Former Camberwell maths teacher Trevor Spurritt freed after sex abuse convictions quashed

A maths teacher who was discovered responsible of molesting boys at a prestigious highschool has had his convictions sensationally overturned.

Trevor Alan Spurritt was discovered responsible of 9 counts of indecent assault courting again to the Nineteen Seventies towards 4 boys after a trial within the County Courtroom of Victoria.

The 77-year-old was a maths teacher at Camberwell Grammar on the time he was accused of assaulting boys, aged 12 to 14, in lecture rooms and at camps. He denied all of the allegations.

He was sentenced to 5 years and eight months behind bars in February final 12 months, however that was overturned within the Courtroom of Attraction on Friday.

The three judges quashed Mr Spurritt’s convictions, set the sentence apart and ordered the teacher be acquitted on every cost.

Former Camberwell Grammar School teacher Trevor Spurritt has been acquitted in the Court of Appeal.
Digital camera IconFormer Camberwell Grammar College teacher Trevor Spurritt has been acquitted within the Courtroom of Attraction. Credit score: AAP, AAP Picture/David Crosling

They discovered the jury’s verdicts had been “unsafe and unsatisfactory” in relation to some costs and there was a “substantial miscarriage of justice” in relation to others, judges David Seaside, Stephen Kaye and Richard Niall discovered.

One of many allegations stemmed from a person who claimed Mr Spurritt abused him at school whereas he sat subsequent to a pal, who was referred to as as a witness. The pal advised the jury he by no means noticed something occur.

This was a “course contradiction”, and the Courtroom of Attraction justices discovered it was “not open to the jury to be happy past cheap doubt”.

One other man claimed he was assaulted in full view of the category, however they discovered this was “unbelievable”.

There have been additionally points with the declare of one other former scholar who mentioned he was assaulted at a camp between 1969 to 1971.

However no camps ran within the early interval, and Mr Spurritt didn’t attend the one in 1971.

The three judges thought-about ordering a retrial for 3 costs however discovered it could not be simply or applicable given the previous teacher had spent virtually 12 months in jail since he was sentenced final 12 months.

The teacher is predicted to be launched on Friday.