Fife Christian Brothers trial – GUILTY Paul Kelly and John Farrell both taught at St Ninian’s

🔴Paul Kelly to Appeal ….

A shamed teacher jailed for abusing pupils at a former school for troubled boys in Fife is appealing his conviction.

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Paul Kelly, 64, was jailed for 10 years after he and head teacher John Farrell 73, were convicted of sexual abuse against six pupils more than 30 years ago.

The pair preyed on youngsters at St Ninian’s in Falkland, Fife, which was run by the Christian Brothers organisation.

Farrell was jailed for five years at the High Court in Glasgow, for his crimes.

 
On Thursday the judiciary department confirmed Kelly has lodged an appeal against his conviction.

Both Farrell and Kelly continue to deny abusing boys at the school.

Both were convicted after a 13-week trial of a total of 11 charges involving six victims both placed on the sex offenders register.

 

St Ninian’s child abuser appeals conviction

Two former teachers at a school in Fife run by the Christian Brothers order have been jailed for a total of 15 years after being convicted of the physical and sexual abuse of pupils.

Former headmaster John Farrell, 73, from Motherwell, was jailed for five years and Paul Kelly, 64, from Plymouth, for 10 years.

The offences were committed at the former St Ninian’s school in Falkland.


Farrell and Kelly had denied all charges.

They were convicted last month after a trial at the High Court in Glasgow.

As the men were led away, one woman in the court shouted: “May God do to you what you did to others.”
The school closed in 1983.

🔴Victims’ campaign

The man who launched a campaign to bring Kelly and Farrell to justice asked not to be named, but said outside the court: “I started it for me, but it turned into a group thing. We have never got closure, but we have got justice.

“Back then nobody would have believe us if we had said what was going on. We were told: ‘You are here because you’re bad. No one will listen to you. We are men of God and they’ll believe us before you.”

Minutes earlier Lord Matthews told Farrell and Kelly: “St Ninian’s List G school was meant to be, not only an educational establishment, but a haven for children in need of care and protection and a place of guidance for them.

“You were entrusted by the community and the Church with those duties of education, care, protection and guidance.

“You fulfilled these duties as far as a number of children were concerned and you were each acquitted of the vast majority of the charges which you faced.

“Nevertheless the jury found you guilty of a number of gross abuses of the trust placed in you in relation to some of the most vulnerable members of our society, children from difficult backgrounds with no effective voice.”

The building which was formerly home to St Ninian’s, which closed in 1983
Farrell was found guilty of four charges and Kelly was convicted of seven charges last month.

The jury acquitted Farrell of 18 charges relating to the case, while Kelly was acquitted of 22 charges.

The pair, who were found guilty after a 13-week trial at the High Court in Glasgow, were both placed on the sex offenders register.

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

Farrell, who was the headmaster, was convicted of physically abusing one boy and sexually abusing three others.

Kelly was found guilty of sexually abusing two boys and sexually and physically abusing a third.

One of the victims was sexually abused by both men on different occasions.
During the trial, the court heard that Kelly’s bedroom was described as an “open area” where pupils often spent the night.

Boys said they were told by Kelly they were being abused for their “sexual education”.

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.

🔴Professionalism and sensitivity’

Kenny Donnelly, procurator fiscal for serious sexual offences in the East of Scotland, said: “These men have been convicted of serious sexual offences against vulnerable boys.

“Although these crimes took place decades ago, this case, and others like it, show that justice can be achieved after many years.

“We strongly encourage anyone who has been a victim of any such offences to report this to the police, even after a significant passage of time, and they can be confident that they will be treated with the utmost professionalism and sensitivity by the police and our expert prosecutors.”

Ch Insp Nicola Shepherd, of Police Scotland, said: “These sentences reflect the severity of the crimes committed against the young victims, who at the time were in the care of both Farrell and Kelly.

“The abuse took place over a number of years causing untold misery and suffering to the boys and was a complete betrayal of the trust they placed in these men.

“Thanks to the bravery of the victims, a significant case was built against them during this extensive investigation and the evidence and testimony of the victims ultimately led to their conviction.

“I would like to thank all of those who came forward to provide us with information for their courage and strength.”

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-edinburgh-east-fife-37058102

 

🔴Fife Christian Brothers trial: Detective reveals previous investigation

image.jpegSt Ninian’s school – #Fife

April 25 2016
A Fife boarding school at the centre of a child abuse trial had been investigated a decade before charges were brought, a court was told.

Acting detective sergeant Andrew Gilmour told a jury that an investigation was launched into St Ninian’s School in Falkland between 2000 and 2002, but no one was ever charged.

