Neil McKenna sex abuse happened ‘all the time’

A second alleged victim of Katanning hostel supervisor Neil Vincent McKenna has testified she was molested by the accused man at the State-run boarding facility, on a hostel bus and even in her parents’ house.

The 36-year-old woman is giving evidence of the alleged sexual abuse in Neil McKenna’s District Court trial when she was a boarder at St Andrew’s Hostel in Katanning in 1988 and 1989.

Neil McKenna is the brother of convicted serial paedophile Dennis McKenna who has been convicted and jailed for abusing 11 boys under his care as hostel warden.

The accused man has pleaded not guilty to 10 charges that allege between 1986 and 1991 he sexually abused three teenage girls who were boarding at St Andrew’s when he was a senior supervisor or acting warden.

His judge-alone trial is coinciding with an ongoing inquiry headed by retired Supreme Court judge Peter Blaxell examining the extent of any cover-up about abuse at St Andrew’s.

The woman today said she was 13 or 14 when the alleged abuse started and she recalled on numerous occasions rubbing Neil McKenna’s penis on the outside of his clothing in the back row of the hostel cinema, which was open to the public and where she worked as an usherette.

She said she also remembered being molested by Neil McKenna in the hostel music room and on bus rides whenever they were alone.

The woman said during her time at the hostel she had her appendix removed and Neil McKenna drove her back to her parents’ home in Bremer Bay. She said when they arrived her parents were not at home and the house was empty and she recalled tongue kissing Neil McKenna and him fondling her breasts and genitals.

The woman said at the end of year 9 her parents received a letter from Dennis McKenna stating that she was no longer welcome at the hostel. She said she had no idea why she not welcome anymore.

She said over her two years at St Andrews the abuse happened “all the time”.

Under cross-examination from defence lawyer Patti Chong, the woman denied making the allegations up.

Earlier today the first alleged victim, a 39-year-old woman, also denied lying about the alleged repeated sexual abuse.

“No I am not making it up, I disagree with you totally … it did happen,” the woman told Ms Chong.

“It was a long time ago … dates and times are hard to remember, events are not.”

The woman, who claimed she was regularly molested and raped by Neil McKenna, said she did not believe the accused man wore a condom when he had sex with her.

She alleges she was abused in Neil McKenna’s home where she would do his and his wife’s ironing, in the hostel spa, cinema and bus.

The woman alleged the first time she was raped by Neil McKenna, when she was 13 or 14, his wife was in hospital after giving birth to their first child.

The trial, presided over by Judge Anthony Derrick, continues.


 

Enquiry Transcripts on the McKenna ‘Pedophile Brotherhood’