Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse in the Newcastle Anglican diocese day three | live blog

By Joanne McCarthy and Dominica Sanda
Updated May 18 2021 - 1:20pm, first published August 3 2016 - 11:30pm
Former Bishop Richard Appleby leaving the courthouse after he was cross-examined on day three of the royal commission in Newcastle.

Thursday, August 4

Day three recap:

  • Former Bishop Richard Appleby gave evidence and insisted he had no knowledge of inappropriate relationships or of child sex abuse allegations during his term in the diocese. Questions were raised about the church’s responsibility to the children at the time and the actions the church took after the allegations were exposed.
  • Priest Colvin Ford gave his statements which referred to the “gang of three” who were protecting Peter Rushton. Ford revealed an incident in 1998 incident where which a team of removalists was forced to pack up homosexual pornography – including some allegedly involving children – while its owner, Father Peter Rushton, stood by watching.
  • Child abuse victim CKA gave evidence involving priest child sex abuser CKC, who abused CKA and his brother CKB. CKA talked about the effect the abuse had on his life and the difficulties he had trying to report the abuse. He said the process of reporting the abuse was as bad as the abuse itself.

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Ian Kirkwood and Joanne McCarthy give their quick three minute wrap up of the day below

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