Tuesday 21 October 2014

Dana ‘in tears’ as her brother is cleared of historic sex abuse

Published 25/07/2014 | 12:37

Dana Rosemary Scallon
Dana Rosemary Scallon

The brother of Eurovision Song Contest winner and former Irish presidential candidate Dana Rosemary Scallon has been found not guilty of five counts of historic sex abuse.

The former Irish presidential candidate wept as the not guilty verdicts were read out on the final three counts of indecent assault after the jury earlier cleared John Brown of the first two allegations.

John Brown
John Brown

The 60-year-old wiped tears from his face as he sat in the dock before being reminded by Judge Graham Arran he was free to go.

He had been accused of groping two girls under the age of 16 at various times and locations in the 1970s. Dana herself was accused in court of covering up the abuse for more than three decades, something she strenuously denied.

But Brown was cleared of all charges this afternoon and he embraced his former popstar sister during emotional scenes at Harrow Crown Court.

Speaking after the verdicts, Brown said: “I’m just delighted. It has been a nightmare for my family for the past three years. I can pick up and move on now.

“I came in innocent, and I always was innocent. The jury has found my sister (Dana) did not lie. I can leave here without a stain on my character.

“It has been a horrendous time but I’ve been supported by my family, my wife, my children, who have all suffered. We went through a dark period and I had further support from Dana and friends and family with prayers.”

Brown said his singer-turned-politician sister Dana had also been on trial.

He said: “She’s been accused of covering up, lying. The prosecutor said she and I lied and covered up but the jury has found that was not the case.

“We told the truth – we didn’t have anything to cover up.”

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