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George Pell Stays Where He Belongs
George Pell Stays Where He Belongs and Victims March On
Make no mistake, the Appeal denial regarding the sentencing of George Pell has been a landmark decision for victims of Institutional Child Sexual Abuse everywhere. No matter who or where they are, the law is getting stronger and stronger to take perpetrators to justice.
At Koffels we are truly relieved and encouraged by the judgement set...
The Victorian Court of Appeal has today upheld on appeal Cardinal George Pell’s convictions for sexually abusing two then 13-year-old boys. Cardinal George Pell's appeal failed.
On 11 December 2018, Cardinal George Pell was convicted unanimously by a jury of 12 men and women in the County Court of Victoria of five charges of sexual offending against two young choir boys in 1996 at St...
Sally Cox2019-08-14T14:34:28+10:00"CALL FOR WITNESSES TO COME FORWARD”
The Scots College
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John Beckett (“Beckett”) was a long-standing and respected teacher at The Scots College. He was appointed as a mathematics teacher in 1974 and taught at the school from 1974 until 1999. During the 1970s, 80s and 90s he was involved in the many facets of school life including pastoral care and extracurricular activities....
Yet another Knox Grammar teacher has been recently found embroiled in a child sexual abuse scandal. Nicholas Warby was arrested by police on Monday afternoon the 5th August 2019 for child porn and drugs.
The 30 year old man has been in a teaching role at Knox Grammar since 2017 as Director of Aquatic Sports according to his Linked-In profile. The arrest occurred after a...
Former Teacher Charged with Child Sex Abuse in 1970's Clement Park Public School
Police arrested a 67 year old man at his house in Woolooware, Sydney in relation to institutional child sex abuse charges. He was charged with indecently assaulting a female student at the primary school in Sydney's south-west more than 40 years ago.
It is reported that detectives have been investigating said allegations of...
Institutional Sexual Abuse
Many of the assault victims that Koffels Solicitors & Barristers see professionally through our offices and on a daily basis have been victims of institutional sexual abuse. That having been said; we are also well aware that any predatory behaviour indulged in by the perpetrators of these crimes can occur within any and every forum. Institutional sexual abuse is only one arena...
Sally Cox2019-07-18T15:12:14+10:00"CALL FOR WITNESSES TO COME FORWARD”
Robert "Dolly" Dunn and the Marist Brothers Schools
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Robert “Dolly” Dunn
Robert “Dolly” Dunn was a former school teacher at Marist College Penshurst where he was continuously employed from 1971 to 1987.
Dunn is known as a notorious paedophile and drug dealer who had a long history of abusing boys between the ages of 7 and 15 years old....
Sally Cox2019-07-18T15:12:21+10:00“CALL FOR WITNESSES TO COME FORWARD”
“Brother Kostka Chute and the Marist Brothers Schools”
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John William Chute, also known by his religious name as Brother Kostka, was a teacher and principal at a large number of schools operated by the Marist Brothers in Queensland, New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory. He was a sexual predator who abused numerous young boys over...
To Victims of Institutional Child Sexual Abuse: If you signed a Deed, is it always binding?
We are repeatedly hearing stories of victims of childhood institutional abuse who over the years have received paltry payouts from their abusers after signing a Deed, declaring that they will no longer pursue the institution for further claims, and entering into a non-disclosure agreement. In many circumstances these...
The Clergy is not Above the Law: The Pope Introduces Mandatory Reporting for Allegations of Sexual Assault and Child Abuse
In February 2019, Pope Francis announced that he would mandate the reporting of sexual assault and child abuse by the clergy and church officials.
Pope Francis released an Apostolic Letter which reads, “The crimes of sexual abuse offend Our Lord, cause physical, psychological and spiritual damage...
Former South Australian School Teacher Jailed for Abusing Students
Stephen John Hamra, a former primary school teacher at St Ignatius College and Christian Brothers College in South Australia has been found guilty of persistent sexual exploitation of a child and maintaining an unlawful sexual relationship with a child between 1977 and 1982.
He was sentenced by Adelaide District Court Judge Paul Rice on the 4 April...
The Use of Suppression Orders and Pseudonyms in Historic Child Sexual Abuse Cases
A common barrier to seeking compensation for people who have suffered sexual abuse as a child in institutional settings is a sense of fear. Additionally embarrassment or shame occur at the prospect of being identified as a victim/survivor of child sexual abuse.
The decision to seek redress for historic child sexual abuse...
Koffels2019-04-24T14:09:24+10:00Please see original article published in The Australian newspaper on 15 April 2019 here: https://koffels.com.au/official-warned-riders-risk-more-falls/
Generational Change Needed to Bring Equestrian Safety into 21st Century
Koffels Solicitors & Barristers view with interest and applaud the article in The Australian on the 15 April 2019 regarding safety protocol at Equestrian Events, and specifically in Eventing. We have long held the view that the standards within equestrian sports...
Koffels2019-04-19T11:34:45+10:00To read the original article published in The SMH and written by Peter FitzSimons, please click here.
Is paedophilia more prevalent in private schools?
Recently a number of our clients spoke to Peter FitzSimons about the abuse they say they suffered at the hands of Knox teachers. As a matter of fact paedophilia in private religious schools has been an ongoing issue for some time. Correspondingly...
Koffels2019-05-17T22:23:49+10:00To read the original article published in The Australian newspaper and written by Olivia Caisley, please click here.
Knox Faces Payout Claim
Our client, Phillip Ashworth, spoke to The Australian about what he asserts happened to him as a student at Knox Grammar.
Phillip’s statement of claim alleges:
"Nisbett used his position of authority to groom Mr Ashworth by regularly spending “private time” with him when he was...
Institutions are Actively Trying to Keep Claimants from Instructing Koffels, and we couldn't be more flattered.
Koffels Solicitors & Barristers are achieving the highest and most consistent level of payouts in Australia, and needless to say the institutions are not happy with us. How do we do it?...
Koffels have taken a totally different approach when it comes to taking action against an institution for Childhood...