Ashdene children’s home, Southampton

Harry Bunker, a magistrate and superintendent of Ashdene children’s home in Southampton, was found guilty of sexually abusing girls in his care. The abuse started while Ashdene was run by Barnardo’s, and continued while it was run by Hampshire Council.

Judge Lewis McCreery tried his best to influence the verdict by suggesting to the jury that the abuse allegations could be a ‘conspiracy’ by the five girls – “childen sometimes collaborated to concoct allegatons” he said, but luckily the members of the jury didn’t fall for it. Bunker was sentenced to just  30 months in jail.

Social Work Today, 22nd November 1977

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  1. Reblogged this on Join The Dots Campaign and commented:
    Ashdene was run by Barnardo’s, and abuse continued while it was run by Hampshire Council.

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