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AustraliaFormer school teacher accused of indecent dealing 'not on trial for being a Catholic priest', court hears

17:06  07 march  2019
17:06  07 march  2019 Source:   abc.net.au

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A former Catholic priest on trial for indecently dealing with a student at a Brisbane boy's school has denied the allegations. Earlier, three jurors were excused from the trial after Judge Leanne Clare told them they must be careful not to let outside influences prejudice their judgment of the evidence.

Former school teacher accused of indecent dealing 'not on trial for being a Catholic priest', court hears© ABC News Former priest Michael Endicott (centre) at the District Court in Brisbane.

The barrister for a former Brisbane Catholic school priest accused of abusing and taking naked photographs of a student has warned jurors the man is "not on trial for being a Catholic priest".

Michael Ambrose Endicott, 75, on Thursday faced the fourth day of his trial in the Brisbane District Court, where he is defending eight counts of indecent dealing with a child.

It is alleged the offending occurred between 1975 and 1981 while the man was working as a priest and teacher at Villanova College.

It is claimed he took nude photographs of a student and touched him.

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A former Catholic priest has denied groping a Brisbane schoolboy and coercing him to strip nude for photos over six years of indecent dealings . Michael Ambrose Endicott, 75, pleaded not guilty to eight historical charges of indecently dealing with a child under 12 and a child under 16 while he was a

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In his closing address, defence barrister Craig Eberhardt urged the jury to be "courageous and honest" in assessing the evidence, and to cast aside other cases involving the Catholic Church.

Mr Eberhardt said his client was "from a class of people" being vilified in the media and on the internet.

"The Catholic Church is not on trial, Michael Endicott is not on trial for being a Catholic priest," he told them.

"The fact that he's a Catholic priest is totally irrelevant, it makes it no more or less likely he committed the offences with which he's charged.

"Be very careful looking back with the perspective we have … because of the climate and environment we are in now."

Mr Eberhardt asked the jury to pay attention to inconsistencies in statements made by the alleged victim and other witnesses.

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Era where 'priests ruled'

Prosecutor Russell Clutterbuck told the jury although there had been a delay in the case, the nature of making such allegations was difficult.

Mr Clutterbuck said when the complainant was questioned about why he did not make a complaint when he was at school, or leave, he responded with a strong statement about how it was an era in which "priests ruled".

"[The complainant said] they had absolute power over everything and you dare not speak against them or do anything," Mr Clutterbuck said.

The trial before Judge Leanne Clare continues.

NSW priest charged with 1978 abuse of 13-year-old boy.
Police arrested the clergyman near Newcastle, north of Sydney, after receiving a complaint about the alleged abuse in 1978.

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