QC’s daughter ‘raped by senior Tory MP at age 4’THE daughter of a prominent Edinburgh lawyer at the centre of the Fettesgate scandal of the 1990s has claimed she was raped by her father and a senior Tory MP.
Susie Henderson, the daughter of QC and temporary sheriff Robert Henderson, waived her right to anonymity to talk about the abuse she allegedly suffered at the hands of her father and the late Sir Nicholas Fairbairn, a former MP for Kinross and Western Perthshire, when she was four.
Miss Henderson, 48, said she was the victim of an organised paedophile ring consisting of high-powered legal figures who subjected her to years of abuse at locations including the five-storey Georgian townhouse in the New Town where her family lived.
Her father, Robert Henderson, was a pivotal figure in a major legal scandal of the late 1980s and early 1990s when he claimed a “magic circle” of judges, sheriffs and advocates were conspiring to ensure homosexual criminals were given light sentences by the courts. The claims were dismissed in an official inquiry, but much of the evidence in the report was stolen from Fettes by conman Derek Donaldson in 1992 and sold to the press.
Miss Henderson today called for a police investigation into her father and Fairbairn, halted in 2000 after evidence was mislaid and crucial details leaked to the press, to be re-opened.
“I want it acknowledged that my father and Fairbairn did something very evil. Not just to me. There are other children out there. And these were people in power. We put them there and they are supposed to be trusted.”
Miss Henderson first made allegations against Fairbairn and her father under the alias of Julie X in 2000, but no charges were brought.
She has chosen to come forward and be named after Fairbairn was implicated in the scandal over the Elm Guest House in London which saw youngsters abused by high-profile figures in the 1980s. Fairbairn died in 1995 at the age of 61, while Henderson died in 2012 aged 75.
Fairbairn’s daughter, Charlotte, 50, reportedly said she “did not know” whether the allegations against her father were true, but said she doubted it. “I would be very surprised by that, but he is dead,” she said. “He is not here to defend himself.”
Documents targeted by thief
THE Fettesgate scandal of 1992 involved the theft of sensitive materials from Lothian and Borders Police HQ at Fettes in July, 1992 – including a report by Detective Inspector Roger Orr into claims of an established “magic circle” of homosexuals in the legal fraternity who were subverting the course of justice. The theft was disguised as an attack by the Animal Liberation Front, but it later emerged the documents had been targeted by thief and conman Derek Conway, who sold the information from the files to national newspapers. Donaldson was later given an assured immunity from prosecution in return for handing back the files – but not before the Orr report made it into the public domain.
I was raped at the aged of 4 by Scots Tory MP who was one of Margaret Thatcher’s closest allies
SUSIE Henderson, who has waived her right to anonymity, claims she suffered appalling abuse at the hands of Sir Nicholas Fairbairn.
A woman has claimed she was raped at the age of four by a senior Tory MP who was one of Margaret Thatcher’s closest allies.
Susie Henderson, who has waived her right to anonymity, claims she suffered appalling abuse at the hands of Sir Nicholas Fairbairn.
The late Conservative politician, who was appointed solicitor general for Scotland by Mrs Thatcher when she became prime minister, has been linked to the child abuse scandal threatening to engulf Westminster.
Last month evidence came to light which suggests Sir Nicholas may have visited the Elm Guest House which serial abuser Cyril Smith attended. The property in Barnes, south-west London, is the focus of a Scotland Yard investigation into an alleged Establishment paedophile ring in the 1980s.
The evidence emerged weeks after Home Secretary Theresa May announced a Hillsborough-style inquiry into claims of paedophile activities in Parliament and other public institutions.
Now, Miss Henderson, 48, has told how she was raped as a young child by Sir Nicholas – and that she also suffered years of sexual assaults by her late father, prominent Scottish QC Robert Henderson, who was a friend of the MP.
Speaking in the Daily Mail she said of Sir Nicholas: “I hated that man. More than I hated my father. He just really wasn’t a nice man.
“I want it acknowledged that my father and Fairbairn did something very evil. Not just to me. There are other children out there.”
