£200,000 has been awarded to a former Isle of Wight choirboy who suffered 5 years of sexual abuse at the hands of a Cowes-based priest at just 8-years-old.
During the 1970s, Father Maxwell Halahan sexually abused the choirboy at St Faith’s Church vicarage in Cowes, bribing the innocent boy with extra pocket money.
Father Halahan was jailed at the age of 81 in 2011 for 3 years, on four counts of indecent assault. He had already been convicted of separate sexual offences in 1998.
The costly sum is to be paid out for loss of earnings, as well as psychological treatment for the victim.
The abuse at the hands of the vile priest left the youngster emotionally scarred, resulting in a number of years of being in trouble with the Police leading to a 3-month stint in a detention centre. The victim was unable to keep a job down and ended up living on the streets.
It wasn’t until 2010 that the victim had the courage to report the abuse to Police.
If you have been a victim, help can be found at http://www.napac.org.uk/survivors/support-for-survivors. Alternative help can be sought through the NSPCC’s helpline on 0800 389 5344.