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Last Updated: Monday, 13 June, 2005, 14:06 GMT 15:06 UK
Sex abuse victim 'lied' at trial
Margaret Hewitt and George Anderson
Margaret Hewitt and George Anderson
A victim in Northern Ireland's biggest child sex abuse case has claimed he lied during the trial.

The allegation was made at the opening of an appeal by two ex-Barnardos care workers convicted of abusing children.

Margaret Hewitt, 69, formerly of Drains Bay, Larne, and George Anderson, 47, formerly of Hillhead Road, Ballycarry, were jailed for a total of 29 years.

The Appeal Court heard details of letters from one victim to a social worker in which he claimed he had lied.

The victim also alleged he had spoken to his sister, another victim in the case, telling her what she should write in her police statement.

He later told police the allegations in the letters were "lies" and a "cry for attention".

Appellants present

Last year, Anderson was sentenced to 18 years in prison, after being found guilty of 17 charges, including indecent assault, two charges of rape and gross indecency committed against five children between January 1979 and June 1981.

Hewitt was jailed for 11 years after being found guilty of 53 charges, including indecent assault, gross indecency and assault committed against eight children between December 1977 and June 1981.

Most of the assaults took place at the Macedon home in Newtownabbey, on the outskirts of Belfast, more than 25 years ago when Hewitt and Anderson worked there.

The home was closed and demolished in 1981.

On Monday, a number of victims were in court. Hewitt and Anderson were also present for the start of the appeal. It is expected to last up to 10 days.

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