Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Diocese appeals payout

http://www.gazettelive.co.uk/news/teesside-news/2011/02/23/roman-catholic-diocese-of-middlesbrough-can-appeal-abuse-case-payout-ruling-84229-28214457/
Roman Catholic Diocese of Middlesbrough can appeal abuse case payout ruling
by Andy Passant, Evening Gazette
Feb 23 2011
0ShareJUSTICE for dozens of alleged child sex abuse victims from Teesside has been delayed once again.

The Supreme Court has allowed an appeal by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Middlesbrough, which faces a potential compensation bill running into millions of pounds.

The diocese hopes to overturn a Court of Appeal judgment which found it solely liable for the management of a children’s home at the centre of an abuse scandal.

More than 150 former pupils are suing for an estimated £8m in compensation and costs, claiming they suffered sexual and physical abuse at the home.

They include 26 people from Teesside.

The abuse is alleged to have taken place over a 30-year period at St William’s in Market Weighton, East Yorkshire.

The compensation claims revolve around the abuse of boys aged between 10 and 16 between 1960 and 1992.

One of the alleged victims, now a married dad living in Middlesbrough, said the delays were “annoying” and “frustrating”.

The unemployed father-of-four said he was in the home for two years from the age of 14 in the 1980s. Abuse could be both sexual and physical, he said.

“It was terrible. You try to hide it and put it away but it is always there,” he said.

But he said having his own family now kept him strong.

He had been sent to St William’s from a children’s home in Middlesbrough.

“Even today it puzzles me why I ended up there,” he said. He said he still suffered flashbacks and accused the Catholic Church of “dragging its feet”.


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