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Fort Augustus Priest Father Benedict (Thomas Seed) DENIES Brutal Assaults

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The trial is due to next place next year

24 August 2016

Former priest denies vile abuse and brutally attacking boys with weapons 

A former priest who taught at a Highland
school has denied a string of brutal assault charges against his pupils
using weapons including a spiked golf shoe and a hockey stick.

Father Benedict Seed, 83, will go on
trial next year accused of assaulting eight boys over a 14-year period
at Fort Augustus Catholic School in the 1970s and 1980s.

The incidents are alleged to have
happened between June 1974 and July 1988 when Father Benedict, whose
real name is Thomas Seed, was a chemistry teacher and headmaster at the
Roman Catholic school.

Seed, of North Brora Muir, Brora, in
Sutherland, stood in the dock of Inverness Sheriff Court yesterday to
confirm his name and his solicitor, Claire Russell, said that he denied
all charges.

His trial was due to begin early next
month, but Ms Russell and prosecutor Roderick Urquhart asked for it to
be adjourned for procedural and technical reasons.

Seed will now be judged by a jury in Inverness on January 23 next year.

Miss Russell said she needed more time for further investigation and witness matters to be resolved.

Mr Urquhart joined in her motion for an
adjournment, telling Sheriff Margaret Neilson: “One of our witnesses
lives in Hong Kong and we want to set up a video link for evidence.

“It requires six to eight weeks to set up a link.”

Seed denied eight charges of assault to injury.

It is alleged he assaulted Sean Stone,
then aged 12-13, by throwing him to the ground, striking him repeatedly
on the head, shouting and screaming at him, instructing him to bend over
a desk while another pupil held him down and repeatedly striking him on
the body with a cane.

Seed is also accused of assaulting Clark
Baxter, then aged 12-14, instructing him to remove his clothing down to
his underpants and repeatedly striking him on the body with a belt, a
cane and a spiked golf shoe.

Another two charges claims that Seed
repeatedly struck Michael Mungavin, then aged 11, on the body with a
cane; and that he dragged Paul Curran, then aged 14-15, from his bed,
into his study and repeatedly struck him on his hands and wrists with a
tawse.

Seed is also accused of repeatedly
striking Dennis Kiwanuka, then aged 14-18, on the hands with a ruler,
striking him on the buttocks over his clothing and his bare buttocks
with a cane.

He is also charged with repeatedly
striking Antonio Fassone, then aged 16-18, on the hands, wrists and
forearms with a tawse and repeatedly struck him on the buttocks over his
clothing.

Seed allegedly pulled Felix Lavery from
his bed and repeatedly struck and kicked him on the head and body, and
repeatedly struck him on the body and private parts with a hockey stick.

He is also accused of repeatedly kicking Mark Horn on the body, causing him to fall down a flight of stairs.

The former Brora priest was a monk
teaching chemistry at the Roman Catholic School before moving to the
Sutherland area when it closed in 1999.

Born in Duns, Berwickshire, he joined
the monastery in 1950 and remained a member of the community there for
49 years, serving as house master and also head master there.

He completed his theological studies in Rome and was also a graduate of St Andrew’s University.

Sheriff Neilson fixed another hearing for November 22 to establish the readiness for trial. Seed had his bail continued. PRESS & JOURNAL

23 august 2016

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Trial of former Fort Augustus Abbey priest adjourned 

The
trial of a former priest accused of assaulting eight boys while teaching
at Fort Augustus Abbey School has been adjourned until next year.
Father
Benedict Seed, 83, denies the charges, which include striking pupils
aged between 11 and 18 with a cane and a spiked golf in the 1970s and
80s.
A trial date has been fixed for 23 January for further investigations. It also allows time to arrange for one witness to give evidence via a video link from Hong Kong. Appearing at Inverness Sheriff Court under the name Thomas Seed, the former priest had his bail conditions continued. BBCNEWS

10th Sept 2015

Former Priest Appears In Court Over Assaulting Pupils

An 82 year old former priest at Fort
Augustus Abbey school appeared in private at Inverness Sheriff Court
yesterday (Thursday) on six charges of assaulting pupils to their
injury there.

Father Benedict Seed appeared before Sheriff Margaret Neilson under his real name of Thomas Seed.

The former Brora priest was a monk
teaching chemistry at the former Roman Catholic Boarding School on the
shores of Loch Ness before moving to the Sutherland area when it closed
in 1999.

Through his solicitor, John MacColl, he made no plea or declaration, was committed for further examination and released on bail.

The Crown Office refused to give further details of the charges against Seed.

There has been an on-going police
investigation into allegations of physical and sexual abuse at the Abbey
going back several decades.

in 2013, a TV investigation uncovered
evidence of serious physical and sexual abuse at one of Scotland’s most
prestigious Catholic boarding schools.

Accounts of abuse at the now-closed Fort
Augustus Abbey School in the Highlands and feeder school Carlekemp in
East Lothian spanned 30 years.

The programme spoke to 50 former pupils about their experiences at the schools, which were run by Benedictine monks.

Many said they had nothing but good
memories of the place but during the six-month investigation,
investigators heard accounts from old boys of physical violence and
sexual assault including rape by monks.

The Crown Office spokesman added: “Reports relating to a further eight men remain under consideration.”

Seed was one of seven siblings and he celebrated 50 years in the priesthood in 2006, having been ordained in 1956.

Born in Duns, Berwickshire, he joined
the Fort Augustus monastery in 1950 and remained a member of the
community there for 49 years, serving as house master and also Head
Master.

He completed his theological studies in Rome and was also a graduate of St Andrew’s University.

He was well known for leading the voluntary Fire Brigade which had its base at the Abbey. His hobby was beekeeping. MFR

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