Lincoln priest who raped boy killed himself before court date

The Lincolnite

October 6, 2020

He’s named in a damning report about the Church of England

A former Lincoln priest, who killed himself the day before his court appearance over charges of rape, features in a new damning report concluding that the Church of England failed to protect children from sexual abuse.

The Independent Inquiry into Child Sex Abuse report says the Church’s failure to respond consistently to victims and survivors of abuse often added to their trauma.

Among the case studies in the report is Reverend Trevor Devamanikkam, who allegedly raped and indecently assaulted a teenager, Matthew Ineson, at least 12 times when the boy was living in his house, but this was before his time in Lincoln.

Devamanikkam was charged with six counts of sexual abuse in 2017, which were said to have taken place between March 1984 and April 1985.

He took his own life the day before his court appearance. A coroner concluded the accusations had caused him “huge anxiety” and he had intended to take his own life.

Note: This is an Abuse Tracker excerpt. Click the title to view the full text of the original article. If the original article is no longer available, see our News Archive.