Update: 19th January, 2016
Following a request from one blogger, Catherine, today’s date, I have decided not to close this thread today after all, but will leave it open, with the rest, until the end of the month as usual. This allows maximum time for Mr Docherty to respond to the questions raised in the thread.
Update: 17th January, 2016
Please scroll to end of this thread to read the deadline which we have set. Unless we receive some convincing answers, from Mr Docherty, to the questions raised on this thread, by Tuesday, close of business, this thread will be deleted.
Brian Docherty is a Glaswegian, a teacher, who moved to live and work in Aberdeen.
In summary, Mr Docherty claims that a neighbour asked for “access” to his disabled son, and made clear what he meant by “access”: this was an approach by a paedophile, alleged Mr Docherty who reported the matter to the police. According to Mr Docherty, however, instead of investigating the allegation, his family were targeted. You can see Brian’s first video account of what he claims happened here.
Eventually, the family travelled to Ireland to spend time there, in the hope of receiving support from the Irish authorities. Instead, the children have been taken into care and questions raised over the mental health of Mr Docherty and his wife.
Videos explaining his situation are available on YouTube and the most recent video is to be found at the foot of the page of the petition which you can sign here.
We are all aware of the way the family unit is being undermined by legislation (the Named Person Scheme springs to mind) and through unnecessary interference by officious social workers etc. If, therefore, Mr Docherty’s claims have substance, this case gives grave cause for concern. Apparently, Mr Docherty has made efforts to publicise his situation but the mainstream media is not, it seems, interested. This, in itself, seems strange, and triggered our decision to give some publicity to Mr Docherty’s apparent plight here. If, after all, there is no truth in his allegations, that surely ought to be exposed to protect the integrity of the police and other State agencies and individuals.
For fear of unnecessarily complicating his situation, however, by claims of police corruption, we might discuss whether or not it would be wiser for Brian Docherty to concentrate on getting his children back because they have been taken from him by agents of the State despite the fact that neither he nor his wife have been charged with any crime and – as seems clear from his calm demeanour on the videos – there is nothing wrong with his mental state. He must be beside himself with worry over his children’s plight, living, to the best of our knowledge, with strangers in separate foster homes, yet he comes across as an intelligent man, a calm but concerned father – there is nothing of hysteria in his statements.
As well as keeping this family in our prayers, then, is there any advice we can offer to Mr Docherty? Should he drop his allegations in order to retrieve his children and let those responsible deal with their consciences, or is he right to continue to expose the alleged corruption of the legal systems in both Scotland and Ireland?