January 2001

School’s cook is jailed for abusing boys

A MAN who raped two young boys at a Roman Catholic-run List D school where he worked as the head cook was jailed yesterday for three-and-a-half years.

Bill Franks, 68, showed no emotion as the jury unanimously found him guilty after just 90 minutes.

The trial of Franks heard the victims describe St Mary’s School as a brutal place where unqualified staff treated the boys like dogs.

Lord Bonomy, said that Franks would have been jailed for five years if it had not had failing health.

But the judge said there was no alternative to a jail sentence because of the continuing effect on Franks’s victims.

After a three-day trial Franks, of Auchinairn Road, Bishopbriggs, Glasgow, was convicted of male raping and molesting two boys aged from 13-15 at St Mary’s School, Bishopbriggs, more than 21 years ago.