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The jury in the Christchurch historic sex abuse trial has retired to consider its verdicts.

Rodger William Moloney, 73, a former prior of the Order of St John of God, which ran Marylands Special School, denies 23 charges of sexual abuse of nine boys at the school.

The jury began its deliberations at 11.30am after a summing up of about two-and-a-half hours in the High Court at Christchurch, by Justice Graham Panckhurst.

- NZPA