Relief for Wigan man as priest who abused him as a schoolboy is jailed

Wigan Today

July 29, 2020

By By Gaynor Clarke

A Wigan man abused as a schoolboy by a perverted Catholic priest says “a huge weight has been lifted” as the 96-year-old begins his prison sentence.

Father John Kevin Murphy was jailed for five years at Liverpool Crown Court yesterday for sexually abusing six boys – including one from Ashton – more than 30 years ago.

The six victims, who were aged between eight and 16 at the times of the offences, were molested while he took them on swimming lessons and also while visiting the homes of their devout Catholic parents.

All but one came forward to police after seeing media reports about him being imprisoned in 2017 for molesting other boys.

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