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Barnardo's pair guilty of child abuse


By Thomas Harding
23 Jun 2004 / Telegraph.co.uk

Two former Barnardo's workers were found guilty yesterday of 70 offences of sexually abusing eight children in their care.

There were tears and shouts of "Yes" from her victims as Margaret Hewitt, 69, was found guilty of 53 charges including indecent assault and inciting children to gross indecency.

Her co-accused Robert Anderson, 46, was convicted of 17 assaults against five children that included two rapes of a teenage girls, following the eight-week trial at Belfast Crown Court. They were cleared of 28 other charges.

The depth of "cruel and spiteful" acts by Hewitt and Anderson included forcing a brother and sister into sexual acts, said Gerald Simpson, QC.

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