A man who alleges he was sexually abused by a catholic priest nearly 40 years ago has denied that he invented the claims to get compensation.
He told a jury today: 鈥淣o compensation was on my mind - justice was on my mind.?/p>
The alleged victim has claimed that while he was a pupil at St Joseph鈥檚 College, a seminary for prospective priests, in Upholland, Father Michael Higginbottom repeatedly seriously sexually assaulted him.
Fr Higginbottom, now 74, of West Farm Road, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, is on trial at Liverpool Crown Court. He denies eight offences - four of buggery and four of indecent assault - alleged to have taken place between September 1978 and March 20, 1979.
The alleged victim, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, told police that for him it was the venue for 鈥榤ental, physical and sexual abuse鈥?
The man, who was 13 and 14 at the time, claims that Higginbottom, a physics and form teacher, would use a strap and cane on him to inflict punishment and was taken into the priest鈥檚 room just after a week after he arrived at the college where he raped him in a campaign of abuse that went on until the boy got himself deliberately expelled.
Adam Birkby, defending, cross-examined the alleged victim today and repeatedly suggested that he had fabricated the evidence in order to gain civil compensation.
The man, now in his 50s, denied this. He agreed he had contacted solicitors in July 2014 after reading an on line article linking the defendant to a civil case involving another former pupil at the establishment who had been awarded £35,000 in an out-of-court settlement for alleged abuse.
But he maintained that he was not interested in obtaining compensation and had never spoken to the lawyer he dealt with about money. He said he rang them because he was annoyed that the article said that the man was going to rebuild his life with the money.
鈥淲ould any sum of money put it right??he posed. 鈥淚 don鈥檛 think he could put life right with any sum of money.?/p>
He was shown a 鈥榥o win no fee鈥?later from the solicitors which he agreed he had signed. Asked by Judge Andrew Menary, QC, if he anticipated the solicitor making a claim in the future for him, he replied 鈥淚 may have but I didn鈥檛 want the money.?/p>
The court has heard that he had told no one about his alleged ordeal until October 2013 when he told a friend. He explained that shortly before that he had been at a Christian Fellowship meeting and a man he knew there told him 鈥渙ut of the blue鈥?that the Holy Spirit had told him that he had been violated.
He then told his friend who advised him to tell the police which he did after contacting the solicitors the next summer.
Further questioned he said: 鈥淚 wanted that man to feel as scared as I did at Upholland.?/p>
Mr Kirkby suggested to him that none of his allegations were true and he had fabricated them but he maintained that it had 鈥渁ll happened.?/p>
The alleged victim wept while Mr Temkin took him through his police statement in which he told how he had had anger problems. His therapists believed it was because of a serious road traffic accident he had been in and at one stage his wife left him.
The court has heard that he left the seminary after deliberately stealing a watch and being expelled and ran in tears to meet his parents.
He sobbed: 鈥淚 felt angry that no-one ever wanted to know why I was different when I returned from Upholland.?/p>