A former French Foreign Legionnaire has failed to prove allegations that he was sexually abused at a Catholic boys home, Northern Ireland's most senior judge has ruled.
Lord Chief Justice Sir Declan Morgan rejected his claim for damages because of overwhelming evidence that he did not stay in a single room at Rubane House in Kircubbin, Co Down, in 1982.
It was seen as vital to the 41-year-old Belfast man's case that he established he slept apart from the other boys at the De La Salle-run institution. Sir Declan found against him on this crucial point.
He said: “In light of my finding on this issue I am not satisfied on the balance of probabilities that the plaintiff was abused as he alleges. In those circumstances I must dismiss the claim.”