Jail for Christian Brothers school pair who abused boys

Jail for Christian Brothers school pair who abused boys August 16, 2016

John Farrell, 73, above left, and Paul Kelly, 64, have been jailed for a total of 15 years for physically and sexually abusing six pupils at St Ninian’s in Falkland, Fife, more than 30 years ago.
According to this report, one person present at the sentencing of the pair at the High Court in Glasgow yesterday shouted “hope you enjoy every day of it” as Catholic priest Farrell, former head of the school, and Kelly were led away to serve their jail terms.
The pair preyed on youngsters between the ages of 11 and 15 at St Ninian’s, which was run by the Christian Brothers organisation before its closure in 1983.
Judge Lord Matthews condemned them for committing:

A gross abuse of trust

Farrell, of Motherwell, North Lanarkshire, was jailed for five years for three counts of indecent assault. Kelly, of Plymouth, Devon, was given 10 years in prison for four counts of indecent assault and two assault charges.
The men belonged to Catholic order the Congregation of Christian Brothers. Farrell went on to become a priest and Kelly continued to teach until his retirement four years ago.
Referring to the victims as he sentenced the pair, the judge said:

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 vulnerabilities to which all of the victims were already subject were plainly greatly exacerbated by the revolting abuse to which they were subjected at St Ninian’s and it is no exaggeration to say that their whole lives have been blighted by what went on.
No sentence I can pass can undo the grievous harm caused to them by your conduct. It can only be hoped that the jury’s verdict can provide some form of closure for them after all these years.

But one victim of abuse at the school, Dave Sharp, 57, above, blasted the sentences imposed on the two paedophiles.
Sharp, who “endured hell” at the school, said the men should have been caged for longer.

Child abuse on this scale should carry a life sentence. To destroy somebody’s life as a child should not be treated the same as burgling a house or robbing a bank. You are talking about children’s lives, not just one, but many children’s lives over a long period of time. The punishment does not fit the crime.

He added:

Everybody said the St Ninian’s case was the biggest case of its kind in Scottish legal history. This was an opportunity for the legal system to make a huge statement and they haven’t really done that.

Sharp didn’t give testimony because the man who raped him, Father Gerry Ryan, is dead.

St Ninian’s housed about 45 vulnerable boys in need of care until its closure in 1983.
Farrell and Kelly were tried on about 50 charges but the jury found them not guilty, or the offence not proven, for all but 11.
Hat tip: Peter Sykes

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  • Christianity is always one raped child away from perfection. So close, so close! Let just one more child be raped and then the clergy will be satisfied and the trust of the laity will be justified. Just one more – one more then done. One more. Another. And again. ANYTHING as long as the game can continue. No sacrifice too great. One more. One more.

  • Broga

    None of us, who never suffered from child sexual abuse, can imagine the terror this pair inflicted on their victim. Child abusers don’t do well in prison. Too many prisoners are parents.

  • David Anderson

    And the silence of all those moderate mainstreem Catholics is deafening.

  • Lurker111

    “Christianity is always one raped child away from perfection.”
    I’m purloining that for future use.

  • Peter Sykes

    Yep, straight into the quote file…

  • AgentCormac

    And here’s someone else who’ll be enjoying the inside of a cell for the next few years. It seems radical muslim cleric Anjem Choudary has also been jailed – in his case for encouraging others to support IS. Good bloody riddance to him too.

  • The “Holy”Roman Catholic Church is rotten to its core.