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Man tells of priest's 'sex abuse'
John McCollough
John McCullough is charged with indecent assault (pic: MEN)
An alleged child abuse victim broke down as he gave evidence against a priest accused of a series of abuse charges against schoolboys.

John McCollough, 63, of Leigh-on-Sea, Essex, is charged with eight counts of indecent assault and four of gross indecency with children.

The incidents allegedly took place during his time as minister at the Holy Trinity Church in Bury, Gtr Manchester.

The 29-year-old man was giving evidence at Bolton Crown Court.

You don't know what you've done to me and how much I've lost
Alleged victim

He broke down in tears as he took the oath before the jury and turned to the priest and said: "Why, why, that's all I want to know, why?

"You don't know what you've done to me and how much I've lost, you don't, and you can just stand there and look at me like that."

The man, who cannot be named, has alleged he was abused by the priest on numerous occasions in the vicarage from the age of about 11 until he was 14.

He spoke of how Mr McCollough asked him to sit on the defendant's knee for a cuddle and he then touched him.

He said: "People like you should not even be in a church... You're a man of the cloth, God help you in the afterlife."

The trial continues.

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