£60,000 award in case against jailed priest
December 5, 2003
Two middle-aged sisters who were sexually abused by a Catholic priest when they were children were awarded £60,000 compensation in the High Court in Belfast yesterday.
The sisters, now in their fifties, are not being named to protect their identities.
The damages were awarded against Very Rev Dr Michael Bowen, Archbishop of Southwark, London, where the pervert priest, Fr Bernard Gallagher, was a seminarian when the offences occurred between 1960-64 while he was on visits to his home in Derry.
Gallagher, now aged 64, was jailed for 18 months at Derry Crown Court in 1995 when he admitted abusing the girls. The civil action claim against him personally was not proceeded with.