Priest on trial over abuse

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The Australian

October 15, 2013 12:00AM

CATHOLIC priest Finian Egan regularly invited a 10-year-old girl into a small room. When she told nuns what he was doing to her, she was called a filthy little liar and was forced to drink castor oil as punishment.

A Sydney court heard this evidence from an alleged victim of the priest. The priest is on trial for sexually assaulting three girls.

The woman lived in a Catholic boarding house at Leichhardt, in Sydney’s inner west, for almost two years.

She said she well remembers one occasion in March 1961. Egan invited her to his sacristy, made her sit on his lap, pulled off her underwear and sexually assaulted her.

“I think it was weekly for a while,” she said, crying in the witness box. “As a 10-year-old, it felt like it was every day.”

The 78-year-old Egan is facing eight counts of indecent assault and one count of rape relating to three girls aged 10 to 17, between 1961 and 1987.

Crown prosecutor Trevor Bailey told the jury in his opening statement that Egan also assaulted twin sisters at The Entrance in the 1970s after befriending their mother.

Mr Bailey said Egan took one of the sisters to a house owned by the church and raped her.

“She protested,” Mr Bailey said. “He ignored her protests. She was 17 years old.”

On another occasion, Mr Bailey said, Egan was in the twins’ family home and their mother’s partner walked into a room where he had one of the girls on his lap. The partner said, “That’s not very priestly behaviour”, to which Egan replied: “You watch what you say”, Mr Bailey told the jury.

Charges relating to one of the sisters were not laid because of a legal technicality but she may still give evidence, he said.

Egan wore a hearing aid in court and covered his face with his hands several times as the accusations were aired. The trial is set down for three weeks.

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Priest on trial over abuse

CATHOLIC priest Finian Egan regularly invited a 10-year-old girl into a small room. When she told nuns what he was doing to her, she was called a filthy little liar and was forced to drink castor oil as punishment.

A Sydney court heard this evidence from an alleged victim of the priest. The priest is on trial for sexually assaulting three girls.

The woman lived in a Catholic boarding house at Leichhardt, in Sydney’s inner west, for almost two years.

She said she well remembers one occasion in March 1961. Egan invited her to his sacristy, made her sit on his lap, pulled off her underwear and sexually assaulted her.

“I think it was weekly for a while,” she said, crying in the witness box. “As a 10-year-old, it felt like it was every day.”

The 78-year-old Egan is facing eight counts of indecent assault and one count of rape relating to three girls aged 10 to 17, between 1961 and 1987.

Crown prosecutor Trevor Bailey told the jury in his opening statement that Egan also assaulted twin sisters at The Entrance in the 1970s after befriending their mother.

Mr Bailey said Egan took one of the sisters to a house owned by the church and raped her.

“She protested,” Mr Bailey said. “He ignored her protests. She was 17 years old.”

On another occasion, Mr Bailey said, Egan was in the twins’ family home and their mother’s partner walked into a room where he had one of the girls on his lap. The partner said, “That’s not very priestly behaviour”, to which Egan replied: “You watch what you say”, Mr Bailey told the jury.

Charges relating to one of the sisters were not laid because of a legal technicality but she may still give evidence, he said.

Egan wore a hearing aid in court and covered his face with his hands several times as the accusations were aired. The trial is set down for three weeks.

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