18 September 2015

Increased sentence for former Christian Brother

The Court of Appeal has increased the sentence imposed on former Christian Brother Ted Bales (formerly Edward Vernon Dowlan) following an appeal on behalf of the Director of Public Prosecutions.

Bales was sentenced in the County Court on the 27 March 2015 to six years' imprisonment, with a minimum of three years after pleading guilty to 34 historical offences committed between 1971 and 1985. He had pleaded guilty to 22 counts of indecent assault against a male person, 11 counts of indecent assault; and one count of gross indecency.

Chief Crown Prosecutor Gavin Silbert QC, who considered the appeal as Acting DPP, lodged an appeal on the basis that the sentence was manifestly inadequate.

The Court of Appeal today increased Bale's imprisonment to eight years and five months, with a minimum of five years and eight months.

In its judgment, the Court said the complainants had ranged in age from eight to 14 years old and were enrolled at one of the many schools at which Bales had worked over the time of the offending.

The Court said that when combined with an earlier term of imprisonment served by Bales from 1996 to 2001  for indecent assault, his total term of imprisonment  was 14 years and 11 months, with a minimum of nine years and eight months.

"In our opinion, bearing in mind the mitigating factors referred to, this is a proportionate sentence for 50 offences committed over about 15 years against 31 young boys who were entitled to expect that their teacher and religious instructor would not dishonour his position of trust towards them in the way he did."

View the judgment here.

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Lisa Walker

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