“When you’re being maltreated, if you put up a fight against it, if you’re not passive, you get it worse,” she says.
She recalls the terrifying moment when a senior care worker (now deceased) assaulted her in the grounds of Beechwood, holding her hostage for an hour, and her lucky escape from death thanks to a passing gardener who confronted the man. She was sixteen years old at the time.
“I was held hostage under the giant rhododendron bush with a leather belt held around my throat, forced to carry out a sex act… I ‘d already been raped at that point. He said: ‘Keep your mouth shut or I’ll kill you like the others.’ ”
During the attack, which lasted an hour, the worker, nicknamed the ‘cellar rapist,’ confessed to killing children at the home, the intelligent ones who talked.
The body of a young boy is allegedly buried under a multi-surface football pitch at The Lindens, one of two residential units within Beechwood’s grounds. Other bodies may lay hidden in other areas of the site, recently demolished by bulldozers.