Defence tests memory of priest’s alleged victims
The Canadian Press at 11:25 on November 19, 2013, EST.
IQALUIT, Nunavut – The defence lawyer for a priest facing dozens of sex abuse charges involving Inuit children is questioning the memory and motivation of the complainants.
Malcolm Kempt has cross-examined a woman who says Eric Dejaeger (deh-YAY’-guhr) taped her face-down by her wrists and feet to a bed frame and violated her when she was a little girl.
Kempt asked the witness what Dejaeger was wearing at the time and requested she outline specific events around the attack.
He also queried her about a $16,000 out-of-court settlement she got from the Catholic Church.
Kempt has said the memory and credibility of alleged victims about events 30 years ago are key to Dejaeger’s defence.
Court has adjourned due to a raging blizzard in Iqaluit that has shut all government services in the Nunavut capital.
I will post the article separately, but, there is Kempt doing what all defence lawyers do in these cases: What was Dejeager wearing? And what about the $16,000 settlement?
$16,000? Are they serious? As a little girl she was bound to bed frame and sodomized? by a Roman Cathoolic priest? And she was awarded $16,000?
The article says by the Catholic Church, but it must have specifically been by the Oblates and/or perhaps the Diocese of Churchill-Hudson Bay who were sued and then settled.
What Church officials and lawyers deemed $16,000 would be suffice to silence her and send her on her way?
And, another question: When this suit was filed and settled., where was Dejaeger? I’ll bet my bottom dollar he was nestled away in Belgium, foot-loose-and-fancy-free.
Did anyone care? Did anyone really care that this priest who had done this to this child, was right then free to do it to other children in Belgium? or, for that matter, free to do it to any child anywhere in Europe?
I guess not.
$16,000. What an insult to that poor soul. An outright insult.
And, oh yes, Kempt wants to know what Dejager was wearing? What was Dejaeger wearing when he tied he/taped to the bed and sodomized her?
Seriously? He wants to know? This will test her memory?
If he really and truly wants to know what Dejeager was wearing when he attacked that child , why not put Father Eric Dejaeger on the stand and ask him?
Speaking of which, do you suppose there is the remotest chance that Dejager will take the stand in his own defence?
I wonder. Dejaeger seems to be brazen enough that he just might think he can run circles around everyone.
We shall see
Please keep the complainants in your prayers. This is not a good day for them, left sitting around with nothing to do but think and relive the horror.
I pray that all of you up there in Iqaluit are safe and sound -and warm.
Enough for now,