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Brothers under fire for not disclosing abuse mediation details

The Christian Brothers are criticised in the Hobart Mercury this morning for failing to reveal details of a 1994 mediation session between a former St Virgil's College cricket coach and a student sexually abused in the 1970s.

The coach is disgraced former international cricket umpire Stephen Randell, who served a three-year prison sentence from 1999 for sexually abusing nine girls at Marist Regional College in Burnie in 1981-82.

What the Mercury describes as a "shameful secret" has just been revealed in a county court in Victoria, where one of Randell's victims has pleaded guilty to taking a loaded pistol into a nightclub.

The paper says that Randell apologised to the victim for sexually abusing him, at the 1994 mediation session.

Spokesman for the Christian Brothers' St Patrick's Province (VIC/TAS), Br Brian Brandon, said it is a "standard provision of mediation law" that details of meetings not be revealed publicly.

"I can say that it was a personal discussion," he said. "We didn't know the details of any one discussion."

The mediation meeting was held in a hotel room at Sandy Bay, Hobart, in 1994 after a former student of nearby St Virgil's College, Nicholas Taylor, complained he had been sexually abused by Randell in the late 1970s.

The Mercury

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22 Sep 2003