High Court judge Lady Smith, above, who is heading the Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry, this week heard a 77-year-old nun admitting to a series of cruel acts she inflicted on orphans.
According to this report, the nun, who unfortunately cannot be identified, apologised to those she “mistreated” at Nazareth House homes in Aberdeen and Lasswade, Midlothian,
She worked at the Catholic-run orphanages from 1963 until 1980 and said she could lose her temper “on some occasions”, but denied a litany of other allegations made against her.
However, under questioning by Colin MacAulay, senior counsel, she admitted punching a girl on the head and body, and striking her with a hair brush.
Do you accept then that you did seize hold of her by her hair and drag her around the corridor?
The same reply came when MacAulay asked if she had ever force-fed a child or pushed a girl to the ground from a swing.
Her admissions were in relation to two children in separate homes.
It was heard a child was force-fed dolly mixtures as a punishment after sweets had gone missing.
When asked why others had come forward with accusations, which she denied, the nun broke down in tears and said:
I don’t know.
A statement she submitted to the inquiry said her care for some children at the homes amounted to them being “mistreated”.
MacAulay then asked her if she would describe the treatment as cruel.
I would now.
The inquiry before Lady Smith in Edinburgh continues.