Brother Eddie Mamo in court in 1994 - case dismissed

The Bankstown Express in suburban Sydney (30 August 1994) reported that Bankstown Local Court on 23 August 1994 dismissed two charges of aggravated indecent assault that had been laid against Brother Edward Mamo, then aged 49, who was a member of the Missionaries of the Sacred Heart religious order.

The court was told that, at the time of the alleged incidents, Brother Edward Mamo was associated with the Nguon Song Group Homes, which provided accommodation for homeless teenage males from South-East Asia in Sydney's Canterbury-Bankstown area.

Brother Mamo strongly denied allegations that, on two occasions in 1993, he had touched the genitals of a 17-year-old Vietnamese youth who was under his supervision.

Magistrate Craig Thompson ruled that he "could not be satisfied beyond reasonable doubt" that the alleged assaults had taken place. The magistrate decided not to send the case to a higher court for a jury trial. He dismissed the case.

Brother Mamo later told the Bankstown Express: "I have been caring for homeless youth since 1983 — 11 years — so a couple of bad eggs had to come."

In the 1970s and 1980s, Brothers and priests of the Missionaries of the Sacred Heart worked at secondary schools operated by this order, such as Chevalier College (in Bowral, New South Wales) and Monivae College (in Hamilton, Victoria). Brother Eddie Mamo was associated with each of these schools during that period.

Eventually he was involved in helping young males from Vietnam and other parts of South-East Asia. In 2000-2001, a Select Committee of the New South Wales Legislative Council held a public inquiry on "the Increase in Prisoner Population". The committee's final report says that Submission Number 60 was from "Mr Edward J. Mamo (Nguon Song Homeless Student Accommodation)". (Submission No. 61 was from Bishop Kevin Manning, of the Parramatta Catholic Diocese.).

In the Victorian County Court in 2012, Edward Mamo pleaded guilty to sexual offences, which he committed against seven boys at Monivae College, Victoria, when he worked there in 1976-1981. See more about this Victorian case here.