Child sex abuse witness appeal

LAWYERS investigating alleged historical child sexual abuse at Patrician Brothers College in Granville in the 1970s, have urged witnesses to come forward.

Slater and Gordon Lawyer in Abuse Law, Karen Torres said the firm was investigating the alleged sexual abuse of children by “Brothers” at the College (now known as Delany College) in the 1970s.
“We currently hold instructions from a client who say they suffered physical and sexual abuse at the hands of several Brothers, one who is known as convicted rapist Thomas Grealey or referred to by some as Brother (Br) Augustine,” she said.
“This abuse has had a devastating impact on his life, which is why we’re seeking witnesses and any other victims to come forward to help us get him the justice, closure and compensation he deserves.”
“Our client alleges that during almost every lesson, Br Augustine would physically abuse him and several of his fellow classmates.”
She said he also suffered horrific sexual abuse from Br Augustine on several occasions in various locations within the College.
“We believe that as one of the Brothers our client has been abused by is a known convicted rapist, there may be others who have suffered,” Ms Torres said.
Under NSW law, there is no longer a time limit on when child sex abuse compensation claims can be made, meaning victims can pursue a claim for damages regardless of how long ago the abuse occurred.
“We believe there could be potential witnesses living in NSW or interstate,” Ms Torres said.
“If you suffered abuse by a teacher or a Br Augustine or any others, or if you are aware of the abuse of other children, please do not hesitate to reach out to Slater and Gordon Lawyers.”
Ms Torres said any information received would be treated confidentially.