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Monday, 5 March 2018

Church of England sex abuse victim to tell his story on TV

Church of England sex abuse victim to tell his story on TV
Church of England sex abuse victim to tell his story on TV

Church of England sex abuse victim to tell his story on TV

A man will tonight appear on television to talk about his sexual abuse at the hands of a Bradford vicar.

In an interview to air tonight on the BBC's Inside Out (Yorkshire & Lincolnshire) programme, Matt Ineson also claims that Church leaders failed to act when he told them, more than 20 years later, that he had been raped by Trevor Devamanikkam in 1984.

Mr Ineson, who has waived his legal right to anonymity, has given a lengthy statement to South Yorkshire Police and says: “By lies, by cover up, the Church of England has gone out of its way to protect them [the bishops]."


His lawyer David Greenwood says: “There’s potential for those bishops to be investigated.”

The Church's national safeguarding team said it was investigating complaints.

Mr Ineson said the abuse began when, following a family breakdown at the age of 16, he was sent to stay with Mr Devamanikkam, who at the time was vicar at St Aidan's Church in Buttershaw.

Ineson explains: “There was a complete family breakdown and my Nan who was my carer turned to the church for help. He [Devamannikkam] came into my room and put his hand under my duvet and tried to do sexual things…..Over time he said that I had to do what he wanted otherwise I’d be out onto the street and the abuse [would] get worse.”





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