'A sister and two brothers have won record damages of £1 million from the Church of Scotland after being sexually abused in a care home.
The siblings were repeatedly attacked by the “snarling” predatory paedophile Ian Samson while he worked at the Kirk's Lord and Lady Polworth Children's House in Edinburgh.
The sister, who cannot be named, was forced to have an abortion after she became pregnant when he raped her.
Samson, 78, the former care home superintendent, was jailed for 14 years in 2013 after being found guilty of 22 serious sexual offences, including 12 rapes, spanning three decades.
After raising a legal action last year, his female victim secured £500,000 from the Kirk while her two brothers each received £250,000. It is thought to be the highest compensation payment made by a religious body in Scotland.
In a statement the siblings said Samson was an evil man who had robbed them of their childhood and their future.
They added: “Our case has never been about the money. Raising a civil action in the courts was the only way we could get any sort of acknowledgement from the Church of Scotland.
“It’s a shame that an organisation which promotes 'goodness and morals' can’t do the right thing themselves and hold their hands up and apologise rather than force victims to go endure further legal proceedings.
“We nearly gave up so many times in getting the Kirk to accept responsibility so we’re delighted this is now over and have the justice and closure we need to get on with life as best we can.
“To anyone else affected by abuse – be strong and step forward. You can get closure and together we can all make a difference.”
The trio raised a civil action through the legal firm Digby Brown Solicitors and the case was settled out of court.
Samson, who worked at Lord and Lady Polworth alongside his wife who was a matron, carried out a campaign of abuse between the 1970s and 1990s.'
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