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St Columba's College in Largs, Ayrshire, next to former student Aldo Moroni who was allegedly beaten to death by a member of staff in 1980
At the time teachers said Aldo Moroni had died from a heart attack, a former student has claimed

A seven-year-old boy died after a teacher at a prestigious Catholic school gave him a ‘vicious’ beating, an inquiry into historic child abuse has heard.

Aldo Moroni was allegedly battered to death in 1980 by Brother Germanus – real name David Mckell – because he spent too long on the toilet.

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One former pupil of St Columba’s College, using the name Edward, claims McKell sexually abused him on a number of occasions in the 1960s.

In 2014 his nephew told him of Aldo’s death at the school in Largs, Ayrshire, adding: ‘It haunts me to this day’.

Edward said he was left ‘dumbfounded’ after his relative claimed students were told the boy had died of a heart attack.

A photograph of Aldo Moroni from a gravestone. A BOY of seven died at a top Catholic school after being given a ?vicious? beating by a member of staff, an inquiry heard yesterday. The Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry (SCAI) was told Aldo Moroni (BOTH CORRECT) was punished for taking too long to use the toilet. A former pupil, using the name Edward, said he had been told that Aldo, who died in 1980, had been ?killed? at St Columba?s College in Largs, Ayrshire. Edward, 64, said Aldo died after a beating by a religious brother called Brother Germanus - real name David McKell.
A witness says he saw ‘screaming and holy murder going on’ outside the toilets

He told the Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry how his nephew witnessed ‘screaming and holy murder going on’ while standing by the landing outside the toilets.

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Edward, 64, added: ‘It got worse, and the next thing we [the nephew and classmates] knew, there’s an ambulance there, and the next thing we knew we are at a funeral in Dunoon – Aldo was dead’.

He says he feels guilty of ‘cowardice’ for not speaking out after McKell sexually abused him and wonders if he could have stopped Aldo from being killed.

As an adult in 2014, Edward eventually opened up about his suffering to the Marist Brothers, who ran the reputable boarding school.

He says they urged him not to go to the police with the claims, because the order would do it on his behalf, reports MailOnline.

But he said he later discovered police were never contacted.

A photograph of Aldo Moroni from a gravestone. A BOY of seven died at a top Catholic school after being given a ?vicious? beating by a member of staff, an inquiry heard yesterday. The Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry (SCAI) was told Aldo Moroni (BOTH CORRECT) was punished for taking too long to use the toilet. A former pupil, using the name Edward, said he had been told that Aldo, who died in 1980, had been ?killed? at St Columba?s College in Largs, Ayrshire. Edward, 64, said Aldo died after a beating by a religious brother called Brother Germanus - real name David McKell.
Edward wishes he spoke out about the abuse he suffered and asked if it could have saved Aldo

This was despite a brother called Ronnie McEwan telling Edward McKell had also abused another boy 10 years younger than him.

Edward says he was seven or eight when McKell sexually abused him on ‘two dozen occasions’.

He attempted to run away at around 1964 or 1965 because of the ‘absolute fear and horror’ he was made to feel by McKell, who died in 1998.

Edward says the member of staff would take him from his bed ‘in the dead of night’ and made him take part in a strange ritual in which he had to climb to retrieve a black leather bag from a loft.

McKell would would then tell him he was dirty and order him to remove his pyjamas and get ready for a bath before sexually abusing him.

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Edward claims ‘you would get an extra slap for crying’ and says the trauma he went through left him ‘zombified’ and unable to speak.

He says the barefoot religious brother would hit his head so hard it would give him nosebleeds before taking him back to bed and tucking him in.

Edward says McKell broke the news that his brother had died in 1965, saying: ‘Your brother had gone to heaven.’

Appearing to use this as leverage, McKell told him: ‘If you ever utter a word of our little secret, you will never see him again’.

The inquiry continues.

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