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Berhampore Childrens Home


Newstalk ZB
July 29 2005

Commissioner for sex abuse claims

An independent commissioner has been appointed to investigate allegations of sexual abuse at Wellington's Berhampore Children's Home.

Thirteen people have complained of being sexually abused during the 50s and 60s by its former head, Walter Lake, who died almost 20 years ago before police could lay charges.

The complainants and Presbyterian Support, which ran the home, have agreed to assign an independent commissioner.

The complainants' lawyer, Gordon Paine, says a report should be completed shortly which will help to ascertain what steps can be taken to bring closure to the matter.