FIVE suspects have appeared in court accused of abusing 42 pupils at a school.
Robert de Koning, 65, and Ian Nutman, 60, face a string of allegations including sexual abuse over three decades.
Philip Barton, 64, Angus Munn, 55, and Nigel Lloyd, 59, are also accused of several assaults at the establishment in Fife.
All charges relate to a period between 1981 and 2013.
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Nutman, of Kirkcaldy, is accused of ten attacks, including one which allegedly endangered life, as well as one charge of sexual abuse.
De Koning, also from the town, faces a charge of assault, four of sexual abuse and two of indecent assault.
Barton, of Aberdour, is accused of 45 offences, including 42 assaults.
Prosecutors claim he caused severe injury in three cases and endangered life in seven.
Other allegations include watching boys naked in a communal shower — and striking one on the buttocks.
Munn, of Kinghorn, allegedly left a lad unconscious by forcing him to the ground and lying on him. He’s accused of risking life on four occasions.
Meanwhile, Lloyd, of Kinross, faces five assault raps.
All men denied the charges at a preliminary hearing at the High Court in Edinburgh and will stand trial next year.
PHILIP BARTON – Starley Hall School, Aberdour Road, Burntisland, Fife.Starley Hall has two residential houses with 14 residential placements. males & female. (both of which can be seen on this map)
Starley Hall School is privately owned by Philip Barton, his wife & their 3 sons. archived
Quoted from Starley Hall website – “Starley Hall provides 52 week residential care and education placements for young people aged 10-18 years who present with emotional and/or social difficulties and can often be disengaged from all aspects of learning. The school also offers day pupil placements for a small number of young people. We have developed a multi-disciplinary staff group that is experienced in working with vulnerable young people, some of whom are on the autistic spectrum, have diagnosis of ADHD, attachment disorder and mild to moderate learning difficulties. Some of our young people can present with challenging behaviour and require specialised support and input.”
Starley Hall has been in the headlines before in 2018 when Colin Edwards who worked at Starley Hall was struck off for physically assaulting a boy
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Tall Trees – Starley Hall | Reaching Out “Tall Trees is a service operated by Starley Hall. The house is situated in the city of Dunfermline, Fife and comprises of a two story building. The accommodation provides high quality residential accommodation offering a safe and nurturing environment for up to five young people aged between 10 and 18 years of age inclusive.”