The High Court in Glasgow heard the probe was started after four former pupils went to police with allegations about events at the school, which was run by the Christian Brothers in the 1970s and 1980s.
Mr Gilmour said that he and four colleagues began working on the current investigation from October 2013 after a former pupil made an abuse claim.

He was asked by prosecutor Kath Harper what he did and replied: “We contacted the congregation of the Christian Brothers who ran the school and asked for information on who was at the school.”

Miss Harper asked: “Did you get information from the Christian Brothers about that,” and the police officer replied: “Not from the Christian Brothers. We received information after a number of months from a firm of solicitors who were acting for them.”

The court was told that the police were given a list of more than 100 former pupils and tried to contact them, but found some had died and others were untraceable.

Mr Gilmour said: “We probably managed to trace 60 per cent.”

John Farrell, 73, Paul Kelly, 63, Edward Egan, 78, Michael Murphy, 76, and William Don, 61, are accused of physically and sexually abusing boys at the former St Ninian’s.

They deny the charges against them.

The court was told that after they appeared at Dundee Sheriff Court on petition in April 2014 more alleged victims came forward to the police after reading press publicity about the case.

The court indictment against Farrell, from Motherwell; Kelly, from Plymouth; Egan, from Liverpool; Murphy from Dunfermline and Don from Leven, lists 121 charges involving sexual abuse and physical abuse and dozens of witnesses are expected to give evidence.

The majority of the allegations are against Farrell and Kelly.

The Crown alleges that a total of 35 boys were allegedly abused at the school.

The jury was told that during the 2001 investigation a questionnaire was sent to 30 former pupils by Fife Constabulary asking if they had been abused at the school.

Only three people replied and they all denied being the victims of sexual abuse.

The trial continues.

 

Fife Christian Brothers trial: Detective reveals previous investigation

 

More evidence given….

A former pupil at a Christian Brothers school in Fife told a jury he remembered waking up in his dormitory with no pyjama bottoms on.

April 25th 2016

The 50-year-old man, who cannot be named for legal reasons, told prosecutor Kath Harper: “I woke up on one occasion, no in fact two occasions with no jammie bottoms on. They were on the floor.”

When asked if he put them on the floor himself, the man replied: “No.”

Miss Harper asked: “Did you feel anything unusual,” he replied: “I was erect.”
The man was giving evidence as the trial relating to allegations of historical child sexual abuse at St Ninian’s School in Falkland continued at the High Court in Glasgow.

John Farrell, who was a Christian Brother, denies indecently assaulting the man – when he was aged between 13 and 16 – on various occasions between March 3, 1980 and May 28, 1982, by removing his lower clothing when he was sleeping and handling his private parts.

The witness added: “On one occasion I felt someone sitting by my bedside. It was very dark. But the hall lights were on and I could see a shadow.”

The man said he got up after about five minutes put his bottoms on and went to the toilet. He added: “When I came back Brother Farrell was standing there.”

He added that he had noticed a “damp, fusty beer smell,” and was asked what he connected that smell with and replied: “Brother Farrell.

The man also claimed that Farrell struck him with a belt.

Under cross-examination by Edward Targowski QC, representing Farrell, the man agreed that he had visited Farrell in hospital in 1993 when he had had a heart bypass, and a few years later had had him as a guest at his wedding.

Mr Targowski said: “You can’t have thought he had sexually assaulted you if you visited him in hospital,” and the man answered: “It was always at the back of my mind. I always wondered if it was a dream or real.”

The QC then said: “As far as Brother Farrell is concerned he never sexually assaulted you at all,” and the man replied: “Not true.”

Farrell also denies striking the boy with a belt on his body on one occasion between March 1980 and May 1982.

Co-accused William Don, a gym teacher at the school, denies assaulting the man between March 1980 and May 1982 by striking him with a flag pole and a hockey stick.

The witness claimed that he had been hit once by Don, then said it was twice.

He added: “He grabbed me by the privates and hit me with a corner flagpole, or a cricket bat or a hockey stick.”

The man agreed with defence counsel Laura Thomson, representing Don, that he had given a number of accounts of what he alleged happened.

Miss Thomson said: “Not all your stories can be correct,” and he replied: “It was once or twice. I can’t remember, but I was hit.”

John Farrell, 73, Paul Kelly, 63, Edward Egan, 78, Michael Murphy, 76, and William Don, 61, are accused of physically and sexually abusing boys at the former St Ninian’s.

They deny the charges against them.

The trial before judge Lord Matthews continues.

 

Man tells Fife Christian Brothers abuse trial he woke up without pyjama bottoms

 

Trial details …..

