சென்னையில் காமுகவெறியில் மாணவர்களை பாலியல் பலாத்காரம் செய்த பாதிரியார் தப்ப சி.பி.ஐ. உதவி
CBI delays action, UK man accused of child abuse set free
Arun Ram, TNN, Jun 18, 2010, 05.51am IST
CHENNAI: Patrick Matthews, the 63-year-old Englishman who was arrested in 2007 in the UK for allegedly sexually abusing several boys of a residential school in Chennai, has walked free, thanks to Indian bureaucracy’s delay.
A UK court on Wednesday let off Matthews, since India’s ministry of external affairs and the CBI, the Indian wing of Interpol, slept on a request from the Child Abuse Investigation Team of Gloucestershire Constabulary to allow a video deposition of the victims in India.
The case was dismissed citing a UK law that gives only ‘reasonable’ time to investigators to collect evidence while considering a person as an accused. Matthews was accused of abusing at least four boys in the age group of 10 to 14 years between 2003 and 2006 when he worked as a volunteer teacher at St George Anglo-Indian Higher Secondary School.
The UK Crown Prosecution had sent an ‘international letter of request’ dated April 28 seeking permission to make the victims in Chennai depose before the Bristol crown court through video-conferencing. “The letter went back and forth between departments and we didn’t get a response from India,” Nigel Hatten, detective sergeant of Gloucestershire Constabulary, told TOI over phone. Matthews had joined St George School in 2003 through Batemans Trust, a UK-based NGO.
2009: பாட்ரிக் மாத்யூஸ் ஆகஸ்டில் கைது: கடந்த ஜூன் மாதம் 2009 பாட்ரிக் மாத்யூஸ் என்ற மிஷினரி செயின்ட் ஜியார்ஜ் ஆங்கிலோ இந்திய உயர்நிலைப் பள்ளியில் படித்த குறைந்தபட்சம் ஒன்பது குழந்தைகளுடன் (14 வயது வரையுள்ள) பாலியில் ரீதியிலாக தொடர்பு கொண்டிருந்தான். 2003 லிருந்து 2006 வரை ஊழியராகவேலைசெய்து வந்தார். பேடிமான் டிரஸ்ட் என்ற கிருத்துவ அமைப்பு ஆங்கிலோ-இந்திய சிறுவர்-சிறுமியர் அன்னாதைகளுக்காக உருவாக்கப் பட்டது.
மகாபலிபுரத்தில் வீடு: இந்த ஊழியருக்கு மகாபலிபுரத்தில் ஒரு வீடு இருக்கிறது. சென்னை போலிஸாரது பள்ளியில் மற்றும் மகாபலிபுரத்திலுள்ள மக்களிடம் விசாரணையின்போது விழயங்கள் தெரியவந்தன. புகார்கள் சென்ரதால், இங்கிலாந்திலிருந்து கௌஸர்ஷயர் கான்ஸ்டெபுலரி (Gloucestershire Constabulary) என்ற போலீஸார் பிரத்யேகமாக விசாரிக்க சென்னைக்கு வந்தது. இந்த “மகாபலிபுரம்” மர்மத்தையும் ஆராயவேண்டியுள்ளது
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Chennai child abuse accused arrested in UK
on 02-08-2009 21:50
Patrick Matthews, a 62-year-old UK national accused of sexually abusing several boys of St George Anglo-Indian Higher Secondary School in Chennai between 2003 and 2006, has been arrested in UK.
A four-member team of Gloucestershire Constabulary was in Chennai for two weeks in June interviewing children and staff of the school, besides collecting evidence from a beachside retreat in Kovalam, near Chennai, where Matthews allegedly took the boys to.
After interviewing 14 children and 16 adults, the team concluded that Matthews, who worked as a volunteer in the school, had sexually abused at least nine students.
The UK-based Batemans Trust, through which Mathews had come to the school as a volunteer, had filed a complaint alleging that he sexually abused students at the school.
