Five Men in Dock Accused of Sexually Abusing Boys at School in Fife over Sixteen Year Period
By Wilma Riley
April 14, 2016
|Glasgow High Court|
FIVE men went on trial yesterday accused of sexually and physically abusing boys in their care at a school between 1967 and 1983.
Itís claimed they attacked pupils aged 11 to 16 at the former St Ninianís School in Falkland, Fife. There are 121 charges on the indictment involving abuse, and prosecutors say there were 35 victims.
Many ex-pupils claim they were assaulted with implements, including shoes, a belt and a ruler.
John Farrell, 73, Paul Kelly, 63, Edward Egan, 78, Michael Murphy, 76, and William Don, 61, deny all the charges they face.
Most of the allegations are against Kelly and Farrell. Kelly is alleged to have left a boy of 13 rolled up in a rug overnight, and 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 by simulating sex with him and forcing a pair of underpants into his mouth to stop him screaming.
He is also accused of indecently assaulting a boy at a monastery on Iona in the early 80s, and of attacking the same alleged victim at a Catholic church in Motherwell in 1999.
Farrell has lodged a special defence of alibi, while Don claims alibi and incrimination.
The trial at the High Court in Glasgow continues.
Judge Lord Matthews told the jury of nine men and six women that it is expected to last between
12 and 14 weeks.