Head to Pay Abused Boy £43,000
By Frances Gibb
The Times [United Kingdom]
February 24, 2006
A former headmaster of a Roman Catholic junior day school was ordered to pay £43,000 damages plus interest yesterday for sexually abusing a pupil.
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The headmaster, also a priest, was found to have abused the boy in separate incidents that involved removing his clothing, fondling his genitals and videoing him and other boys taking a shower.
The High Court, in London, was told that the victim, then aged 9 and 10, had tried to take his own life by tying string around a balustrade and jumping from the landing; he had, later in life, suffered psychiatric and sexual problems, leading to delinquency.
The trustees of the school are seeking leave to appeal and the judge, Mr Justice Field, said yesterday that its identity should be preserved for four weeks pending a possible appeal.
The victim, Mr C, now 24, had sought damages for the "mental distress and anguish" over the abuse.
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