Nicky Campbell’s Testimony at Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry: Allegations of Molestation and Abuse at Edinburgh Academy

Nicky Campbell’s Testimony at Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry: Allegations of Molestation and Abuse at Edinburgh Academy


BBC broadcaster Nicky Campbell gave a harrowing testimony at the Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry, recounting the sexual abuse he and his fellow classmates endured at Edinburgh Academy during the 1970s.

In his emotional account, Campbell compared a former teacher, Iain Wares, to notorious predator Jimmy Savile, labeling him as one of the most prolific paedophiles in British history.

Abuse by Iain Wares: A Dark Chapter in Edinburgh Academy’s History

Campbell, now 62, disclosed how he was molested by history teacher Iain Wares in front of his class.

Wares, whom Campbell likened to Jimmy Savile, was described as a ‘weirdo’ known for his disturbing behavior.

Campbell also detailed sexual abuse perpetrated by another teacher, Hamish Dawson, who molested him in front of his classmates.


Campbell’s bravery in sharing his experiences without anonymity earned him a standing ovation from those present.

Critique of Prosecution’s Efforts and Impact of the Abuse

Campbell criticized the Crown Office for failing to bring Iain Wares back from South Africa to face the charges.

Despite Wares’ alleged acts of abuse occurring on an “industrial scale,” the prosecution’s attempts to hold him accountable were met with obstacles.

Campbell’s frustration was palpable as he condemned Wares’ current life of comfort in South Africa while survivors continue to bear the trauma.

Toxic Masculinity and Abuse within the School

The former Long Lost Family host painted a bleak picture of his time at Edinburgh Academy, recounting a culture of toxic masculinity that developed as he progressed through the school.


He shared stories of physical violence, including being attacked by a teacher who subjected him to beatings using various implements.

Campbell vividly described a changing room incident where he had to witness the sexual assault of a schoolmate by Iain Wares, leaving an indelible mark on his memory.

Details of Assaults and Unsettling Behavior

Campbell revealed disturbing incidents involving teachers.

A history teacher allegedly touched him inappropriately on multiple occasions, with the last instance involving the teacher’s finger going under his underwear.

He also recounted a violent attack by a teacher in a school corridor, during which he was held down, kicked, and physically assaulted.


Courageous Testimonies and Ongoing Inquiry

Nicky Campbell’s testimony joined those of other former Edinburgh Academy pupils, shedding light on the pervasive abuse that occurred within the school’s walls.

Iain Wares, now facing extradition from South Africa, stands accused of multiple charges related to abuse.

The inquiry, though complex and emotionally challenging, remains committed to seeking justice for survivors while preserving their rights.

As the inquiry continues, the courage of survivors like Nicky Campbell underscores the importance of confronting painful truths to prevent such abuses from recurring in the future.

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