Three alleged victims of abuse at former East Yorkshire school fail in compensation bid

December 21, 2016

One man has been awarded £14,000 in the civil case against the former St William's school in Market Weighton. The case of another man will be heard next month.

Up to 249 men are suing the Catholic Church saying they were abused at the approved school in the 1970s and 80s.

Two staff members were jailed earlier this year. The former principal James Carragher, now 75, was jailed for nine years.

Anthony McCallen, 69, and the former chaplain was jailed for 15 years. The judge told them their crimes had blighted the lives of their victims.

Solicitors for the men who have lose their cases say an appeal is being considered.

St William's, a residential school which closed in 1992, provided residential care and education for boys aged 10 to 16 with emotional and behavioural problems.

It was run by the De La Salle order, on behalf of Middlesbrough Diocese, which has apologised "unreservedly" to those affected by the abuse and for the actions of its former principal.

The five cases examined by the High Court sitting in Leeds are sample cases in relation to an ongoing matter before the High Court, so it is inappropriate for us to make any comment at this time.

– De La Salle brothers

Today’s judgements cover four of the five claims heard and it is important we wait for the final judgement before commenting further.

– Diocese of Middlesbrough



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