Sunday 4 December 2016

School bus driver admits sex assaults on girls

Greg Harkin

Published 03/02/2016 | 02:30

Leo McFarland admitted a number of sexual assaults. North West Newspix
Leo McFarland admitted a number of sexual assaults. North West Newspix

A paedophile who carried out sickening sex attacks on two sisters when they were aged just five and seven-years-old has been named after his victims waived their right to anonymity.

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School bus driver Leo McFarland (57), of Oak Grove, Millfield, Buncrana, Co Donegal, had pleaded not guilty to 53 charges of indecent sexual assault against Cathy and Caroline Brady.

On the second day of the trial before a jury at Letterkenny Circuit Criminal Court, McFarland asked to be re-arraigned on 11 counts and pleaded guilty to each of the charges.

The victims waived their right to anonymity so McFarland could be named. He was a well-known bus driver in Inishowen for 30 years, providing services to schools, GAA clubs and disabled groups.

Cathy Brady (37) was due to have been cross-examined yesterday.

She had told the jury how McFarland, her best friend's dad, sexually assaulted her at least once a week over a two-year period.

McFarland, who carried out the attacks at his home in Carndonagh in the early 1980s, will be sentenced in April.

Irish Independent

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