Former pupil who was raped by his teachers at a Catholic boarding school gets £1.4m payout


Former pupil who was raped by his teachers at a Catholic boarding school gets £1.4m payout

A man who suffered horrific abuse at a Catholic boarding school in Scotland has secured a record £1.4million in compensation.

The 54-year-old, known only as AB, was sexually assaulted by religious brothers John Farrell, Paul Kelly, and Gerard Ryan.

According to Mail Online, the incident occurred during a 14-month spell while he was boarding at St Ninian’s School in Falkland, a religious teaching order within the Catholic Church that was run by the Christian Brothers.

AB was raped, molested, and beaten by all three teachers. They would also frequently play the song Ashes to Ashes by David Bowie during their attacks.

The Christian Brothers tried to have the legal case against them thrown out at the All Scotland Sheriff Personal Injury Court. But Sheriff Christopher Dickson dismissed the attempt and ordered them to pay damages of £1.39million.

It is believed to be the highest sum ever awarded to a survivor of abuse.

In 2016, Farrell was convicted of four abuse charges and jailed for five years while Kelly was convicted of six and got ten years. Ryan died in 2013 before he could be investigated.

AB said: ‘Finally, after 40 years, I have been acknowledged and those responsible can be exposed.’

Describing speaking to the police, he said: ‘It was terrifying but empowering. Exhausting but freeing. Painful but therapeutic. I’ll always feel the pain. But at least now I’m not alone. I am supported.

‘And I can now slowly look to the future instead of being chained to my past.’

Last year the school was described as a ‘place of abuse and deprivation’ by Judge Lady Smith in a ruling from the Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry. She ruled children had suffered physical, emotional, and sexual abuse and said the evidence was ‘distressing’.

Kim Leslie, of law firm Digby Brown, said: ‘We’re not aware of any higher sums ever being awarded to a survivor so this settlement is truly a landmark one.’

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