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'Lessons have been learnt' from Knottfield says chief constable

And a former MLC calls for Tynwald report to go before court

A former MLC who chaired a Tynwald investigation into Knottfield says he hopes the committee’s report will go before the court ‘as soon as possible’.

David Cretney chaired the Tynwald Social Affairs Policy Review Committee which took evidence from people connected to the former children’s home.

The report and its recommendations were paused due to active legal proceedings against former housemaster Joseph Marshall.

The 85-year-old was jailed last week, for six years, for sexually abusing two boys in his care. 

It marks the second time the senior house parent has been jailed for offences committed in the 1970s and 1980s. 

Chief Constable Gary Roberts led the investigation which brought Marshall to justice in 1992.

He was one of those who gave evidence to the Tynwald committee - apologising on behalf of the Isle of Man Constabulary for a missed opportunity to stop the sex offender years before.

Mr Roberts told Manx Radio he’s confident that lessons have been learnt as a result over the decades: 

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