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Ruling is awaited on abuse appeal

03 August 2012

THE Supreme Court last week heard an appeal arising from a group action in which about 170 claimants allege that they were sexually and/or physically abused at a school known as St William's, in Market Weighton.

The abuse is alleged to have taken place between 1958 and 1992. The proceedings were brought against two groups of defendants: first, defendants connected with the Roman Catholic diocese of Middlesbrough, who were responsible at certain times for the management of the school; and, second, representatives of a lay RC teaching order known as the Institute of the Brothers of the Christian Schools, who had a community of Brothers living and working as teachers at the school.

Several of the alleged abusers were members of the Institute, including James Carragher ("Brother James"), who was headmaster between 1976 and 1990, and was expelled from the Institute in 2008. The sole issue in the appeal before the Supreme Court is whether the Institute is responsible for the acts of sexual and physical abuse of children at the school committed by members of the Institute.

Judgment is not expected until after October.


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