CLERICAL ABUSE CLAIMS

More claims of abuse at St Aloysius

By Democrat reporter

McGuire Patrick solicitor

Five more men have claimed they were abused by a priest at St Aloysius College, a private fee-paying school in Glasgow, which traditionally draws pupils from Dunbartonshire.

Their lawyer, Patrick McGuire, pictured right,  said they were seeking recognition and compensation for alleged physical and sexual abuse in the 1960s and 80s.

Last week another man made claims against two Jesuit priests, which were previously investigated by police.

The school said it has robust safeguarding procedures in place to protect pupils.

It also expressed “deep sadness” for all victims of abuse and said it would offer full co-operation with any inquiries.

Aloysius college building.jpg 2St Aloysius, left,  is a long-established private school in Garnethill, above Sauchiehall Street in central Glasgow, teaching boys and girls from nursery through to secondary level.

None of these claims presented to lawyers relates to the current school building.

Mr McGuire, a partner with Thompsons’ Solicitors, said: ”The impact of historic abuse on all survivors is absolutely profound.

“It’s lifelong; it’s horrific so what we will do is seek to ensure the institution stands up and accepts the wrong and that the institution provides those survivors with the financial justice that they deserve.”

Last week Police Scotland said a complaint was investigated in 2017, but the priests accused had died and there was insufficient evidence to report the matter to the procurator fiscal service.

 

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