He picked on boys who attended the St Ninian's List D school in Stirlingshire during that decade.Murphy was jailed for two years for the crimes but the Court of Criminal Appeal reduced his jail term to 12 months.Moments earlier, it emerged that Murphy had been convicted at the High Court in Edinburgh in 2003.He was convicted of 10 assaults on nine boys dating from the 1960s.Passing sentence, Lord Uist added: "You have been convicted by the jury of a contemptible course of criminal conduct consisting of the physical and sexual abuse of eight boys in your care during the years when you worked at St Joseph's School, Tranent."The crimes set out in charges 11, 12 and 14 consisted of particularly abhorrent and despicable sexual abuse of two boys."In behaving as you did you betrayed the trust reposed in you as a guardian of those boys and flouted your religious calling.
One pupil was locked in an unlit cupboard overnight and another was urinated on by the De La Salle brother.
One 57-year-old man told the High Court in Edinburgh: "Because of what happened to me in there my children never went to a Catholic school." Today, Lord Uist told Murphy that the imposition of a custodial term was the only sentence available to him.