Matthews, who was arrested in the UK last year following a tip-off from Batemans Trust in 2007, was let out on bail since there was no evidence to link him with the alleged incidents.
The Crown Prosecution of the UK, through the Interpol had sent a letter rogatory on 28 November 2007 requesting permission for Gloucestershire Constabulary detectives to visit India to interview the victims and collect evidence.
It looked like Matthews would walk free when the Indian authorities delayed permission even after a reminder from the UK authoritises on 14 January 2008.
A couple of months later, the UK team got the nod and sent the four-member team in mid-June to Chennai under the Sexual Offences Act, 2003. The Act gives special powers to the state to prosecute its national who commits a sexual offence even outside the country.
During a preliminary inquiry conducted by the local police, some of the victims had said that Matthews, who doubled up as a tuition assistant and a cricket coach, used to take them to his room and sexually abuse them.
A report sent by CBI, the Indian arm of Interpol, to the UK authorities on 3 April 2007 said Matthews had repeatedly “misbehaved” with at least four boys of the boarding school. When contacted, the school authorities said they asked Matthews to leave the premises as soon as the first complaint came in.
Child sexual abuse: Children’s photos, DVDs found
Arun Ram, TNN, Jun 20, 2009, 05.13am IST
CHENNAI: Several photographs of children and three DVDs with unknown content are among the vital evidences collected by detectives of the Gloucestershire Constabulary Child Protection Unit from the Kovalam beachside house of Patrick Matthews in the case of alleged child sexual abuse by the UK national. Matthews, a 62-year-old who worked as a volunteer at St George Anglo Indian Higher Secondary School in the city between 2003 and 2006 is accused of sexually abusing several boys of the school boarding.
Earlier investigations had yielded indications that Matthews used to take boys from the school boarding to the Kovalam house. Detective inspector Mark Little, accompanied by the local police, on Thursday visited Matthew’s seaside retreat on 58 Bajaraikoil Street in the fishing village of Kovalam, 25 km from the city.
The investigators have recovered the following items from the house named Lakshmi House’: A black folder containing paperwork of Batemans Trust (which introduced Matthews to St George School as a volunteer); Three CDs/ DVDs, Two packets of various photographs (including those of children); a letter, and a floor plan of the Kovalam property. It is learnt that Matthews had taken with him the documents of the property and a laptop which he was using during his stay here.
The investigators interviewed several people in the village including panchayat president S Janakiraman, who happens to be the caretaker of Matthews’ house.
Neighbours said Matthews used to bring a few boys from outside the village during his stay in the house. “The boys, who were said to be from Chennai, appeared to be in the age group of 10- 12 years. They would stay with him for two or three days at a stretch,” said a neighbour. A woman down the street recollected Patri’ (Patrick) as a genial man who liked to spend time with children in the village. “They (children) would flock to his place when he comes. He would give them T-shirts, candies and pencils,” she said.
Gaining entry into the house, TOI found that the place was well maintained even in the absence of Matthews for almost three years now. The single-storey house that stands on a two-ground plot faces the sea. It has four rooms, including two bedrooms fitted with air-conditioners, built around a square atrium which is open to the sky. Bamboo chairs and Indian art on the walls give no indication that the occupant was a foreigner. A 1000-sq ft lawn with trees on one side of the house makes it an ideal summer retreat.
Though Matthews joined St George School as a volunteer only in 2003, Kovalam villagers said he has been around for almost 15 years. “Matthews first came as a guest at a nearby star hotel. He kept coming back from the UK a few years. He befriended the headmaster of a school in the village and used to stay with him during his visits. About eight years ago, something went wrong between them and Matthews decided to buy land and build his own house here,” said a village elder.
While one of the villagers interviewed by the investigators said the house was registered in Matthews’ name, agencies will now be looking into the legality of Matthews, a foreigner in India, owning real estate here. While the Tranfer of Properties Act is silent on a foreigner registering land in his name, the Foreign Exchange Maintenance Act calls for permission from the Reserve Bank of India.