Yesterday, August 27th, the Down and Connor priest, John J Murray was convicted of abusing two 10-year-old girls in the1980s.
Some years ago Murray fled to Spain to avoid being questioned by the police.
Every day in Spain he golfed, wined and dined while his victims languished at home in deep emotional pain thinking they might never get justice.
I’ve known Murray for over 40 years and regard him as one of the most vile men ever ordained to the prirsthood.
He has been a user of women for as long as I have known him and his conviction this week, while better late than never, is decades overdue.
He has been protected by several cynical Down and Connor clergy for years.
In fairness to the current bishop, Noel Treanor, he went one day a few years ago to Murray’s parish, Rasharkin, and literally gave him an hour to pack his bags.
I am so relieved for the victims that their 40 year nightmare is over and their story has been validated and believed.
I have accompanied one of the victims for 5 year plus.
That girl has been to hell and back.
Her abuse has overshadowed her whole life
I hope this verdict, the fact that she has been believed and the grace of God will lead her to the fullest healing possible.
As in the past, I will continue to walk with her.