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Last Updated: Friday, 20 June, 2003, 09:58 GMT 10:58 UK
Ex-monk found guilty of abuse
St Ninians
The abuse happened at St Ninian's School
A former monk has been found guilty of abusing boys in his care during the 1960s.

Michael Murphy, formerly known as Brother Benedict, was convicted of 10 charges of physical abuse at St Ninian's List D school, Stirlingshire.

At the High Court in Edinburgh, his co-accused Charles McKenna was convicted of three charges of sexual abuse and James McKinstrey was found guilty of four sex abuse charges.

The residential school catered for youngsters aged between seven and 11 who were sent there by the children's panel.

Denied assault

Mr Murphy, 69, of Clayton Court, Rogate Road, Liss, Hampshire, had denied all the charges against him.

He was on trial with the school's former woodwork teacher, McKenna, 83, of Stirling, and ex-nightwatchman 70-year-old James McKinstrey, of Port of Menteith, Stirling.

Mr McKenna had denied two charges of indecent assault and one of lewd and libidinous behaviour allegedly committed in the late 1970s and early 1980s.

Mr McKinstrey had denied two charges of indecent assault and three of lewd and libidinous behaviour allegedly committed between the late 1960s and early 1980s.

Sentencing was deferred for background reports but McKenna and McKinstrey were both placed on the sex offenders register.

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