13 Feb 2009

Catholic brother loses appeal over prison term

10:15 pm on 13 February 2009

A Catholic brother jailed for abusing boys in his care has had an appeal against his prison sentence dismissed.

Rodger Moloney, 73, is serving a two-year, nine month sentence after being convicted last year of sexual abuse charges dating back to the 1970s when he taught at Marylands School in Christchurch.

Moloney appealed against his sentence on the basis the judge was mistaken when calculating the possible jail term.

His lawyer argued if the judge had realised his error, the final sentence could have been less and home detention may have been considered.

But in a decision released on Friday, the Court of Appeal says the sentence was not manifestly excessive.