ACT court orders college to pay abuse settlement

Rare payout disclosure

A man who was sexually abused while a student at a Canberra Catholic school has been awarded $135,000 in a civil court settlement, reports the ABC on Yahoo7.

The civil case is one of dozens settled over the past five years involving people who were students at Marist and Daramalan colleges during the 1970s, 80s, and 90s. Most of them stemmed from allegations against Brother John 'Kostka' Chute from Marist and Paul Lyons from Daramalan but an agreement between each of the parties meant the settlement deals were kept secret.

In one of the first cases to be made public, the ACT Supreme Court last month approved the awarding of $135,000 to a victim who claimed the Trustees of the Marist Brothers had breached its duty of care.

Efforts by the brothers to have the matter thrown out as scandalous and embarrassing were dismissed and the ABC understands that the majority of other cases settled for far more money.

It is also understood that agreement on damages for the majority of the remaining Daramalan cases was reached in a private deal earlier this year.

FULL COVERAGE

ACT Court orders College to pay out to abuse victim (Yahoo7)

Canberra college pays out in sex abuse settlement (ABC)

Molested Canberra man receives payout (Canberra Times)

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Bishop Ingham statement on ABC abuse report (Release)

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