Tuesday, February 21, 2006

Duncan child-abuse case: Not kids' stuff

MUMBAI: In an interesting turn to the Duncan Grant child-abuse case, two of the five boys who wereallegedly sexually exploited by Grant and co-accused Allan Water, are going to testify as defence's witnesses. "Two of them (names not disclosed) would be presented as defence witnesses on February 14 and 15," confirmed Pervez Memon, defence lawyer. The prosecution had examined two victim boys, and discharged the other two as it thought their testimonies were not required anymore. Now these two, omitted by the prosecution, would be testifying as defence's witness, he said. The whereabouts of the fifth victim boy are not known. The case involves Duncan Grant, a British national who was accused of molesting the inmates of his Mumbai-based Colaba Anchorage Shelter Home. Other two accused are Allan Water, another UK national and William D`souza, who was superintendent of the Shelter Home. While Water and Grant are in judicial custody, D`Souza is out on bail.

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