Justice Robert Selkirk ruled that eight charges against Monsignor Robert Borne should not proceed to trial, and in the process three of five complainants were cast into oblivion:
15 July 2010: Eight charges dropped
This has to be absolutely devastating for those men who summoned up the courage to come forward in the first place, eventually see charges laid, and then be dropped like hot potatoes.
Police obviously felt there was sufficient evidence to lay all of those charges. Here we are. Swoosh, they’re gone.
I know nothing of the whittled away complainants or their allegations, but this just seems to go beyond the pale.
It’s disturbing. Very disturbing. I am sure there were a few tears shed in some corners of the Pembroke diocese yesterday, and much rejoicing in others.
Interesting that Borne has elected trial by judge. Most alleged clerical predators seem to prefer that route. I wonder why?
My prayers are with all those who had the courage to come forward, both those whose allegations passed judicial muster, and those whose allegations did not.
Enough for now,