Royal commission findings into suicide death withheld causing anguish for 94-year-old mother

Australian Broadcasting Corporation Newcastle

May 27, 2020

By Giselle Wakatama

Key points:
— Andrew Nash’s mother, Audrey Nash, wants to see royal commission findings into the local diocese but they have been withheld
— The Catholic Church has acknowledged Andrew was abused
— The Attorney-General says unless there is a good reason not to do so, royal commission findings should be published as soon as it is legally appropriate

The mother of a Newcastle abuse victim, whose suicide death was a focus of a 2016 royal commission probe, fears she will die before the findings are made public.

Andrew Nash died in 1974 when he was just 13.

The Marist Brothers and the Maitland-Newcastle Catholic Diocese have accepted that he died by suicide after being sexually abused by Francis William Cable, known as Brother Romuald.

The 88-year-old is serving a lengthy jail term for abusing 24 boys and is eligible for parole when he his 94, the same age as Audrey Nash — the mother of Andrew.

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