Satanic trial evidence summarised, Irish priest found guilty of child sex abuse in Australia, Members selected for Jersey historical abuse inquiry
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Satanic trial evidence summarised
November 4 2013 By Naledi Mailula
Johannesburg – Evidence presented in the trial of four people accused of murdering Kirsty Theologo was summarised on Monday by a prosecutor in the High Court in Johannesburg, sitting in Palm Ridge.
Linden Wagner, Courtney Daniels, Robin Harwood, and Harvey Isha are charged with murdering Theologo, 18, and attempting to murder her 14-year-old friend in October 2011….
He said he poured petrol on her and set her alight as part of a Satanic “soul-selling” ritual, which was meant to awaken the beast spoken of in the Bible.
He and the others then chanted a poem calling on the beast to awaken, but nothing happened.
Wagner said he and his co-accused had hoped to gain certain things from the ritual. He was hoping to gain power.
He told the court they drew a five-pointed star and put a Bible in a fire….
Two others, Lester Moody and Jeremy King, earlier confessed to the killing and were sentenced to 17-years in prison, five of which were suspended.
Irish priest found guilty of child sex abuse in Australia
Padraig Collins Mon, Nov 4, 2013
Father Finian Egan (78) convicted on seven counts of indecent assault and one count of rape
An Irish priest has been found guilty of child sex offences committed in New South Wales over a period of 26 years.
Father Finian Egan was convicted in the Australian District Court on seven counts of indecent assault and one count of rape between 1961 and 1987, while he worked as a priest at two parishes in Sydney and one on the state’s central coast. He was found not guilty on one count of indecent assault.
Egan (78), who worked as a priest and youth worker in several dioceses, was found guilty of repeatedly abusing girls aged 10 to 17….
After Egan told the girl she had “beautiful hair”, she asked a nun to cut it off.
“I thought if I didn’t have nice hair he wouldn’t be interested in grabbing hold of me,” she said.
When the victim, who cannot be named, eventually told a nun about the sexual abuse by Egan, she was called a “filthy little liar” and forced to drink several doses of castor oil as punishment….
Egan had denied the allegations against him.
In May 2008 Egan was allowed to go home to Ireland and say Mass, despite allegations of sexual abuse against him. The Irish Catholic Church was not warned about the allegations.
Members selected for Jersey historical abuse inquiry
Sandy Cameron and Alyson Leslie
Mr Cameron and Ms Leslie will hear from victims and witnesses, if the States ratify their selection 5 November 2013
Two members have been chosen to sit on the committee conducting an inquiry into historical abuse in Jersey.
Sandy Cameron and Alyson Leslie will join the committee’s chair, Frances Oldham QC, if their selection is ratified by States members in December.
The panel will then be ready to begin hearing from victims of abuse and other witnesses early next year….
Abuse victims await truth in Vic report AAP Patrick Caruana and Daniel Fogarty – November 5, 2013
No amount of time or institutional muscle can match the power of the truth.
With the impending release of a Victorian parliamentary inquiry report, it appears the truth of institutional responses to child abuse is about to come out.
Abuse survivors have high hopes for the report’s findings, which come after an arduous 12 months of hearings around the state, involving often graphic and harrowing stories of sexual and physical abuse.
Judy Courtin, who is doing a PhD on sexual abuse and the Catholic Church, said the release of the report was hugely significant for victims.
“I think it will be a huge day for the victims and their families,” she said….
Among the testimony was the startling accusation from police that the Catholic Church destroyed evidence, shielded pedophile clergy members and put its own image ahead of the needs of victims.
In its response, the church acknowledged past failures but said it was not aware of a single example of a clergy authority not cooperating with police….
More sex abuse inquiry private hearings
AAP November 05, 2013
THE child sex abuse royal commission will hold another round of private sessions in three cities this week due to strong demand from victims.
Almost 700 people have shared their experiences since the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse started private sessions in May.
Commissioners will again be in Melbourne, Perth and Adelaide from Wednesday….
She said the private hearings showed where and how systems had failed child victims….