Saturday 1 November 2014

Dana 'arranged for treatment of brother' when he was accused of indecent assault, court hears

Shane Hickey in London

Published 10/07/2014 | 14:33

The brother of entertainer Dana Rosemary Scallon, John Brown (inset), is in court in the UK accused of indecently assaulting two children
The brother of entertainer Dana Rosemary Scallon, John Brown (inset), is in court in the UK accused of indecently assaulting two children

A woman who has accused the brother of Dana Rosemary Scallon of indecently assaulting her said she confronted the former singer with the allegations on the phone at around the time of the last presidential campaign.

Speaking during the second day of the trial in London of John Brown (60) - who is charged with five counts of indecent assault against two children in the 1970s - the woman told the court that Ms Scallon had been her “spiritual advisor”.

Yesterday, the jury heard claims that Ms Scallon had arranged for treatment of her brother with a priest after he was first accused by the alleged victim’s mother over 30 years ago.

In court today, the alleged victim said she had phoned Ms Scallon during the presidential campaign, when details of the allegations emerged in the media, and told Ms Scallon that she had known what had been going on during the 1970s.

Ms Scallon said that she did not recall any of it, according to the alleged victim.

“I said ‘yes you do, you are my spiritual guide and you always knew’,” the woman said, claiming that Ms Scallon then said she would pray for her.

The details emerged on the second day of the trial of  Brown, of Lilly Hill road, Bracknell in Berkshire. It is expected that the trial will last up to five weeks.

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