Anthony McCallen, the former priest at St Williams Community School, who was convicted of abusing boys in his care, has appealed against his sentence.

McCallen, along with the former principal of the home James Carragher, was convicted at the Leeds Crown Court in December 2015 after a three month long trial. McCallen’s barrister claimed that the 15 year sentence given was too harsh.

The Court of Appeal are considering the appeal and a decision will be made shortly.

Jordans launched a civil action in respect of the abuse at St Williams in 2004, with the aim of securing compensation for those victims of abuse to help rebuild their lives. The group litigation consists of almost 250 Claimants, with Jordans representing over 140 of these individuals. Lead cases in the litigation are due to go to trial later this year.

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