April 22nd 2016

A teacher who worked at a Christian Brothers school where pupils were allegedly sexually and physically assaulted told a court she never saw any sign of abuse.

Margaret Nicol, 67, who taught part-time at St Ninian’s School at Falkland in Fife, from 1976 to 1981, told the High Court in Glasgow that she never saw anything untoward.

She was asked by prosecutor Kath Harper: “What would you have done if you had seen any evidence of the pupils being physically or sexually abused?” and replied: “I would have gone to their social workers, but at no stage did I see anything that caused me concern. “

The jury was told that St Ninian’s was a List G boarding school which took boys from Glasgow, Renfrewshire, Lanarkshire, Dundee and Edinburgh.
The court was told that the school was run by the Christian Brothers and there were a number of lay people including teachers and domestic staff.

Mrs Nicol was asked by Ms Harper: “Who looked after the boys at night,” and replied: “I know the Brothers were there at night, but none of the other staff were.”

John Farrell, 73, Paul Kelly, 63, Edward Egan, 78, Michael Murphy, 76, and William Don, 61, are accused of sexually and physically abusing pupils in their care at a school in Fife between 1967 and 1983.

They are alleged to have physically and sexually abusing boys who were aged between 11 and 16, at the former St Ninian’s School in Falkland.

They deny all the charges against them.

The trial before judge Lord Matthews continues.

 

Fife Christian Brothers trial: Teacher says she saw no evidence of abuse

 

 

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St Ninian’s school – #Fife

Five men now in their sixties and seventies have gone on trial accused of sexually and physically abusing pupils in their care at a school in Fife between 1967 and 1983.

April 13th 2016

They are charged with abusing boys, who were aged between 11 and 16, at the former St Ninian’s School in Falkland.

John Farrell, 73, Paul Kelly, 63, Edward Egan, 78, Michael Murphy, 76, and William Don, 61, denied the charges against them at the High Court in Glasgow.

Farrell, who is represented by QC Edward Targowski, lodged a special defence of alibi and Don, who is represented by advocate Laura Thomson , lodged special defences of alibi and incrimination.
The court indictment lists 121 charges involving sexual abuse and physical abuse and dozens of witnesses are expected to give evidence. The majority of the allegations are against Farrell and Kelly.

The Crown claim that a total of 35 boys were allegedly abused at the school. Many of them allege they were assaulted with a variety of implements, including shoes, belt and a ruler.

Among other claims is an accusation that Kelly left a 13-year-old boy rolled up in a rug overnight.

He is also said to have stripped another pupil and hung him upside down from a bridge.

Farrell is accused among other charges of indecently assaulting a 12-year-old boy by simulating sex with him and forcing a pair of underpants into his mouth to prevent him screaming.

He also faces a charge that in the early 1980s he indecently assaulted a boy at a monastery on the isle of Iona.

He is further said to have attacked the same boy at a Catholic church in Motherwell in 1999.

All five deny all the charges against them.

Trial judge Lord Matthews told the jury of nine men and six women that the trial is expected to last 12 to 14 weeks.

The trial continues.

 

 

Five go on trial accused of historical abuse of pupils at Fife school

 

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A MAN who taught at a Plymouth school for three decades is to appear at trial where he will face more than 60 charges in connection with the alleged sexual and physical abuse of children.

Paul Kelly, aged 63, is one of five men accused of a series of assaults and indecent assaults between 1970 and 1983 at St Ninian’s School in Falkland, Fife.

The Roman Catholic school was run by the Irish Christian Brothers organisation until it closed in the 1980s.

The men – Kelly of Glade Close, Plymouth, John Farrell, aged 73 of Motherwell; Michael Murphy, aged 76 from Dunfermline; William Don aged 62 from Leven and Edward Egan, aged 78 from Altrincham – face a total of 131 charges involving more than 40 alleged victims.

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Catholic brothers cared for boys at night, teacher tells abuse trial

Largest historical sexual assault case ever tried in Scotland
April 2016

St Ninian’s, an orphanage and school, was run by the Congregation of Christian Brothers until it was closed down in 1983

The trial of five former staff members at a school run by a Catholic religious order who are accused of abusing dozens of boys over three decades has begun hearing evidence.

John Farrell, 73, Paul Kelly, 63, Edward Egan, 78, Michael Murphy, 76, and William Don, 61, are charged with 121 counts of physical and sexual abuse against pupils at St Ninian’s School, in Falkland, Fife, between 1967 and 1983.

They deny all the charges against them.

It is believed to be the largest historical abuse case ever tried in Scotland. Dozens of witnesses are expected to give evidence over

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