State abuse survivor in spying scandal says Govt lawyers set out to vilify him

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A state abuse survivor surveilled by private investigatorsis “vindicated” by areport confirming the Crown hired spies, writes Andrea Vance.

As a 10-year-old boy, Keith Wiffin was beaten, sexually abused and psychologically tortured in a state-owned boys’ home.

Forty years later, he came forward as a witness to helptwo brothers who were suing the Ministry of Social Development forabusethey suffered while in the careof the state.

In response, Crown lawyers hired private investigators ICIL to dig up dirt on witnesses and Wiffin, now 59, is certain he was put under surveillance.

"Instead of the Crown taking responsibility for what happened to us, they set out to try and vilify us and cast us in the role of the enemy and it just felt like more abuse," Wiffin said.
ROBERT KITCHIN/STUFF”Instead of the Crown taking responsibility for what happened to us, they set out to try and vilify us and cast us in the role of the enemy and it just felt like more abuse,” Wiffin said.

“Instead of the Crown taking responsibility for what happened to…

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