Man abused by monk at Scottish school sues Catholic sect

Michael Murphy, known as Brother Benedict, was jailed for seven years over the sexual abuse of eight boys
Michael Murphy, known as Brother Benedict, was jailed for seven years over the sexual abuse of eight boys

STV

“A man who was abused by a monk at a residential school in Scotland is suing the Catholic sect he was part of.

Michael Murphy, known as Brother Benedict, abused children in the 1970s and 1980s when he worked at St Joseph’s School in Tranent, East Lothian.

He was jailed for seven years in 2016 after being found guilty of physically and sexually abusing eight boys.

One survivor, now in his 50s, is suing East Lothian Council and the De La Salle Brothers, seeking damages of more than £100,000.

‘Brother ­Benedict ruined not just my ­childhood but my adult life.’

Abuse survivor

He said: “Brother ­Benedict ruined not just my ­childhood but my adult life.

“He abused his position while working alongside the council and the church to fulfil his sick desires. I hope to be able to find the means to rebuild my life.”

Murphy, from Hampshire, was also convicted of ten assaults on boys at St Ninian’s School near Stirling between 1960 and 1969, which resulted in a 12-month jail sentence.

Kim Leslie, a specialist abuse lawyer at Digby Brown Solicitors, said: “Following the conviction of Brother Benedict, we are now investigating the matter on behalf of our client who was subjected to a horrendous ordeal and there is no doubt that others will have found themselves being similarly affected.

“An action has now been raised in court on the grounds of vicarious liability against both the local authority and the De La Salle Brothers.”

East Lothian Council said it would be “inappropriate” to comment.

A spokesman for the De La Salle Brothers said: “As legal proceedings have commenced we are unable to comment at present.””

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