this was where pae­dophile priest abused me.. this be­came my cage

Brave vic­tim goes back to scene of at­tacks SUR­vIvoR tEllS of hAR­Row­INg oR­DEAl

Sunday Mail (UK) - - Opinion - Craig Mc­Don­ald

A woman raped by a dis­graced Catholic priest when she was a child has re­vis­ited the scene of his at­tacks for the first time.

The vic­tim was abused by Fa­ther Gerry Nu­gent for four years af­ter she went to live with her grand­mother.

Nu­gent tar­geted her be­tween the ages of 11 and 15 when her f ami l y separated.

The sur­vivor, who we are call­ing Teresa, took the brave de­ci­sion to go back to one of the dingy locations where Nu­gent car­ried out his sick­en­ing abuse.

She iden­tif ied a dry­ing area sur­rounded by metal bars, which she likened to a cage, and a filthy stair­well as spots where she was abused by Nu­gent.

The at­tacks hap­pened at flats in the west end of Glas­gow where she stayed with her gran.

Teresa, who asked us not to re­veal the ex­act ad­dress, said: “He would of­ten visit when my gran was out and we’d end up go­ing out for walks. He wore a hooded cape, which was quite sin­is­ter.

“He would be scan­ning the area look­ing at other chil­dren and ask­ing me, ‘ Who’s that. Who do they live with. Do they have any prob­lems?’

“It’s quite ob­vi­ous to me now that he was scout­ing for other po­ten­tial vic­tims.

“He would take me to spots near my house in­clud­ing a dirty stair­well. He could have been caught at any mo­ment but I think that ac­tu­ally ap­pealed to him.

“An­other spot was a dry­ing area sur­rounded by metal bars which was like a cage. I just sub­mit­ted.

“He was the family priest and I didn’t know what else to do.”

Teresa, now 51, be­lieves there are many more child vic­tims of Nu­gent. She said: “My school chap­lain asked me when I was 15 if I was ever alone with Fa­ther Nu­gent. He said I should never be in that po­si­tion. “I’m be­com­ing more and more con­vinced peo­ple in the Church hi­er­ar­chy knew.” Nu­gent was re­moved as a parish priest fol­low­ing the mur­der of An­ge­lika Kluk, whose body was found un­der the floor­boards of his church, St Patrick’s in An­der­ston, Glas­gow, in 2006. Pol­ish na­tional An­ge­lika, 23, was mur­dered by se­rial se killer Peter To bin, who had been un­wit­tingly hired as a handy­man at St Patrick’s.

Nu­gent told the court dur­ing the trial that he had been in­volved in a sex­ual re­la­tion­ship with An­ge­lika.

The shamed cler­gy­man died from a heart at­tack aged 66 in 2010.

An­other former priest, Fa­ther Paul Moore, 82, was jailed on Wed­nes­day for nine years for sex­u­ally abus­ing boys aged be­tween five and 13 in Ayr­shire from 1977 to 1981.

He also as­saulted a stu­dent priest be­tween 1995 and 1996. Teresa said: “His abuse is dis­tress­ing and the fact he put his vic­tims through the or­deal of a court case is just aw­ful.”

A sec­ond woman came for­ward to claim she was abused as a chi ld by dis­graced Nu­gent.

The woman, also from the Glas­gow area, has told lawyers Nu­gent abused her in the early 80s when she was about 11.

Both women are be­ing rep­re­sented by Thomp­sons Solic­i­tors in com­pen­sa­tion claims against the Catholic church. Lawyer Alan Rodgers said : “We be­lieve it ’ s im­per­a­tive any pos­si­ble vic­tims come for­ward.”

The Arch­dio­cese of Glas­gow said: “Dis­tress­ing sto­ries emerged dur­ing and im­me­di­ately fol­low­ing the An­ge­lika Kluk mur­der trial which were pre­vi­ously un­known to the Church and which led to Fa­ther Nu­gent’s swift re­moval from parish min­istry.

“It may be that no one will ever know the full truth of all his ac­tiv­i­ties but the Church re­mains ready and will­ing to co­op­er­ate with the po­lice and au­thor­i­ties to as­sist sur­vivors.”

SCENE Dingy dry­ing area where priest com­mit­ted acts of abuse

rE­vEalEd How we broke the vic­tim’s story

diS­graCEd Fa­ther Nu­gent was re­moved as priest

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