May 20, 2022

The victim, known as AB, was sexually assaulted and beaten by brothers Ryan, Ferrell and Kelly at St. Ninen School in Falkland, Fife.

The Christian Brothers, a religious sect that runs the school, tried to settle the case but a sheriff ordered them to pay compensation.

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AB now hopes that its historic victory will inspire others to seek justice.

Kelly, left, and Ferrell abused boys in St. Ninen when they worked in the 70’s and 80’s. (Photo: Crown Office)

“Finally, after almost 40 years, I have been recognized and those responsible can be exposed,” he said.

AB was transferred to St. Ninen in February 1980 when he was 12 years old and remained there until April 1981.

She was raped, molested and beaten by her three brothers and even forced to watch other children attack.

The building, formerly the home of St. Ninen, closed in 1983. (Crown Office)

Kelly, Ferrell and Ryan typically target children in a hostel they call “the boys’ favorite room.”

AB, now 54, kept his past a secret until November 2013 when he spoke to police officers.

He said: “I just broke down in tears. Until then I had been living in my head for 30 years.

“It was terrible but powerful. Tiring but liberating. Painful but curable.”

In July 2016, Brother Ferrell was convicted of four counts of abuse and Brother Kelly was convicted of six counts in Glasgow High Court.

Ferrell was sentenced to five years and Kelly to 10 years in prison. Brother Ryan died before the investigation could begin.

AB’s evidence did not play a role in the convictions, but this month a sheriff ruled that the abuse was due to the amount of supporting evidence gathered during a historical abuse claim against law firm Dugby Brown.

The Christian Brotherhood sought to end civil action because Brother Ryan’s death meant they could not investigate AB’s allegations.

But Sheriff Christopher Dixon rejected the argument and ordered him to pay AB £ 1.39m in damages in recognition of his lifelong effects.

In his 173-page judgment, Sheriff Dixon said: “I did not consider that the death of one of the three alleged abusers automatically resulted in the defendant proving considerable prejudice as far as the case is concerned. Ryan has been charged.

“The mental state of the persecutor has kept him from working for the last 38 years. I have learned that the bodyguard is responsible for compensating the persecutor.”

After the verdict, AB said: “I will always feel pain. I will always have flashbacks.

“But at least I’m not alone. I’m supporting. I’ve been recognized. And now I can slowly look to the future instead of being chained to my past.”

Digby Brown’s ally, Kim Leslie, led a legal battle that helped AB win a historic victory.

He said: “First of all, I would like to pay tribute to AB for being steadfast after talking about a religious organization – that makes this decision even more violent.

“No amount of compensation or compensation can change the past, but it can help improve a person’s future – but more importantly, such matters make those responsible accountable. Access to justice is better for others. “

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