Litherland man took a fatal overdose years after abuse at the hands of a Liverpool priest
A TROUBLED man who took a fatal drugs overdose never recovered from being abused by a Catholic priest for three years as a boy, an inquest heard.
Christopher Hughes, 34, grew up with such a hatred of the Catholics that he regularly took revenge by burgling churches and the homes of priests.
He was convicted of breaking into St Faiths vicarage, and St Edmunds RC Church, both in Waterloo, and anther offence at All Saints church hall in Crosby.
Finally, he brought his troubled life to an end while living in a half-way house provided for him in Gloucester by the Christian charity Emmaus.
Mr Hughes, of Greenfield Lane, Litherland, rang his mum and a close friends to say goodbye after taking his fatal overdose but would not tell them where he was.
By the time he was found he was already dead.
A Gloucestershire coroner concluded Mr Hughes committed suicide on March 7 this year.
Today grieving mum Frances Hughes, from Litherland, said her son’s life had been ruined by the abuse he received from a priest who has never been prosecuted.
She only found out from her son last year what the priest had done to him between the ages of seven and 10.
She said: “It started when he was about 10 with him stealing a collection box which he threw away behind the church.
“His three brothers and sisters were fine, but he would get in trouble.
“All the offences he committed were against the Catholic Church.
“He told me the reasons he committed offences against the Catholic Church was because he had been sexually abused as a child by a priest.
“It got so bad that he even had a kind of Church ASBO taken out against him.”
She said that despite what had happened to him Christopher remained very religious and had himself re-baptised as an adult in a different church.
She said: “But if I had known then what he was doing to my son I would have stabbed him.”
In a statement read to the inquest, his mother said he grew up in Liverpool and had been a regular churchgoer from a young age.
Christopher left school and spent 18 months with the army.
He went on to do voluntary work such as teaching football and abseiling to children, but never found real employment.
He moved to the Emmaus home in Gloucester to try and break the cycle of reoffending, Mrs Hughes said.
She added: “He was very quiet and would only say he was handling it, but he wasn’t able to.”
She said she received a letter from him containing letters to his brother and two sisters that simply said he loved his family.
Please have good thoughts about our brother, and pray that
he is now, a free spirit.
God, always looks out for his injured lambs, as he is the
shepherd, and the Father.
And out of the depths, I cried to thee Oh Lord!
Blessed our those who are of God's image, and who
have lived a humble life on Earth.
They will inherit the World, and the real wealth that which is
bequeathed upon them, and they will know whom they are.
Whoever stole the Sun, put it back and we'll drop all the charges!