Helping abuse victim secure justice and compensation after horrendous ordeal

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Kim Leslie, Partner and Specialist Abuse Lawyer at Digby Brown, is representing an abuse victim who suffered a horrendous ordeal at the hands of monk Brother Benedict.

During the 1970s and 1980s, Michael Murphy, also known as Brother Benedict, subjected eight schoolboys to a series of abuse at St Joseph’s List D School in Tranent, East Lothian.

In 2016, he was sentenced to seven years in prison after being found guilty of 15 charges relating to electrocuting pupils, locking them in cupboards, beating them with canes and carrying out sexual assaults.

The story was reported across news stations on Tuesday 30th January and can be read on BBC Scotland online at http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-edinburgh-east-fife-42874275.

Kim Leslie, Partner at Digby Brown, is now pursuing justice and fair settlement for victims against the De La Salle Brothers and East Lothian Council on the grounds of vicarious liability.

She said: “Following the conviction of Brother Benedict we are now investigating the matter.

“Pupils were subjected to a horrendous ordeal at the hands of this man who has now been convicted over these crimes.

“But there is no doubt others will be similarly affected.

“We have now raised an action in court on the grounds of vicarious liability against both the local authority and the De La Salle Brothers.”