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Pair jailed for sexually abusing boys at Catholic-run school

Published 12/08/2016

John Farrell was convicted of several charges against six former pupils of St Ninian's School (PA/Police Scotland)
John Farrell was convicted of several charges against six former pupils of St Ninian's School (PA/Police Scotland)

Two men convicted of sexually abusing boys at a Catholic-run school in the 1970s and 80s have been jailed.

John Farrell, 73, and Paul Kelly, 64, were found guilty of several charges against six former pupils of St Ninian's School in Falkland, Fife, after a lengthy trial at the High Court in Glasgow.

The prosecution followed one of the biggest abuse inquiries of its kind ever carried out by Police Scotland.

Farrell, from Motherwell, North Lanarkshire, was jailed for five years after being convicted of three counts of indecent assault.

Kelly, from Plymouth, Devon, was sentenced to 10 years behind bars for four counts of indecent assault and two assault charges at the school, which was run by members of the Catholic religious order the Congregation of Christian Brothers.

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