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Child sex abuse victim sues school

A child sex abuse victim is suing the school in Londonderry where his alleged molester taught.

Proceedings against Holy Child Primary School are under way at the High Court.

The plaintiff is seeking damages over a campaign of abuse he says he was subjected to more than 20 years ago.

It is understood that the perpetrator, a former teacher at the school, has already been convicted of sexual offences.

Despite facing a civil lawsuit, he is unrepresented in the case being heard by Mr Justice Hart.

Although he did not teach the plaintiff, he was said to have targeted him around 1990, and resumed his campaign a number of years later.

The court heard how the plaintiff claimed he was abused regularly over a period of months.

He said he was requested out of his own class 15 minutes early almost every afternoon.

It was alleged that he was then taken to the teacher's own classroom where the assaults were carried out.

Giving evidence to the court, the school's principal at the time said: "For a child to be asked to be removed from his or her classroom every afternoon would be outrageous and it would highlight enormous problems."

The case continues.

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