Saturday, 23 July 2016

Former headmaster and teacher of Fife school convicted of abuse

"The headmaster and teacher of a former Fife school have been convicted of physical and sexual abuse against six pupils more than 30 years ago."

"John Farrell, 73, of Motherwell, was found guilty of four charges and Paul Kelly, 64, of Plymouth, was convicted of seven charges."

"They abused boys aged between 11 and 15 at St Ninian's in Falkland, a school for children from troubled backgrounds."

"It was run by the Christian Brothers organisation and closed in 1983..."

"The victims were abused between 1979 and 1983, when they were aged between 11 and 15."

"The abuse was uncovered due to the tenacity of one victim, who sparked an investigation after he made a formal complaint to the Archdiocese in 2013."

"That inquiry uncovered many more complainers..."

"Three other men linked to St Ninian's - ex-social worker Michael Murphy, 75; Edward Egan, 76; and William Don, 62 - had also faced abuse allegations, but these were thrown out during the trial."

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