Neerkol - Closed children's home west of Rockhampton. The Morning Bulletin
Neerkol - Closed children's home west of Rockhampton. The Morning Bulletin

Horrors revealed in day 2 of orphanage Royal Commission

UPDATE 12.45PM: Former resident Joseph Kiernan has given evidence stating Sisters of Mercy nuns allegedly made him lick up his mess after he vomited over the floor in the boys' dormitory at the orphanage.

After this punishment, Mr Kiernan was allegedly beaten by the nun.

UPDATE 11.45PM: WITNESS Ayn has alleged former Neerkol employee Mr Kevin Baker sexually assaulted him while he was a resident.

Ayn did not go into any detail of the alleged sexual assault at the orphanage because it made him feel disgusted.

11AM: In day two of the Royal Commission hearing into Neerkol Orphanage, former resident Diane Carpenter has revealed how she was afraid to take naps because the children were allegedly kicked in their sleep.

Ms Carpenter was born in Emerald and placed in Neerkol Orphanage when she was about three or four years old.

Ms Carpenter told the Royal Commission she was punished by being locked into a hot room. 

She drank her own urine to keep hydrated.

Currently speaking is witness Ayn, who alleged a Sisters of Mercy nun had confiscated a ring his mother gave to him for his birthday, before she died.

This took place when Ayn and his siblings arrived at the orphanage.

More to come.


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