An ex-Marist Brother in court in 2019 on child-sex charges from the 1960s

  • By a Broken Rites researcher, article updated 26 November 2019

In 1960 at the age of 17, Joseph Weygood began training in Victoria to become a Marist Brother. In those years, the Marists gave each new recruit a religious name, so Joseph Weygood became known to pupils as "Brother Cyril", although he later changed his name to "Brother Joseph". He taught during the 1960s (as a Brother) at Catholic schools in Victoria and South Australia. In the 1970s, he ceased being a Marist Brother and later worked as a lay teacher (Mister Weygood) in schools elsewhere in Australia and overseas. In 2019, aged 77, Joseph Weygood is involved in a court case in Adelaide, charged with child-sexual abuse relating to his time in South Australia in the 1960s. He is contesting the charges.

In 2018, South Australian Police began investigating complaints they had received about Weygood concerning his time as a Marist Brother in Adelaide schools. The investigating officer is Detective Acting Sergeant Katie Dalton (at the Special Crime Investigation Branch, Wakefield Street, Adelaide).

After a hearing in a magistrates court, Weygood's case proceeded to the South Australian Supreme Court, where he entered a plea of Not Guilty. In August 2019, after some preliminary procedures in the Supreme Court, the Joseph Weygood case was re-scheduled to have its next step in this court in December 2019.

Detective Dalton is continuing to obtain information about Joseph Weygood.