BY ANDREW DOWDELL
THEY were systematically abused and robbed of their trust in humanity. Now victims of the notorious Eden Park boys home say they were short changed by civil payouts from the Salvation Army.
The depravity and violence inflicted upon former residents of the home led to a class action, launched in 2007, in which 60 former Eden Park boys were eventually given civil payouts.
However, many victims as well as the lawyer who handled the cases now say the Salvation Army should have paid more compensation.
Matt de Gregorio from Duncan Basheer Hannon said early settlements were capped at $50,000 and he has asked the Salvation Army to consider increasing those amounts already paid.
“Their response has been that they want to await the results of the Royal Commission on the 31st of December, 2017, before they will consider that,” he said.
Mr de Gregorio described the treatment of hundreds of boys at Eden Park as nothing short of “torture”.