She told how, as a five-year-old, she would arrange her dolls around her bed in a bid to stop the abuse.
She said: “I put them there thinking that, when my father came for me in the night, he wouldn’t know it was me and he would take one of my dolls instead. But he never did.”
Miss Henderson first made her allegations against Sir Nicholas – famous for his outspoken views, frock-coat suits and tartan trousers – and her father under the alias of ‘Julie X’ in 2000 but an initial police investigation did not lead to any charges.
Miss Henderson, who lives near Inverness, claimed Sir Nicholas raped her when she was in bed with him and ‘another guy’ in a guest room on the top floor of her five-storey family home.
She says she was just four or five years old at the time, and remembers the pungent smell of his feet.
Last month broadcaster Esther Rantzen spoke of her revulsion after learning Sir Nicholas, with whom she had an affair after they met in a BBC studio in 1966, had been implicated in the Westminster child abuse scandal.
Miss Henderson, speaking publicly after Sir Nicholas was linked to the guest house, said: “I knew this would come out.
“I’m only surprised it has taken so long. I told the police about him in 2000, I told them what Fairbairn was. But they just wanted me to go away.”
Miss Henderson now works in social care and has a grown-up son.
She said: “It’s really only in my 40s that I’ve started living my life. I have good days and I have bad days. It will never go away and I get horrendous nightmares at times but, because my father is dead now, I’m not as scared as I used to be.”
Miss Henderson was born in 1966. Her father and his first wife, her mother, lived in a five-storey Georgian townhouse in Edinburgh’s New Town.
She claims Henderson beat his wife and young Susie was regularly belted.
She believes her father started abusing her around the age of three and sexually abused her repeatedly until she was eight years old.
She said: “He would say to my Mum when he came back from the pub, “I’ll take Susie for a nap.” And that was when he’d do it. He always put a pillow over my head. Another time in the bath he abused me and put my head under the water.”
Speaking about the first time Fairbairn abused her at one of her father’s parties, Miss Henderson said: “We were in the kitchen. I was maybe four years old. I had a skirt on and Nicholas and my Dad had been drinking, and my Dad told me to sit on Nicholas’s knee. I sat on his knee and he put his hand up my skirt and abused me. My Dad just stood there laughing.”
She remembers another incident involving Fairbairn: “The house was five floors and the top floor was where the guests used to stay. I was in bed in the guest room with Fairbairn and another guy."
She alleges that on this occasion Fairbairn raped her. She was just four or five years old.
Last month, Fairbairn was named as one of those believed to have visited the notorious Elm Guest House in London. A handwritten list of visitors to the guest house – which hosted parties in the 1980s where vulnerable boys were sexually assaulted after being plied with alcohol – states that a number of politicians including ‘N Fairburn’ and ‘C Smith’ – visited the property on June 7, 1982.
‘C Smith’ is believed to be Cyril Smith, the Liberal MP who has been exposed as a serial paedophile and who police have confirmed was a regular visitor to the brothel.
The documents also state that ‘Fairburn’ had ‘used boys in sauna’ and that photographs had been taken of him at the guest house. Despite the spelling discrepancy over Fairbairn/Fairburn, there have now been calls for a full investigation to establish whether or not Fairbairn was involved.
In 2000, having agreed to speak anonymously about her experiences to Sandra Brown, author of a book about child abuse called Where There is Evil, she found her story was not believed. Senior Tories rallied to Fairbairn’s defence, describing her allegations as ‘absolute rubbish’.
Sir Nicholas’s daughter Charlotte, 50, has told the Mail newspaper she "hoped" the allegations about her father were untrue.
She said: “I don’t really want to know anything about it, I would be very surprised by that, but he is dead. He’s not here to defend himself.
“It would sound hollow if I said, ‘He’s innocent’. I don’t know, though I completely and utterly doubt it. It’s all such a long time ago. I hope it’s not true.”
