Uniting Church may have destroyed Knox Grammar documents: Royal Commission

Uniting Church may have destroyed Knox Grammar documents: Royal Commission

An inquiry in to child abuse at a prestigious Sydney boys school has heard the head of the NSW Uniting Church may have destroyed documents, to cover up abuse by teachers.

The Royal Commission in to child sexual abuse is holding public hearings in Sydney this week, in to multiple cases of abuse by teachers at Sydney’s Knox Grammar, between 1970 and 2003.

Five teachers from the school have been convicted on various charged of sexual and indecent assault.

The former head of the school council Robert Wannan has fronted the commission today, and has been questioned about a series of emails in 2009, regarding draft apologies from the school relating to abuse.

The email reportedly suggests the NSW head of the Uniting Church, Jim Mein, assisted in destroying documents which implicated teachers.

But Mr Wannan has vehemently denied he had any involvement in destroying documents.

Meanwhile, Knox Grammar’s current headmaster John Weeks has also fronted the hearing today, and has apologised on behalf of the school to all victims of abuse.

“To the men who were sexually abused as young boys, I want you to know this. You did nothing wrong, those teachers and resident masters did. And they do stand condemned by their own admissions,” he said.

The hearing is expected to continue until the end of next week.


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