A former Marist Brother, now 81, is facing charges of child-sex abuse from 50 years ago

  • By a Broken Rites researcher, article updated 1 January 2020

A former Marist Brother, Kevin Joseph Jewell, now aged 81, is involved in court proceedings regarding indecent assaults allegedly committed against boys 50 years ago during one of his earliest Sydney teaching posts (now known as Marist College Eastwood). In those years, each new Marist Brother would adopt a "religious" first-name. Court documents don't mention Kevin Jewell's "religious" first-name but another Sydney Marist school (Marcellin College in Randwick) says (in its official history) that a Brother "Dacian" Jewell spent some time teaching at the Randwick school.

According to police documents, one of the alleged victims of Jewell at the Eastwood school was a boy (then aged nine, now aged in his sixities) who was a pupil at this Marist Brothers school (in Hillview Road, Eastwood), in the 1960s. In 2017, this former pupil spoke to NSW police. Later, detectives from Ryde Local Area Command commenced an investigation and located four other men who alleged that they, also, had been assaulted.

Police allege that these five boys were all assaulted within this school in Eastwood between 1967 and 1968. The Catholic order of Marist Brothers taught in Hillview Road, Eastwood, for many years, although nowadays the school (known now as Marist College Eastwood) is staffed by lay teachers.

On 26 October 2017, Kevin Jewell met police at Eastwood Police Station. He was conveyed to Ryde police station, where detectives charged him with fifteen incidents of indecent assault against these five boys. Police granted conditional bail to Jewell pending his court proceedings.

The Jewell case had its first preliminary mention in Sydney's Burwood Local Court on 13 November 2017 — case number 2017/00324154. This was a brief administrative procedure in which prosecutors officially filed the case. Further steps in the case were to occur in 2018 and 2019.

On 30 October 2019, a pre-trial proceeding was held. The court adjourned the case to 20 March 2020 for a fitness hearing (this hearing would be to determine whether the accused is fit to go to trial and to provide instructions to his lawyer).

Kevin Jewell's date of birth is given in official documents as 15 November 1938

The police investigation in the Jewell case is being handled by Detective Morena Connell (now based at Sydney's Ashfield Police).

FOOTNOTE:: A publication entitled "On A Winner, A History of Marcellin College Randwick 1923-1998" (by Charles McGee) has a list of Marist Brothers who have ever worked at the Randwick school. The list includes: Br "Dacian" Jewell. Also, Broken Rites has been told that a Marist Brother Dacian taught at St Benedict's school, Broadway, Sydney, for a while in the early 1960s.