A struggle broke out and Ferguson repeatedly tried to strike him on the body. He said: "There has been a lot of confusion within my whole life. On 5 July he put a large knife to a woman's head and threatened her.
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Murphy was jailed for two years for the crimes but the Court of Criminal Appeal reduced his jail term to 12 months. Advocate depute Martin Macari earlier told the court that as he did so, he saw that Ferguson had "a silver object" in his hand.
This is when I was 11, but I can remember the shock. Moments earlier, it emerged that Murphy had been convicted at the High Court in Edinburgh in Irish-born Murphy Tranennt a string of charges against him during his trial at the High Court. Victims told his trial that he had laughed when administering electric shocks to boys using a hand-wound generator dubbed 'The Tickler'.
Passing sentence, Lord Uist added: "You have been convicted by the jury of a contemptible course of criminal conduct consisting of the physical and sexual abuse of eight boys in stgings care during the years when you worked at St Joseph's School, Tranentt. James Ferguson, 30, formerly of Tranent, must serve a minimum period of two years and three months in prison.
Mr McKay was hit on the hand after Ferguson swiped at him with the weapon.
One former pupil, who had been taken into care after his mother had difficulties coping, ended up at the East Lothian school where he recalled the Catholic brother administering electric shocks and "squeezing my wee hand". Ferguson ran towards the victim and began "punching" him and struck him on the back Trannt Mr Harvey was able to run off.
One pupil was locked in an unlit cupboard overnight and another was urinated on by the De La Salle brother. The pervert, was known as Brother Benedict or Brother Ben to children in his care at St Joseph's List D School in Tranent, where he perpetrated indecency and violence against youngsters. The victim said he had started crying and found the indecent assault "painful".
He said he ran Tranebt from the residential school many times in a bid to get home. On 25 June he approached Lewis Sives who had been at school with him, but as they entered St Martin's Lane, in Tranent, he took out what appeared to be a Stanley knife and began shouting at him.
Like some of the other troubled children placed in the school the effects of the abuse haunted his later life. He was also warned that if he told anyone of the sexual abuse he would never see his parents again. He took a mobile phone and house keys from the victim, Claire McAulay, and went to her home and got her bank card and prescription tablets. At the High Court in Edinburgh, Lord Uist told Ferguson: "It does not automatically follow you will be released at the end of the punishment part of the sentence.
James Ferguson jailed for string of attacks in East Lothian Published duration 16 April A man who carried out a string of attacks with a knife and screwdriver in East Lothian, after his release from prison, has been jailed. He told police that he had asked the brother what Tranentt was doing during the assault.
He said. He had admitted attacking Dean Harvey with a screwdriver at a bus stop near the Wallyford Miners' Club in the early hours of 2 June One boy had his hands burned and another lapsed into unconsciousness.
He was convicted of 10 assaults on nine boys dating from the s. The witness, who cannot be named for legal reasons, said: "He said he was checking me. One year-old man told the High Court in Edinburgh: "Because of what happened to me in there my children never went to a Catholic school.