Chris Johns suffered at the hands of abusers in North Wales care homes for years
The survivor of a paedophile ring blamed over the death of his two brothers last night slammed a report into the scandal for failing to name the beasts involved.
Chris Johns, who suffered at the hands of abusers in North Wales care homes for years, said the full truth was still being hushed up despite the files being released yesterday – 17 years after they were written.
He said his brothers Adrian and Leander were killed to stop them revealing the horrific details of sex attacks carried out on children from all over Britain.
He said: “It’s just another cover-up. This report doesn’t even name names. Half of them got away with what they did.”
The 300-page Jillings Report was thought to have been destroyed, but it resurfaced last year when the North Wales children’s home scandal came back into focus with explosive claims the number of victims could be as high as 200.
It lists details of 12 young men whose deaths were thought to have been linked to the abuse they suffered between the late 60s and 80s. It even suggests serving police officers from the time and council staff could have been named as suspects.
But it is heavily censored with names blanked out over fears of defamation after Lord McAlpine was wrongly named as being involved late last year.
An expert on abuse in care, Alison Millar, from law firm Leigh Day, said: “The refusal to publish this report in full is tragically short-sighted.
“We are in an Alice in Wonderland situation whereby an independent panel is commissioned to investigate what went wrong and why.
“The whole truth must come out, for the sake of all those affected and so that this can never happen again.”
The document admitted there had been a “disturbing number of deaths and suicides” among former residents.
It said victims had their lives “shattered by abuse” and were “blighted by managerial apathy and neglect”.
It revealed how some had died after abusing drugs, solvents or alcohol.
Of the 12 dead, four had lived at the notorious Bryn Estyn home in Wrexham – which was at the centre of the inquiry.
John Jillings, an ex-director of social services, was appointed to lead the investigation when the claims became more widespread.
Speaking about yesterday’s release, Mr Jillings said: “The treatment of children was bestial. They weren’t treated like humans.
“Children died. Some committed suicide. That’s the worst possible outcome. It was horrific.”
Mr Johns’ brother Adrian, 32, died in 1992 in an arson attack before he had a chance to give a statement about the abuse he suffered at the Bryn Alyn home in the 1970s.
He suffered at the hands of paedophile John Allen, who made a fortune running a number of homes.
Leander survived the attack in Brighton with awful burns and in 1995 both he and Chris gave evidence against Allen.
Leander, 34, known as Lea, died days later from an overdose, which Chris and his family have always questioned.
During the week between Leander’s evidence and his death, Allen had absconded from bail.
His whereabouts were never explained. He claimed he had a breakdown and wandered lost in a wood.
But £16,500 was taken from his bank accounts during that time.
Allen was given six years for sex assaults on boys and is now free.
Mr Johns, 60, is convinced his brothers were silenced as they began to reveal the full extent of the paedophile network. He claimed the abuse also took place across Britain and into Europe.
He said: “I was held against a wall and threatened I would be killed if I told anyone.
“It was an international thing. It’s a can of worms and you can prize the lid off so far but never get it all the way off. I am frightened, I’ll tell you that.”
Both his brothers’ deaths are mentioned anonymously in the report published online yesterday. It outlines the abuse, years before it was probed by a High Court judge.
Allegations focusing on Bryn Estyn first emerged in the early 1990s, leading to the conviction of seven former care workers.
But many abusers are believed to have escaped justice.
The report, written in 1996, singles out Clwyd county council, the Welsh Office and North Wales Police, currently led by Chief Constable Mark Polin, for criticism.
It says: “It is clear that, in a number of cases, the lives of young people who have been through the care system in Clwyd have been severely disturbed.
“It is unclear how many other professionals, including police officers, were named in these statements as perpetrators.”
The report says it does know of “at least three employees” in the social services department who were interviewed but “to our knowledge, none were disciplined”.
It reveals there were at least 10 previous internal inquiries that were shelved.
A new police investigation, called Operation Pallial, was ordered by David Cameron in November.
So far more than 140 people have told police they were victims of abuse at homes across North Wales between 1963 and 1992.
Two suspects are on police bail after they were arrested earlier this year.
Peter Wanless, NSPCC chief executive, said: “This report comments on failures nearly 40 years ago but could easily be commenting on events today.
“The interests of children were sacrificed by professionals who should have been looking after them.”