Nun told police about approved school ‘punishment room’, court hears


A nun accused of physically abusing girls at an approved school more than 40 years ago admitted to police that there was a punishment room on the premises, a court has heard.

However, 79-year-old Anne Kenny, known as Mother Rosaria, claimed it was used only as a “cooling off” room for badly behaving pupils and she added that none of the girls was ever hit.

Kenny and 77-year-old Agnes Reville, known as Mother Martin, deny assaulting eight girls at Dalbeth Approved School in Bishopton where they were head teacher and deputy head respectively in the early 1970s.

Four former pupils have claimed in evidence that they were physically abused during their time at the school. Christine Logan, 57, claims that, aged 14, she was tied to a pipe in a cupboard and left there for two days without food.

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