Friday, 26 August 2016

A case study in what might happen if you complain about a person suspected of child abuse in Britain: YOUR children are removed!

 | Monday, 13th June 2016

This article by David Scott is reproduced unaltered from in the interest of fairness and justice. The plight of the family concerned is described. They have been targetted by government and officialdom, with the terrible consequences described. If it happened to them it could happen to YOU!

In two short years, the Docherty family have been torn apart by brutal state interventions in three separate national jurisdictions. Are these people criminals? Accused of a major crime? Terrorists? No they are a loving family who had the courage to report to the authorities an approach from a predatory paedophile.

Their story begins in July 2014 in rural Aberdeenshire, on the Crimonmogate estate located between Peterhead and Fraserburgh. They had moved in to a rented house on the Estate of Viscount Petersham. This was small for their family of four children but ideal as the quiet location suited their elder son who suffered from Autism. 

Within months of moving in, they were approached by a neighbour with an outlandish proposal. This neighbour offered them £25,000 “ to do with as they would like” for access to their disabled son. They did the right thing, told him to get lost. The paedophile neighbour was both insistent and confident “You will not say ‘No’ to me!” Brian Docherty contacted the authorities.

Within 24 hours of making this police report, Seargent Buchan of Fraserburgh Police station was at the Docherty’s door. His only interest was in making everything go away. He had spoken to the neighbour (who lived with two unrelated teenage boys) but it was all OK, the neighbour had denied being a paedophile. “What can I do to persuade you there is nothing here” was his repeated question. The more he sought to persuade the Docherty family, the more they protested that this man was dangerous.

They sought to warn their landlord, Viscount Petersham of the threat. To no effect.

It seemed that they were the focus of attention, an attempt at eviction, and, crucially, interest from Social Services. This mounted until, after a month, the Docherty’s became convinced there was going to be an attempt to seize their children. They decided on a family holiday in Ireland to find a safe place to alert the higher echelons of the Scottish authorities. 

They started writing letters to everyone up to and including Nicola Sturgeon Within a week, The Garda were at their door in a late night call “just to check the children are OK”

Writing and complaining to the Scottish authorities (PIRC - Police Investigations & Review Commissioner upheld 12 of 13 complaints) only increased the interest shown by authorities and pressure on the family, which included being followed, domestic break-ins and strange nocturnal activity around their home. 

This culminated in a raid in January 2015 by two social workers and four police (some from the Garda Armed response unit) during which their children were seized. No court documents or warrant were displayed during this action. When the matter came to court, the case was thrown out, the Docherty’s children returned and a warning given by the judge that files from Scotland (files the Docherty’s are yet to see) must not follow the family.

Victory in court seemed to have little effect on the harassment however. The Docherty’s were becoming increasingly aware that claims were being made concerning their mental health and moves to section them seemed to be afoot. As a precaution they obtained a full independent Psychiatric report – which reported resilient, even dynamic mental health. 

After ten further months of harassment, and despite constant appeals to the relevant authorities to intervene, a second raid was conducted by the Irish state. 

This time there were thirteen people in all, five social workers plus eight Garda, many of whom were armed. The children were seized in the manner of a kidnap, no lawful authority was claimed and they process was sufficiently violent that one Garda officer involved later described it as the worst scene he had ever witnessed in his police career.

The children were detained on an interim care order, which lasts eight days, that was more than six months ago. 

Janice and Brian have not been allowed to visit their children in five months (since taking a photo of a bruise on their 18 month old son). They continue to experience harassment, they are denied legal aid, their writ of habeas corpus to the High Court in Dublin has been ignored. 

And yet the guardian appointed by the Irish state has written that their children are a credit to Mr and Mrs Docherty.

Why has this family been torn asunder when they have committed no crime, been accused of no crime and where there is not even an allegation that they bad parents. The only cause we can see their correct and courageous decision to alert the lawful authorities to the approach by a predatory paedophile.

This family need your help; this help can be in the form of questions to the relevant authorities:
  • Police Scotland
  • The Scottish Government Justice secretariat
  • Nicola Sturgeon
  • Aberdeenshire Council, Social Work Department
  • The police Service of Norther Ireland
  • The Garda
  • Social Work Department in LetterKenny in Donegal
  • The Home Office
These people have many questions to answer: the most pressing being “when will the Docherty Family be reunited?”
The most troubling is “Who has the power to marshal the resources of three states to harass a single family for telling the truth?”END.


  1. Angela Power-Disney Just a rumour that one of the children was shot and injured in an assassination attempt on Dearman in the Phillipines where he had sickeningly been allowed to take them on holiday
    Like · Reply · 7 hrs
    Elizabeth Butcher
    Elizabeth Butcher OMG !
    Like · Reply · 1 hr
    Tim Veater
    Tim Veater Really? Is this true????? The public needs to know what decisions have been made regarding these children and whether they have been placed in danger by virtue of them. Has anyone tried an information request of Barnett under the Freedom of Information Act?
    Like · Reply · 8 mins
    Tim Veater
    Tim Veater What is needed above everything is a focused and coordinated effort to obtain information and demand accountability. Apparently the parents mention a "Free the children" campaign, but I haven't seen anything about it as yet. The decisions by the authorities in this case are unconscionable and the secrecy surrounding it highly suspicious. Any decision to allow the father to take the children abroad, and particularly the Phillipines where abuse at all levels is rife, could not be defended under any circumstances. If it happened, whoever authorised it should be known and held responsible for the negligence involved.

  2. In reply to Jim McMenamin on Facebook re. the police:

    No doubt countless policemen and women do countless good deeds to protect the vulnerable and chase those individuals that have hurt others. There may be something in their claim that they are the 'thin blue line' (between order and chaos) - I wouldn't like to say.

    There certainly seems to be a significant section of the population that appears to think nothing of robbing, stealing, selling dangerous addictive drugs and doing violent things to others to the point of rape and murder.

    If we didn't have an organised police force, it would presumably be back to 'every man for himself', tribal loyalties and vendetta. To some extent in parallel sub-cultures, this already exists.

    The more brutal the society, the more brutal and physically forceful the police necessarily become. It is a trend that sadly we have witnessed, particularly in the large urban areas but no part of the country has been unaffected.

    When a gang member in a television documentary last night claimed it was easy to obtain illicit firearms brought in from the east, and that everyone who was anybody (in that crime world) had them, all citizens have cause for concern.

    For the police who are charged with confronting them, it is a real and present danger from which we are largely protected. We cannot ignore this fact when viewing the increasing militarisation of the police or the often dubious circumstances when individuals have been shot dead.

    So we should not underestimate the idealism that may inspire a young person to join the police force. But neither should we ignore that power seldom comes without attendant corruption.

    In some forces there has been little to distinguish between those that break the law and those expected to uphold it. Policemen learn to be realistic and pragmatic about the human condition and society.

    It is perhaps one of the biggest reasons for the insouciance towards the exploitation of young people in various towns and institutions.

    It may even be a partial, but far from complete explanation, for the way the Hampstead children's allegations were dealt with. Another is the deep seated reluctance by the police to admit incompetence or fault. All the other possible reasons for the obvious incompetence displayed in that case have been discussed at length previously.


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