Highlands & Islands

Trial of former Fort Augustus Abbey priest adjourned

The trial of a former priest accused of assaulting eight boys while teaching at Fort Augustus Abbey School has been adjourned until next year.

Father Benedict Seed, 83, denies the charges, which include striking pupils aged between 11 and 18 with a cane and a spiked golf in the 1970s and 80s.

A trial date has been fixed for 23 January for further investigations.

It also allows time to arrange for one witness to give evidence via a video link from Hong Kong.

Appearing at Inverness Sheriff Court under the name Thomas Seed, the former priest had his bail conditions continued.

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