Two nuns ‘tied woman to a pipe for two days and tortured her when she was at convent school in the seventies’


Two nuns ‘tied woman to a pipe for two days and tortured her when she was at convent school in the seventies’

  • Anne Kenny, 79, and Agnes Reville, 77, accused of assaulting eight girls at Dalbeath Approved School in Renfrewshire, near Glasgow
  • Catherine Logan, 57, told court she was punished for pulling off nun’s habit
  • Said Kenny hit her so hard with carpet beater she ruptured her spleen
  • Police were called but nuns allegedly told them she was self-harming
  • Kenny, from Manchester, and Reville, from Newcastle, deny the charges

By Steve Robson

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A teenager was tied to a pipe and tortured for two days by nuns who ran the convent school she attended, a court has heard.

Anne Kenny, 79, and Agnes Reville, 77, are accused of assaulting eight girls at Dalbeath Approved School in Renfrewshire, near Glasgow, in the 1970s.

Catherine Logan, 57, claims in one incident Kenny, known as Mother Rosari, hit her so hard with a carpet beater she ruptured her spleen.

She told Paisley Sheriff Court that she was ‘hit’ about twelve or thirteen times – including with a riding crop – and also alleged she was drugged.Kenny faces four charges of assault while Reville is accused of five charges of assault.

The accusations involve a total of eight girls.

Mrs Logan, who attended the school between 1969 and 1971, identified Kenny as Mother Rosari and Reville as Mother Martin – both nuns at the school at the time.

She told prosecutor Douglas Hamilton that she was ‘tortured’ when she got into trouble.

Mrs Logan told the trial that on one occasion, she was tied to a pole for two days in a broom cupboard after pulling a nun’s habit off.

The fiscal asked: ‘In what way were you tied to a pole?’

She replied: Both arms around the pole with wire.’

Mr Hamilton asked what happened during her time in the cupboard.

Mrs Logan told him: ‘I was in there for two days. I was hit with something like a carpet beater.’

She also said another nun Mother James sat on her chest while Mother Rosari bound her wrists to the pole.

The court was told that Mother Rosari hit her with the implement which was like a carpet beater causing her spleen to be ruptured.

Mrs Logan claimed two girls ran for help and got the police.

When she spoke to officers later, she said her arms were bandaged-up. Police were allegedly told by nuns at the school that Mrs Logan had been self harming.

Mrs Logan claimed she did not remember a lot from when she came out of the cupboard because she was ‘drugged’.

She claimed Mother Rosari drugged her on more than one occasion, but couldn’t remember who it was that time.

Mrs Logan finally alleged that Mother Rosari smacked on the face with a riding crop.

She told the jury that Mother Martin ‘wasn’t an evil person’ and did not abuse her as much.

However, the witness did claim that the nun abused other girls more.

Kenny, of Manchester, and Reville, of Newcastle, deny the charges.

The trial, before Sheriff Susan Sinclair, continues.

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The Catechism offers a clear moral teaching: "Rape is the forcible violation of the sexual intimacy of another person. It does injury to justice and charity. Rape deeply wounds the respect, freedom, and physical and moral integrity to which every person has a right. It causes grave damage that can mark the victim for life. It is always an intrinsically evil act. Graver still is the rape of children committed by parents (incest) or those responsible for the education of the children entrusted to them." (no. 2356) Note that rape is "an intrinsically evil act," meaning that it is evil at its very root, nothing justifies it, and it is objectively a mortal sin. An evil act was done against me, a crime, by a priest at St Thomas More Parish in Durham, NH. An evil and a crime I will no longer keep silent about. Those who perpetrate crimes against children, especially those of the Roman Catholic Church, should all be punished for their crimes against children. Anything less would be criminal.

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