Taken from Sonia Poulton’s Facebook page
“Always like to give my friends a heads-up….
I have it on excellent authority that there are real and serious problems with Steve Messham’s story…and I’m talking about from people who were in the home with him…I suspect that he was used to discredit other victim testimonies and that is looking increasingly likely.
Equally, people should be under no illusion that Bryn Estyn has also been used as ‘centre of paedophilia’ because there were places that were far worse and it has been easy to concentrate on this place because it has been equally easy to disprove some of the stories to emerge.
This status should not be misunderstood as me smearing a victim – I am not – but I am making my friends aware that some unsavoury revelations about the whole Messham & McAlipine story is likely to emerge very soon.
I would also like to make it VERY CLEAR that abuse survivors, in my experience, have not been interested in being paid for their stories, they desire justice first and foremost and the issue of people being paid to reveal horror stories lends a further air of suspicion to the issue”.
I tend to agree with Ms Poulton’s statement. To get to the heart of the story, and to find the real truth, Steve Messiah’s testimony must be viewed with suspicion, and questions must be asked regarding what he stands to gain if he persists with his version of the events that he claims occurred at the Bryn Estyn Community Home.
I, however, remain totally unconvinced by his somewhat ‘cloudy’ recall of events.