Allegations of Abuse in Institutions
Disgraced former Catholic brother Bernard Kevin McGrath has been jailed for five years -- his third prison term for the sexual abuse of boys.
At a sentencing
following a four-week trial in the High Court at
In setting the length
of the jail term, he had to take into account a 1993 jail term imposed on
The latest offending
was against boys at
Defence counsel Raoul Neave said the regime at the school at the time had been for severe physical punishment to be meted out to maintain discipline, but he pointed out the jury had accepted that there had been exaggeration of some of the claims.
The jury had found McGrath guilty on 21 indecency charges and not guilty on 22 charges. He had pleaded guilty to one charge and 10 were ruled out by the judge during the course of the trial.
Justice Chisholm was sentencing McGrath on 13 charges of indecent assault, eight charges of inducing an indecent act, and one charge of doing an indecent act.
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