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Friday, 2 March, 2001, 17:49 GMT
Former child worker jailed for abuse
High Court, Glasgow
Murphy was jailed at the High Court in Glasgow
A children's home manager who abused boys in his care over a quarter of a century has been jailed for 15 years.

The High Court in Glasgow heard that David Murphy, 69, abused his position of trust and inflicted damage on the children in his care in Fife.

Defence advocate Mark Stewart said that whatever the length of the jail sentence, Murphy expected, because of his age and ill health, to die in prison.

David Murphy
Murphy expects to die in prison, the court heard
Fife Social Work Department ordered an inquiry after one of Murphy's victims, now a 48-year-old grandfather, finally went to the police in 1999.

At an earlier hearing, Murphy had admitted 30 offences, involving 18 boys.

Murphy appeared for sentence after admitting sexually abusing boys while he was running St Margaret's Children's Home in Elie, Fife, over a 25-year period.

The accused initially faced 60 charges involving 35 boys, but the Crown accepted guilty pleas to half of them.

The judge, Lord Hardie, told Murphy:"Your victims were children who required help, but instead you abused your position of trust to inflict damage on them over a period between 1960 and 1986.

'Nightmares continue'

"The damage you have done to these people and their pain and suffering cannot be overstated."

A group of Murphy's victims was in court with relatives and friends and many wept with relief when he was jailed.

The man who finally brought Murphy, of Forth Street, St Monan's, Fife, to justice - Jamie Morris, 48, said all the victims were relieved Murphy had been jailed.

He said: "Seeing Murphy finally going to jail draws this chapter to an end and helps our healing. But our nightmares continue.

"I was abused from the age of seven to 15 and all of our lives have been ruined by Murphy."

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