June 2017

‘Predatory’ paedophile priest jailed for 22 years

A predatory paedophile priest who sexually abused young boys over a period spanning several decades has been jailed.

Father Eugene Fitzpatrick, 68, was sentenced to 22 years behind bars and placed on the sex offenders register for life after being found guilty of seven counts of indecent assault, four counts of indecency with a child, and two counts of buggery, all committed between the 1960s and 1990s.

Fitzpatrick, of Raymond Lane, Canterbury, was parish priest at Our Lady of Lourdes Church in Harpenden from 1995 until 2001.

Detectives are appealing for additional victims to come forward after Fitzpatrick was sentenced following a trial at Blackfriars Crown Court last month.

The indecent assault and indecency offences were committed against one victim in the Islington area. The buggery offences were committed against a second victim at Our Lady St Joseph’s Catholic Church in Hackney.

May 2017

Paedophile ex-priest found guilty of ‘horrific sexual abuse’ which spanned across four decades

A former priest who subjected London children to decades of “horrific sexual abuse” including rape has been jailed for 22 years.

Eugene Fitzpatrick, 68, was found to have sexually assaulted one boy in Islington, as well as raping a boy at Our Lady St Joseph’s Catholic Church in Hackney.

The offences were all committed in the 1960s, 70s, 80s and 90s, police said.

But police fear that the “predatory sex offender” could have assaulted other children in that time, and have pleaded for survivors of his abuse to come forward.

Fitzpatrick, of Raymond Avenue, in Canterbury, was convicted at Blackfriars Crown Court on Thursday, May 25, of seven counts of indecent assault, four counts of indecency with a child and two counts of buggery.

The first assault took place in Tufnell Park in 1965. The boy was under the age of 8.

The buggery offences were committed against a second victim between 1986 and 1992 while Fitzgerald was working at Our Lady & Saint Joseph Catholic Church in the borough of Hackney.

He was sentenced to 22 years in prison the following day.

 

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