I must say having read this article and the many others regarding Nicky Fairbairn I am left wondering if there was an hidden motive when he dropped the case of Carol X which led to a successful private prosecution.
theirs been rumors about this guy for years and years there certainly not new.
|nugnug wrote: |
|theirs been rumors about this guy for years and years there certainly not new. |
If they are true then he was no better than the people convicted in the Carol X case which successfully prosecuted after he dropped the case when he was Solicitor General.
He is quoted as saying:
|And what of his marital indiscretions? ‘That is not a matter that matters, nor a matter I want discussed,' he says, raising his voice. But he has in the past talked about being unfaithful. ‘I'm not saying that.' He also denies the story of a former girlfriend who allegedly tried to hang herself from the lamppost outside his London home. ‘It was a complete fabrication by that shit . . .' he says, naming a past Cabinet minister. ‘I caught him out in a bit of lechery and adultery, double crossing his wife and mistress and offering to marry someone he had no intention of marrying.' |
|He believes that sexual fidelity is rare and monogamy in marriage a facile rule. |
His Wikipedia page is very colourful:
|During 1994 debates regarding the age of consent in the House of Commons, Fairbairn was called to order by the Speaker after starting a description of the mechanics of sodomy. In the early 1970s, he was an Honorary Vice President of the lesbian and gay rights organisation, the Scottish Minorities Group (now known as Outright Scotland). |
It now ends:
In 2014, Fairbairn was linked to a child abuse scandal in that he may have abused boys at a notorious London guesthouse, where youngsters from children’s homes were reportedly sexually assaulted by high-profile visitors. A Scottish woman also accused him of sexual abusing her when she was aged four.
Sir Nicholas Fairbairn in child abuse scandal link
SIR Nicholas Fairbairn, the controversial former Solicitor General for Scotland, has been linked to the child abuse scandal which is threatening to engulf Westminster.
Evidence has emerged which suggests Fairbairn, who died in 1995 aged 61, may have visited a brothel now at the heart of police and parliamentary investigations.
A list of names seized by officers indicates the former legal adviser to Margaret Thatcher may have abused boys at a notorious London guesthouse, where youngsters from children’s homes were reportedly sexually assaulted by high-profile visitors.
The documents have been seen by child protection officers and are now being used by police as evidence as part of Operation Fernbridge.
The apparent link has prompted calls for the long-serving Conservative MP to be posthumously investigated.
Fairbairn – who boasted about his “insatiable” sexual appetite – had a career which took him to the top of both the political and legal establishments but gained notoriety as a womaniser and heavy drinker.
Lists of visitors to the Elm Guest House – which hosted parties in the 1980s where vulnerable boys were sexually assaulted after being plied with alcohol – are now in the hands of police officers.
The hand-written documents, which have been seen by Scotland on Sunday, state that a number of politicians including “N Fairburn” and “C Smith” - who asked to be called “Tubby” - visited the property on 7 June 1982.
They also state that “Fairburn” had “used boys in sauna” and that photographs had been taken of him – as well as Cyril Smith – at the guest house. Police have confirmed that Smith, the late Liberal MP for Rochdale, who has since been exposed as a serial abuser of boys, was a regular visitor to the brothel. Despite the spelling discrepancy over Fairburn/Fairbairn, there have now been calls for a full investigation which would establish whether or not Fairbairn was involved.
Pete Wishart, the SNP MP, who represents Fairbairn’s former constituency of Perth, called for the allegations to be fully examined. He said: “If there is any evidence that Sir Nicholas Fairbairn was involved in the abuse of children it should be looked at and properly investigated.”
Simon Danczuk, the Rochdale MP who exposed Smith as a child abuser, said the documents must be investigated.
A spokesman for the Labour politician said: “The Metropolitan Police have confirmed Cyril Smith was at Elm Guest House and it is now important to investigate and establish exactly who else was there.”
In 2000 the daughter of a prominent Scottish lawyer, who was never publicly named, alleged Fairbairn was part of a paedophile ring. At the time the claims were angrily rejected by his family. Last night Sir Nicholas’ eldest daughter Charlotte told Scotland on Sunday: “There’s nothing I can say. He’s been dead for 20 years.”