Court denies appeal from Basilian Fathers

Windsor Star

Mary 2, 2020

By Trevor Wilhelm

The Supreme Court of Canada has shot down the appeal of a $2.5 million judgment against the Basilian Fathers of Toronto for sexual abuse inflicted by Rev. William “Hod” Hodgson Marshall.

The country’s highest court handed down its decision against the Basilians, a Roman Catholic Religious Order of priests, on Thursday.

“I hope this final victory will give hope to other sexual abuse victims to come forward and seek justice through the courts,” said abuse survivor Rod MacLeod, who sued the Basilians for the abuse he suffered at the hands of Marshall. “It is possible to achieve justice in Canada.”

On April 26, 2018, a Toronto jury awarded a judgment of $2,570,181, including $500,000 in punitive damages, against the Basilians for abuse Hodgson inflicted against MacLeod.

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