Praise for victim's bravery as Sydenham priest jailed

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On Tuesday (April 29) we reported how Murphy - who held posts at churches in Sydenham, New Addington, South Croydon and Streatham – was jailed for 31 months for sexually abusing young boys in the 70s and 80s.

PC Helen French, who led the investigation, said: “I want to acknowledge the bravery of the victims, whose courage has been unwavering throughout this process.

“Coming forward is not only a tribute to their strength, but serves as a sign to any other victims that they will be listened to and supported.

“Murphy used his position of power as a priest to prey on and take advantage of young boys – and some of their lives have been swathed with despair and anger, ridden with frustration and pain.

“I’d like to thank the dedicated team of officers who helped secure justice – their dedication has been extraordinary. I would encourage anyone who has been a victim of abuse, to come forward and get the help they so rightly deserve.”

You can read the full story from court here - Sydenham priest who sexually abused Catholic boys as young as five jailed

Murphy was jailed for 30 months in 2000 after he admitted abusing seven boys in south London - though the case’s investigating officer said this could be “just the tip of the iceberg”.

More victims then came forwards and Murphy, now aged 77, was convicted of seven counts of abuse against four more boys.

At his sentencing hearing on Monday (April 29) his victims detailed how Murphy had impacted their childhoods, their relationships with their parents, and their adult lives.

One victim told the court how when he disclosed the abuse at 10-years-old, church authorities swept it under the carpet and made him meet Murphy to “forgive him”.