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Catholic priest who worked at Balls Pond Road church faces jail for raping and assaulting boys

PUBLISHED: 07:48 26 May 2017 | UPDATED: 07:53 26 May 2017

Our Lady and Saint Joseph Roman Catholic Church. Picture: Google Maps

Our Lady and Saint Joseph Roman Catholic Church. Picture: Google Maps

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A Catholic priest who repeatedly raped and assaulted boys is facing jail.

Father Eugene Fitzpatrick, 68, was found guilty of the horrific attacks at Blackfriars Crown Court yesterday after he denied all charges.

He raped one boy multiple times between 1986 and 1992 while working at Our Lady and Saint Joseph Roman Catholic Church in Balls Pond Road, Islington.

Fitzpatrick also indecently assaulted another boy throughout the 1960s and 1970s. The first offence took place in Tufnell Park in 1965 when he was just 17 and the boy aged under eight.

Crown Prosecution Service lawyer Mubeena Cockar-Khan said: “Eugene Fitzpatrick repeatedly indecently assaulted one boy and raped another for his own gratification.

“He denied the offences but brave victim testimony led to these verdicts.

“We thank them for coming forward and supporting this prosecution and hope today’s verdicts provide a sense of justice for these historic offences against them.”

Fitzpatrick will be sentenced today.

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