AB v The Society of Jesus Trust 1929, Preston Catholic College 5 May 2009 High Court (Jesuits)

cathy fox blog on child abuse

The several appeals posted today are all relevant to the Christian Church. See a list of all of them here at the end of the day – Index of Court Appeals on this blog[2]

AB sought damages for personal injury, loss and damage due to sexual abuse and assaults committed on him by a teacher Father Michael Spencer, an RE and PE teacher at Preston Catholic College, Preston, Lancashire, where he was a pupil from 1969 until 1976.


Issues were vicarious liability of Society of Jesus as Preston Catholic College which was no longer  in existence. They denied running the College which had Governors, who operated and managed the college They denied any abuse occurred and brought up limitation.

One surviving governor was then found, and then documents found that showed an insurance company (unnamed)  was liable for the Society of Jesus to indemnify the Governors, so the second…

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