Andrea Vance: 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 investigators is “vindicated” by a report 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 help two brothers who were suing the Ministry of Social Development for abuse they suffered while in the care of 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.

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