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Berhampore Childrens Home


The Manawatu Standard
May 2 2005

Sex attack claims

A Presbyterian group is refusing to deal with at least 14 people who claim they were sexually abused at a Wellington children's home if they have hired a lawyer or gone public with their claims.

Presbyterian Support Services spokesman Trevor Roberts said former residents who engaged a lawyer or spoke to the media would have to prove their claims in court.

At least 14 former residents of a Presbyterian Support children's home in Berhampore went to police last year with claims that they were sexually abused during the 1950s and 60s by the home's head of social services, Walter Lake, an OBE and justice of the peace.

Police have confirmed they were poised to charge Lake with multiple sex crimes when he died on November 21, aged 84.