Ex-priest's abuse trial aborted
The trial of a former Tasmanian priest on charges of abusing a student nearly 40 years ago was yesterday aborted.
The Age reports that this occurred after an outburst in Launceston Supreme Court by a witness.
70 year old Gregory Ferguson has pleaded not guilty to one count of maintaining a sexual relationship with a young person aged under 17.
He was a priest and school teacher at the Marist Fathers' college in Burnie, when the crimes are alleged to have happened in 1970.
Justice Ewan Crawford dismissed the jury yesterday after a witness called out: "That's a joke, he's already been convicted, that's why he's sitting there."
Ferguson has been remanded in custody to appear in court in November.
Sex charge priest trial aborted (The Age, 12/9/07)
Pedophile may get parole after one year's prison (CathNews, 17/5/07)
12 Sep 2007