Historian backs Kincora survivor who says Mountbatten raped him when he was 11

A British historian who wrote a book revealing Lord Mountbatten’s “weakness for underage men” has welcomed the news that a former resident of the Kincora Boy’s Home has waived his anonymity to make allegations of rape and sexual abuse against the earl as part of a civil action lodged in a Belfast court. 

Arthur Smyth, who was at Kincora in the 1970s as a child, alleges that he was abused twice in 1977 by Mountbatten, and that other minors from the home were also abused by the earl. He says that the trauma led him to feel suicidal and that he later tried to end his life, ramming his bike into oncoming traffic.

“I am delighted that Arthur Smyth has gone public,” Andrew Lownie, an author and literary agent who has fought a long-running, costly battle to have full access to Mountbatten’s papers, told The Telegraph.

“It further backs up the claims of the two victims I interviewed who were abused in 1977 and confirms that the claims of paedophilia against Mountbatten in the FBI files can be taken seriously,” he said.

He also said that the Gardai should release the logs of Mountbatten’s movements at the time the abuse was alleged to have taken place.

Mountbatten was a great uncle of Britain’s King Charles, and a high-profile member of the British Royal family. Rumours of paedophilia have followed the earl for decades.

A public inquiry into historical abuse in Northern Ireland previously found that 39  boys had been abused over the years at Kincora Boy’s Home, and that complaints to police were not acted on. The boys who were abused said they were trafficked out to high-profile and powerful men. Some committed suicide.

The legal firm representing Mr Smyth said that pre action letters of claim have been sent to the Business Services Organisation, Belfast Health and Social Care Trust, UK Secretary of State, Chief Constable of PSNI and The Department of Health alleging negligence and breach of duty of care in relation to Arthur’s time spent in Kincora and North Road Children’s Home

Mr Smyth’s solicitor, Kevin Winters of KRW Law, said the civil action alleging negligence and breach of duty of care was being taken against several state bodies.

“He alleges to have been abused twice as an 11-year-old by the deceased royal,” Mr Winters said.

“It’s the first time that someone has stepped forward to take allegations against Lord Mountbatten into a court.

“That decision hasn’t been taken lightly. He understands only too well that it will be a deeply unpopular case with many people coming as it does within weeks of the passing of the queen.

“However, litigation involving mental, physical and sex abuse isn’t undertaken to deliberately offend sensitivities. It’s taken for many reasons including exposing perpetrators and the institutions or other agencies which helped suppress the truth.

“Central to the case are our client’s allegations of abuse by the late Lord Louis Mountbatten.

“Understandably many abuse survivors for reasons of obvious sensitivity choose to remain anonymous. Arthur’s decision to reveal his identity must be set against this backdrop.

“It is borne out of anger at systemic state cover-up on abuse at these institutions.

“It’s taken for many reasons including exposing perpetrators and the institutions or other agencies which helped suppress the truth,” he said.

While previous inquiries found that at least three staff members at Kincora House were involved in abuse, allegations of a paedophile ring which was used to blackmail powerful people have persisted.

Three men who ran or worked in Kincora in East Belfast were convicted of child abuse in December 1981: William McGrath, Joseph Mains and Raymond Semple.  McGrath, known as ‘the Beast of Kincora’ was a loyalist and fiercely anti-Catholic. He founded a Protestant paramilitary organisation named Tara.

McGrath is said to be person responsible for arranging for Smyth to be abused when he was a young boy.

In his 2019 book, Andrew Lownie reveals that the man responsible for trafficking boys from Kincora to Mountbatten’s holiday home in to Classiebawn Co Sligo was Joseph Mains.

He also uncovered FBI files discussing Mountbatten’s proclivities.

The FBI files revealed an  interview with Elizabeth de la Poer Beresford, Baroness Decies which noted: “She states that in these circles Lord Louis Mountbatten and his wife are considered persons of extremely low morals”.

She added that he “was known to be a homosexual with a perversion for young boys”. Her opinion of him was that he was “an unfit man to direct any sort of military operations because of this condition”. She stated further that “his wife Lady Mountbatten was considered equally erratic”.

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