay carers are accused.

The group's solicitor, Cameron Fyfe of Glasow law firm Ross Harper, said: "They claim they were physically abused and punished to the point of torture. Almost without exception they are traumatised."

It is claimed that nuns and their helpers plunged orphans' hands into boiling water.

It is also alleged that children were forced to eat indigestible food. When it was regurgitated they were forced to eat their own vomit.

The accusations were first made in May.

Mr Fyfe said he believed a settlement would be reached in months rather than years.

Fr Tom Connelly, a senior spokesman for the Church in Scotland, was not available for comment.




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